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May/21/2014 

SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers infiltrated the computer network of eBay, the online marketplace, potentially gaining access to personal data for 145 million of its customers, the company said Wednesday.

The security breach allowed hackers to break into a database containing names, email addresses, birth dates, encrypted passwords, physical addresses and phone numbers.

There was no indication that the attackers obtained credit card data or other financial information, said an eBay spokeswoman, Amanda Miller, and the company had not detected an unusual level of fraud activity.

EBay discovered that hackers first breached the company in late February, according to Ms. Miller, who would not say whether the company discovered the breach on its own or was alerted to it by law enforcement agencies.

Hackers managed to steal credentials for several of its employees, and used those user names and passwords to gain access to eBay’s network and the database of information for all its customers.

Ms. Miller said that eBay stored its financial data separately and that accounts at PayPal, which is owned by eBay, were not affected by the breach. Still, she advised users with the same password for eBay and PayPal to change their passwords immediately.

A forensics investigation discovered the breach first occurred in late February, according to Ms. Miller, but the company did not become aware of the breach until early May, and it is now working with a computer forensics firm and law enforcement agencies to determine its full scope.

Though state notification laws differ, most states require that companies notify customers of a breach if their names are compromised in combination with other information like a credit card, Social Security number or driver’s license number. But states make exceptions for encrypted information. As long as companies scramble consumer information with basic encryption, the law does not require companies to tell customers about a breach.

Read more: EBay Reports Attack on Its Computer Network
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Sep/12/2013 

It's never been easier to reconnect with friends and classmates that you thought were long gone. Here's a simple guide to help you do so.

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Jul/26/2013 

Pre-employment testing is becoming more and more common in the world of employment. While these types of tests used to be popular only in certain industries and were usually given only by larger corporations, in today's world web based pre-employment testing has grown. 

This means that an increasing number of small and medium sized businesses are also going to use them to evaluate the suitability of their candidates for a certain position in the company. When looking for a new job, many candidates are worried as to whether they will be able to pass the pre-employment test used at the company that they're going to be applying for a job. There are a few things that you can do to help ensure that you will be able to pass such a test. Here are some of them:

Become familiar with the requirements for the positions and your expected job duties

Doing so will let you know a bit more about what you can expect to find on the test. Be sure to read the job description thoroughly, as it will usually give you plenty of useful details on what skills will be required for the job, as well as what tasks you will be expected to perform. Once you know this, you will have a much better idea as to what kind of content is going to be on the test that you're going to take.

Ask someone who already works in a similar position at the company that you're applying at

If you know someone who is already employed at the company that you're applying for, you may want to ask them a bit more details about what will be found on the test. This will give you a general idea of the things that the employer is focusing on when testing their candidates. However, don't expect the test that you're going to take to be exactly the same. Many companies, especially larger ones, have several versions of tests that are changed on a regular basis in an effort to discourage people from sharing test questions and answers.

Go online and take some practice tests

There are many online services which provide practice tests that are similar to what you could expect an employer using in a pre-employment screening test. Some of these services are free, while others require a small payment. There are practice tests available for many different industries, such as accounting, insurance, finance, etc. By taking them, you will be able to see not only what kind of questions you can expect to be asked, but also determine what your strong points and your weak points are. 

Review some of your course notes and materials

If you've recently done studies in an area that is related to the position that you're going to apply for, reviewing some of your course notes and other learning materials prior to taking the test can often be of a great help to prepare yourself for the test.

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Jul/25/2013 

This article goes beyond describing how to best find the most proven networking opportunities. It describes 10 distinctive events that will describe any professional entrepreneur’s personal resources.

Remember two oft-repeated, enduring maxims when beginning an active, aggressive professional-networking strategy: good hunting is where you find it, and fortune favors the bold.

If you yearn to go forth and talk shop extensively at networking events with fellow professionals and entrepreneurs, we can only reasonably presume that you’re hoping you’ll come upon untapped knowledge and resources that will tantalize your profit-oriented thinking.

Nowadays, niche conferences abound catering to the unique needs and issues of many particularly skilled, ambitious go-getters. When reasonably, stick with the most field-specific events possible. Though profession-tailored conferences will probably prove the most fruitful, there are some can’t-miss networking events that hone general skills that many professions and sectors adapt in their own unique ways.

In particular, we’d all do well to rarely miss an instructional networking event zeroed in on ever-changing social media.

Start with the internationally organized Social Media Week. With events, seminars and happenings hosted in Hong Kong, San Francisco, Toronto, New York and myriad other cities every February and September, it’s more a series of great catch-all networking events hosted and organized locally by a broad assortment of digital, social media and mobile experts. Most importantly, there’s almost assuredly something happening wherever you may find yourself.

If Social Media Week proved fruitful and intriguing, then note that once a year on dates that vary annually by city, the likes of Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, San Francisco and other locales host their own respective takes on the Twitter-centric 140 Character Conference. These brisk networking events embody the Ferris Bueller philosophy: life moves pretty fast. Jeff Pulver organized this event premiering in New York in 2009 to be a series of network events in which professionals exchange ideas in real-time at rates of 140 characters or less. Individual talks clock in at 10 minutes or less, whereas featured panel discussions can be as succinct as 15-20 minutes each. These are networking events that don’t waste a motion.

Entrepreneurs have veritable buffets before them of networking events doubling as support groups for folks accepting the daunting challenges of starting a personal business and enlightening idea exchanges. Some even cater to narrow niches facing unique hurdles in entrepreneurship, such as the monthly Under30CEO.com meet-ups that span 107 communities across the United States, India, Europe and Thailand. These events aid younger businessmen and women leading their brands in swapping perspectives and concerns without fearing communication breakdowns in generation gaps.

More broadly, there are the Entrepreneurs Roundtable events held monthly in New York and bi-monthly in Tokyo and Istanbul. A revolving-door lineup of entrepreneurs and investors leads each regular seminar’s presentation on startup strategy, complete with a concluding Q&A session.

Whatever networking events lure you into the idea exchange, remember one last tip: keep your ears open. You never know who’s about to announce, “Oh, I just came from this amazing conference! You missed out…”

Ruth Watery is a Harvard business school alumni with a degree in international business. She’s always traveling across the globe to foreign countries, and using her Harvard alumni credit card to develop her credit score at no cost, which lets her pursue her career without any setbacks.

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Jul/18/2013 

Avoiding unhealthy foods doesn't have to be all about beating yourself up to stop cravings. If you really take a couple minutes to taste better food, you may find that you actually prefer not to eat them.

With all of the decadent, delicious and utterly delectable ads on TV, the internet and just about everywhere, it can be a real challenge to maintain your self control and, consequently, maintain a healthy lifestyle. Food just keeps getting faster, less expensive and less nutritious, but the convenience factor in the typical helter skelter American daily life often outweighs the health concerns. As a result, a great number of people live with a high blood pressure diet, filled with saturated fat, added sugar and high sodium levels. Cheeseburgers, french fries, fried chicken and packaged cakes and cookies are all obvious culprits, but misleading foods that are advertized as healthy, such as salads and wraps can be just as treacherous to your health. It's important to make sure you're armed with tools that help you to tell the difference between healthy, unhealthy and downright disastrous. After doing so, and with a little determination and self control, you'll likely be able to train your brain and body to not only know what's right and wrong, but to reject the bad stuff outright.

First, the obvious. If you're hitting the drive through for your meals, your'e not doing your body any favors. Fast food, no matter how they like to spin it in the commercials, is almost never fresh, is often fried in oil that contains harmful polyunsaturated fats and, while seemingly filling, chock full of an abundance of empty calories. The ads can talk all they want about fresh salads, but the truth is that most of these salads are covered in all manner of fried chicken, steak, ham, cheese and fatty dressings which completely defeat the purpose of opting for the greens over the burger. Eating this way regularly is a one way ticket to a high blood pressure diet, which can eventually lead to complications such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

If you're going to avoid these types of foods, you should have a game plan. It can be a good idea to make your lunch for the next day at work ahead of time, so that you aren't forced to join the rest of the crew in invading the pizza place next door. Baked chicken and oven roasted vegetables are easy to make the night before, and can even be great cold over a salad. Make sure to limit the amount of salt you put on your food, and opt for a vinaigrette over ranch or blue cheese dressings. Eat a decent sized, but healthy breakfast too. Studies have shown that the reason people reach for candy and other high sugar, high sodium snacks during the day is because they skipped breakfast or didn't eat enough. As a result, hunger sets in along with a devil may care attitude towards what goes in to the body.

The most important point of all is to eat mindfully. If you take the care to cook and properly prepare your food with good quality ingredients, sit down and enjoy it. Chew your food thoroughly, and taste every bite before you swallow it, avoiding too many distractions in the process. Do this for a while, and you may realize that you actually love fruit. You love vegetables. Foods will be seasoned enough on their own, and snacks like sliced tomatoes with a little bit of olive oil and a dash of salt will replace potato chips with sour cream dip. The mindful eating shift can train your taste buds to tell your brain, “Hold on!Why does this taste like I'm licking the bottom of a salt lake?” when you bite into that $1 fried chicken sandwich. Before you know it, a high blood pressure diet will be a thing of the past, not just because you're fighting your temptations, but because you actually prefer the taste of healthy eating.

 

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May/23/2013 

In this article you'll learn about some of the most beautiful and amazing college libraries in the world.  If you're an avid reader and book lover, you must check out these libraries.

Many people love to read eBooks, but print books aren't dead and neither are libraries.  College libraries will always be a great place to do some research or pick up good romance novels.  College libraries are free to visit, so you have no excuses not to check one of these out. 

The George Peabody Library at John Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.  You'll also find a lot of history as the library was founded back in the late 1800's.   The George Peabody Library has a general reference collection on virtually every subject other than music. The library contains over 300,000 titles with books dating back to just before the 19thcentury.  This library has no shortage of Greek and Latin classics.  You'll even find plenty of books on history, science, geography, and travel. 

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University is an amazing place to go if you're looking for an exceptional read.  If you love books that are unique and hard to find, this college library is a must visit for you.  This library happens to be amongst the largest libraries in existence dedicated solely to hard to find books and manuscripts.  In fact, you'll find several thousand manuscripts in this library.  The marvelous marble, gorgeous granite, delicate glass, and also beautiful bronze also make for a breathtaking structure inside and out. 

Queen's College Library at Oxford University is one of the most prestigious college libraries you can find.  Oxford University is a must notorious for intelligent and scholarly students making this college library a must visit.  This beautiful library was established in the fourteenth century, so measly of the unique collections of manuscripts and printed books remain.   Merits to a number of donations by benefactors, Queen’s now have one of the principal and richest collections of books in Oxford.    The collection is now so huge that vaults were built behind the back of the library. 

Tama Art University Library in Tokyo Japan was built in the 1930's.  The library is constantly expanding and growing.  Eight new departments were added in the 1990's including environmental design and sculpture.  If you're looking for a library that will fulfill your creative spirit, this college library is one you must visit.  In this library you'll find a large collection of books that covers the special fields of art, design and architecture.  You'll find manuscripts ranging from reference books to specialized research materials.  You'll also find excellent reference services and the most up to date information on art. 

The University of Coimbra General Library, Coimbra, Portugal was founded in the late 1500's and is one of the oldest university libraries in the world.  In this library you'll find over 400,000 volumes of books on 7,000 meters of shelves.  The majority of these books are from the 16th to late 18th century.  Millions of dollars have been spent on this library over the centuries, and there are many beautiful things to see in this library.  If you're looking for an exceptionally lavish college library, look no further.


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May/22/2013 

For start up companies, search engine optimization is the best way to get noticed. This article talks about SEO methods and why smaller, newer companies may find them useful.

SEO or “Search Engine Optimization” is the bread and butter of many a start-up company. Without making the most of the search option, it would be that much harder for certain websites and businesses to garner traffic. There are a couple of different ways start-up companies rely on SEO practices.

1.   One of the more recognized methods involves paying search engine sites for higher rankings. There are only a few major popular search engines to have survived the search engine wars of yesteryear, and these are the few methods through which web users are likely to stumble across a start-up company’s website. It’s common knowledge that few users browse beyond the first few pages, which is why it’s of the utmost importance for a start-up to have high rankings. A website may pay to appear within the first few pages. Or, they pay the search engine sites to direct a greater flow of traffic resulting in a greater number of hits. Either way, the ranking allows for greater visibility for the start-up company. Being visible and having access to a large potential consumer base can mean the difference between life and death for smaller, emerging companies. So it’s hardly a surprise this method of SEO has lasted so long.

2.   Another tool that has gained popularity recently has been the use of keywords in articles. These highlighted keywords when clicked will lead users to a company’s blog or business page. This method is popular because it’s more affordable than simply investing in ads. And with the popularity of “ad blocking” tools, it’s hardly a sure bet that internet users will even see what you’re trying to advertising. With keywords, especially those related to the reader’s interest, it’s more likely they’ll find their way to the company’s website.

3.   There is some controversy regarding SEO. Some believe that leaving relevance to search engines alone takes away a company’s ability to be proactive when reaching consumers. However, given the way internet users are more interested in searching for things of interest than being solicited, this itself is a very strong argument for continued usage of SEOs.

The good news for start-up companies is that their size and newness gives them a great deal more flexibility when it comes to SEO options than larger, more traditional companies, and especially those slowly making the transition to the internet. Start-ups are smaller, even more likely to be run by individuals. Such persons have nothing to lose when it comes to optimization and if they have ideas and keywords they want linked to their growing business; it can be put out into cyberspace quickly and easily.

In addition, such start-ups are more likely to take advantage social networking sites all at once, each having its own increasing reliance on the use of search engines and searchable items. In the long run, it seems that being a start-up that relies on search engine optimization makes sense.

Regardless of how the internet adapts and changes in the future, internet users will be very likely to be “search”-oriented when it comes to seeking information on specific services and products. As such, it really benefits the smaller company to continue to make use of SEO practices through Digital Marketing Agency.


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May/21/2013 

The market for green technology is growing rapidly as more and more consumers and businesses seek out cheaper, cleaner, and more environmentally friendly alternatives to the materials and fuels that have been traditionally used.  However, not all green technology is created equal, and there are some green alternatives that simply do not  make sense in the grand scheme of things.  This article, therefore, discusses some of the things that you should consider about green technology before you invest in it.

Many companies are scrambling to find new ways to make their operations more "green" as more and more people seek out retailers, utilities, and other businesses that are environmentally friendly.  Green technology or greentech is, as a result, now on the rise, and many investors consider this technology to be the wave of the future.  Unfortunately, even though the field of green technology is growing rapidly, some investors are discovering the hard way that green technology may be popular, but it isn't always profitable.  It is, therefore, usually a good idea to keep a few things in mind when you're considering an investment in green technology.

The first thing that you should keep in mind about green technology is that it may be more sustainable in terms of the environment, but it isn't always more practical in the business sense.  This is important because a lot of the technology that is currently considered  to be environmentally friendly is relatively new, and some of it hasn't reached the point where the average person or average business could actually use the technology.  For example, a wind turbine is a cheap and clean way to generate power, but a small store is never going to have enough space to install a wind turbine.  As a result, some of the green technology that you may be considering may be more practical than others, and it is extremely important to make sure that you invest in something that can actually be used in the way that it is supposed to be used.

The second thing that you should keep in mind about green technology is that it can be extremely expensive to design and extremely expensive to install.  This is important because one of the major factors that prevents many businesses and individuals from adopting green technology is that the cost to switch from traditional materials, fuels, power, and other technology is simply too high.  This means that you may want to look at the average cost of adopting the technology and compare that cost with the long-term benefits that individuals and companies can realistically expect to gain from it.  This will help you to get an idea of how quickly the technology will be adopted and the likelihood that the market for the technology will continue to grow in the future.

The third and final thing that you should keep in mind about green technology is that the greentech field is still growing.  Most of the green technology that is currently available today was developed sometime within the last 40 years, so while greentech has come a long way in that time, it still has a lot of growing to do.  There are, however, a lot of companies that are extremely interested in finding cheaper and cleaner ways to carry out the tasks that they need to perform, and this demand for cheaper alternatives could lead to some very profitable technology in the future.  In fact, as the cost of water, gas, oil, food, and other similar resources begins to rise, more and more businesses will begin to look for cheaper alternatives.  This means that you may be able to earn a significant return on your investment if you can find a firm that has a realistic alternative to these resources that isn't too cost prohibitive. 

This article was written by Jennifer Nobles. Jen is a promoter of good business and solid financial advice. She believe that strong finances, possibly with the help of a financial advisor Toronto, can help people tremendously and smart investing is the real path to securing a fruitful and stable future.


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May/21/2013 

By using cloud computing technology, you can make your life a lot easier. There are also some very good benefits for using the cloud when it comes to business reasons, too. You can free up space on your computer, save money, and make big projects with multiple users flow more efficiently.

Cloud technology is revolutionizing the way that individuals and companies are storing files and software programs. Instead of having to use up a lot of storage space on a given computer or server, you can now save files remotely. This is helping businesses to run more efficiently and is saving them a lot of money at the same time. Here are some of the big benefits of saving your work to the cloud.

First, the cloud can save you money. Going out and purchasing a dedicated server, or even renting server space from a hosting company, can be extremely expensive over a long period of time. Many cloud computing sites will allow you to save a small amount of data onto them for free, which is great for individuals. But if you need to use cloud space for business purposes, you still will not be stuck with a big monthly bill. Cloud storage space is very affordable, especially when looked at in comparison to using your own server.

Second, cloud computing can also allow you to bring your work with you everywhere you go. As long as you have a good internet connection, it doesn’t matter what computer you are on. You just need to log onto the cloud and type in your credentials. The beauty of the cloud is that all of your saved files will be out there in cyberspace, so you never need to worry about carrying your laptop or even a jump drive around with you. This is quite useful if you ever have some sort of problem with your office computers. While a network or hard drive issue can bring your business to a grinding halt, if you have all of your important files save on the cloud, you will never have to worry about interruptions that might cut into your company’s profitability.

Finally, cloud computing will make your work life a whole lot easier. Instead of having to constantly email updates, or continuously saving things to the server, all of your changes on cloud saved files will be updated in real time. This will increase your company’s productivity by allowing group projects to flow more efficiently and it will also make it so that even teams that are split up across the country can all communicate with each other and see the files they are working on at the same time. By speeding up the project creation process, you will be allowing your company to get more work in over the course of the week and this is likely to increase your company’s bottom line.

If you’ve never used the cloud before, there’s nothing to worry about. Saving files on a cloud storage site is extremely easy, and so is retrieving and editing those files. Once you learn the basic logistics of the technology, you will find that updating your files has never been easier. As you can see, using cloud technology can be a great way for you and your business to get ahead.

This article was written by Phillip Presley he is interested in computer science and new technologies. He recommends that all companies consider integrating new remote access software technologies into their business.


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May/20/2013 

There are many ways in which renting a home is different from buying. The most significant difference between these two options is the fact that, as a renter, you generally have less responsibility than you would if you owned your home. Renters have the flexibility and freedom to come and go as they please, as their obligation to their property is over once their lease period comes to a close. As long as they make rent every month, there’s very little to worry about as a renter. If there are any minor repairs to be addressed, or even general wear-and-tear, there is a landlord or super to see to them. 

That kind of blamelessness is a pretty compelling argument for renting, but there are obviously downsides to renting as well. You have less autonomy as a renter than you might as someone who owns their property. 

Owning your home means that you have to worry about a mortgage, it’s true, but there are many perks that come along with owning a home rather than renting. First and foremost, the property is yours to do with as you wish. You can paint and wallpaper, finish the basement, remodel, put a swing set in your back yard, and have whatever pets you want—none of which is possible in a renting situation. 

As a home owner, you’re also responsible for the upkeep of your property. Sure, this means that there is more work for you to do, but at least you’re in charge of making sure it gets done. You don’t have to wait around for someone else to fix the sink; you can take the initiative to do it yourself.  

Still, there are similarities between renting and buying, and one of the biggest is the hassle of utilities. Utilities are always a nuisance to think about, but they really do cover everything. From heat and hot water to gas and electricity, practically everything about how your home functions ends up on the utilities bill. This can get problematic, because you can never really tell how big your bill is going to be every month. Maybe you have a daughter whose showers are costing you an arm and a leg in water, or a son who forgets to turn the lights off every time he leaves a room. 

Whatever the case, there are things you can do to cut down on your utilities bill—here are some ideas:

1.   Draft up a list of rules for the house regarding the use of utilities. Especially if you have kids, start being strict about the lights and water situation in your home. You can teach your kids, and yourself, to be diligent about this with a bit of prodding.  

2.  Think about how much you really need the utilities you’re using. When it’s light out, do you really need to turn on the overhead lamp? Find ways to bring more natural sunlight into your home to cut down on your electricity bill. Even candlelight can be a good idea in this case!  

3.   The temperature in your home is another way you can cut down on the bills. There’s no real need to turn your home into an oven in the winter or a cooler in the summer. Keep the temperature at a medium point at all times.  

If you’re strict about household rules, you can cut back on utilities in no time. 

This article was written by Bruce Garland, a Boston native and baseball enthusiast. Bruce wants to help you get the best Boston Luxury Condos.


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