Monday, October 31, 2011



Happy Halloween! Trick? Or, treat? How about both! Tricks and treats to maximize your engagement and analysis are at the heart of this months newsletter. Enjoy!

Google Deprecates Buzz. Back in April, 2010, ShareThis was excited to become one of the first platforms to offer Google Buzz at scale to our large network of publishers. Then, earlier this year, we announced that we had enabled MultiPost and FastShare to users who had registered with us via OAuth using Buzz. Unfortunately, the product's life has come to an end, and Google has recently announced that they have deprecated Buzz as of 10/14/11. Within the next week or two, you will no longer find Google Buzz in the list of available services when you click on our widget. In addition, if your site has featured the Buzz chicklet outside our widget, it will automatically be removed. In most cases, this will have minimal to no impact on the appearance of your site, but it may require a minor HTML tweak.

Google+. In place of Google Buzz, Google has decided to focus on Google+. Again, ShareThis was one of the first platforms to offer the +1 button several months back, and we're excited to announce that this product now supports direct posting to a user's Google+ stream. If you're interested in adding +1 as a chicklet in place of Google Buzz, we have all the info you need
 right here.


Social Tracking. We have been working hard on our Google Analytics integration. Recently, we released a new feature that automatically sends share events to the new social tracking capabilities of Google Analytics. This means you can see ShareThis sharing activity in your GA dashboard. The sharing events are organized by each social network utilized by your users. To see the analytics, login to your GA account, choose the "New Version" and look under the "Social" section (Google Analytics new features are in beta). You can get deeper share and other social analytics on our newly released Publisher Analytics here.


New API. Last month, we announced the launch of a shiny, new analytics dashboard. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, simply sign intoyour account here or visit the analytics overview page on our website. We also have a new analytics API, with increased functionality (including real-time sharing data!), to provide you with easy access to all sharing activity for a domain. You can learn more about the new API by visiting our analytics API page.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Top Headlines in Information Technology and Services, Computer Software

IBM's new chief: "Don't accept inevitable" -
IBM has a new chief. Longtime executive Ginni Rometty will replace Sam Palmisanoas president and CEO starting January 1. Having put in 30 years at the company and survived IBM's (IBM) near death experience in the early 1990s, Rometty literally bleeds blue.
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Oracle Buys Cloud-based Customer Service Company RightNow For $1.5 Billion -
Oracle this morning announced that it has acquired RightNow - both companies are listed on NASDAQ - for $43 per share or roughly $1.5 billion net of RightNow's cash and debt. With the acquisition, Oracle is adding a robust...
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Why We Owe Amazon a Huge "Thank You" -
If more companies sacrificed near-term profit for long-term investments, our economy would heal itself quickly.
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Lead Bullets -
Early in my tenure as product manager for the web servers at Netscape, we faced a terrible crisis. We just got our hands on Microsoft's new web server, Internet Information Server (IIS), and benchmarked against our product....
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For Enterprise IT, Time To Move Beyond SAP -
Guest post written by Dave Yarnold Dave Yarnold is CEO of ServiceMax, a provider of field service management software. I recently heard the CIO of more than 20 years at a multi-billion dollar company say they now consider SAP...
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Hands On: India's $35 Android tablet, the Aakash, lands in America -
The Indian government thinks the $35 Aakash Android tablet has the power to change the world. After testing one out, we'd tend to agree. An Aakash tablet was brought to the VentureBeat office on Tuesday by Vivek Wadhwa, a visiting professor..
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

6 Tips to Stay Safe While Browsing

Security Trumps Scary

securityBack when we were little kids, the scariest things around Halloween were ghouls, ghosts and goblins (and even some things that didn't start with the letter G). Today we have to worry about online phishers and hackers and other sketchy folk who want to steal our info — and they're around all year long! 

Luckily, Firefox knows what's hiding under the bed, so it has plenty of built-in features to put online monsters in their place. That's a big reason for our accelerated release process, too. It's not always just about flashy features. We want to make sure you're always as safe as possible, so if you haven't already, download the latest version of Firefox for desktop and mobile. And keep reading for more ways to keep yourself safe this Halloween — and all year — with Firefox. 

Jane & Winston 

6 Ways to Stay Secure on Desktop

There are two ways to stay secure using Firefox. OK, I know we just told you there are six, but they're split into two camps: three things that Firefox does for you, and three things you can do to protect yourself. So we did some simple security math (and checked our work) to bring you six great tools and tips! 

First, here's how Firefox has your back: 

Instant Website ID 
Easily see which sites you can trust and which you might need to be suspicious of with a color-coded system. Green is all good, while grey is more shady. Learn to read the signs. 

Anti-Phishing & Anti-Malware 
Trojan horses, spyware, fraudulent sites — these are all real online concerns, but Firefox helps warn you when you're in danger. Go to the Firefox menu, select Preferences, click on Security and make sure that the "block reported web forgeries" checkbox is checked. Or test out your own phishing detection.

Anti-Virus Integration 
If your computer gets a virus, it's not something a little lie-down and a bowl of chicken soup is going to fix (liquids and computers generally don't mix well). That's why your computer's anti-virus software integrates with Firefox to scan your downloads. 

And now, a look at how you can have your own back: 

Plugin Check 
Plugins like Flash, Quicktime and Java can make your computer vulnerable if not up to date. Check and update them regularly with our Plugin Check for happy computers and safe browsing. 

Customized Security Settings 
Dial the level of scrutiny you want Firefox to give sites up or down to match your tastes, from fairly lax to ultra paranoid. 

Secure Passwords 
Hopefully none of your online passwords are "password." And hopefully you didn't just answer, "why not?" And hopefully you've chosen as strong a password as possible. Here's how.

Protect Yourself From 
Email Phishing

Another great way to stay secure is to make sure you know who's asking for your personal info before sharing it with anyone. Mozilla will never ask for anything like that by email — or any other method — so if you see anything claiming to be from us, it's a scam. Please help out by letting us know

In fact, if you see any suspicious online behavior, Mozilla-related or not, you should do your part to report it. There are a number of anti-phishing and law enforcement groups that can help in such cases: You can send an email to the FTC in the United States; file a report with the Anti-Phishing Working Group on their website or by emailsubmit a report to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, co-sponsored by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center; or find the correct reporting address in your country.

Firefox Affiliates is Back!

If you're anything like us (and seeing as you're reading an email newsletter about Firefox, you probably are), you do what you can to get the word out about your favorite browser — you tell your friends, you get your family using it, you install it on random computers — but with the launch of the new Firefox Affiliates program, it's easier than ever to share the browser love. You can host download buttons on your site and join the leaderboard for your chance to win great prizes. Learn more or sign up today!

Shahzad Afzal


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SharePoint Smarts: Automating Your SharePoint 2010 Installation

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Automating Your SharePoint 2010 Installation
In this whitepaper, MVP Niklas Goude and Mattias Karlsson explore the two ways SharePoint 2010 can be installed and how you can easily automate that process with a few key tips and a little help from Windows PowerShell.
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Just Released – SharePoint diagnostic manager v2.6
Unclear what's happening on your server? We'll paint you a picture!SharePoint diagnostic manager delivers 24x7 monitoring and alerting so you can find and fix issues before users complain. New version 2.6 delivers advanced alert data to help you quickly visualize what's happening.
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Webcast: 10 Ways to Simplify Your SharePoint 2010 Administration
In this webcast, PowerShell MVP Niklas Goude will help you examine how you can use Windows PowerShell to simplify SharePoint 2010 administration tasks with 10 different scenarios from the field. By using Windows PowerShell you can get your daily administration done in half the time.

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More Idera Webcasts

November 9thLearning to Hate the SMO: A PowerShell Love Story with architect Aaron Nelson
December 1stEnterprise Exchange Management with PowerShell with MVP Mike Pfeiffer

Win Cash at DevConnections in Las Vegas!
Going to DevConnections next week? Swing by the Idera booth #307 and spin the wheel for your chance to win some play money while in Las Vegas…We're excited to show you all the great stuff we've been working on, so stop by and say hello!

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Check out our free PowerShell scripts for SharePoint. These handy scripts help you with a variety of administration tasks like adding and removing sites, adding users to groups, creating lists, and more.
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