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U.S. regulators are investigating software giant Microsoft and its partners over alleged bribery schemes in China, Italy and Romania, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are reportedly both investigating allegations that Microsoft received kickbacks in these three nations. No formal charges have been filed. In China, an executive in Microsoft’s subsidiary allegedly ordered an employee to “offer kickbacks to Chinese [...]

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It appears that Bing is experimenting with showing pictures of people in search results similar to how Google does with its authorship feature, but for when results are about a person, rather than written by them. Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land points to some examples where Bing is doing this for results for journalists Kara Swisher and Nick Bilton. According to Sullivan, Bing’s Duane Forrester said Bing is considering [...]

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Another piece of the Redbox Instant puzzle has just fallen into place, as the Redbox Instant app for Xbox 360 is now available to download. Microsoft first announced the app back in February, saying that it would be coming in the “very near future.” It looks like they were waiting for Redbox Instant to come out of its beta period. Which is what happened last week. After a three-month beta, [...]

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Photographic headers are popular design elements, and few subjects are more utilized than mountain views. Is it because of the height and expanse that stir possibilities of greatness that are just waiting to be accomplished, or maybe already have been? We’ve featured illustrated ones before, but now you’re getting the real, picture-perfect deal. Designs of the Week Create unique, extraordinary websites with Squarespace. No experience necessary! Shamballa Jewels It’s a [...]

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A business goes through a lot right from the start to keep it’s head up among fellow competitors. Among the many problems faced, cash flow is the biggest issue that causes over 70% of start-ups – including freelancers – to go down within the initial year. While there could be many factors governing the cash flow, invoicing happens to be the most critical in the list. Therefore, it is important for a [...]

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Google Wants You to Understand How Search Works Google has released an interactive, next-generation infographic to explain how search works. Viewers are guided down the page, with clickable areas to pop-up text explanations of their visual points. The infographic walks readers through crawling and indexing, algorithms and fighting spam (they fight spam 24/7, it proclaims). Behind your simple page of results is a complex system, carefully crafted and tested, to support more [...]

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Advertise here with BSA As a web designer you always want to stay on top of the latest ideologies. User experience design is the process of building around what the user needs to do. You have to consider specific reasons for why users are coming to your website in the first place. And the goal is to build a layout which is ease to use, easy to navigate, and provides [...]

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   Comics are known to be one of the most powerful communication tools, and are a unique way to communicate — using both image and text to effectively demonstrate time, function, and emotion. Today’s article is an excerpt from Kevin Cheng’s “See What I Mean” — a book that walks you step by step through the process of using comics to communicate, and providing examples from industry leaders who have [...]

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If you’re looking for a weekend project, and you’re especially computer savvy, how about building an Arduino-powered LED clock? A person with a creative mind, identified only as “Tobias,” developed a one-of-a-kind timekeeper, shown in the video above. The design incorporates 60 LED units, and hours, minutes and seconds can be displayed as a pattern of colors. An Arduino processor is the command center of the clock. SEE ALSO: Be Mesmerized [...]

Posted by RachaelGerson When Google Analytics doesn't know where a traffic source comes from, it assumes the traffic is direct and lumps it in with your direct visits. This happens frequenly with social shares, as many of us make the mistake of not tagging our links accordingly. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rachael Gerson sheds some light on "dark social" and explains why tagging in Google Analytics improves the accuracy of [...]

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