LinkedIn Hits 50 Million Users; Still a Roach Motel (Updated)

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Updated at 11:30 PST with comment from LinkedIn. One million new people signed up for LinkedIn accounts already this month, taking the professional social network past the 50 million user mark. LinkedIn has some of the most valuable user data in all of social networking, not just because its members are disproportionately wealthy, but because the site is one of the only places you can find a person’s occupational information and history. “What do you do for a living” is one of the most potent questions a person can be asked and online that means LinkedIn. Unfortunately, in this era of data portability and connected social networks, LinkedIn isn’t playing very nicely. Every time I see a new social application online I think “it sure would be nice if a person’s job title and employer were displayed along side their profile on this service.” Where is that information? LinkedIn! Who won’t let startups access that info? LinkedIn!Programmatic access to LinkedIn data is reserved for a very select few high-profile API partners. The company appears to operate under the assumption that only heavyweight partners could move the needle for its bottom line, not a thriving ecosystem of independent innovators. Hardly surprising for a company that spends so much of its time in public talking about how wealthy its users are.FriendFeed used to include updates to your LinkedIn profile in the activity streams it displayed. That was great, but there was nothing official going on – FriendFeed was scraping LinkedIn. When LinkedIn added a layer of obfuscation over its HTML, FriendFeed took the hint and stopped, the now Facebook-owned company says.Why not make LinkedIn all the more valuable by making it the currency that social sites all around the web make us of? Would that not drive all the more people to LinkedIn itself, to fill out their profiles there? It’s possible that LinkedIn has done a serious analysis of the benefits of a developer ecosystem vs. very limited partnerships and come to the conclusion that it has – but it still seems like a real shame.Imagine the innovation that could be made possible by developer access to LinkedIn! Congratulations to LinkedIn for hitting 50 million users. Now please open up the data! Otherwise we’ll have to cheer for a more open competitor to challenge your dominance in this market.Update: Adam Nash, Vice President, Search & Platform Products at LinkedIn, says things are set to improve in the future. Below in comments he writes: “Marshall, I think you’ll be quite happy with our plans for improvements to our APIs. Stay tuned.” Fantastic! Let’s see what you’ve got, Adam. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Mobile Credit Card Swiping Battle Continues: A Look at 4 Rival Technologies

first_imgYou can get an idea of PAYware’s fees, by checking out reseller’s pricing plans, like this one, which lists setup fees, monthly fees, per transactions fees, etc.  For a more personalized quote, PAYware says t can go here for more info.Typically though, a setup fee of $49 and monthly fees of $20 to $30 apply, as do per transaction fees, which are either taken as a straight amount or a percentage. The reader may be offered for free, depending on the contract length. It’s usually sold for $139. The mobile application used along with the hardware is free.PAYware accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.ROAMpayROAMpay, another mobile credit card device and app combo, is available for a number of phones, including the iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPad, several Android devices, BlackBerry phones, select Nokia phones and many others. The Swiper hardware is available for several Android and Apple devices and BlackBerry.Merchants can accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards, and others. Tags:#e-commerce#Features#mobile#Real World#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The above prices are what’s available to low-volume customers – the same customers who may have been considering Square’s reader instead. For high-volumne customers, there are different rates – a $12.95/month service fee; 1.7% for card swiped; 2.7% for key entered and 3.7% for non-qualified transactions, like corporate cards; and a $0.30 per transaction fee.GoPayment also offers no long-term contracts, cancellation, gateway or set-up fees, it says. One account can enable up to 50 users and works on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, plus some Palm and Nokia devices.Merchants can accept a number of credit cards with the service, but additional fees apply when accepting cards other than Visa, MasterCard and Discover (like American Express or Diner’s Club cards).There is more than one type of hardware attachment available for use with GoPayment. Intuit partnered with Mophie for its iPhone reader, for example, the makers of iPhone battery-charging solutions like the Juice Pack. There are also Bluetooth-enabled readers and reader/printer combos available.*One important note: GoPayment is only offering a free account and free reader to those who sign up by mid-February, after which prices may revert back, although Intuit isn’t confiriming. Square Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img Intuit’s top-competitor (that is, if you go by what tech journalists like to write about) is Square, the startup launched by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Like GoPayment, Square includes both a mobile app and a credit card reading device – a small, square-shaped device whose shape gives the company its name.Like GoPayment’s (temporary) offer, the reader is free and there are no monthly service fees. The swiped transaction fee is 2.75%, a bit higher than Intuit’s 2.7% but its per transaction fees are the same ($0.15/each). For keyed in transactions, the rate is 3.5% + $0.15.Square says there are no gateway, monthly, early termination or hidden fees and you can accept an unlimited number of payments without restrictions on either transaction size or number of transactions. Square deposits your first $1,001 of sales per week into your bank account immediately. Any remaining amount is transferred after 30 days.As a Square user, you can accept any U.S.-issued credit, debit, pre-paid, or gift card with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover logo.Unlike GoPayments, Square is currently available for iPhone and Android only (select devices only) – not BlackBerry.It should be noted, too, that Square is currently in a patent battle over the origins of its reader and the related patents. The company had previously run into a number of other issues, including production delays to compatibility issues with the iPhone 4.Verifone PAYware MobileLike the above, Verifone’s PAYware Mobile solution is a combination mobile app and optional reader hardware.The service works on any iPhone (3G/3GS/4) device, iPad or iPod Touch, but only manual entry is supported on the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod. The company says it has plans to expand to BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Android in the future.The PAYware card encryption sleeve works on iPhone 3G/3GS only. This is PAYware’s key selling point, as it touts the end-to-end encryption it offers, which meets the same security standards used by ATMs and Point-of-Sale terminals. Other vendors, it says, support SSL only, a software-based encryption method.PAYWare also says the fees and fee structures will vary and doesn’t list them on its site. Its rates will be based on risk criteria categorized into  “Qualified”, “Mid-Qualified” and “Non-Qualified” tiers, as is standard. Rates will also vary depending on the type of business and whether or not a transaction is swiped or keyed in, also typical. In addition, gateway fees for access to the PAYware Connect gateway are charged, too. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Square, the mobile payments company launched in 2009 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is the name most often bandied about in tech circles these days when it comes to talk of credit-card swiping attachments made for iPhone. But Square was never alone on the mobile payments battlefront, and now it has a new competitor backed by a well-known brand name: Intuit.Today Intuit is making its two-year-old premium GoPayment service free – a service which comes with a magnetic stripe reader attachment that hooks onto the iPhone, similar to the one Square offers.Intuit GoPaymentIntuit’s GoPayment’s offering is a combination of a mobile application and, optionally, a magnetic stripe reader that attaches to the phone. Intuit no longer charges the $13/month fee or charges for the reader attachment (previously $219) – it’s all free now*. But to make that possible, GoPayment takes a higher cut of the transactions with its new discount rate fee of 2.7% (before it was 1.7%). For key-entered and non-qualified transactions, the rate is 3.7%. In addition, $0.15 is charged per transaction. These fees are competitive with Square. To use ROAMpay, customers must contact their merchant account provider to see if they carry ROAMpay. If so, they will help you get signed up, which includes locating the appropriate hardware and downloading the $2.99 app from iTunes, if applicable. ROAMpay says this fee applies for any other phone that supports mobile apps, including Google Android devices and phones that offer Verizon Wireless’s Get It Now service. With ROAMpay, your normal payment processing fees apply. You can also use ROAMpay on your PC or Mac.If you don’t have a merchant account, ROAMpay can connect you with its Payment Partners.ROAMpay also promotes its security features – all payment info is double-encrypted as entered on the device and is never fully decrypted until it enters the payment gateway for processing by one of ROAM’s payment platform partners. No sensitive data such as card numbers, magnetic stripe information or security codes are stored on the mobile device. 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After Effects Video Tutorial: Creating a Self-Animating Clock

first_img8Duplicate and recolor the new layer. Pickwhip the new layer rotation to the old layer rotation add: /60 Then, resize. 3Create the face of the clock using an ellipse path on a shape layer. 1Create a new hour-long composition.  4Create a new small rectangle and move to the top of the clock. Add a repeater to create 12 copies that rotate 30 degrees each. 9Duplicate the minute hand to create an hour hand. Pickwhip the rotation of the hour hand to the minute hand and add: /12 6Make a new red rectangle for the seconds hand. Move the rectangle so that it is positioned around the middle of the clock correctly.  5Add a drop shadow to all 3 elements. 7Edit the rotation of the second hand and add the expression:time*(360/60) 2Create a new solid for the background. Create a self-animating functional clock in After Effects using expressions.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a virtual “analog style” clock in After Effects that doesn’t use any keyframes. The technique is very useful if you are trying to make a self-animating clock. Fundamentals covered include:The “value +” expressionPick-whipping expressionsAdding a shape layer repeaterThis tutorial will save you a lot of time if you are used to animating clocks manually. Instead of setting keyframes, with a few quick expressions the whole process can be completely hands-off.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.  If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects, please comment below!last_img read more

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Serena Williams backs Nike after maternity pay controversy

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Serena Williams backed her sponsor Nike on Monday after controversy over the sporting goods giant’s maternity policy, saying that “it’s about learning from mistakes”.The 23-time Grand Slam champion has been the face of a Nike advertising campaign telling women to “dream crazier”.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 33-year-old Felix had spoken out after US team-mates Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher leveled similar allegations against Nike as part of an investigation by the Times.“They told stories we athletes know are true, but have been too scared to tell publicly: If we have children, we risk pay cuts from our sponsors during pregnancy and afterward,” wrote Felix, who gave birth to a baby girl in December.The New York Times reported that Williams’ contract had been kept intact when she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, while other women saw their pay cut in similar situations.But the 37-year-old Williams said that it was understandable it took Nike time to embrace change.“I feel like as time goes on, as technology changes and as, you know, the world changes, people realize that we have to change our policies,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ View comments The company has reportedly said it will change its policy of cutting female athletes’ pay during and after pregnancy, after being widely criticized, including by American track and field star Allyson Felix.“I’m glad that statement was made, and I know that herefore and going forward, they’re doing better,” Williams said after her French Open first-round win over Russian Vitalia Diatchenko in Paris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s what it’s about. It’s about learning from mistakes and doing better.”According to the New York Times, Nike plans to waive performance-pay reductions for 12 months for athletes who decide to have a baby. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Mighty Sports assembles best possible team for Jones Cup, taps Rajko Toroman as deputy “And I think that Nike wanted to do that, and they started doing that. And so I think they made a really bold statement by doing that with me, and I think they’re going to — I know, actually, that they’re going to continue to make that statement.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

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