The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company on Monday announced the launch of “Facebook Marketplace,” a new, prominent feature that allows individual users to easily buy and sell a range of items, such as clothing electronics, household goods, furniture, jewelry, art and cars. To start, Marketplace is rolling out to users over the age of 18 in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand on iOS and Android over the next few days. Facebook plans to extend the service to its desktop site and additional countries over the coming months.

For now, Marketplace can be accessed by tapping a highly-visible shopping bag icon at the bottom of the app, alongside icons such as ”Messenger” and “Notifications.” Facebook’s massive 1.7-billion person user base and the new feature’s ease of use give it a good shot of competing with more established, peer-to-peer online marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist. Facebook said the inspiration for Marketplace came from observing that a significant number of people were using Facebook to buy and sell products, especially within “Groups.” More than 450 million Facebook users visit Groups categorized as “buy-and-sell” each month to view items for sales from neighbors or collectors globally, the company said. For now, Marketplace is free for both buyers and sellers. 

“Marketplace is a single destination where people can discover, buy and sell things in their neighborhood and community,” said Facebook product manager Bowen Pan in an interview. “The feature will also surface the most relevant items when we don’t know what we’re looking for. It’s designed for people, not big businesses.”

A preview of an item for sale on Marketplace. (Courtesy of Facebook)

The feature has been in testing since late last year and was built to be mobile-first, Pan said. Marketplace items can also appear in the news feed or be posted within groups and pages. For now, Marketplace is only built for individual users, not a store front for companies — businesses can currently use pages for that purpose. In early tests of Marketplace, Facebook found that most users started browsing without having a specific item in mind. As a result, the company wanted to make browsing highly visual, Pan said. Testing also indicated that users who were most interested in buying items on Marketplace also wanted to sell items, which encouraged the company to make both buying and selling simple.

Marketplace currently prioritizes local purchases. When users open the app, they will first see for-sale items posted by people nearby. To look for specific items, users can use a search bar at the top of the app to filter by category, item or price. Users can adjust location to view items in a different region or city. Tapping on an item image will show users more information such as a product description, location and the profile of the seller. A “Your Items” tab can be used to keep track of a user’s saved items, items for sale and any buy-and-sell messages. Buyers can also view an estimate of how quickly a seller tends to respond.

To purchase an item, users can send an offer price with or without a more detailed message. Facebook said it currently does not facilitate the delivery or payment of items in Marketplace. The company said illegal goods will be monitored through a combination of user flagging and Facebook’s own automated systems.

A preview of a message screen from the point of view of the seller. (Courtesy of Facebook)

Facebook said it expects Marketplace to complement buy-and-sell activity that already happens in groups. For example, users posting an item for sale can choose to post the item in Marketplace as well as in a group at the same time.

Original Source of this article is forbes

A year after Google launched their mobile-friendly testing tool, Bing has launched their own similar version, the Bing Mobile Friendliness Test Tool.

Bing announced the release of their mobile friendliness test tool today. This was promised to us back in May 2015, when Bing told us they were working on a mobile-friendly Bing ranking algorithm. It was actually expected in the late summer but was delayed.

The tool evaluates a page to check if it is mobile-friendly based on these criteria:

  • Viewport and Zoom control configuration
  • Width of page content
  • Readability of text on the page
  • Spacing of links and other elements on the page
  • Use of incompatible plug-ins

Here is a screen shot of the tool in action. As you can see, it shows a preview of the site on the right side:


Bing has not yet announced the launch of their mobile-friendly algorithm; that may come soon.

Bing’s blog post does include a lot of detail on why a website might fail any of the above criteria, so check it out. You can access the tool at this URL.

Google launched their mobile-friendly testing tool just about a year ago today.

Source : http://searchengineland.com

Categorized in Search Engine


Recently, Anonymous started with a tweet siren alerting its followers of an important announcement coming its way and to hold on tight.

In a few hours, the anticipated news was out in another tweet on the popular social media site. They reveal that they are now hosting a chat hub on the Deep Web.Anonymous proudly presented their new OnionIRC chat service, with battle flags raised up high against government corruption and censorship of surveillance operations.

What is its main purpose and how did the launch turn out?

The OnionIRC Network

Residing within the Deep Web is the OnionIRC network, which has been primarily designed for complete anonymity, and the Anons make their plans known to all.

Anonymous welcomes everyone concerned about their privacy and security to utilize it as a hub for their anonymous operations, use for general free speech, and for any other project.

They encourage groups who are striving to build the foundation of a strong community to make use of the network within the grounds of the Deep Web.

Anons also declare their intention to strengthen their ranks and support current internet activists and the coming generations by arming them with education.

Their plan is to make the creation of virtual classrooms possible, whereby so-called teachers will be providing lessons on varied subjects that won’t be limited to any form of knowledge, and do so following a regular scheduled.

Lessons would pertain to any number of topics including security culture, history, hacking or technical tutorials, and how to properly use anonymity software.

The Deep Web is that part of the internet Google can’t reach, which requires special protocols that allow users to remain anonymous and acquire enhanced security.

In line with promoting proper encryption and utilization of anonymity tools, Anonymous says that they do not want anyone to rely solely on their signal.

Thus, they will likewise generate thorough documentation and comprehensive instructions on creating one’s own service chat hub.This involves the Tor network to hide it within the Deep Web and help decentralize the movement.


Welcome to Hacker School

Anonymous has been scoring a number of failed operations during the past year, and the announcement of the new chat service on the Deep Web seems a great opportunity to rally.

However, it’s gone off to quite a slow start.A few hours after the siren of the upcoming announcement and the launch itself of the new chat hub, only a handful of 10 up to 20 people at a time were in the classroom.

Only about 2-4 users had some actual or real knowledge of the operation, and newbies were given an overview of hacking and explanation of various terms.

One organizer who goes by the name “butts” said in one open chat that there might not be planned lessons taught yet since things are just starting off.

They wish to see how things would go for a while and hoping to build a bit of a good user base in the meantime.

They then plan to ultimately kick-off with awesome in-house presentations in their lessons.

They’re Expecting You

Anonymous invites hackers, activists, artists, any kind of user and all internet citizens to be part of this Deep Web chat hub, and their collective effort towards defending internet security and privacy.

They further entice by leaving you with the decision to come aboard and join the battle, or walk the plank.

Anonymous says they’ve been expecting you, and if you otherwise choose to walk their path, they could really use the extra help anyone can give.The instructions for joining the new chat hub on the Deep Web can be easily viewed online and does not require any technical expertise if you wish to get involved.

A pro-tip found on their site informs that the OnionIRC Network is not a website, but an IRC chat server.

Hence it entails the use of an IRC client to connect rather than simply get it done through a browser, and everything you need such as popular IRC chat clients, example guide, Tor network details and configurations are provided for by Anonymous.


Source : https://darkwebnews.com


Categorized in Deep Web


In a move that basically confirms the name change for the upcoming Google Pixel phones, the search engine giant has reportedly renamed the Google Nexus Launcher to a new Google Pixel Launcher.

The Nexus Launcher has been here for some time, but it only featured as a beta version. APK files of the launcher have even been availed to different people who have gone ahead to taste the waters. Now, a renowned HTC leaker who goes by the Twitter handle @LlabTooFeR has come in with fresh images of what he calls the Pixel Launcher. Surprisingly, the pictures show basically no difference between the two launchers, only that the leaker says it has a new name.

pixel launcher

Given that there is really not much to gather about the Pixel Launcher other than the less-detailed images, it is not possible to confirm this rumor. Still, it appears that the new launcher is comfortable with handling landscape views, users can still search for apps directly from the app drawer and the sliding arrow that featured in the bottom third of the Nexus Launcher can still be accessible in the new Pixel Launcher, with the same functionality of allowing access to the app drawer. You will also notice the small Google toggle at the top that allows you to access Google Now instantly.

Speculations about Google’s shift from Nexus branding to Pixel branding for the upcoming smartphones started showing up about a week ago. But before that, it had also been rumored that the phones will be dropping the “Nexus” logo in favor of a “G” logo. However, this change of names from the Nexus Launcher to Pixel Launcher could just be what we needed to confirm that indeed the next phones from the search engine giant will be known as Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Google Nexus

The new Pixel Launcher comes with version number 7.1-3231428, another indicator that the Google Pixel phones could also come preinstalled with a new Android 7.1 Nougat, just as rumors have been pointing out. More leaks have also suggested that Google will go for the latest and fastest Snapdragon 821 SoC, making the phones the first in the U.S. to come out with the chipset. However, ASUS has recently unveiled its ZenFone 3 Deluxe variant that is powered by this same chipset.



Categorized in Science & Tech

Amazon is introducing Amazon Vehicles, a site that potential car shoppers can use to get information about automobiles a la Kelly Blue Book. (Amazon.com)

The Seattle e-commerce juggernaut is launching Amazon Vehicles, a place on its online store that will house car specs and reviews for shoppers to research car purchases. They can’t buy vehicles there, though.

Amazon.com now wants you to shop for vehicles on its site — except it won’t sell you a car.

On Thursday, the Seattle e-commerce juggernaut is launching Amazon Vehicles, a destination on its online store that will house car specifications and reviews to help shoppers research car purchases on Amazon.com, just as they do when they lust after a fancy coffee maker.

But vehicles, in most states a highly regulated retail industry, are not for sale there. Nor are there links or special offers from car dealers, at least for now.

It’s more an information resource such as those provided by Kelly Blue Book or Edmunds.com, except the purpose seems to be to draw customers to the Amazon Automotive store, a part of the company’s retail empire that sells parts and accessories. 

The move rides on Amazon’s growing role as the de facto search engine for products.

“More and more customers are turning to Amazon for researching products, and now we’re enabling that experience for vehicles — which is one of the most important, research-intensive purchases in customers’ lives,” an Amazon spokeswoman said.

Those in the market for a new ride can just type the model they’re curious about as they would for any other item. They also can browse by year, make, model, fuel economy or even customer rating.

Most important, they can pore over thousands of customer reviews and ask questions about a specific model.

Motor vehicles that need registration are one of the rare product lines, along with tobacco, assault weapons and other regulated items, that aren’t sold at on the Everything Store.

Dealers have long defended state laws that steer the buying and selling of most vehicles to franchised dealerships.

That doesn’t mean Amazon hasn’t tried. In 2000, the company backed Greenlight.com, a car-buying service that promised a “superior car-buying experience” without haggling, through a network of dealers.

The service was accessible through Amazon’s online store. But the experiment was short-lived; Greenlight was later acquired by CarsDirect, a service that connects shoppers with dealers.

Amazon to donate Kindles to schools

Amazon.com has launched the Kindle Reading Fund, an initiative to donate e-readers, tablets and digital books to libraries, schools and nonprofit organizations around the world.

The move was announced Wednesday in a blog post by Dave Limp, the head of Amazon’s devices business. It’s the latest high profile philanthropic initiative unveiled by the Seattle tech and retail giant, which seems to be finding its ground as a more vocal corporate benefactor.

“We recognize that not everyone has access to the books they want or need,” Limp wrote in the post. 

The fund has a Web page where groups can request donations from Amazon.

Source : http://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/amazon-launches-car-browsing-tool/ 

Categorized in Others

As bloggers continue to debate the finer points of nothing, yet another entrepreneur has gone out and just built a filtered search engine for Twitter. A couple of days ago Twitority launched (although it appears to be down now). Today, it’s Twithority, by the same guys at Tsavo that created Daymix.

Twithority is notably faster in returning results, and it looks farther back (1,000 results v. 50). It ranks results by rank (highest ranking users first) and time (most recent first) by the top 10,000 Twitter users.

Some people will continue to hate the debate over Twitter authority, but ultimately the market will decide if there’s demand for this kind of product.

Source : https://techcrunch.com/2008/12/29/second-authority-based-twitter-search-engine-launches-twithority/

Categorized in Search Engine

Artiklz is debuting its conversation search engine to the public today, and it’s definitely worth taking a look. What the service does is aggregate comments from the more popular blogging and commenting platforms as well as a number of services including Digg, Reddit, FriendFeed, Delicious, etc. and make them available through a single search engine.

This is very similar to what companies like Crunchies finalist BackType and also uberVU are all about, and I definitely see the need for this type of service: regardless of one’s interests or line of work, dedicated comment search engines make it easy for users to find out what the content and tone of conversations across social media really are. I like the fact that you no longer need to visit every web service that has comments separately in order to find out what’s being said, but that you can go to a single place, do a simple search and find out.

Artiklz also helps center discussion about your blog posts in one location, enabling you to get notifications by e-mail, SMS, IM or a web interface, whenever a new comment is made about your writings on any given service. You can also add a badge to your blog that gives your readers the option to be notified when you post a new article, or when somebody leaves a comment on a given post, and you can even track a specific individual’s comments.


Categorized in Search Engine

Cambridge, UK-based True Knowledge released its natural language search engine into private beta yesterday (a story broken by TechCrunchUK).

Like the much-anticipated Powerset, the company aims to give appropriate answers to natural language queries, even if key query terms are not included in the data being indexed. Current search engines are unable to return appropriate results for these queries.

At first glance True Knowledge and Powerset are competitors – but in fact they really aren’t. Powerset is both indexing the web and working to convert natural language queries into database-understandable queries. True Knowledge is only tackling half the problem – the conversion of queries. They are not indexing the web.

Instead, True Knowledge is grabbing data from structured databases, like, for example, the CIA Factbook. In many ways, they are more comparable with Freebase, a startup focused on gathering all the structured data on the web.

The engine certainly looks like it will be useful, though. Results can be returned based on inference of the intended meaning. So a question about if someone is married or not can be answered even if there is no specific structured data about that question. See the demo video to get a better idea of what it is capable of:

showplayer%2Eswf You can also see a number of screen shots with sample queries and results here.

The company has raised “more than” £600,000 from Octopus Ventures. As an interesting aside, founder William Tunstall-Pedoe is good friends with Powerset founder Barney Pell. Both studied at Cambridge together, says Pell, who describes True Knowledge as “cool stuff.”Via Go2Web2.


Categorized in Search Engine
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