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AmazonUS only at the moment, but bound to head here after a period of testing.
Amazon started out as an online bookstore, but has since expanded into selling almost any physical goods you can think of. But the company believes a lot of the stuff people buy on Amazon are things they could actually use help assembling, installing, or learning to enjoy.
"...We'll sell things like TVs, toilets, and sinks." a company spokesman said. It's launching with 700 different services, from the ordinary to the esoteric, everything from installing a garbage disposal to renting you a goat herd that will graze away the unwanted vegetation on your property.
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duangA new word has Chinese internet population confused. Duang - a word which has sprung up quickly and without any particular reason.

The BBC says "The character "duang" is so new that it does not even exist in the Chinese dictionary. But it has already spread like wildfire online in China, appearing more than 8 million times on China's micro-blogging site Weibo, where it spawned a top-trending hashtag that drew 312,000 discussions among 15,000 users.

On China's biggest online search engine Baidu, it has been looked up almost 600,000 times."

We wonder if it's Joomla! related - Joomla! Duang could be the next version? How about Google algorithm updates - Google Duang sounds feasible.

google logoGoogle currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results.

So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them, and if enough spammy optimisation firms work on promoting their keywords.

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SuperfishThe adware, named Superfish, is reportedly installed on a number of Lenovo’s consumer laptops out of the box. The software injects third-party ads on Google searches and websites without the user’s permission.
Some users are reporting that the adware actually installs its own self-signed certificate authority which effectively allows the software to snoop on secure connections, like banking websites and email.
This is a bad thing because it allows the software to decrypt communications between secure sites and their users.
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HTTPHTTP2 is coming and the benefits are mostly performance related. 
The new standard brings a number of benefits to one of the web’s core technologies, such as faster page loads, longer-lived connections, more items arriving sooner and server push.   One notable change is that HTTP requests will be 'cheaper' to make. The web community has often told developers to avoid adding too many HTTP requests to their pages, which lead to optimization techniques like code inlining or concatenation to reduce the requests. It also allows prioritisation of requests, letting more important requests complete more quickly, further improving performance.

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