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How Google's Updated Search Gives Small Businesses an Edge

Google updates its search engine with Hummingbird, which gives small businesses a leg-up in the search results fight focusing more on content.

Before it marked its 15th birthday last month, Google announced it was tweaking its search engine algorithm with a long-overdue update, dubbed Hummingbird.

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A Community-Based, Members Only, All Female Health Site

With a new social platform, ChickRx aims to smarten the conversation around women's health and wellness.

Two twenty-something Ivy League grads were fed up with ill-advised health tips from friends and fruitless Google searches, so they decided to build a digital home for the kind of trustworthy medical advice they couldn't find. Meghan Muntean and Stacey Borden are co-founders of ChickRx, a health information site specifically tailored to chicks. This week the site updates from a strictly editorial platform to one where women now can pose questions themselves—with the option of anonymity—and get answers from medical experts and other women. We caught up with the founders to find out more about their plans for the site.

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The 12 Bookmarklets Your Social Media Life Is Missing

Bookmarklets are free, minimally invasive, time-saving applications, yet a small fraction of internet denizens are using them.


If you juggle multiple social media presences (and these days, who doesn't?), you're almost certainly spending more time clicking back and forth than you need to. Bookmarklets are free, minimally invasive, time-saving applications, yet a small fraction of internet denizens are using them. They make sharing and posting content while surfing the Web as easy as clicking a button—without leaving the page you're on. These tools do everything from creating Tumblr posts to tweeting links—all without requiring you to be on the social media site itself. So whenever you have a desire to "share" an Internet gem with your fellow culture vultures, the bookmarklet will get the job done in the time it takes you to open up a new tab. We've compiled a list of social media bookmarklets (with links to install them, natch)—drag them to your toolbar now, and watch your social media life all but maintain itself.

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Environmental Protection? There's An App for That

Calling all developers: the EPA wants you to build apps with its vast amounts of data.

For a while now, the Environmental Protection Agency has been working to make its public data more accessible. In fact, in her "First Day Memo" from over two years ago, administrator Lisa Jackson included improved transparency as one of the main goals for the agency.

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The Case for Revolutionizing How We Teach Web Design

A 20-year-old self-taught web developer from the U.K., who never went to college, recently delivered a keynote address that brought the house down.

Meet Anna Debenham, a 20-year-old self-taught web developer from the U.K., who never went to college. She recently delivered a keynote address at Mozilla's Drumbeat Festival on the Future of Learning, Freedom and the Web that inspired a standing ovation.

Her treatise, on the pathetic state of web education (both at the high school and college level) details how dated material is not only creating a disinterested generation of web designers and developers, but negatively impacting the future economic viability of whole countries.

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