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Popular Google, FireFox Extension Is Secretly Tracking User Activity

A popular browser extension that helps personalize how a website looks has been found to be tracking user activity. The revelation has pushed Google and Mozilla to remove the Stylish browser extension from their app stores. However, the extension’s official website still remains active.

Software engineer Robert Heaton claimed in a blog post that the Stylish extension tool steals a user’s internet history and sends information about a person’s browsing history and distinct identifiers to SimilarWeb, the extension’s owner. According to Heaton, this will allow the company to “connect all of an individual’s actions into a single profile.”

Heaton further explained that Stylish account holders typically have a unique identifier that can be linked to a login cookie. This will then provide SimilarWeb with enough information to “theoretically tie these histories to email addresses and real-world identities.”

Stylish is an open-source browser extension that gives users the capability to change how a website appears on their browser. With it, users can make websites look brighter and campier. They can also go for a brooding, darker theme or choose popular manga or cartoon characters to add to the website.

SimilarWeb’s 2017 formal policy does indicate that the extension collates anonymous data. But what Heaton is protesting is the identifier that the extension attaches to the said information before it’s sent to the company servers. He said this leaves the account holder vulnerable to hackers.

SimilarWeb has already denied these allegations and claimed that they are “not aware of and cannot determine the identity of the users from whom the non-personal information is collected.”

Google and Mozilla have since removed the extension from its Chrome and FireFox browsers. The former has not explained its decision to cut off Stylish while the latter said that they blocked the extension due to violation of data practices.

Users utilizing Stylish on their web browsers would no longer be able to access its features. However, the extension remains active online.

[Featured image via Pixabay]

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Measuring the quality of popular keyword research tools

Contributor JR Oakes measures the quality of popular keyword research tools against data found in Google search results and performing page data from Google Search Console.

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Best of 2017: MarketingSherpa’s most popular content about email, customer-first marketing, and competitive analysis

To give you that little extra oomph before we cross the line into 2018, here’s a look at some of our readers’ favorite content from the MarketingSherpa Blog this past year.
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Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Featured Spam, Google Local Messaging, Bing Popular Content & Rand Fishkin Leaving Moz

This week in search we saw a possible Google update over the weekend which died down a lot since. We saw our first case of image based featured snippet spam. Google Images now shows videos and recipe data in the results. Google published an FAQ around job postings for webmasters…

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SearchCap: Google menu list, Bing popular content & paid mistakes

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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Amy Morin: How Publishing One Incredibly Popular Article Led To A Million Dollar Writing And Speaking Business

[ Download MP3 | Transcript Coming Soon | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Amy Morin is famous for writing an article – 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do – which then turned into a seven-figure business. On the surface that just sounds too good to be true,…

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How to Get 30% Off Our Most Popular Premium WordPress Themes

How to Get 30% Off Our Most Popular Premium WordPress Themes

Only a few days left before this offer expires …

On Tuesday, I alerted you to the massive StudioPress blowout sale going on this week.

Basically, it’s our big annual Black Monday discount delivered three months in advance.

The details couldn’t be simpler: Until the offer expires on Tuesday, August 30 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, you get 30 percent off everything we sell at StudioPress.


Want any individual theme? Click this link, and browse all 39 StudioPress themes and all 15 third-party themes — you get 30 percent off as many individual themes as you want.

Want all of our themes? Click this link, and then find the blue box:

Click here to get 30% off the Pro Plus All-Theme Package

Click it, and you’ll be able to get 30 percent off our Pro Plus All-Theme Package — plus you lock in your Pro Plus account without the usual recurring annual payment of $ 99.99.

It’s just a one-time payment … and at a big, big discount.

Decisions, decisions …

So … which theme should you choose?

You don’t need me to spend any more time stressing the value of the discount. Forty-five percent off anything is pretty darn good.

If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to offer a few suggestions for which themes you might want to consider trying on your site.

I’ll reveal the three most popular StudioPress themes of 2016. So many customers can’t be wrong, right?

And I’ll also reveal my own personal favorite, which has received rave reviews ever since I put it on my own website.

The 3 Most Popular StudioPress Themes of 2016

We’ll begin the countdown at number three …

3. Digital Pro

This is one of the newest StudioPress themes, and it’s wasted no time carving out a niche of popularity.

Why? Because if you’re building a business around digital goods, you need a theme that will support your efforts and won’t get in the way when you’re marketing your digital products.

Digital Pro builds trust with a friendly, open feel and clean, easy-to-read typography.

Here’s how it looks:

Click here to get 30% off Digital Pro

To get Digital Pro:

We might mention Digital Pro again later. Stay tuned.

For now, let’s move on to the second-most popular theme of 2016 …

2. Altitude Pro

Altitude Pro is another relatively new theme, which I’ve used on one of my personal sites.

It’s a visually stunning theme — but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s style over substance. The parallax effects will grab your eye, but it’s the features and flexibility that will move your mind.

Altitude Pro is a theme with a purpose, and that purpose is to take you and your online business higher.

Click here to get 30% off Altitude Pro

To get Altitude Pro:

And the #1 best-selling theme so far in 2016 is … well, it’s the #1 best-selling of all time at StudioPress.

Still the undisputed champion of the StudioPress world, it’s …

1. Foodie Pro

Foodie Pro is one of the 15 third-party themes currently available at StudioPress — and yes, as mentioned above, third-party themes are eligible for the 30 percent discount.

Customers fell in love with Foodie Pro from the day she was released, and the love affair has not subsided.

Foodie Pro is sleek and svelte with her minimalist approach and clean design, but she sure packs a punch when it comes to features. She is the most flexible Genesis theme to date — with a minimalist style and plenty of color and typography options.

Click here to get 30% off Foodie Pro

To get Foodie Pro:

And finally, a quick nod to my personal favorite theme …

My Personal Favorite StudioPress Theme

What do you know? My personal favorite is a theme from our top three. I didn’t intend on that happening when I had the idea for this post … but hey, when a theme is good, it’s good.

I tend to be a tinkerer with my personal sites. I’ve tried out almost every StudioPress theme at one time or another.

For my Assembly Call website, I’ve never been happier with the look, feel, and function of the design as I am right now.

And the theme I’m using is Digital Pro.

Compare the demo image of Digital Pro with how my site looks:

Click here to get 30% off Digital Pro

Image of AssemblyCall.com, which uses Digital Pro

I love the hero image area, which I easily customized with my own image to fit my own brand.

I also love the setup of the widgets on the homepage. (Click here to check out how I have mine set up.)

And the individual category pages are striking in their simplicity.

I could go on and on.

Suffice it to say, I’m enamored with Digital Pro. Can you tell? :-)

Definitely give it a look as you are deciding which themes you’re going to get for 30 percent off.

Have fun browsing and deciding!

It’s always fun looking through new themes and envisioning what your site will look and feel like with them installed.

It’s even better when you can get your favorites for close to half off. :-)

Take some time today or this weekend and see which StudioPress theme will help you usher in the next evolution of your site.

Remember: Make sure you click this coupon link so you get your 30 percent off discount.

And don’t wait too long, because the big discount expires this upcoming Tuesday, August 30, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Which Pokemon Go Team is Most Popular? YouTube has the Answer!

Pokemon Go, launched July 6, 2016, is arguably the fastest growing game ever. In that spirit YouTube Trends wondered just how big is it? “We asked the YouTube data, and can confirm that “Pokemon Go” is a unique video game phenomenon like no other,” commented YouTube Lead Gaming Curator Jeff Rubin in a blog post for Yahoo Trends. “After just a few weeks, it’s clear “Pokemon Go” is big.”

That’s Jeff Rubin in the lead pic above.

Overall Pokemon Go Stats

Craig Smith over at DMR scoured the web for Pokemon Go stats seen in his blog post. Here are a few of the most illustrative stats on the popularity of Pokemon Go:

    • From a peak of over 25 million US active users, there are now just over 20 million.
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    • Users are spending 43 minutes a day playing, more than any other social app.
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    YouTube Pokemon Go Stats

    “We compared the launch week of Pokemon Go’s with the launch week of other blockbusters from 2016,” he said. “We found that the launch of “Pokemon Go” received twice as much watchtime as “Overwatch,” and three times as much as “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” Overall, since launch, “Pokemon Go” has racked up millions of hours of watchtime and consistently been one of the top 3 games on YouTube (trailing only “Minecraft” and “Grand Theft Auto V”).”

    Rubin noted that one video related to Pokemon Go on YouTube is the “2014 Google Maps April Fools’ Day prank”, which has seen its views and watchtime pop up since the game was launched.

    He says that other hit videos include “PewDiePie’s “Is Pokemon Go Going Too Far” with nearly 10 million views, Feranfloo’s Spanish “Capturando Pokemons En La Vida Real” with 9.2 million views, and a whole slew of musical tributes.”

    Which Pokemon Go Team is Most Popular?

    All Pokemon Go players must swear allegiance to one of three teams – Team Mystic, Team Valor, or Team Instinct. Using YouTube search and watch data they were able to determine which team is the most popular. “We found that, in terms of search queries, Valor jumped out to an early lead but was soon overtaken by Mystic,” Rubin said. “They’re currently running neck-and-neck, both ahead of Team Instinct.”

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    He says the best part of Pokemon Go’s popularity is that the Pokemon theme song is back! “And that’s the way we like it,” Rubin says!

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    Ask.com Posts Most Popular Questions Of 2013 Without Waiting To See What Gets Asked In Dec.

    It’s not even Thanksgiving week, but Ask.com has posted its Most Popular Questions and Search Terms for the year, listing 2013′s top ten trending terms for news, celebrity and entertainment, and political searches. According to the site, the Royal Baby ranked No. 1 for the top searched…

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    Popular Science Disables Comments, Says They’re ‘Undermining Bedrock Scientific Doctrine’

    At what point do internet comments, whether they are civil or uncivil, begin to undermine the entire purpose of the site on which they are hosted? Whatever that point is, Popular Science has apparently reached it.

    In an article appearing on the site, Online Content Director Suzanne LaBarre leaves little question as to why the long-running magazine has decided to shut down all commenting on online articles.

    Basically, comment sections have become a breeding ground for scientific ignorance and it’s bad for the publication and bad for scientific progress in general.

    Here’s the most pertinent segment of LaBarre’s explanation:

    A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to “debate” on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

    LaBarre quotes research that suggests that “even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story.”

    “Another, similarly designed study found that even just firmly worded (but not uncivil) disagreements between commenters impacted readers’ perception of science,” she writes. “If you carry out those results to their logical end–commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded–you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the ‘off’ switch.”

    In other words, comments that undermine accepted science are bad for the articles on which they appear and bad for scientific progress. One troll’s comment could butterfly effect all the way to U.S. scientific policy. The stakes are high.

    If there were comments enabled on LaBarre’s article, you would probably see a bunch of people riled up, claiming that Popular Science is stifling dissent.

    But it seems that Popular Science is sure in its course. To the publication, “bedrock scientific doctrine” is best served in a forum free of political motivations. “We’re committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate,” says LaBarre, “as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.”

    The magazine says that they’ll open up comments for some articles, but for the majority of new articles will have them disabled.


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