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Photograph By: Laney Griner

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Source: https://www.wired.com/story/success-kid-steve-king/

Copyright Law in the U.S. is a hot topic lately.

Memes are everywhere and used for all kinds of things. Recently Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) used the Success Kid meme to rally his supporters to fund his meme useage and raise money.

The kid’s, pictured in the meme, mother was not at all cool with this. Laney Griner had her lawyers send King’s staff a cease-and-desist letter to stop using the meme.

This brings up some very interesting points and issues on fair use of popular memes.

What constitutes fair use…


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This post originally went out to the Insights On Tech newsletter 2/4/2020. Subscribe at insightsontech.substack.com.

End-to-end encryption keeps your messages, documents, and files private and out of the prying eyes of strangers and the government. It has many good uses as well as some nefarious ones.

There is currently a bipartisan push in the U.S. Senate to break end-to-end encryption citing the more nefarious uses and ignoring the beneficial reasons for it.

The U.S. government claims that bad actors use these services to plan terrorist attacks and do other bad things. To some extent this is true. But the politicians…


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With the state of journalism in flux. Many news organizations have taken to the paywall as a solution to garner subscribers from their readership.

Many of these papers do it quite well. The New York Times and the Washington Post to name just two of them. Some do it terribly — The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. These last two don’t let you read without subscribing.

The Hybrid Model

Some online publications, like Business Insider and TechCrunch have a hybrid model, which seems to be working. They release quite a bit of of stories for free, but put the deeper, more…


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This post first appeared on the Goldstein Media blog.

Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, even WordPress.com. The list goes on and on. The democratization of Web design is upon us… or so these companies want us to think.

Disclosure Time

Now before I get started I feel the need to disclose that I run a digital agency that builds websites with WordPress (the self-hosted, free, open source, version). Does this sway my opinion a bit, yes, but only because I know what a site that you have FULL control over can do. Also, when I refer to WordPress below, I’m not referring to the…


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This is an interesting post about Google My Business (GMB) and how the categories’ impact SEO.

I have found that Google My Business categories are often an overlooked tactic by many people that work in the Local Search space. According to Moz’s Local Search Ranking Factors Survey, proper Google My Business category associations are the #3 search ranking factor for local packs. It has been one of the top ranking factors […]

Source: 7 things you might not know about Google My Business categories — Search Engine Land

Originally published at Seth M. Goldstein.


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This is a must watch for any WordPress/Web Designer dealing regularly with clients.

Originally published at Seth M. Goldstein.


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Foundr Magazine’s latest post on how to be productive in 2019 is full of great information and stats to help you succeed in 2019. Check it out!

Tired of failing at your new year’s resolutions? These 5 productivity tips for entrepreneurs will help you smash your big goals this year!

Source: New Year Productivity Tips To Help You Kickstart Your Business in 2019

Originally published at Seth M. Goldstein.


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A good friend and business colleague of mine Chuck Hall published a great post today on LinkedIn about how every new year is a fresh start. We all start at zero. It’s definitely worth a read.

On the first business day of the new year, one of my more experienced colleagues walked into the office and stopped near a group of us young guys and declared: “Today we are all the same. We are all zeros. But tomorrow, I will be ahead of you because I am better than you.”

Source: Are You A Zero (Chuck Hall on LinkedIn)

Originally published at Seth M. Goldstein.


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I’m a HUGE fan of Amy Landino. She has great tips twice a week on her YouTube channel. This video (below) is a great one for the New Year.

Happy 2019 everyone!

Originally published at Seth M. Goldstein.


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How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event “the Inversion.”

Source: How Much of the Internet Is Fake?

To be honest this article, regardless of how cynical it sounds, isn’t off at all. It is next to impossible to track users online.

Originally published at Seth M. Goldstein.

Seth Goldstein

Editor of the Insights on Tech newsletter (https://insightsontech.substack.com)

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