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While social media can be a powerful way for businesses to interact with audiences, there are many costly mistakes that can be made in this area. Hardly a week goes by without hearing about a scandal or faux pas made by a company on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Many mistakes, of course, never reach the media but they can still harm the bottom line of your business.

If there ever was a storybook group of hackers that helped humanity by getting information from companies illegally and sharing it, they certainly did not exist in the 21st century as a dominating force. Instead, companies that work in the cloud and with data have been constantly hit with malware and cyber attacks by hackers that want money and power.

Facebook opens up Instant Articles to all publishers. If you don’t know, Instant Articles are Facebook’s new way to natively load articles within the app using an adapted RSS feed. These native articles, which have a lightning bolt in the top right corner, load in half a second—10x faster than if user was to click out to a website.

Sometimes, revolutions in technology are easy to understand, even the first time you hear about them. The smartphone — it’s a phone as powerful as a computer. Bluetooth — it’s a way to wirelessly connect your devices. The search engine — allows you to type a search query instead of digging through directories.

Where do you go if you want to buy a bumper pack of Fujifilm Instant Film, a latex sports girdle, or party game Cards Against Humanity? These are, in fact, some of the best sellers on the world’s leading e-commerce site, Amazon.

If you are a small business owner and are concerned about productivity, then you are not alone. The realities of modern technology have created a highly distracting environment for workers while making oversight more difficult for managers. A recent study found that 37 percent of employees constantly surf the internet while at work. That number may or may not surprise you based on your own experience.

The machine revolution has begun, artificial intelligence is here. The latest advancements in machine learning look to transform whole industries, redefining the workforce and in many instances replacing human interactions. Seemingly human chatbots, designed to make people happier in China elicit responses of love and friendship. Mark Zuckerberg wants one in his home, a personal AI butler likened to Marvel’s Jarvis; a being that would not only control home lighting and ambiance, it would also answer the door and recognize Mark’s friends.

As technology advances and systems become increasingly automated, the threat of cyber attacks becomes ever more serious. This is equally true for governments, large corporations and even smaller businesses. While hackers and cyber criminals have been around since the birth of the internet, society’s increasing dependence on technology has raised the stakes.

It’s easy to get confused by all the new technical jargon that seems to be constantly spilling out of our computer screens. By now, you’ve probably heard about big data as a service, machine learning, and now deep learning, but differentiating between them isn’t always the easiest thing to do. The temptation may even be to ignore them, but all of these terms are actually a pretty big deal.

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