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Shame on You AdEngage, You Suck

A friend of mine suggest me AdEngage for cpc advertising. He heard about it from forums.  I choosed sites and ranges for ads and yesterday, ads started to run.

Here is the campaign information;


1-) You see that there is no thumbnail choosen for the ad.
2-) Ad has description.
3-) Ad’s industry is Humor

But what happened?

Here are the ads. Do you see the picture next to our link? Boobs.  Useless people click on the picture to enlarge the photo for easy masturbation. They click and see there is no larger version of the photo. And close the window. But i charged for the click.

One more Problem

I bought 50 dollars of cpc ad to test the system. I choosed to location as United States but after they charged me, they switched it to United Kingdom. And surprisingly there is not edit option for that.

Waste of Time, Waste of Money

I’ll never work with them unless they send my an apologies mail and fix the problem. I worked with adbrite in last years. I didn’t like that much but when i see adengage, Adbrite was really better.

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Digg Reinvention Tips For Kevin Rose

Digg Reinvention Tips For Kevin Rose

As you may heard, digg let 15 employees go.

I think people on digg can not manage digg well. Digg can’t catch the train and can’t improve itself enough. Think about facebook’s “like” button. It has to be the key of digg to own the content of the internet but digg doesn’t have even a strong response. Facebook is going to make digg more useless in near future.

Like many people on industry, only Kevin Rose can save digg. Here are some -important tips- that can save digg. Kevin Rose, take thoose into consideration.

1-) Manage your company.
2-) Spend your time on digg. Not on digg tv.
3-) Be away from the media for a while.
4-) No beer, drink tea. You know, tea is always better.
5-) Remove digg bar. Seriously what the hell is that?
6-) Let your users have desire to click links. Visiting digg looks like a “difficult” road. People that visit digg every day, now visit once or two a week.
7-) Make it more social. Add private messaging. Follower, Following lists (remove “fan” word from digg) But make all of these more simple.
8 -) Re-design header. Center the search or make it more visible. Let your visitors also using digg as a search engine. You have to the “real social search” but you do not use this weapon. What are you waiting for? Let your users have desire to search. This point is really important. Digg has to be lighter.
9-) Re-design your footer. You do not need columns. Make it more simple
10-) Create a small “digg widget” like facebook’s “like”.  Make it easily embeddable.
11-) Make it international with subdomains. And become the local social bookmarking leader of other countries.
12-) Use more “white space” in your design.
13-) Make user profiles more important.
14-) Solve the “power users” problem. Same problem for 4 years. What kind of a company is digg?
15-) Let all the links follow the source. Not the comments page.
16-) “Single title page”, make it more simple. Related and Sponsored Titles looks same as the real title.
17-) “Comment Karma System”

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Facebook is going to Kill Digg

I think people on digg can not manage digg well. Digg can’t catch the train and can’t improve itself enough. Think about facebook’s “like” button. It has to be the key of digg to own the content of the internet but digg doesn’t have even a strong response. Facebook is going to make digg more useless in near future.

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Why I Left Facebook (and so should you)

via Scolirk: ” I’d be willing to bet 99.99% of people on the internet have at least heard of Facebook, and understand it’s some sort of website where people meet girls or guys and try to get laid. It’s a simple concept that’s been drilled in to our heads for years now, ever since the mass exodus from MySpace. While there are only 450,000 active Facebook users (there are more active Hotmail users on a daily basis), it seems everyone and their grandma is posting drunk pictures to their wall.

While that itself might not be the most informative data you can find about people, it’s what a lot of the social generation consume on an almost minute-by-minute basis. We feel a need to be constantly connected with friends and family through social networking sites such as Facebook, and rely on them almost exclusively now from birthdays to dates, even to collaborative documents. Facebook has truly become the AOL of the 21st century.


There are many benefits to Facebook, more than I can actually list in a blog entry and hope to keep anyone’s interest past the fourth paragraph. One of the most important to me is a universal login across the various websites we visit on a day-to-day basis. Rather than signing up for a new website or service ever single time you visit a new site, we can now use Facebook Connect to quickly bring in all the important information, and connect that new site with our existing social presence online. This feature allows us to save time when signing up for sites, but also makes an attempt to filter out spam and trolls, by linking what we say and do on the internet with our names and identity. Read The Rest

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Facebook Selling Private Information

MINNEAPOLIS – Facebook is now sharing your personal profile information with third parties. For now, it’s just a few web sites, like the music site Pandora, and the consumer review site, Yelp.

Facebook is automatically sharing that information, without your consent. If you don’t want to share, you have to opt out.

University of Minnesota law professor and privacy expert Bill McGevern says it’s an important line in the sand. And for Facebook, with 600 million users, the stakes are high.

“Facebook is trying over and over to get this shared so Facebook becomes the center of the web,” said McGevern.

Facebook want to make money by selling user information.

Last week, Facebook announced new features designed to unlock more of the data accumulated about its users during its six-year history. The senators said the recent changes by Facebook fundamentally alter the relationship between users and the social networking site. Before the change, users had control over what information they wished to share publicly and what information they wanted to keep private.

Among other things, Facebook is plugging into other websites so people can communicate their interests with friends, colleagues and acquaintances online. Facebook also changed its own website to create more pages where users’ biographical information could be exposed to a wider audience.

In a statement, Facebook said, “these new products and features are designed to enhance personalization and promote social activity. All of Facebook’s partner sites interact with a user’s consent.” Rest and Source

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Who is Vera Baker?

According to Wiki: Vera Baker is a former political fundraiser. With Muthoni Wambu, she founded Baker Wambu & Associates in 2000. According to The Politico, Baker’s organization became a top fundraising firm for the Congressional Black Caucus. [1] Baker was the Finance Director for Barack Obama’s 2004 Illinois Senate campaign and was identified by The American Prospect as one of the “rare” African-American major fundraisers.

Becoming to hit of 2010

National Enquirer’s Obama Scandal: Claims Surveillance Proves Affair

Chaos in Arizona, an oil spill the size of Rhode Island, and now this on the eve of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner: the National Enquirer published a story last night claiming that President Barack Obama was caught having an affair with a former campaign staffer at a Washington hotel, and they might have the tape to prove it. (UPDATE: Enquirer retracts video claim)

The Enquirer claims insiders have known about the scandal and are willing to pay some serious cash for the story, and they’re so sure of it that they’ve brought out the animated .gifs:

A confidential investigation has learned that Obama first became close to gorgeous 35 year-old Vera Baker in 2004 when she worked tirelessly to get him elected to the US Senate, raising millions in campaign contributions.

While Baker has insisted in the past that “nothing happened” between them, the Enquirer has learned that top anti-Obama operatives are offering more than $1 million to witnesses to reveal what they know about the alleged hush-hush affair. Rest can be read here

Vera Baker Pictures

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Police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home in Fremont | Lost Iphone [NEWS]

Police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen‘s home in Fremont, Calif. last week, seizing computers and other gadgets, as detectives probe how the gadget blog editor obtained an Apple iPhone prototype, which he first published photos and videos of last Monday.

According to documents viewed by Business Insider, law enforcement agents sent by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office seized several computers, including three Apple laptops, two Dells, an IBM notebook, and an HP server. Cops also took external hard drives, digital cameras, cellphones, USB drives, an iPad, and documents. (Here’s a whole list.)

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Hardest, Meanest Tetris Clone Ever [GAME]

“Sure, Achewood and xkcd have joked about it, but it took the sadism of Sam Hughes to make Hatetris — a one-off Tetris clone that spits out the statistically worst possible piece with every move — a reality.

As it damn well would, it starts with a ton of ‘S’ blocks — the bane of every Tetris champ — but just as you learn patterns to cope with that, it throws something more unmanageable your way. ” via bb

Play Hatetris
[Sam Hughes]

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Why Computer Science Students Cheat

alphadogg writes “Enrollment in undergraduate computer science courses is at an all-time high at colleges nationwide. But this trend that’s been hailed by the US tech industry has a dark side: a disproportionate number of students taking these courses are caught cheating. More students are caught cheating in introductory computer science courses than in any other course on campus, thanks to automated tools that professors use to detect unauthorized code reuse, excessive collaboration, and other forbidden ways of completing homework assignments. Computer science professors say their students are not more dishonest than students in other fields; they’re just more likely to get caught because software is available to check for plagiarism. ‘The truth is that on every campus, a large proportion of the reported cases of academic dishonesty come from introductory computer science courses, and the reason is totally obvious: we use automated tools to detect plagiarism,’ explains Professor Ed Lazowska, chair of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. ‘We compare against other student submissions, and we compare against previous student submissions and against code that may be on the Web. These tools flag suspicious cases, which are then manually examined.'”

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25th Anniversary of Hackers

theodp writes “Sharks gotta swim; bats gotta fly; hackers gotta hack. On the 25th anniversary of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, author Steven Levy has penned an interesting where-are-they-now follow up on the original digital revolutionaries for Wired. ‘Some of my original subjects,’ writes Levy, ‘are now rich, famous, and powerful. They thrived in the movement’s transition from insular subculture to multibillion-dollar industry, even if it meant rejecting some of the core hacker tenets. Others, unwilling or unable to adapt to a world that had discovered and exploited their passion — or else just unlucky — toiled in obscurity and fought to stave off bitterness. I also found a third group: the present-day heirs to the hacker legacy, who grew up in a world where commerce and hacking were never seen as opposing values. They are bringing their worldview into fertile new territories and, in doing so, are molding the future of the movement.’ Here’s hoping Google reads this and gets inspired to let Andy Hertzfeld ship whatever the hell he wants!” Glyn Moody pulls out one poignant detail from Levy’s account: rms’s thoughts of suicide.

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