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After Backlash, LinkedIn Brings Back Contact Export Feature

After Backlash, LinkedIn Brings Back Contact Export Feature

After user complaints, LinkedIn has re-enabled the contact export feature that they recently disabled. On the one hand, good. Any modern social network should absolutely have a contacts and data export feature. This seems like another one of a series of irritating steps LinkedIn has gradually been taking to lock down their platform, limit access to formerly open data, and paywall the crap out of a truly useful service. At this point, it’s basically Facebook lite unless you pay for the premium features they didn’t used to restrict.

However, I suspect the reason they removed that feature was to combat spam and the fake profiles that mass-connect to people and harvest their email addresses. After having my LinkedIn-only email alias sold to spammers by my LinkedIn connections, I only see this getting worse. At this point I auto-reject all connection requests that aren’t in English, and carefully scrutinize requests from Russia, China, and the Middle East because they usually have the most fake-looking profiles that I can’t verify through common connections. I’m curious how they’ll choose to combat this moving forward.

(from Jon Jones, Tech Geek via IFTTT)

Apparently cars are hackable now. Update your Jeep Cherokee!

Link: Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

It feels weird to type this, but if you drive a Jeep Cherokee, you should download a security update so people can’t hack your car. Apparently it’s possible to remotely control its ignition, acceleration, braking, and steering.

How to Get the Password of WiFi Network You Are Connected To

Incredibly useful tip! Link: How to Get the Password of WiFi Network You Are Connected To

How (and Why) to Ditch Dropbox and Sync Files with BitTorrent Sync

Great guide! I *love* BitTorrent Sync.

How (and Why) to Ditch Dropbox and Sync Files with BitTorrent Sync

Dropbox (and similar cloud services) are awesome, but they don’t give you that much control, security, or privacy over your files. If you want to take control into your own hands without losing the features…
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IFTTT introduces three new apps to automate the world around you

Exciting! IFTTT is one of my *very* favorite tools. I use it to automate a huge variety of tasks, and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. And if you look at the menubar above, I’ve shared some of my favorite IFTTT recipes. :)

IFTTT introduces 3 new apps to automate the world around you

IFTTT, the internet automation service, is growing from a single app to a family of them. Today the company is launching three new apps for Android and iOS, as well as rebranding its flagship app….
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B.C. video game makers power up with tax credit

The B.C government extends a video game developer tax credit of 17.5% on labor costs until 2018. The credit was set to expire in September. Good news! I look forward to seeing how this benefits developers and how the region’s industry grows. http://buff.ly/1zQQGwF

The B.C. government will extend a tax credit for video game companies, something Victoria business owners say is crucial for the growing industry. The interactive digital media tax credit, set to. . .
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Epic Games offers up $5 million in Unreal Dev Grants

Epic Games announced Unreal Dev Grants, a $5m fund for Unreal 4 developers! Sweet!

Today Epic Games has announced a new initiative — one that could see your game netting between $5,000 and $50,000 in no-strings-attached funding from the engine provider.
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