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I am now a Google Developers Expert in Web Technologies!

Google has just welcomed me in the Google Developers Experts Program after recognizing my open source work as a web technology expert. As you can imagine, I’m quite happy to have earned this distinction.Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉I worked alongside the Google Developer Relations team back in 2017 hacking together a couple of open source projects. Since then I’ve got the opportunity to hang out with and work alongside some of the finest engineers in the web industry.EXPERTS PROGRAM: A global program to recognize individuals who are experts and thought leaders in one or more Google technologies. These professionals actively contribute and support the developer and startup ecosystems around the world, helping them build and launch highly innovative apps.Eligibility CriteriaBe a expert in the subject area.Have the ability to articulate clearly & provide meaningful advice.Display continued activity in the startup and developer ecosystem, by:Being an influential and recognized speaker at large and small tech conferences.Creating high quality technical content, including: tutorials, code samples, educational books, blogs posts, and videos.Mentoring tech entrepreneurs in designing, developing, and distributing their products.That’s basically how I got the invite from a couple of Googlers and ended up going through the Google Developers Experts interview process. You are first referred by a Googler and then vetted through a fair interview process.I’m a developer advocate for Open Source & JavaScript. You can find me advocating all things F/OSS. Over the years, I’ve produced 170+ open source projects which are used by millions of developers today.So, I had a couple of interviews with a web GDE and a Googler — the rest, as they say, is history. You can read more about the process here. As a form of recognition, the Google Developers Experts also get a badge. I got the one for Web Technologies.Well, for the most part, it’s business as usual. I love the open source and developers are my people. I am going to keep doing what I do as a developer advocate. Building communities and helping developers.✅ I’m super eager to work alongside the development teams behind Chrome’s V8 Engine and the Speed/Perf team that works on making the web more accessible for everyone but especially for the Next Billion Users.🚀 This GDE programs membership is a blessing in disguise for my work on Progressive Web Apps and the JavaScript SEO issues that I so badly want to address as I work on JAMstack applications with offline support via Service Workers. Has to do with the Mobile First Test using Chrome 42 (I guess).🤙 I’m going to be releasing seven pretty awesome pieces of open source software (somewhat interconnected) that I’ve been working on for quite some time now. This is something I am super excited to share.🗣️ I’ve several speaking engagements planned throughout the year. With the GDE program, there are going to be a couple more opportunities for me to speak — especially about web performance with PWAs and JAMstack — at a few local conferences. Fingers crossed.If you’re planning an event that has to do with developers and you’d like me to talk about the cutting-edge web? Then go right ahead and read the page about Want Me To Talk to get in touch with me.You can also subscribe to my newsletter called The Developers Takeaway!Peace! ✌️Follow Ahmad Awais @MrAhmadAwais on Twitter →Originally published at https://ahmadawais.com on April 23, 2019.I am now a Google Developers Expert in Web Technologies! was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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10 Reasons To Consider a Search Engine Alternative to Google

If you’re using Google as your only search engine, it’s time for you to search for a new search engine. You, like most people, have probably developed quite the Google habit over the years. It’s been the most commonly used search engine for nearly 20 years. While Google may seem to work extremely well for you, it’s likely coming at the cost of losing your privacy and losing an objective view of the information on the internet.Reason #1: Google Tracks Your SearchesWhen you use Google, your search term gets linked to your device and Google stores that information. It then uses that information to target you with ads.According to Google’s Privacy Policy, “When you’re not signed in to a Google Account, we store the information we collect with unique identifiers tied to the browser, application, or device you’re using.”So even if you’re signed out, your Google data is still linked to your browser and your device, which could reveal your identity. Unfortunately you could easily believe that they are searching “privately” because they’re logged out. In these cases, Google can still theoretically link these searches to your identity.If you use an Android device, “the Advertising ID is used to provide relevant advertising on Android devices, and can be managed in your device’s settings.”This is another problem. Every Android device has a unique device identifier that Google uses to track ad viewing behavior. So your device’s unique identifiers could potentially undo any privacy protection measures you take.Reason #2: Google Follows You To Other Websites with Ads and AnalyticsGoogle doesn’t just run a search engine, it also operates one of the internet’s largest ad networks and analytics programs. This means that Google may track you with scripts and cookies within the ads that they host on other websites. It may also collect information about your browsing with Google Analytics.The majority of Google’s profits come from advertising, and not directly from its search engine. Google’s search engine does play a major role though. It’s just one of many tools that the company uses to collect data from its users about their interests and browsing behavior. Google also provides Google Analytics which gives websites insight into who is visiting their sites and which pages are most popular. Any website that has Google Analytics installed is another touch point for Google to collect your data.Read More: Data Privacy Concerns with GoogleReason #3: Google is a “General” Search EngineGoogle is an awesome search engine for most searches. However, for finding certain types of content or scientific research data there are other much more effective search engines.For example, if you want an answer to a complex equation, Wolfram Alpha is a better resource than Google. Wolfram Alpha delivers answers and systematic knowledge rather than a list of websites that may contain the answer you’re seeking.If you are doing scientific research or research for a legal case, a more advanced search tool like LexisNexis or Microsoft Academic Search will help you find the information you’re looking for much faster. If you need to search PDF documents or scientific journals, a search tool that’s designed for research will be more effective.Reason #4: Google is Most Vulnerable to Search Results ManipulationBecause Google is so popular and has the most users of any search engine, marketers are most concerned about having their sites rank highly on Google. The entire field of search engine optimization is based on manipulating websites and the sites that link to it to improve its search engine rankings. Google has the highest search volume of any search engine so it stands to give SEO professionals the biggest return on their effort.While Google’s search algorithms are constantly advancing to prioritize high-quality websites and content, there are still ways that marketers try to game the system. This means that when you search with Google, you could be seeing a site that has manipulated the rankings and not the best website for your query.Reason #5: Google Links Your Searches to Your Google AccountIf you’re logged in to Google (and potentially even if you aren’t), your searches will be tracked and connected to your account. This lets Google maintain a data set specifically about your internet use and search history. This creates a vulnerability in the even Google is hacked that your browsing activity could be leaked.Reason #6: Google Keeps You In a Filter BubbleWhen you use Google, the results you see are determined by which websites you frequently visit, what you’ve searched for in the past, and what you’re most likely to click on. If you’ve frequently read conservative news sites and you search for a political issue, you’re more likely to get Google results from conservative news sources. This applies to almost any topic, if you visit websites that indicate to Google that you have a certain perspective, Google will show you more websites that reinforce your views.Reason #7: Google Isolates You In Their Range of ProductsIt’s no coincidence that if you do a Google search for “cloud storage” or “online document” the first option Google shows is its own products — Google Drive and Google Docs. Google uses each of its products to learn more about its users. While this does help make some of their products more convenient, it also raises privacy concerns.If you use Google as your search engine, use Gmail for your email, have a YouTube account and use other Google products the company has trapped you in it’s data collection system. If you want to search Google, you may be prompted to log in, but you aren’t required to do so. If you want to comment on a YouTube video, Google makes you log in. Information about the videos you watch on YouTube is very valuable for advertising purposes, and for targeting the embedded ads you see in the videos you watch.Reason #8: Other Search Engines Have Better Privacy By DefaultGoogle’s convenience is thanks to the amount of data it has about you and your content preferences. As far as privacy goes, Google gives users very little. Even if it has the best data security practices in the world to keep your data safe from hackers, the company at self can still theoretically view your browsing behavior.Private search engines, which generally don’t track any data about you and your searches are better for anyone concerned with privacy. StartPage and Search Encrypt (my company) are two examples of private search engines that will help minimize tracking from your search engine. Neither of these search engines will use your search history to target you with ads anywhere on the internet. The ads you see above your search results will be based solely on your search term.StartPage uses Google results, with additional privacy protection measures. It doesn’t track your IP address or any information about you. With StartPage you don’t have to worry about other users on your computer seeing what you’ve searched for in your browsing history.Search Encrypt is similar to StartPage but returns results from a number of different sources. It uses encryption to keep your search terms private from anyone who may be monitoring your network or who may use your computer after you.Reason #9: Google’s Influence Is Too LargeSince Google has around 90 percent of the global search market. As a result, the websites that Google’s algorithms prioritize are given a huge advantage over those that aren’t given high ranking. Most people start their internet browsing with a Google search, so Google acts as the doorway into the internet. If they aren’t giving fair exposure to the full range of information that’s available, they are greatly influencing the world’s perspectives.If you buy into this model of giving your data to Google and then using the products your data is feeding, you are perpetuating this issue. You are expanding Google’s power to control the free flow of information online.Reason #10: Google Offers Very Little TransparencyGoogle is so large and people have grown so comfortable using its products that only a very small percentage of users are interested in how Google actually works. While Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy explain which data it collects, exactly how Google uses that data is still pretty unknown.In January 2019, Google was fined $57 million in France for a lack of transparency into how their ad targeting works. Although Google informs its users what data they collect, there is very little understanding about the algorithms that determine which ads people see. This is a common trend across many of Google’s products, where people blindly consent to privacy statements that still don’t fully explain how a given user’s information is processed, stored and used.Originally published at https://choosetoencrypt.com on April 16, 2019.10 Reasons To Consider a Search Engine Alternative to Google was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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XRP Coin Price Goes Green while XRPayments App Trends in Google Play Store

On the price front, XRP/USD is seeing 24-hours greens of 2 percent as it trades at $0.3269. The increase in price was accompanied by an increase in trading volume to $4.3 billion while an average daily trading volume for XRP doesn’t go much beyond $1 billion. The highest volume has been registered at Bitfinex which […]
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Search Interest About Bitcoin Grows on Google But Mentions Decrease On Twitter

Interest in Bitcoin (BTC) seems to be growing on Google after the price of the most popular digital asset grew from $4,100 to $5,300 in just a few hours. Nonetheless, Twitter hashtags continue to slump as time passes. Bitcoin Sentiment Improves On Google but Not On Twitter Clearly, when Bitcoin price increased in April, people […]
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Bitcoin interest jumps on Google, trends down on Twitter

Search interest for bitcoin jumped following its surge to $5,000. However, search interest and Twitter hashtags continue to slump month-after-month. Possible explanations for the lower interest include sideways price action, a hangover from the 2017 mania, or a greater nuance around other search terms. Following bitcoin’s Apr. 1st rally to $5,000, search interest for the crypto on Google spiked. Understandably, people wanted to know why BTC appreciated 20 percent in under a day. Google Trends interest over time for “bitcoin” and “btc” That said, search interest in the cryptocurrency has decreased now that the price has hovered around $5,000. Meanwhile, daily hashtags for #bitcoin on Twitter have trended down month after month over the last year. BitInfoCharts: “Bitcoin” hashtagged Tweets per day Consistent with Google trends results, interest in bitcoin spiked following the rally and has since trended back towards equilibrium—which is in a downtrend. Both search and hashtag interest are highly correlated with the BTC price and even more so with upwards price movement of the asset. Several different theories could explain downtrending search interest, ranging from sideways or downward price movement, less novelty around bitcoin from the general public, and better nuance from users in differentiating other digital assets and blockchain. Interest in “blockchain,” “ethereum,” and “xrp” is getting closer to “bitcoin” over time With all of the above in mind, these figures could change overnight should bitcoin experience another rally like what was seen in 2017. The post Bitcoin interest jumps on Google, trends down on Twitter appeared first on CryptoSlate.
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Biggest weekly losers: XRP, Litecoin [LTC], Stellar Lumens [XLM] fall by 10%; market tanks after Bitfinex-Tether fiasco

The market saw prices of most major cryptocurrencies soar earlier this week. However, the weekend has led to a new turn of events as coins are now being dragged into bearish territory. Among the top-10 coins, the five cryptocurrencies that saw the biggest fall were Stellar Lumens [XLM], EOS, Cardano [ADA], XRP, and Litecoin [LTC]. The fall in prices was a result of the Bitfinex-Tether fiasco. New York State’s Attorney General’s [NYAG] office revealed that iFinex, the company behind the crypto-exchange Bifinex, may be violating New York Law. This announcement was in relation to activities that “may have defrauded” local investors who trade in cryptocurrencies. Stellar Lumens [XLM] Source: Trading View Stellar Lumens [XLM] was valued at $0.1158 on April 20 and fell by 14.68% over the week. At press time, the coin was valued at $0.0990 with a market cap of $1.88 billion. The 24-hour trading volume was noted to be $276 million, as the coin fell by 4.50% over the past day and continued to dip by 0.43% within the past hour. EOS Source: Trading View EOS, at the beginning of the week was valued at $5.47, after which it fell by 13.97% over the past seven days. At press time, the coin was valued at $4.70, with a market cap of $4.43 billion. The 24-hour trading volume of the coin was $2.62 billion as it fell by 1.91% over the past day. The coin, at press time, was falling by 0.14% and failed to recover. Cardano [ADA] Source: Trading View Cardano [ADA] fell by 13.41% over the week, which resulted in its price falling from $0.0769 to $0.0690. The market cap of the coin was reported to be $1.78 billion and the 24-hour trading volume was $108 million. Over the past 24-hours, the coin fell by 4.47% and continued to fall by 1.35% within the past hour. XRP Source: Trading View At the beginning of the week, XRP was valued at $0.3325, after which it slipped by 11.88% and, at press time, was valued at $0.2929. The market cap of the coin was noted to be $12.30 billion and the trading volume of the coin was $1.36 billion. XRP fell by 2.49% over the past day and by 0.50% over the past hour. Litecoin [LTC]  Source: Trading View Litecoin [LTC] noted a fall of 10.79% over the past week, which reduced the price of LTC from $81.33 to $72.64. The market cap of the coin was $4.46 billion with a 24-hour trading volume of $3.15 billion. The price of the coin fell by 0.77% over the past 24-hours and by 0.94% within an hour. The post Biggest weekly losers: XRP, Litecoin [LTC], Stellar Lumens [XLM] fall by 10%; market tanks after Bitfinex-Tether fiasco appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Bitfinex: $850M Lost Tether ‘False Assertion’

Following the New York Attorney General’s accusations of a $850M cover-up by Bitfinex, the company has issued its response. Binfinex refutes the claims as ‘riddled with false assertions’ and that the funds are not lost.  The Cover-Up Claims According to the NY Attorney General’s claim, Bitfinex lost $850 million of customer money. This had been sent to, and seized by payment processing firm, Crypto Capital Corp. The allegation goes on to say that Bitfinex used cash reserves from affiliated stablecoin, Tether, to cover the shortfall. The AG, Letitia James, claims this ‘loss of funds’ and movement of reserves was not disclosed by operator of both Bitfinex and Tether, iFinex. Therefore, it had “engaged in a cover-up to hide the apparent loss of $850 million of co-mingled client and corporate funds.” At press time, the price of USD Tether 00 has fallen bellow its $1 peg. Meanwhile, its stablecoin competitors such as USD-Coin 00  and TrueUSD 00 are now trading at a slight premium. This suggests that investors are likely swapping their tethers  to avoid any further surprises. Worth noting, Bitcoinist reported yesterday that the supply of tethers has reachd an all-time high. ‘Bitfinex and Tether are Financially Strong’ Bitfinex responded today by claiming that the AG’s filings: …were written in bad faith and are riddled with false assertions, including as to a purported $850 million “loss” at Crypto Capital. It claimed that these funds were not lost, but had “been, in fact, seized and safeguarded,” and it was actively working to get those funds released. It went on to chastise the AG for not doing more to aid and support its recovery efforts. Both Bitfinex and Tether are financially strong – full stop. And both Bitfinex and Tether are committed to fighting this gross overreach by the New York Attorney General’s office against companies that are good corporate citizens and strong supporters of law enforcement. Bitfinex and Tether will vigorously challenge this, and any and all other actions, by the New York Attorney General’s office. The Double Standards Caitlin Long pointed out on Twitter, that even if the allegations were true, the NY AG was guilty of double standards. From 2009-12, Merrill Lynch, according to the SEC: commingled customer funds, used them to cover its own obligations, & had it failed its customers would have been exposed to a “massive shortfall in the reserve account.” Which is essentially what the AG is accusing iFinex of. But whilst the SEC dealt with the Merrill Lynch case without causing panic and customer withdrawals, the move by the AG has sparked just that for iFinex. 7/ So…#NewYork did good investigative work here but needs to be called to task on why the double standard, and why the "gotcha" approach? Why not do the same to #WallSt firms when they play similar shell games??? — Caitlin Long (@CaitlinLong_) April 26, 2019 She also urged exchanges to clean up their acts regarding transparency and proof of solvency, to avoid such situations. The Problem? The Attorney General’s filing, asserts that the Tether funds were extended as a line of credit, over three years, with a 6.5% interest rate. An iFinex share charge, of 60,000,000 shares, secured the loan. Entrepreneur and commentator, Alistair Milne, Tweeted the situation rather succinctly, concluding that, as long as “Bitfinex trades profitably, no problem.” TL:DR the Tether/Bitfinex news:Bitfinex have borrowed ~700mil from TetherBitfinex pay a 'fair' interest rate on this loan60million shares in Bitfinex were pledged as collateralIf CryptoCapital release the USD, no problemIf Bitfinex trades profitably, no problem — Alistair Milne (@alistairmilne) April 25, 2019 Which brings us back to transparency and disclosure. If iFinex told customers and investors about this alleged ‘seizure’ and ‘loan’, then would they now have a problem? And is the AG’s ‘gotcha’ approach really warranted in any case? Is the NY Generaly Attorney acting in ‘bad faith’? Share your thoughts below! Images via Shutterstock The post Bitfinex: $850M Lost Tether ‘False Assertion’ appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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New York Attorney General’s Office Accuses Bitfinex Of Covering $850 Million Losses Using Tether Funds

If you are our BitcoinExchangeGuide’s regular reader. You should already know about the shady connection between Bitfinex and Tether. This Thursday, a document by the New York Attorney General’s (NYAG) office revealed that iFinex, the company behind both Tether (USDT) and Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex, is being sued. In the press release, the attorney general Letitia […]
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