Crystal Summit Blog

FCC votes to end net neutrality
  • 14
    Dec

FCC votes to end net neutrality

By Michelle Fitzsimmons The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal net neutrality rules that guaranteed an open internet.Today's vote sees the FCC roll back net neutrality rules put into place during Barack Obama's presidency. Under the Obama-era rules, a Title II common carrier classification was placed on ISPs, making it illegal to throttle, block or otherwise...

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Microsoft is giving Bing new AI smarts in the battle against Google
  • 14
    Dec

Microsoft is giving Bing new AI smarts in the battle against Google

By Darren Allan Microsoft is hoping to push its search engine harder in the war against Google, with the fresh introduction of new AI features for Bing, along with a partnership with Reddit.At Microsoft's AI conference in San Francisco, the company revealed that Bing would be graced with new ‘intelligent search' and ‘conversational search' features.Simply put, this is...

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Moz the Monster: Anatomy of An (Averted) Brand Crisis
  • 13
    Dec

Moz the Monster: Anatomy of An (Averted) Brand Crisis

By Dr-Pete Posted by Dr-PeteOn the morning of Friday, November 10, we woke up to the news that John Lewis had launched an ad campaign called "Moz the Monster". If you're from the UK, John Lewis needs no introduction, but for our American audience, they're a high-end retail chain that's gained a reputation for a decade of amazing...

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Facebook brings Snapchat-like AR filters to the Messenger app
  • 12
    Dec

Facebook brings Snapchat-like AR filters to the Messenger app

By Leif Johnson Image credit: Facebook Virtual reality may be comparatively stuck in the mud for the time being, but augmented reality is in full gear. Facebook realizes this, and to that effect it has announced it's bringing new Snapchat-style augmented reality features called World Effects to its Facebook Messenger app. They're basically the same things as Snapchat's...

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Get a £100 Amazon voucher with Virgin broadband and TV deals until Thursday
  • 12
    Dec

Get a £100 Amazon voucher with Virgin broadband and TV deals until Thursday

By Adam Marshall If you want lightning-fast fibre optic internet, stacks of TV channels, the ability to record your favourite shows and half a year of free Netflix, then Virgin Media's premium TV and broadband bundles have a 100% hit rate. And for the next couple of days, Virgin will also give you a £100 voucher with a...

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Keyword Research Beats Nate Silver’s 2016 Presidential Election Prediction
  • 12
    Dec

Keyword Research Beats Nate Silver’s 2016 Presidential Election Prediction

By BritneyMuller Posted by BritneyMuller100% of statisticians would say this is a terrible method for predicting elections. However, in the case of 2016's presidential election, analyzing the geographic search volume of a few telling keywords “predicted” the outcome more accurately than Nate Silver himself. The 2016 US Presidential Election was a nail-biter, and many of us followed along...

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Huge database of 1.4 billion credentials on dark web could contain your login
  • 12
    Dec

Huge database of 1.4 billion credentials on dark web could contain your login

By Darren Allan A massive database of hacked (or otherwise leaked) user credentials is available on the dark web, carrying details pertaining to a staggering 1.4 billion people.Note that this isn't a fresh data breach, but rather a compendium of past breaches, all collated together into one mega-file, with the hard work already done in terms of the...

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Not-Actually-the-Best Local SEO Practices
  • 11
    Dec

Not-Actually-the-Best Local SEO Practices

By MiriamEllis Posted by MiriamEllisIt's never fun being the bearer of bad news. You're on the phone with an amazing prospect. Let's say it's a growing appliance sales and repair provider with 75 locations in the western US. Your agency would absolutely love to onboard this client, and the contact is telling you, with some pride, that they're...

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The best CDNs of 2018
  • 9
    Dec

The best CDNs of 2018

By Mike Williams Content delivery networks (CDNs) work to accelerate almost any website by caching its files in servers around the world. Whether your visitors come from Europe, North America, Asia or anywhere else, content is automatically served from the nearest location for the fastest possible speeds.If you're new to the technology then it might seem intimidating, and...

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YouTube's new paid music streaming service could launch in March
  • 8
    Dec

YouTube’s new paid music streaming service could launch in March

By Leif Johnson Google does many things well, but one thing it struggles with is coming up with a paid streaming music service that can keep up with Spotify and Apple Music. It's already got Google Play Music, YouTube Red and YouTube Music, but in March it's going to try its luck again with a new service for...

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