Upgraded Stats and Navigation Enhancements

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

We’ve been updating WordPress.com to make it faster and more powerful behind the scenes. We’ve now introduced some changes to the WordPress.com interface as well, making website, blog, and content creation more intuitive and consistent across devices. Here’s a roundup of some of the enhanced functionality that you’ll see in WordPress.com starting today, with more updates coming next week — stay tuned!

Upgraded stats

We know that WordPress.com users are extremely keen on understanding how others view and interact with their content, so we wanted to make Stats faster, more accessible, and richer overall. When checking their site’s performance, users can now quickly keep tabs on views, visitors, likes, and comments, among other metrics.

Mobile-friendly navigation

Millions of people use WordPress.com on mobile devices, and to ensure that our mobile users have a first-class experience, we gave the WordPress.com navigation interface a little love. It’s responsive across devices, and its simpler…

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10 Books That Will Make You Smarter in 2015

Originally posted on News Podge:

Yes there’s a small company in “A Christmas Carol.” But you won’t learn much studying the business practices of Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. With the holiday break stretching before you, pick up (or download) one of these excellent 2014 titles instead. Some will make you think. Some will make you feel. All will hold your attention, even after a few mugs of eggnog.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

The Beijing correspondent for the New Yorker combines history with first-hand observations of the present to explore the contradictions that make China such a daunting destination for western companies. Rising individualism coexists with continued authoritarianism; people ravenously pursue material goods and wealth, yet also greater meaning. We’ve seen the demographics of this complex market. Here is the psychology behind them.

Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way…

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the pain in the arse that comes with having a “rare” condition.

Originally posted on at least i have a brain:

YES there is an enormous pain in the arse that comes with having a “rare” condition….NOT in a physical sense…but in EVERY other way!

with a “RARE” condition you spend years and years trying to define (in my case) invisible layers of symptoms for almost 10 tens. It is SOUL DESTROYING as you know that your GP is listening, but your symptoms are so abstract and seeming unrelated to them, and effectively not proven to be there, that they get jotted down…but with no particular signposting happening initially.

with the value of hindsight, i have been symptomatic for too many years to count. The rough timeline of symptoms in my recollection is:

  • neck and shoulder pain back when i retired had already been an issue
  • irregular heart beat.
  • numb lower right leg – not so numb to walk on but weirdly not the right sensation
  • headaches
  • heinous headaches- starting to…

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The Mentality of a Successful Career

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Success is all in your head. If you want to control your ability to have a lucrative, fulfilling career, it’s imperative to control the way you think.

Those who can’t control their emotions and inner monologue never reach their full potential.

The long-term solution to sub-par success, lack, and limitation lies in our ability to turn our inner potential to reality. Among other things, this means not allowing outer circumstances to control our emotions. It means understanding that no amount of money or physical objects creates happiness or cultivates success.

Rather, our recruitment experts have seen that a better career begins with self-improvement; self-improvement starts with a healthy thought process that promotes creativity and spurs action.

Below, you’ll find three strategies to cultivate a mentality conducive to you achieving your goals, thus allowing you to cultivate a career based on leveraging the skills you possess and learning the ones you don’t.

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Senior Chinese official predicts a future where virtual and fiat currencies “co-exist”

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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Bitcoin found a friend in high places in China this past weekend, as former Chinese central bank vice-governor and current National People’s Congress Standing Committee member and a Financial and Economic Affairs Committee vice-chairperson Wu Xiaoling offered an unusually positive review about the future of the digital currency in the communist country.

Speaking at the prominent Sanya International Financial Forum, where digital currencies receive their own dedicated track called “Digital Currency: From Information Network to Value Network,” Wu made headlines by declaring that digital currencies “could co-exist with fiat currencies” – a far from common view, even in more egalitarian countries.

Although China’s influence over the price and macro-sentiment of the bitcoin market has waned since its peak in late 2013 and early 2014, it still represents the largest global economy and one of the crypto-currency’s most active markets. It’s rare that senior Chinese officials speak publicly about digital currencies, let alone…

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Teenage revenge porn is on the rise, and the consequences are dire

Originally posted on PandoDaily:


Some 24 percent of British teenagers have had nude images published online without their consent, according to a new study from the Ditch the Label anti-bullying group, which asked hundreds of young people about their experiences with cyber-bullying in the smartphone age.

The range of reactions among these people whose images were shared ran the expected gambit: 26 percent reported suicidal thoughts, 12 percent tried to kill themselves, and 5 percent left school or college. Some had positive reactions — a few reported feeling more attractive or confident after their images were shared — but the vast majority of them were distraught by the invasion of privacy.

The non-consensual publication of nude images has had similar effects in the United States. A 15-year-old girl from California committed suicide after she was sexually assaulted at a party and images taken during that assault were shared. Another from Steubenville, Ohio was harassed after images of…

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The Supreme Court just undermined its landmark ruling regarding smartphone privacy

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

police-searchA police officer’s ignorance of the law, combined with bizarre decisions concerning when law enforcement can access a smartphone, could be a disaster for privacy in the United States.

The first part of that equation comes from the Supreme Court’s decision that a police officer collecting information via a traffic stop based on a misunderstanding of the law, such as when a car can be stopped for malfunctioning brake lights, doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment. (The case was brought to the Supreme Court after a cop found a sandwich bag full of cocaine in the trunk of someone’s car after pulling him over because one of his brake lights was out.)

That’s a problem. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the Supreme Court’s decision “means further eroding the Fourth Amendment’s protection of civil liberties in a context where that protection has already been worn down.” She also argued that it’s hard…

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