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Michael Tunney is a writer, editor and media strategist based in Chicago. This post originally appeared on Lantern. Let’s face it. Our biggest obstacle to change is what’s staring back at us in the mirror. And the main force that feeds us misinformation and prevents us from changing is our egos. The ego is where Steven Pressfield’s “Resistance” and Seth Godin’s “lizard brain” reside. Your ego that tells you that we’re not worthy or less than. Your ego is the factory where narrative fallacies are manufactured, preventing you from doing what comes first in creating change: confronting reality. Saul Alinsky.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is constantly tweaking its News Feed algorithm, and according to a post on the company newsroom today, a new change is incoming – you’ll start to see less ‘promotional page posts’ starting 2015. Facebook has a few mock-ups showing what they mean by promotional page posts: Or: The company says it decided on the change after conducting surveys with users. One might expect users to find ads the most annoying, but the study instead saw that people most disliked posts that seemed to only push promotions with no context. Naturally, one wonders whether these promotional posts will instead be replaced by... This story continues at The Next Web

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When Aviary, the all-purpose mobile photo editor teamed up with Adobe, it seemed only a matter of time before the words Creative Cloud became part of its vocabulary. And now, the first Aviary update under Adobe — released for both iOS and Android — lets users sign in with Creative Cloud to consolidate and use their image editing tools across devices and platforms. While a great percentage of users just downloaded the free version of the app without bothering with purchase extras, that strategy may not serve you well right now. Until the end of November, Aviary is offering some $200 worth of stickers,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Woohoo, Android 5.0 Lollipop is out. I bet you’re all excited about Material Design and the new lock screen and hey new operating systems are fun to poke around in and find little nuggets of fun. In fact, half the reason you bought a Nexus device was because you wanted quick access to Android updates. Well for Nexus 4 owners your long wait (two days) is over. If you’re too impatient to wait for an OTA (over-the-air) update and you’re a little brave, you can download the Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 right now from the Android Developer site. The site is... This story continues at The Next Web

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Future Ad Labs is no more – at least not under its old name. On November 14, the mobile ad unit provider told The Next Web exclusively that it has rebranded as Adludio. Howard Kingston, co-founder and CMO, says the company is also globally launching PlayRoll, a new product to replace pre-roll video advertising through gesture-based video interaction. The roll-out of PlayRoll follows £500k ($775,000 USD) raised through Seedrs this past summer. That success saw London-based Adludio become the first company to use a crowdfunding platform to raise a convertible round. “Adludio means ‘to play’ in Latin,” Kingston told TNW. ”We’re rebranding... This story continues at The Next Web

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Liberio, the online publishing platform that launched this summer, lets you fashion ebooks straight from documents in Google Drive. But now, the company has expanded its horizons by announcing that, in addition to Google Docs, Liberio can also integrate material from Dropbox, Github, OneDrive, SoundCloud and Vine into the platform. Using Liberio’s custom file picker, you can import documents, cover images, and media files from these additional sources free of charge. The new capabilities, heavily requested by users, works on both new and already composed eBooks. Just connect your chosen account in the picker, select a document, cover image or media files for... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. As we work together to figure out the Facebook News Feed and to find organic ways to boost reach and engagement, we’re bound to come across a flood of tips on how to get more out of our pages and updates. There’s a ton of advice out there. Where should you begin? Which Facebook marketing tips work best? I tested the best ones to find out. Read below to see which tips and strategies worked best for the Buffer Facebook page, and feel free to use our learnings as the basis for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Although most people have been captivated by Android Wear watches with circular displays, some manufacturers are still sticking to the rectangular format. One of the nicer looking ones is the Asus ZenWatch, and you can now buy it on the Google Play Store or at Best Buy. The ZenWatch was first announced in September and features a 1.63-inch AMOLED display, a metal frame and a tan leather strap. Aside from the usual Android Wear abilities, the watch also comes with a Find My Phone tool, a remote viewfinder and an array of sensors to measure your “relaxation levels” (get it, it’s a Zen watch!). Puns... This story continues at The Next Web

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This article is part of a series written by speakers featuring at TNW USA Conference on December 10 in New York. Alexandra Chong is CEO & Founder of Lulu, a private network for women to share their experiences and make smarter decisions, starting with relationships. I often get asked whether Lulu took off overnight. While our growth was certainly fast and furious, it was the result of careful and deliberate seeding with a target audience. The original idea for Lulu emerged out of a ladies’ brunch where it occurred to me, “What if there was a way I could tell more women about this... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s always one – the person during a conference Q&A session who has to make it all about them… Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one. Click here to support Vooza (and receive cool rewards).

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When YouTube Music Key was announced a couple of days ago, we learned that subscribers would automatically be signed up for Google Play Music All Access. However, we didn’t have confirmation that it would work the other way around. Thankfully, it seems that this is indeed the case. Subscribers to Play Music are now receiving emails letting them know about YouTube Music Key access. According to the email, the new integration could come as soon as next week. It isn’t clear whether folks signed up for All Access will get YouTube Music Key’s grand opening discounted rate ($7.99 vs $9.99), but we’ve... This story continues at The Next Web

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David Hassell is the CEO of 15Five. This post originally appeared on the 15Five blog. When your business is growing fast, you spend a ton of time and resources hiring new people and promoting from within. Unfortunately, promoting people can be costly. Some new managers get caught in the ego trip, or their subordinates can feel bitter because they were overlooked for advancement: Really, you promoted Jerry? He doesn’t even know what a pivot table is. How do you ensure that Jerry doesn’t blow it and scare away the rest of the sales team? The best advice I can give a new manager... This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this week, security research firm FireEye pointed to a flaw that it called Masque Attack, which could allow malicious apps to be installed on iOS devices, replacing official third-party apps to mine data. Apple has now responded to the issue. In a statement to iMore, it says: “We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We’re not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. “We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and pay attention... This story continues at The Next Web

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Spotify has launched a new experimental tool that allows you to search for a specific artist to find out which other musicians are related musically. It also provides related artist info about their background and top hits. Tweeted out today by Spotify, the Artist Explorer simply requires you to search for an artist or genre of music. If you search for an artist it will show 10 more related musicians by default, and will begin playing a snippet of music when you move your mouse over any of them. If you search by genre, it will display 10 artists linked to... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a new social link sharing service in town, but The Atlantic-incubated This has a catch: you can only share one link per day. This is the polar opposite of the endless feeds that Twitter power users are used to. The service includes a desktop-only bookmarklet so you can share your one link to This without having to open the site. When posting, you can choose a cropped strip from an image in the post, and add a brief comment on why you shared the link. “The core thinking is basically that we love social recommendations, love to be able... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has announced a Kindle update that will let you share books with someone else. The new Family Library feature gives you access to another Amazon user’s Kindle library. Amazon says it’ll let you access books from the account of a “spouse or partner” but we’re not sure how it’ll know who they are to you. The feature also allows two adults to manage up to four children’s accounts. The Kindle update, which will be delivered over-the-air in the coming weeks, will benefit owners of the newest version of the Kindle, the Kindle Voyage and the most recent Kindle Paperwhite. If you... This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s time for another bunch of useful freebies from TNW Deals. Learn to code websites, keep your Mac running like new, rock your startup career, streamline your design workflow or get better at whatever you do: this friday, there’s something for everyone! The 5 Hour Developer Freebie Bundle If you want to learn to build usable, delightful websites, this is the place to get started. The 5 Hour Developer Freebie bundle includes essential 1-hour courses to teach you the fundamentals of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery. Watch and learn on your own time, and get started on your first Web... This story continues at The Next Web

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While a lot of people were happy to see WhatApp now notifies you when somebody reads your messages, not everyone took so well to the change. Well, fret no more – the newest version of WhatsApp for Android (version 2.11.44) lets you disable the new receipts under the privacy section of your settings menu. It’s a small touch, but it’s nice to see WhatsApp giving users additional control after some initial backlash from those who wanted more privacy. The new version is currently only available on Android via WhatsApp’s own website, but one can assume an update will roll out to iOS and Windows... This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype has today announced a beta version of its instant messaging platform that allows you to use the service directly from your Web browser. In order to use it, you won’t need to download any add-ons or plugins; it’s all done directly through Skype.com. The service is currently supporting the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers. While you can already make video and voice calls from your browser right now, it requires a plug-in. However, in the future this won’t be the case as Skype plans to support plugin-free calling by using the WebRTC standard. Skype for Web isn’t available for all as yet though. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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A new industry group, the Streaming Video Alliance (SVA), has formed to work on industry-wide standards and best practices in internet video. There’s 17 members of the group but the problem is, YouTube and Netflix aren’t among them. The founding members of the SVA do include some big names such as Alcatel-Lucent, Charter, Cisco, Comcast, Epix, Fox Networks Group, Major League Baseball and Yahoo. However, since YouTube and Netflix are the two biggest sources of bandwidth usage in the world, they’re major omissions. The group plans to focus on three areas: open architecture, defining specifications for network and cloud-based streaming... This story continues at The Next Web

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Earlier this year, navigation company Telenav announced that its US-focused mobile Scout app was switching to OpenStreetMap from TomTom for all its mapping data. And today, Scout is being given a slew of nifty new features with a focus firmly on social. Scout will now offer real-time location and ETA sharing with third-parties, so you can see exactly where you and others are on a route. This is actually similar to a Glympse integration Nokia recently introduced for its own HERE maps for Android. Elsewhere, Scout is pushing out into the broader event meet-up realm with pretty powerful social features... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Sony PlayStation TV set top box/mini-console has gone on sale in the UK. You can snap it up from Amazon now for £84. The PlayStation TV comes with a voucher for three PS Vita games, OlliOlli, Velocity Ultra and Worms Revolution, and gives you access to Sony’s PS Now cloud gaming library. You can also use the box to access PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita games over your Wi-Fi network and get TV and movie downloads from Sony’s media store. ➤ PlayStation TV [Amazon] Read next – PlayStation TV review: A good idea with poor execution

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The US Department of Justice is reportedly using aircraft deployed with specialised electronic equipment to mimic cellphone towers and scoop up phone location and other data from users on the ground. The allegations, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, suggest that the US Marshals Service, which is an agency of the Department of Justice, has been flying Cessna aircraft outfitted with devices that mimic cell towers for seven years, collecting thousands of unique IDs and vast amounts of location data. According to the WSJ report, the Marshals Service planes operate from at least five metropolitan airports giving them enough... This story continues at The Next Web

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Patient records are lost or inappropriately shared by the NHS an average of six times a day, according to new research (PDF) from privacy pressure group Big Brother Watch. The organisation conducted a survey of NHS trusts across Britain and found there have been 7,255 reported breaches of data protection rules in three years. The data breaches included at least 50 cases of information relating to patients being posted on social media and 143 cases where NHS staff accessed private records for “personal reasons”. Big Brother Watch obtained the information using Freedom of Information Act requests and says penalties need to be... This story continues at The Next Web

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All of us have done it; asking for opinions on social media randomly and getting tons of replies that aren’t particularly useful. Polling apps exist, but none of them are particularly well designed or easy to use. That’s where Straw comes in; it’s a beautifully designed new mobile-first polling app that’s available right now on Android and Windows Phone with iOS in private beta for release “soon.” Straw makes it easy for people to create high quality polls with images and quickly share them on social media. All of us have asked for opinions from social media before, but actually getting useful... This story continues at The Next Web

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