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Why Are Small Businesses the Best?

Big box stores, huge corporations, restaurant chains, franchises and other corporate businesses all seem to be at the top. However, they are not the best. Small businesses are the best because they have proven to be the ones that really make this world great. Businesses employing 20 or fewer people make up nearly 90% of the United States firms. In addition, over 50% of the workforce is employed by a small business and about 543,000 new businesses open up every month. Here are a few other reasons why small businesses are better than all others. Create and Drive Innovation Many of the most revolutionary products come from small businesses. Before something is scooped up by some large corporation with a ton of cash, it was probably created by a small business owner. More than 16 times as many patents are issued to small businesses per employee than large companies. The Phantom Drone, the Owlet Baby Monitor and so many other products were created by small businesses first. Diversity Small businesses come in many different shapes and sizes. They are unique and the story behind them is often very unique, as well. About one out of every six small businesses is owned by an immigrant and many are owned by women, as well. It’s hard to find the same diversity throughout the corporate world. Healthier Communities Supporting small businesses helps the local economy with about 68% of the dollars spent at small businesses staying within the local area. In addition, a national study showed that communities with a larger number of successful small businesses actually have healthier residents. The study found that these types of communities have lower rates of diabetes, mortality and obesity compared to areas with more corporations throughout. Part of the reason may be the less stress found in these communities. When small businesses are found throughout, there’s a culture of entrepreneurship and a sense of real community. Job Growth Comes from Small Businesses While corporations may hire hundreds at a time they also fire and lay off hundreds, if not thousands whenever they can get the work done for a cheaper cost. Small businesses produce about 64% of the new jobs found throughout the United States and produced more than 11 million new jobs from 1993 to 2011. Small Businesses Are Greener Green living comes from small businesses more than large corporations. Small businesses often adopt eco-friendly ways of doing business quicker and more efficiently than larger businesses. A higher percentage of small businesses have gone green compared to larger businesses, as well. Small businesses are the backbone of society and keep things going. Communities made up of small businesses often pass local laws to keep big box stores and corporate chains out. These areas thrive and so do the residents living there. With an unpredictable economy, it’s likely that small businesses have a bright future. Many will remain profitable even during down times where corporations may not survive. Even when the economy dipped in 2015, small businesses remained profitable and growing. Supporting your local small businesses is worth it and provides a sense of community. Many have pushed for more small business support with National Small Business Week, Small Business Saturday and many other ways of celebrating these businesses. If you want to find true American heroes, just look at the small businesses in your community and support them above the big box stores and corporations.

Storage Vendor StorPool Broadens Reach with Web Hosting Partners

Storage vendor StorPool recently announced that upon reviewing its 2016 revenue, it has found that its revenue has increased almost 350% year over year. StorPool executives attribute the increases to their decision to partner with web hosting providers in the U.S. and internationally. A StorPool representative stated: “Demand for software-defined storage coupled with strategic sales has helped its worldwide installed data storage capacity reach to over 5 petabytes.” With the addition of web hosting partners, StorPool has added many more customers from North America, Asia, and Australia during 2016. U.S. growth was bolstered by its partnership with eApps Hosting. Asian growth was due to a partnership with vHost. Read more here.

Motion to Dismiss from Facebook Thrown Out in Data Center Design Lawsuit

A Silicon Valley judge ruled against Facebook last week in the motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The suit was filed by a British Data Center builder back in 2015 stating that Facebook misappropriated their trade secrets. The secrets the lawsuit is all about have to do with the modular data center designs and methods. BladeRoom is one of the two companies filing the suit, which claims Emerson Electric and Facebook, lured BladeRoom and Bripco into disclosing data center methods and designs, and then used them for a data center they built in Sweden on their own. Read the full story here.

Were You Born to be a Blogger?

Do you think you should start a blog? Bloggers are not manufactured; they are born writers ready to share something personal with the world. Whether they have a love for fashion, sports or just want to share regular life, bloggers have a message. You may have aced the writing portion of the SATs and have a desire to work from home, but that’s not enough to conclude that you’re made to be a blogger. However, when you look at the following five signs that you were born to be a blogger, you may realize starting a blog is your real calling. You’re School Essay Writing took very little time and You still got High Grades One of the major sings you’re meant to be a writer comes from understanding it was a strength in high school and college. Even if you weren’t a master of grammar, if you could write quickly and still get As and Bs, you’re probably meant to be a writer. This doesn’t guarantee your writing should be in the form of a blog, but it’s a good sign that you’re meant to be a blogger. Bloggers have to be able to write on topic and fast, especially if they blog about current events. If you wait too long, the event has past and its old news. Even when you’re creating evergreen content, you need to be able to take your thoughts and turn them into content rather quickly. Some of the best bloggers can write thousands of words a day and their fingers fly on the keyboard. While typing fast can be learned, a natural instinct for taking your thoughts and forming them into words is more of an instinct. If writing was a strength in school, you’ll likely be very good at writing for your own blog. The best part, your essays in school probably got filed away, while your blog posts will live for a very long time. You’re a Creative Person Bloggers are almost always creative people. Even if they blog about something rather boring, they know how to make it shine for their audience. If you’ve been a creative person building with LEGOs always enjoying hands-on projects and working with creative minds, blogging may be for you. This is a major sign you can start and succeed with a blogger. Creative types stuck in the corporate world usually have their ideas ignored, stolen or used for profit they don’t get much of a part in. When you take it to your blog, you have the opportunity to own all of your ideas. You’ve Always Wanted to Work from Home Some of us bloggers were born with a want and need to run a business because we want to be free. Then, when the internet came about many of us wanted to figure out how to work from home for even more freedom. If you’ve always wanted to work from home, blogging may be your answer. Freedom is one of the things many bloggers enjoy, even if they could make more money working behind a desk at a corporation. The freedom to commute from the bedroom to a home office and work on your own schedule, even if it changes daily, can be quite alluring. If this sounds good to you, then you might be born to be a blogger. You’re Rather Tech Savvy You don’t have to understand coding and know exactly how to design the perfect website to be a blogger. However, tech savvy people that know how to write make some of the best bloggers. When you choose a platform, such as WordPress or Joomla for your blog, it’s best to know that platform inside and out. Of course, those not so tech savvy can still be bloggers, but they may need to add a few skills to their resume. Bloggers are often at least mildly tech savvy and at the very least, they know how to find answers when they need them. Research Excites You If you enjoy learning about new things, you may be born to be a blogger. Even if you don’t start your own blog, ghostwriting for other blogs can be very fascinating if you love to learn about new subjects through research. Since every blog post you write will probably require research, unless you’re simply writing about your own experiences, you will be learning all the time. As a blogger, you might find that you have more knowledge about the strangest things than anybody else in the room. This comes from researching a number of different topics for your blog and learning along the way. There are several other signs that you might be perfect for blogging. However, if you were born to be a blogger, writing probably comes rather natural to you, along with creating. Those thinking about starting a blog should look into the signs above and see if they fit with what’s expected of bloggers on a day-to-day basis.

Renegotiations Between Verizon and Yahoo Underway

It has been reported that Verizon and Yahoo are renegotiating a possible deal. This is due to the hacking reports from Yahoo, which surfaced once Verizon showed interest in acquiring the company. Verizon is asking for a reduction in price by about $250 million from the original price of $4.8 billion. Verizon also wants to rename Yahoo Altaba Inc., once the deal has closed. They have also asked for any ongoing legal responsibilities to be shared by the two companies, if they are related to the security breaches. Read the full story here.

Judge Throws Out Facebook’s Motion to Dismiss Data Center Lawsuit

A judge in the California Northern District (San Jose division) of the US District Court decided to throw out Facebook’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by British data center builders BladeRoom and Bripco, alleging the social networking giant ‘misappropriated its trade secrets’ and lured them into disclosing plans, designs, and methods under the promise of a partnership. Facebook allegedly copied the companies’ plans and failed to come through on the partnership promises. The Whir writes: “Facebook and Emerson Electric (whose data center subsidiary Emerson Network Power has since been spun out and renamed as Vertiv), lured it and Bripco (the other plaintiff), into disclosing their designs and methods and then turned around and used them to build a data center in Sweden on their own.” Read more here.

Alphabet Won’t Cover Globe with Internet Balloons

Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, announced some serious changes to its Project Loon plan on Thursday. Project Loon, an effort to eventually place broadband-emitting balloons in the skies over Earth that was first revealed in 2013, will now be scaled back in efforts to make the project profitable more quickly. Alphabet executives said the program can begin using fewer balloons – as few as 10, 20, or 30. Instead of targeting the entire globe, the company will focus its efforts on regions without broadband access and aim to become a true commercial operation in the coming years. Astro Teller, head of X, the Alphabet arm in charge of Project Loon, noted: “We can now run an experiment with 10 or 20 or 30 balloons. The service has a much better chance of ultimately being profitable.” Read more here.

Hackers hired by Pentagon to Put Sensitive Internal Systems under Target

The Pentagon pays hackers to help test the key components of their internal systems for vulnerabilities. Hackers tend to find weaknesses faster than coders and the Pentagon is taking advantage of this. A pilot program was introduced last month from the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Services. About 80 security researchers were let into a simulation and the project was so important that new Defense Secretary James Mattis was briefed about it on the first day he was on the job. Many within the Pentagon didn’t expect much to turn up or at least for it not to happen very fast. However, the first report from a hacker showing a risk came within hours of getting started. This surprised many within the Pentagon and brought up new concerns. Read the full story here.

Why is Plagiarism and Tools Like Copyscape Important in Blogging?

Blogging is a game of originality and fresh content. When you find a blog that is plagiarizing, you no longer find it to be a credible or trustworthy site. That is why most bloggers use tools like Copyscape to make sure their content or ideas are not the same as another website. It’s important to show you are a credible source with original ideas and that you are citing your sources when you have a statistic to share. Avoiding duplicate content not only makes you improve as a blogger to your audience, but your site rankings will remain high for your audience to find you. Plagiarism and tools like Copyscape help to protect bloggers from being viewed as a poor source of information and from being outranked. Take a look at how these things affect bloggers like yourself. Why plagiarism occurs There are many writers out there that plagiarize the work of another writer. This is because they want to use the content on their website and call it their own work. It can be challenging to write unique content and to appeal to an audience. Plagiarism may seem like the solution but it will get your website shut down for the theft of content. On the other hand, your original content could be plagiarized by another website in which you will need to report the issue just as someone would do to you. Make sure you are checking your work for the potential of plagiarism and you can do this through a variety of tools, including www.Copyscape.com. How Copyscape can help Copyscape is a tool that helps writers to fight online plagiarism. You can use it on your website to make sure your website’s content is original and not copied from another website. Simply compare the content to other sites on the web by having it scanned before you publish it. This will come in handy for guest posts too. You can have automated site audits done to confirm there is no duplicate content on your site that plagiarizes from another. You can now ensure that all of your content is completely original. For a writing team or a website with guest posts, you can now ensure that all of the content submitted to you is unique and to combat plagiarism before publishing anything that could harm your reputation. Fighting plagiarism risks and handling theft of your content It’s just as important to fight plagiarism on your website as it is to address stolen content of yours on another website. Be sure to always search your keyword terms that you’re hoping to get ranked for to see what kind of competition is out there for them and to see if anyone has already copied you. Use tools on Google such as: Google alerts of your brand to see when you’ve been mentioned on another site or for branding your name within text for catching plagiarism Google Webmaster Tools to look for duplicate content on your website Google Webmaster Tools to look for backlinks to your site in order to check for copied content Be sure to also use Copyscape for duplicate content, add services like MUSO to be vigilant for you, and run a search on the first paragraph of your posts for the most likely way to catch copied content on piracy sites. If you do happen to find plagiarism of your work on another site, you can respond by filing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice or notice to the DMCA, which happens through Google or the web hosting company that the website owner uses. Don’t let someone steal your original content bringing down your search rankings or taking your thought sand running with them. With a report made to the website owner, Google, and the hosting company, a website with plagiarism could be down within days or weeks if not corrected. While it may be a compliment to have your content stolen, it’s unethical and you have the right to aggressive legal action. Don’t let plagiarism ruin your reputation. Double check all of your content through copyscape and look for others that may be stealing your work. It’s important that content on the web is original.

Startups in the UK Considering Moving to Continent Due to Brexit

The stress is mounting for startups in the United Kingdom because of Brexit. Many started very confident in the industry and didn’t believe Brexit would harm it. However, tech entrepreneurs from the UK are now starting to see the challenges. A survey of 940 startup executives in the country and other countries, found that the majority are anxious over the changes going into effect in March. Less than 50% believe 2017 will be better than 2016, according to the survey done by Silicon Valley Bank’s London unit. Read the full story here.

How to Switch to a New Web Hosting Company

If you’ve decided you are ready to move on to a new web hosting company, you may be wondering how complicated of a transition this may be for you. Sometimes you end up with a hosting company that causes you problem after problem, from frequent downtimes to poor support service. It’s important that you are happy with your hosting company as an entrepreneur because you want to feel that you can count on this part of your business in order to be successful. After all, it’s your money, your business, and your brand on the line if your customers are interacting with you while you have a website that is frequently down or other features that are not working right. Take a look at this guide to switch your web hosting company with ease. Choosing your new web host Step one comes in as the time to decide who your new web host will be. There are so many hosting company options that you may feel overwhelmed at who to choose. The best way to start is to decide which type of hosting you are going to need, what your budget looks like, and what is going to work best for the success of your company. Choosing shared hosting may save you cash but it has its drawbacks, while VPS hosting or a dedicated server allows for more personalized capabilities at a higher price point. Once you’ve made the decision, be prepared that you will need to also register your own domain name in order to more easily switch to a new provider with your domain. Backup everything and make the switch Not only should you be backing everything up already, but it’s important that you backup your website to avoid interruptions in running your business. You’ve likely already been backing things up to avoid accidently deleting something important or having a way to bring everything back in the case of equipment failure or a virus attack. When you backup your website before switching web hosts, you make the transition incredibly easy to get your website files to the new web host. If you’re not sure how to back up your files, you can copy old file structures to the new web hosting account for your static files. You can also use FTP to transfer your website’s files to your new web hosting account. If you’re running your website on a database like MySQL, you may want to configure your web apps to the new hosting account as they are currently stored in the current hosting account. Simply move the database file to the new host, as long as the new and old web host vendors use the same web based administration technology. Before assuming that everything is transferred just fine, make sure you test everything to ensure it’s working correctly in the new hosting account. Look at the new website after you’ve uploaded all of the files and databases to the new account, using a temporary URL in IP addresses. You can preview your website easily with most hosting companies before having it go live to make sure it’s working well and to avoid any errors in the transition. Update your domain registrar Now that you’ve accomplished the bulk of the task, it’s time to intimate the domain registrar to reflect your new DNS record. Just log on to the control panel of the domain registration that is provided by the registrar, select the Domain Name Server, and change your DNS records. If you neglect to do this, your visitors may get an error message or notice a blackout when trying to visit your website. Be sure to have accurate DNS details from the new web host to replace the old names servers. The last step in the process is to keep your old and new websites alive and functioning for 6 hours while the changes to the servers can get to work. Finally, you can inform your old hosting service that you will no longer need their services and cancel the subscription. Avoid posting any new content or changing anything related to the files or design during the transition process in case of the chance of lost data. You can switch to a new hosting company before the end of business today if you are unhappy with your current services. Use this guide to make the transition.

SaskTel Quietly Shuts Down Web Hosting Without Explanation

Saskatoon web hosting provider SaskTel has quietly shut down its web hosting service without offering a clear explanation to customers, and it’s left many people upset. One business owner in the area, Dale Jack, said the company sent him an email one month prior to the shut down letting him know that his web hosting would be taken over by Oubavo Inc. on March 1. Jack was upset about the unexpected shut down and transition: “I was angered because I oppose privatization, and I see this as privatization.” Jack says he’s been a SaskTel customer for nearly 10 years and uses the 109 year old corporation for phone and Internet services. Oubavo, the web hosting company that will be taking on SaskTel’s former customers, posted a message on its website detailing their desire to “ensure a seamless transition for existing customers.” SaskTel spokesperson Greg Jacobs revealed that the decision to shut down the company’s web hosting arm was purely economical. “After a review of our web hosting services, we determined that it was no longer economically viable for SaskTel to continue offering the service.” Read more here.

More Data Risk Inevitable for Firms Due to Internet of Things

With internet connectivity comes security risk, and with the advent and growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), more and more IT security professionals are concerned about increased security risk of connected devices. In a survey by Pwnie Express, more than 90% of IT professionals reported that connected devices “will be a major security issue this year,” while 66% said they “aren’t sure how many devices are in their environment.” Security programs are having a tough time keeping up with the IoT and the increased security risk introduced, and to further complicate matters, IT professionals aren’t sure how to solve those security issues. Problems like IoT malware – an infamous example is Mirai – threaten to dismantle the Internet infrastructure without proper solutions in place. “Last fall, Mirai was used to arm hundreds of thousands of webcams to attack the Internet infrastructure company Dyn.  The result? A near shutdown of the internet for millions of Americans trying to get to their favorite websites.” Read more here.

Many Groups Pushing Senate to Leave Email Privacy Act As-is and Pass it

Recently, the Email Privacy Act was voted on and passed in the United States House of Representatives. The act will require law enforcement to get a warrant if they want to access any emails 180 days old or older. This act will now go to the Senate, which is where it stalled last year. The Email Privacy Act will reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, if passed. It was passed by a unanimous vote in the House last May, but Senate Republicans wanted to rewrite the act and give more power to the FBI. It never reached a vote. Many advocacy groups and companies are pushing for the Senate to pass the act as-is. They don’t want to see it watered down or weaken before passing it. Read the full story here.

CEO of Shopify Defends Company’s Right to Host Breitbart

Shopify is a Canadian SaaS company and the host of Breitbart, a right-wing website causing plenty of controversy. Recently, the CEO of Shopify, Tobias Lutke wrote an open letter to defend the decision to continue providing Breitbart with services for the online store. This was in response to about 10,000 messages asking the company to stop providing services to Breitbart. The letter stated that if the company were to discontinue services for merchants they didn’t like, it would make their lives easier. However, that would also be censorship and would no longer be the free exchange of products. Read the full story here.

Understanding Online Privacy (Or the Lack of It)

The digital age is certainly changing the way we view personal privacy. It’s now become a modern issue and it’s necessary to understand online privacy. This basic guide will help to walk you through the problem of privacy when it comes to the online world. With so much information becoming a free-for-all online, it’s necessary to know how you can protect yourself and maintain your own online privacy. Privacy isn’t a new thing, but digital privacy has changed the way privacy looks today. Here’s a look at some of the basic things you should understand about online privacy. A Few Privacy Stats Before we get into the meat of this post, let’s take a quick look at some of the stats about online privacy. 46% of the world’s population can access the internet, as of 2016 66% of adults using the internet admit it’s easy to find a picture of them online 21% of adults say you can find a video of them online 46% say their email address can be found online 30% say their home address is available online 50% say their birth date can be found online 78% of internet users are worried about their privacy since they know so much information about them is found online This information is gold to cyber criminals and makes you vulnerable. It didn’t used to be so easy to find out so much about a person, but with the online world, it’s easier than ever. Do We have a Right to be Forgotten? Many worry about the fact that the internet has such as reach. You could have posted a picture of yourself at a party on social media back in 2010 and an employer finds it during a job interview today. It can get even worse than that, too. Some have had things, such as paid off tax debts become public knowledge online and get found 15 years later. It’s actually possible to sue for the right to be forgotten, but it does have to be balanced with the right to free speech. This right may be hotly debated in the United States but support is growing. More people want the right to have things removed that are old, untrue or make them look bad. Social Media and Privacy Huge concerns come up for some when it comes to Social Media and privacy. This is especially true of younger children. While people love to gossip, it’s not healthy and can become a huge issue. Fights have happened on social media platforms and been documented for all to see later on. Privacy concerns have been a huge part of the debate with sites, such as Facebook and Google. Some have complicated settings for privacy, while others don’t provide the best options for privacy. Facebook won’t even let you fully delete your account, while some have said the “like” button is used more for tracking than anything else. Understanding Online Privacy Online privacy is very complex in nature and takes more than just a short guide to fully grasp it. However, with a bit of common sense and the ability to question before acting, you may not have to worry about privacy concerns any longer. There are ways to protect yourself and make sure your information isn’t just loose for anybody to find. Some opt to use a fake name or a pen name when they write simply to keep things from being put under their real name. You may not need to go this far to protect yourself, however. If you want to make sure you have the best privacy for your online activities, take the time to learn about the browser you use, the sites you use and every way you interact online.

Remixer from DreamHost Debuted

Remixer is the new website builder from DreamHost and was recently debuted as a free feature of all hosting plans. It will also be free to use for those registering a domain name through DreamHost for a limited time. DreamHost took on the project because many hosting customers were complaining about the many website builders out there. Many stated the current options claim to be easy to use, but really are not that easy. Remixer was developed in-house and uses Kubernetes with OpenStack. Read the full story here.

Do you Have a Customer Complete Website?

In today’s online world, you have to keep your customers on your website or you could lose out to your competition. Giving the right information, entertaining, engaging and sparking a sense of loyalty makes a huge difference. Even with an ecommerce website, you have to provide what your visitors want or they will leave. While some will try to tell you a 300-word homepage will get the job done, it’s not exactly accurate. The first 300 words may be the most important, but it’s not the length of the content that matters. Instead it’s the message, the images, the videos and the layout that matter most. If you have 300 non-convincing words you’ll lose a visitor very quickly. In fact, if your first headline and first sentence don’t get the job done, they won’t stay. With that said, do you have a customer complete website? What does Customer Complete Mean? The phrase “Customer Complete” means you are providing everything your customer/visitor could possibly want without sending them elsewhere to find it. This means, if they have a question about a product or service, your website has the answer. It also means there is a way for the customer to get what they want and do it quickly. Your navigation, purchase process, checkout and information pages all have to provide just what the customer needs. Any element that a customer would find important with your website is necessary, such as having a responsive design that works on all devices and providing more than just a logo for your company. What Does Your Site Need? There are several things you need when creating a website. Too often, small businesses try to do this cheaply or even for free, especially when it comes to graphics. All this will do is lead to the opportunity to fork over a large sum of cash to have it fixed in the future. Your website needs to beat or at least compete with those in your industry and market. Look at the websites of your top competitors to get an idea of what they are doing well and what they are not doing so well. This will also help you give your website designer examples to work from. You should even go as far as to purchase an item from your competitor. This will help you to see the entire shopping experience. You can judge, as the customer, whether you liked the experience or didn’t like it. If it was good, incorporate similar elements into your website. If it was bad, make sure your process is better. Do you Need a Blog? At this point in the game, this really should be laughed off as a silly question, but it’s too important to laugh about. You need a blog and not just a page entitled “Blog” with one or two super old posts on it. No, you need an active blog with new content at least once a week, more likely, two, three or even five times a week. Your blog allows you to target long-tail keyword phrases for better search engine optimization, communicate with your customers and audience, share relevant information on social media and market to those visiting your website. Think of it this way; your website with 5 to 7 pages is a 10-inch net you are casting into the ocean, when you add a blog, that net grows by an inch or two every single time you put up a new post. Would you rather have a 10-inch net to catch fish in the ocean or a 100-inch net that continues to grow? Do you Need Other Forms of Technology? Outside of a blog, you may need video, podcasts or even webinars to make your website complete. It really depends on your industry and what your customers want. Remember, becoming “Customer Complete” is all about the customer and not what you think is cool. Podcasts may be great for some websites, but a waste of time for others. Video can be powerful for just about any website, but it may need to be used in a different way for a more informational based website compared to an ecommerce website. Using webinars may work for some, but not so much for others. Make sure you know your technology and what fits best with your industry. Again, your competition will help you by showing you what they use and what’s working for them. Other Things to Consider If you truly want to make your website customer complete, you need to consider your industry. Here are a few more things you might need to complete your website: FAQ page Knowledge base Live Chat Support Customer forum Glossary of industry terms Customer ratings for products There may be other things you need, as well, but this is a good start. Use Your Website/Blog as a Resource One of the most powerful ways to keep customers on your website longer is to use your own website/blog as a resource. It’s easy to want to link to a page selling a product or service, but don’t forget about that blog post you write five weeks ago. It might be the perfect resource to link to in your new blog post. In addition, if you have a large knowledgebase or glossary, you can link to those pages whenever it’s relevant. By doing this, you put the right information directly in front of your audience. They only need to click a link and they can find exactly what they want. It doesn’t get much more customer complete than that.

Why are Airline Computers Crashing More?

It seems like a new major airline cancels flights due to computers crashing about once or twice a month anymore. Delta Airlines suffered from an IT outage at the end of January and just a week before United Continental struggled with issues with their communication system. Others have seen the same issues over the past few years including Southwest Airlines and Delta last summer. Delta took a $150 million hit last August and the four-day issue from Southwest cost them about $54 million. These issues have many major airlines investing hundreds of millions of dollars in IT security. Many are asking IT professionals to make their system bullet-proof with fail-over redundancy. Read the full story here.

Endurance International Group to Cut Austin Jobs

Paperwork has been filed in the State of Texas by Endurance International Group to cut 90 jobs from HostGator and A Small Orange in Austin, Texas. These cuts are in addition to the 400 jobs lost in Utah from the Bluehost office. In addition to cutting these jobs, the company is expanding in Tempe, Arizona, which means 600 new jobs for that area. The 90 jobs getting cut in Austin represent nearly one-third of the staff for the company. Endurance International Group is going through a large consolidation of some of the offices it has. They will also cut more than 200 jobs at Constant Contact after the acquisition of the company. Before the changes, the company employed about 3,800 people across the globe. Read the full story here.

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