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Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people from 800,000+ block lists – TechCrunch

If you block someone on Facebook, you probably want them to… you know, stay blocked. At least until you say otherwise. Facebook has just disclosed that around 800,000 users were impacted by a bug that silently unblocked “some” people they had blocked. The bug was live from May 29 until June 5, the company says. Worth noting: The bug didn’t go so far as to make the would-be blocked individual your friend (even if they were your friend prior to the block), so anything an affected individual might’ve posted to…

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How to Write Blog Posts People Will Actually Read

Don’t choke on your milk here, but today alone people published 2 million blog posts. That’s right. If you’re thinking of starting a blog, you have to compete with 2 million other people every day. This is why you absolutely can’t just write a personal blog and hope someone will read it. Sure, someone might read it (likely your mother), but you’ll never drive traffic and you’re certainly not going to make any money. What you need is a solid grasp of what people want and how to get them…

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It’s Time to Take on AI and Here’s Why

Elon Musk, the closest thing this world has to an evil corporate genius, is spending near a billion dollars to stop the advance of A.I. He’s not the only influential person warning the world of a future “Skynet” takeover. You’ve got Stephen Hawking, Eric Schmidt, and even Bill Gates whose former company, Microsoft, is working on plenty of A.I. projects. But I’m here to say to all of them #notallA.I. The A.I. I’m about to reference won’t ever be capable of turning your computer against you, boiling you with your…

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Exploring the U.S. by RV: The price of adventure

Two years ago today, Kim and I returned to Portland after fifteen months traveling the United States in an RV. Believe it or not, I’ve never published an article about the trip and how much it cost. Although we kept a travel blog for most of the adventure (including a page that documented are expenses), I’ve never gathered everything into one place. Until now. Today, I want to share just how much we spent on the journey — and some of our favorite stops along the way. It seems like…

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3 Money Saving Tips You Won’t Regret Following

About 50% of people in the United States are lazy with their money. They haven’t put money away for retirement and they’ve generally only saved about $1,000. It gets worse. Only 15% of people in the U.S. have over $10,000 in savings. There is really no excuse for this. Some might cite familial or situational issues. I’m betting, if you polled most people on what they use their money for, those who saved little could make different choices. Education is key. If you don’t know how to handle your money,…

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The Changing Landscape of Ads on the Internet Today

Remember when the internet was plain and simple? When it came to running an ad campaign, it was a choice between running text placements or static banners ads in 728×60 or 468×60 sizes. Now, it’s a full-time job just to manage the different types of ad placements and campaign types available today. Even with the internet now being more saturated and competitive than ever before, it also holds more opportunity and upside for anyone willing to put in the time and effort where others won’t. Today we are going to…

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Money nerds and their spreadsheets

“When are you going to write about your hot tub?” readers have been asking. “We want photos of you in your hot tub.” Fine. Here’s a typical scene on any given afternoon. (This photo was taken with my iPad, and I can’t figure out where the camera lens is…) The cats like the hot tub too, but only when the lid is closed. I suspect they’ll live on top of this thing during the winter. You folks were 100% correct when you encouraged me to proceed with this purchase. I…

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Passive income vs. passion income ~ Get Rich Slowly

When I was a younger man — back before I founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006 — I was intrigued by the idea of creating passive income. While passive income isn’t exactly a get rich quick scheme (and boy was I intrigued boy those back then!), there’s certainly some overlap. Both passive income and get rich quick schemes appeal to lazy people like my younger self, people looking for ways to make money for nothing. What Is Passive Income? Passive income, as the term implies, is money you earn on…

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Five Companies You Didn’t Know Started Small

Bet you didn’t know that 69% of entrepreneurs started their business out of their home. Most people, even entrepreneurs, don’t have the startup capital to build an empire overnight. If you’ve seen Shark Tank, you know that those who hold all the money aren’t going to give it up unless they know you’re a good investment. If you can’t prove it, and this doesn’t mean you’re not worth it, you’ve got to start small. And plenty of major corporations were once garage operations. Microsoft is one of the most well…

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How to Fail at Affiliate Marketing

In 2016, retailers in the United States spend almost $5 billion on affiliate marketing. In the next few years, that number will grow to almost 7 billion dollars. You heard all of these incredible numbers and you dreamed of how a piece of that pie could be yours. It’s months later and you’ve made absolutely zilch. Hours of work to make less than a beggar on skid row. You’re probably looking for someone to shame you, right? Tell you all the things you did wrong? Great! So let’s get to…

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