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Gone were the days when to start-up anything new was similar to gambling, either you win or lose because, of lack of enough information and not able to predict what will be the possible outcome. But, now-a-days we are living in the era of technology; everyone tries to gather as much as possible information on Internet and that comes from websites and web pages. If a business is not having a website it cannot dream of flying high as it is invisible on web. Websites have a huge impact on the sales of a business. Here are some reasons why having a good website is mandatory:

Visual Presentation: We easily remember what we see. 90% of human brain power to understand things depends on what is visible to eyes. A website with good design caught the attention of customers.  

Fly High & Always Available: Business cards can be seen by people only whom you give it to or people who pick it up from your business. Whereas, a website can be accessed anywhere on the planet 24/7 with an internet connection.

Easily Updated: Information on a business card cannot be updated until it is not printed again and it is limited to its size too. On the other hand a website is not limited to size and the information can be edited, any time.

Customer relations: On a website customers can give feedback on your products. Customer support can be provided through website, it strengthens the seller-customer relationship. This is an excellent way to have better understanding of the customer’s needs and to access what areas need to be improved.

Google is testing out a service that incorporates live chat with businesses right into search results, via a new link that shows whether a business is currently available, and immediately launches a chat via Google Hangouts (on either desktop or mobile) if they are. The service resembles Path Talk’s direct messaging platform with local businesses, but incorporates its service right into the business listing search result card it shows on Google.com, which also shows you details including price level, address, map location, phone number, opening hours, ratings and reviews.

We’ve confirmed via a Google spokesperson that this is indeed an experimental feature the company is testing, which was originally spotted by Matt Gibstein who shared screens on Twitter earlier today. The new experimental chat feature offers a direct text-based line of communication, in this case with a restaurant, so that you could theoretically ask if it’s currently busy, if there’s a reservation available, or menu-specific queries, for example, and receive an answer in real-time. This is the premise behind the aforementioned Path Talk, which was a service Path added to its dedicated messenger to help separate its offering from the sea of mobile messaging apps currently available.

Path Talk’s launch last September stemmed from its acquisition of business text message service TalkTo, and offers an overview of local businesses using the service displayed on a map screen, allowing users to see a list, including online status information, so they know which businesses they can talk to currently. The free service eliminates the need for a phone call for activities like checking for in-stock inventory, making an appointment or making reservations.

Google’s test service appears to offer the same conveniences, including an estimated time for response, but using listings on Google’s own extensive existing index of places. Of course, Google launching its own version of Path Talk would be bad news for the smaller company, especially if Google made this available via things like Google Maps in addition to directly in search results. It’s still very early at this stage, however, and there’s no guarantee it’ll ever become a full-fledged offering with general availability. Still, with messaging of increasing importance to businesses everywhere, it’s a smart area for the search giant to explore.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/24/google-hangouts-for-places/

Attending the World Cup in person can be very expensive considering hotels, flights, and stadium ticket prices. So in order to make all soccer fans happy, Google released a Maps Street View package on Thursday specifically for the World Cup. The feature lets people explore all 12 of the World Cup stadiums, along with scenes captured on roads painted in festive tribute to the major global sporting event.

While these maps could be insightful to people who are far from Brazil, Google has also rolled out a few features for those fans who actually travelled down south to see some live goals, indeed the mapping application includes tools for finding the most efficient ways to get to games using buses or trains.

Google has released a test version of a software called “End to End” aimed to provide a secure method for transmitting data between users.

The move comes after the tech giant announced its support for Reset the Net, a coordinated day of action set for Thursday to oppose mass surveillance online. To the action day other well-known companies will participate including Reddit, Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future and Greenpeace.

“End-to-end” encryption plugin allows data leaving your browser to be encrypted until the recipient decrypts it, and vice versa.

In reality the encryption services have been available for years, but were often too difficult for most people on the Internet to use

In a blogpost, Google said its data showed that approximately 40-50% of emails sent between Gmail and other email providers are not encrypted. 

However, the End-to-End extension is not available at the Chrome Web Store quite yet; the alpha development status is been released yesterday so that the community can test and evaluate it, helping Google to make it as secure as it needs to be before people start relying on it.

"We recognize that this sort of encryption will probably only be used for very sensitive messages or by those who need added protection. But we hope that the "End-to-end" extension will make it quicker and easier for people to get that extra layer of security should they need it".

 

Facebook mission of connecting people in under-developed countries goes one step forward after partnering with wireless operators in certain countries to offer free access to its social network and building drones and satellites that will beam Internet access to remote regions of the world.

Pryte said the tie-up would "make an even greater impact by advancing the work we are doing in collaboration with Facebook's great team, working to further Internet.org's goal of making affordable internet access available to everyone in the world."

 

So far Facebook has acquired 10 companies with its largest acquisition being the purchase of WhatsApp, paying more than $40 per WhatsApp user. Most of the Facebook acquisitions have boon “Talent acquisitions”, in fact its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that "We have not once bought a company for the company. We buy companies to get excellent people...

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