Our Favorite Posts Of Last Week (Mar 18, 2018)

Google Chrome SEO Without A Plugin

This post tries to cover many SEO items that can be handled via plain vanilla Google Chrome. There are numerous add-ons for Chrome that handle many SEO data gathering tasks, but those are not covered here.
Link: https://codeseo.io/google-chrome-seo-without-a-plugin/
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090: Improve Your Rankings by Understanding Intent w/AJ Kohn

I read AJ’s recent article “what I learned in 2017”. In it, he mentioned not being very excited about the SEO content being published these days. I wanted to find out why.
Link: http://www.evolvingseo.com/2018/03/08/090-aj-kohn/
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Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters• How Cambridge Analytica’s algorithms turned ‘likes’ into a political tool The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trum
Link: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-facebook-influence-us-election
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Statistical Modeling: A Primer

As I briefly explain in A Model's Many Faces, I often find it helpful to classify models as conceptual, operational or statistical. In this post we'll have a closer look at the last of these, statistical models.
Link: http://www.kdnuggets.com/2017/03/statistical-modeling-primer.html
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Use a .dev domain? Not anymore.

In the course of my work I sometimes test features on unreleased, upcoming versions of browsers. Earlier this week I opened up the upcoming version of Chrome only to find that the Medium’s development environment — the system we use to build Medium every day — wouldn’t load.
Link: https://medium.engineering/use-a-dev-domain-not-anymore-95219778e6fd
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Zero-Result SERPs: Welcome to the Future We Should've Known Was Coming

On Wednesday, Google launched a large-scale experiment, removing organic results from a small set of searches with definitive answers such as this one for "What time is it in Seattle?": These SERPs display a Knowledge Card with a "Show all results" button and no additional organic results or SERP
Link: https://moz.com/blog/zero-result-serps
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This visualization builds graphs of nearest neighbors from high-dimensional word2vec embeddings. The dataset used for this visualization comes from GloVe, and has 6B tokens, 400K vocabulary, 300-dimensional vectors.
Link: https://github.com/anvaka/word2vec-graph
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ACME v2 and Wildcard Certificate Support is Live

We’re pleased to announce that ACMEv2 and wildcard certificate support is live! With today’s new features we’re continuing to break down barriers for HTTPS adoption across the Web by making it even easier for every website to get and manage certificates.
Link: https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/acme-v2-and-wildcard-certificate-support-is-live/55579
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How to build a brain - An introduction to neurophysiology for engineers

How does the brain work? While neuroscience provides insights on small-scale processes and overall behavior, we don’t know much for sure about the learning and processing algorithms in between. In this blog post, I will give an introduction to what we know.
Link: http://juliuskunze.com/how-to-build-a-brain
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"Peak Civilization": The Fall of the Roman Empire

This text describes the presentation that I gave at the "Peak Summit" in Alcatraz (Italy) on June 27, 2009 (the picture shows me speaking there). It is not a transcription, but something that I wrote from memory, mostly in a single stretch, while I had it still fresh in my mind.
Link: http://europe.theoildrum.com/node/5528
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