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NerdyData launches, makes search a trillion times better

Newly launched NerdyData allows you to search for the full source code of site, instead of just the text. Genius.

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Nerdy Data is a big deal. It searches all source code. Awesome.

No, you do not have to be a developer to find a use for this. The ability to search a page’s source code allows you track competitors, discover trends, and find where an image’s URL is being hotlinked, but first how does NerdyData do what it does?

NerdyData Co-Developer, Steven Sonnes, tells AG Beat their crawler has “visited over 140 million homepages and collected terabytes of HTML, Javascript, and CSS code.” Instead of having to sift through page after page, looking for code, NerdyData has designed an interface that allows anyone to search against the source code of webpages or even download a list of sites that contain a specific search term.

There is even an interface specifically designed for SEO’s and marketers which allow you the search for specific HTML tags (meta descriptions and meta keywords). This makes finding what you need a whole lot easier.

Now why would you want to do this?

By searching a page’s source code you have the potential to discover new leads that contain a specific keyword or phrase and when you subscribe, you can click the “view contact info” button in the NerdyData search results to get more information about the domain owner. Also, you can search a site for their client list, giving you new leads.

NerdyData gives the example of running a simple search for: “cdn.nameofsite.com” and you will be able to see every single one of their clients. You can also discover trends: how many people are using one thing versus another, but querying the search code. Also, you can research backlinks pointing to a URL, find out where an image URL is being hotlinked, and find live examples of how codes and themes are being used. The last one being of particular interest to developers and designers; it is so much easier to tweak your own code when you can see a live example of what it looks like.

I mentioned above that you can download a list of your search results; you can save these as a CSV, Excel, JSON, or plain text file. You can also share them with anyone or have the results send to you, or anyone on your team via email.

Testing it out

When I tried the search out for myself, I typed in the keyword: AGBeat. After a few seconds, there were 219 results returned, compared to Google’s 85,400 results (demo accounts are only able to search source code). Once you have rendered a search you can immediately see a source code snippet and the button to view the contact information.

You can sort your results by popularity or relevance and download the whole list with one click. There is a toolbar on the left side that shows your search history, as well as, image locator, backlinks, SEO search, and a comparison chart. You can also access support and documentation from your toolbar. Overall it is a very easy to use interface offering insight into source code, without having an extensive knowledge of it.

NerdyData offers three pricing levels: basic, professional and enterprise. At the basic level you receive 200 credits, ten results, and online support, but you do not have the ability to download or email results. At the professional level ($99/month), you receive 1,200 credits, 5,000 results, a refine tool, priority online support and the ability to download and email your results. And finally, at the enterprise level ($149/month), you get 3.000 credits, 100,000 results, a refine tool, email and online support, and the ability to download and email your results.

The results number is the number of results you are allowed to download or email, per month. If no results come back for the term you enter into the search bar, no credits are deducted. My “AGBeat” search cost two credits. To learn more about how these credits work, you can find more information on the NerdyData site.

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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The newest booming business: Hiding from facial recognition

(TECH NEWS) ‘Cloaking’ is the new way to hide your face. Companies are making big money designing cloaking apps that thwart your features by adding a layer of make up, clothing, blurring, and even transforming you into your favorite celebrity.

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Facial recognition companies and those who seek to thwart them are currently locked in a grand game of cat and mouse. Though it’s been relentlessly pursued by police, politicians, and technocrats alike, the increasing use of facial recognition technology in public spaces, workplaces, and housing complexes remains a widely unpopular phenomenon.

So it’s no surprise that there is big money to be made in the field of “cloaking,” or dodging facial recognition tech – particularly during COVID times while facial coverings are, literally, in fashion.

Take Fawkes, a cloaking app designed by researchers at the University of Chicago. It is named for Guy Fawkes, the 17th century English revolutionary whose likeness was popularized as a symbol of anonymity, and solidarity in V For Vendetta.

Fawkes works by subtly overlaying a celebrity’s facial information over your selfies at the pixel level. To your friends, the changes will go completely unnoticed, but to an artificial intelligence trying to identify your face, you’d theoretically look just like Beyonce.

Fawkes isn’t available to the general public yet, but if you’re looking for strategies to fly under the radar of facial recognition, don’t fret; it is just one example of the ways in which cloaking has entered the mainstream.

Other forms of cloaking have emerged in the forms of Tik Tok makeup trends, clothes that confuse recognition algorithms, tools that automatically blur identifying features on the face, and much more. Since effective facial recognition relies on having as much information about human faces as possible, cloaking enthusiasts like Ben Zhao, Professor of computer science at the University of Chicago and co-developer of Fawkes, hope to make facial recognition less effective against the rest of the population too. In an interview with The New York Times, Zhao asserts, “our [team’s] goal is to make Clearview [AI] go away.”

For the uninitiated, Clearview AI is a start-up that recently became infamous for scraping billions of public photos from the internet and privately using them to build the database for a law enforcement facial recognition tool.

The CEO of Clearview, Hoan Ton-That, claimed that the tool would only be improved by these workarounds and that in long run, cloaking is futile. If that sounds like supervillain talk, you might see why he’s earned himself a reputation similar to the likes of Martin Shkreli or Ajit Pai with his company’s uniquely aggressive approach to data harvesting.

It all feels like the beginning of a cyberpunk western: a story of man vs. machine. The deck is stacked, the rules are undecided, and the world is watching. But so far, you can rest assured that no algorithm has completely outsmarted our own eyeballs… yet.

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Australia wants Facebook and Google to pay media royalties

Australia seeks to require Facebook and Google to pay royalties to media companies for use of news content on their platforms.

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Australia is in the process of requiring tech giants, Facebook and Alphabet, to pay royalties to Australian media companies for using their content. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the move the day after the US Congressional antitrust hearing that put the CEOs of Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple back in the regulatory spotlight.

In addition to the pressure from the United States investigation into market control by these companies, global leaders are calling for similar regulations. Though none have been successful, media companies in Germany, France, and Spain have pushed for legislation to force Google to pay licensing fees to use their news content. Some companies have been pushing for this for years and yet, the tech giants keep dragging out their changes, even admitting their actions are wrong.

In 2019, the Australian government instructed Facebook and Google to negotiate voluntary deals with Australian media to use their content. The Australian government says the companies failed to follow through on the directive, and therefore will be forced to intervene. They have 45 days to reach an agreement in arbitration, after which the Australian Communications and Media Authority will create legally binding terms for the companies on behalf of the Australian government.

Google claims the web traffic that it drives to media websites should be compensation enough for the content. A Google representative in Australia asserts that the government regulations would constitute interference into market competition – which would be the point, Google!

According to a 2019 study, an estimated 3,000 journalism jobs have been lost in the last decade. The previous generation of media companies has paid substantial advertising fees to Google and Facebook while receiving nothing in return for the use of its news content. Frydenberg asserts the regulatory measures are necessary to protect consumers and ensure a “sustainable media landscape” in the country.

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Onboarding for customers and employees made easy

(TECH NEWS) Cohere enables live, virtual onboarding at bargain prices to help you better support and guide your users.

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Web development and site design may be straightforward, but that doesn’t mean your customers won’t get turned around when reviewing your products. Onboarding visitors is the simplest solution, but is it the easiest?

According to Cohere–a live, remote onboarding tool–the answer is a resounding yes.

Cohere claims to be able to integrate with your website using “just 2 lines of code”; after completing this integration, you can communicate with, guide, and show your product to any site visitor upon request. You’ll also be able to see what customers are doing in real time rather than relying on metrics, making it easy to catch and convert customers who are on the fence, due to uncertainty or confusion.

There isn’t a screen-share option in Cohere’s package, but what they do include is a “multiplayer” option in which your cursor will appear on a customer’s screen, thus enabling you to guide them to the correct options; you can also scroll and type for your customer, all the while talking them through the process as needed. It’s the kind of onboarding that, in a normal world, would have to take place face-to-face–completely tailored for virtual so you don’t have to.

You can even use Cohere to stage an actual demo for customers, which accomplishes two things: the ability to pare down your own demo page in favor of live options, and minimizing confusion (and, by extension, faster sales) on the behalf of the customer. It’s a win-win situation that streamlines your website efficiency while potentially increasing your sales.

Naturally, the applications for Cohere are endless. Using this tool for eCommerce or tech support is an obvious choice, but as virtual job interviews and onboarding become more and more prevalent, one could anticipate Cohere becoming the industry example for remote inservice and walkthroughs.

Hands-on help beats written instructions any day, so if companies are able to allocate the HR resources to moderate common Cohere usage, it could be a huge win for those businesses.

For those two lines of code (and a bit more), you’ll pay anywhere from $39 to $129 for the listed packages. Custom pricing is available for larger businesses, so you may have some wiggle room if you’re willing to take a shot at implementing Cohere business-wide.

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