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ISHK New Design 2017

The Month of July 2017 saw the addition of multiple updates at ISHK as we continue to Help you through your online success.

This blog post is a series which aims to update you every month on the latest updates to our platform and influent news the month.

New Design and Billing Url

We are very proud to have updated our websites link structure and design.

The update is aimed to keep our website up to date with the latest trends and most of all, simplify the user experience.

If you find any bug or errors please let us know: support(at)internetsolutions.hk so we can fix it as soon as possible.

Our new design also comes with a transition from internetsolutions.hk/secure/ to internetsolutions.hk/dashboard/

The KnowledgebaseOur Knowledgebase has new entries aimed at helping you solve issues and learn.

Here are updates made during the month of July:

  1. WEBSITE DESIGN UPDATE
  2. Connectivity Issues Server Athena 
  3. Kernal Update
  4. Website Design Update
  5. Athena Server Reboot 

Do you like our new website design? How helpful were these updates?

See you Next time with another ISHK Update.

Be sure to follow us on all our social channels as we aim to help you through your online success.

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Business News

Facebook To Enter Greater China?

(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. is so keen to return to China that it built a tool that would geographically censor information in the country, according to the New York Times.

While that may help the Chinese government get comfortable with Facebook, the company’s re-entry may not happen for years, if at all, given licensing restrictions and other regulations that favor locally owned companies. China, which blocked the world’s largest social network in 2009, has few incentives to allow the social network in.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg visits China frequently, and yet the company is no closer to putting employees in a downtown Beijing office it leased in 2014, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company hasn’t been able to get a license to put workers there, even though they would be selling ads shown outside the country, not running a domestic social network, the person said. The ad sales work is currently done in Hong Kong. The person asked not to be identified discussing private matters.

“We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country,” a Facebook spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement. “However, we have not made any decision on our approach to China. Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform.” The company declined to comment on the New York Times report or its real estate interests.

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eCommerce News

Stripe Available in Hong Kong

We received an invitation from the Stripe guys to join the Private Beta version. We recommend this great platform to manage payments through credit cards. Here I copy paste the original message:

Good news: we are up and running in private beta, and we're excited to invite you to take part. All of our standard docs and features apply — learn more here: https://stripe.com/docs

You can get started right away:

https://stripe.com/welcome/fdRobY

As of today, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express transactions in any of our 100+ supported currencies and be paid out in HKD.

We'd love to hear your feedback, either on using Stripe as a whole, or on Hong Kong-specific details. We'd especially like to hear about any glitches so we can fix them as soon as possible — you can reach our Hong Kong team at support+hk@stripe.com, or get help anytime at https://support.stripe.com/.

Let us know if we can help with anything at all as you're getting started with Stripe.
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News Small Business

Stripe Helps Startups

(Bloomberg) — When global companies think about incorporating offshore, they typically look to places such as Bermuda, Ireland, or the Netherlands. Kenyan entrepreneur Trevor Kimenye decided to go with Delaware.

Kimenye co-founded his digital marketing startup Ongair Inc. in Nairobi two years ago. He said companies around the world use Ongair’s tools to help them communicate with customers through WhatsApp and other messaging apps. Ongair has the look and feel of Silicon Valley software, but whenever it tried to collect payment from companies using its services, there would be an inevitable moment of confusion. “Everyone thought we were from the Valley, and now we’re, like, ‘OK, send this money to a Kenyan bank account,’” Kimenye said. “They were, like: ‘Are you Nigerian princes?’”

Ongair employees hacked together a system of wire-transfer services and web payments tools from PayPal Holdings Inc. to facilitate transactions from around the globe. But Kimenye said he was spending way too much time studying the complexities of foreign-exchange currency markets: “I was becoming a forex guru.” He considered switching to Stripe Inc., but the San Francisco startup, which makes payments tools that are popular with coders in the Valley, doesn’t service Kenya.

So Stripe helped him incorporate in the U.S. through a new program called Atlas. “When we automatically took money for the first time from a credit card, everyone in the office was like, ‘Wow,’” Kimenye said. “We felt it had leveled the playing field for us with other companies in the Valley or in Europe. It was no longer holding us back.”

Stripe has been slowly rolling out Atlas over the last three months, pitching it as a startup in a box. For a $500 fee, an aspiring entrepreneur can get the paperwork needed to incorporate in Delaware, a business account with Silicon Valley Bank, connections to American law and consulting firms, and a Stripe account to accept payments online. So far, Stripe has welcomed 440 startups from 91 countries into Atlas. Stripe said it has received applications from entrepreneurs in just about every country in the world but declined to disclose the number of applicants.

Atlas provides a way for Stripe to make customers come to its home country, instead of having to go to them. Stripe works only with businesses based in 25 countries, mostly developed economies, because establishing operations in a new place can involve coordination with local banks, custom technical work, and language localization. Atlas helps Stripe reach developing markets without having to go through the costly process of opening in each one. While Atlas startups aren’t required to use Stripe to process payments, most likely will. Stripe, a venture-backed startup valued at $5 billion, will take a cut of each transaction—which could grow to become a big revenue stream if the companies take off.

Patrick Collison, chief executive officer and co-founder of Stripe, said Atlas can help his company gain the loyalty of a growing set of global entrepreneurs. Their governments should like Atlas, too, he said. The program serves as an alternative to sucking entrepreneurial talent away from emerging markets. “When you discover it’s extremely difficult to start a business or gain access to Stripe in your home country, for many people the easiest response to that is to leave and move to where it is,” Collison said. Stripe said most Atlas participants plan to stay in their home countries.

Stripe surveyed Atlas companies and found that 42 percent were incorporating as a business for the first time, while 20 percent had previously tried unsuccessfully to incorporate in the U.S. They said Atlas simplifies a complicated procedure that otherwise would involve flying to the U.S. to meet with banks and lawyers.

As the wait list for Atlas grows, Stripe declined to say when it plans to open the floodgates. The company said it’s still refining the application process. Stripe underestimated how many questions startups would have when signing up. Several applicants found a phone number listed in some of Stripe’s automated e-mails, which belonged to a leader on the Atlas project, and sent him a barrage of messages through WhatsApp: Do we need a U.S. business address? How many shares should we issue through our new company? What do the different roles on a board of directors do?

To address common issues, Stripe added suggestions inside the sign-up form and to an ever-growing list of frequently asked questions. The goal is to help a startup fill out the form and submit electronically signed documents over the course of a few days. Eventually, any company should be able to join Atlas as long as it doesn’t violate Stripe’s rules prohibiting activities such as drug paraphernalia, gambling, pornography, and pyramid schemes. “There are enough gatekeepers and sources of requisite permission in the world,” Collison said. “We don’t want to introduce more.”

Atlas startups are also hoping their presence in the U.S. will help them attract venture capital. Most said they plan to seek funding in the next year, according to Stripe’s study. Paulo Tenorio, who started Brazilian marketing company Trakto, is hoping Atlas will make his startup more desirable to American venture capitalists after getting turned away in the past. “I’m going to say, ‘I have the legal presence you need here. I can be here in a day. I can spend months here,’” Tenorio said. “I’m going to try it out.”

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News Security

Godaddy Also Experienced DDOS Attack

On its system alert page, GoDaddy apologized for the “brief delay in service.”

“We are fixing an issue impacting one or more services,” GoDaddy said.

On Sunday (April 12th), GoDaddy’s security team identified a spike in traffic that “could be malicious in nature.” The company claimed to have resolved the issue, however it seems that Monday’s outage may be related. An update around 4:25 pm ET, which replaced the message about the “brief delay in service”, said that GoDaddy’s security team has identified another spike in traffic that could be “malicious in nature.”

The timing is less than ideal for GoDaddy, who made its debut on the NYSE less than two weeks ago. On Monday GDDY stock was at $25.30, up 0.04 percent from its previous close.

More info: http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-users-report-site-outages-company-investigates-potential-ddos-attack

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News Technology

Is Google Blocked Forever in China?

(UPDATE) – Until July 24 Google is still not reachable.

Is your website not loading properly after the ban of Google and it’s services in Mainland China (June 2014)?

We can easy replace Google Search with Bing.com or Yahoo.com.

We can replace Gmail with Hotmail or Yahoo Mail.

However, we cannot replace Google APIs. These are sets of JavaScript APIs developed by Google that allows interaction with Google Services and integration of rich, multimedia, search or feed-based Internet content into web applications. They extensively use AJAX scripting and can be easily loaded using Google Loader.

In simple words: A huge quantity of websites are not working properly in Mainland China because they use Google APIs that are blocked.  The only way to “fix” this is to try to not use any code related with Google. At least for now.

UPDATE (05-08-2017) – Google APIs are unblocked. However, Google’s search engine and all other products are still blocked in Greater China.

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News Privacy Technology

Alternatives for Gmail in China

Access to Google and it’s products like Gmail have been blocked in Mainland China. Why don’t you open a Business Email like boss@mycompany.com ?

More info: Business Email Solution