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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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Announcements

Job Opportunities

SEO Specialist (1)

Internet Solutions HK is looking for a SEO Specialist with 2-3 years of SEO experience. In this role, the specialist will take the lead on technical analysis, keyword research, on-page optimization, competitive analysis, reporting and general deliverable management for assigned accounts.

Tech Support Staff (2)

  • Provide superb technical system and user support by responding to calls, email, and personal requests for technical support.
  • Establish, maintain, and increase client satisfaction through professional, courteous, and caring service.
  • Document, track, and monitor problems to ensure a timely resolution.
  • Offer guidance and help users solve common IT problems. 

Please send your updated CV to: email(a)internetsolutions.hk

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WordPress

Update Your WordPress Today

WordPress 4.3.1 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

This release addresses three issues, including two cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential privilege escalation.

WordPress versions 4.3 and earlier are vulnerable to a cross-site scripting vulnerability when processing shortcode tags (CVE-2015-5714). Reported by Shahar Tal and Netanel Rubin of Check Point.
A separate cross-site scripting vulnerability was found in the user list table. Reported by Ben Bidner of the WordPress security team.
Finally, in certain cases, users without proper permissions could publish private posts and make them sticky (CVE-2015-5715). Reported by Shahar Tal and Netanel Rubin of Check Point.
Our thanks to those who have practiced responsible disclosure of security issues.

WordPress 4.3.1 also fixes twenty-six bugs. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.3.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.3.1.

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Announcements Technology

Business Email to Enterprise Email

Since February we have been announcing the end of the “BUSINESS” email to introduce the new, more powerful and reliable “ENTERPRISE” email service. However, the improvements generate new costs that we need to pass to our users. But have you compared our email service to others like Google Apps for Business, Sina.com.cn or Tencent (qq.com) Enterprise email service? We are on average 50% cheaper than them! And we offer the same Enterprise grade service!

BUT WHAT IF I FEEL IS TOO EXPENSIVE?

Sure no problem, you have the following options:
1. Start using the *FREE cPanel email service (contact us to update the DNS settings) remember that we do not offer technical support or any guarantee.
2. Use another email service provider like Google Apps (G-suite), Sina, Tencent.
3. Delete accounts that you are not using so you only pay for the ones really important.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused! Remember that this change was made to improve the email experience quality.

Any question please write to us: support(a)internetsolutions.hk

* Available only for Web Hosting clients.

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Tips & Tricks

How To Fix Redirection To Wpkg.org

In mainland China, since yesterday (26th of April, 2015) some websites with the Facebook login plugin are been redirected to the site wpkg.org. A solution for Windows systems is this:

1. Copy the following line in a txt editor: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

2. Paste it on the search box of your Windows system:

3. Open it with Notepad.

4. Add the following line at the bottom: 127.0.0.1 wpkg.org

then save it.

5. Clear your browser’s cache.

That it. Another more way is to just download this file: hosts

then unzip the file and paste it inside the following directory: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

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Developer SEO

Prepare Your Website to be “Mobile”

  1. Google officially recommends responsive design for your website, more information is here. Be sure that your pages are available from the same URL to all devices.
  2. Test your website for mobile-friendliness using Google’s free tool. You want the green with “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly” message.
  3. If you don’t have the green bar from Google, you have to change your website soon.
  4. Track positions for mobile rankings. Now you can choose from multiple tools that you can use and track your positions and competitors mobile rankings.

Avoid “Mobile Friendly” Mistakes

  1. Don’t block JavaScript, CSS and image files: the Googlebot needs easy access to your website files.
  2. 404 Mobile Error: Don’t redirect the desktop version of the page to 404 error if it not available for mobile.
  3. Media content: Keep media to be played on every device, which includes video and audio files that are not unplayable on smartphones, for example if they require Flash.
  4. Mobile page speed: Page load is an important user experience factor and you have to optimize the loading process. You can use the Google’s Page Speedtest tool.
  5. Avoid duplicate content: Don’t duplicate content on desktop and mobile versions. (That’s why Google recommends a responsive design solution.) Don’t use different URLs and redirects between the desktop and mobile versions.
  6. Don’t implement the mobile site on a different domain, subdomain, or subdirectory from the desktop site.
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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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Security WordPress

What To Do If WordPress Gets Hacked

WordPress is an extremely popular web platform, and because of its popularity, it is often the target of hackers looking to “take over” pieces of your site for their own benefit. Hackers like to maximize the effectiveness of their work, so they’ll often target widely installed plugins or themes with known security vulnerabilities. In most cases, your site was not targeted specifically but was hacked because of some vulnerability in a plugin or theme installed on your site.

If your site is hacked, read the following resources to help you get up and running again. Even if your site has not been hacked, many of these articles cover security topics that are helpful for anyone in charge of a WordPress website.