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Daily Roundup: Ad Blocking, The Death of Perks, Cyber Attacks & More

Posted on 10.01.2015

Website Magazine's Daily Roundup series features noteworthy developments from around the digital world that will be of interest to 'Net professionals and which may just have a positive impact on how you do your digital business each and every day.

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+ Ad blocking extension Adblock, whose user base totals more than 40 million (estimate), has been sold to an anonymous buyer, raising questions among many digital advertisers and publishers. The extension displayed a popup on October 1 saying that it is now allowing EyeO’s acceptable advertising — which allows advertisers to buy their way onto the whitelist — through the filter. 

+ Google officially becomes Alphabet today, so you know, update your links...

+ Reports are emerging that Rackspace will partner with Amazon to help enterprises more their applications into the cloud. 

+ Apple has acquired speech technology and virtual assistant startup VocalIQ.

+ Social media scoring platform Klout, which was acquired by Lithium Technologies last year, is apparently ending its Klout Perks program, the rewards (products, discounts) offering that social influencers received, indicating it was not aligned with its current strengths.

+ Amazon announced its new Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES) which will enable developers to launch a scalable Elasticseach cluster from the AWS Management Console, point their clients at the cluster's endpoint, and load, process, analyze and visualize data shortly thereafter.

+ Cloud-based service desk software provider Freshdesk announced the acquisition of Frilp, an app that lets users seem and receive help from their friends, which may indicate that Freshdesk is preparing a consumer-facing application.

+ Verisign reported that the number of .COM domain names has topped 120 million (119 million with active zone files) for the 1st time.

+ Cyber attacks that exploit privileged and administrative accounts – the credentials used to manage and run an organization’s IT infrastructure – represent the greatest enterprise security risks, according to a new survey released by CyberArk

+ Costco is reportedly closing in on $5 billion in annual Web sales.

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