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      Global Internet Outage affects games and services all around the world

      A global Internet Outage that is affecting thousands of services is currently in effect. It seems that the origin is Level3 / Centurylink which affects not just games, but also internet traffic and even phone services. It is safe to say that people are not happy at the moment.
      It seems that this started just before lunch swedish time and reports of network issues started flood in right after that. Popular games suddenly had server issues and the list of affected services on Downdetector grew fast. Centurylink seem to have some serious issues right now as they seem to have somehow manage to break IPv4 and IPv6 making traffic loop without finding their intended destination.

      Besides breaking a large portion of services it also seem that their ISP part is also down, causing a lot of people loose their Internet connection. This also affect IP based phone services of course, which could be a big problem.
      Based on reports from different sources, such as the Cloud Helix status page it seems that CenturyLink have identified multiple Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) issues causing service impacts across multiple markets. This would explain the IPv4 and IPv6 issues and it is not a total surprise that the now 26 year old protocol would be the cause.
      We are still waiting fo the official word from CenturyLink that has remained dead silent about the situation. That is never a good sign, even if it is a sunday and the world in general is a bit crazy.
      We hope for a quick resolution and hope everyone affected remain safe and calm.

      Google test new image metadata for licensable images badge

      Google is beta testing a new way for sites to display licensing information on images that appear in Google Image search. The new licensable image badge uses either IPTC image metadata or a new structured data element. This will make license information a whole lot more visible in the search results, which is a good thing.
      This new way for Google to show license information for images has been done in collaboration with CEPIC, which is short for Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage, since June 2018. IPTC and DMLA has also been involved in this new way to help display license information for images in Google Image search.
      This new image badge will show up in the image itself during the search and when you click on an image it will also add additional information in the details view.

       
      The two new attributes you can use in the metadata to get this to show up once the feature is released are:
      license - A URL to a page that describes the license governing an image’s use. For example, it could be the terms and conditions that you have on your website. Where applicable, it could also be a Creative Commons License (for example, BY-NC 4.0). acquireLicensePage -A URL to a page where the user can find information on how to license that image. Here are some examples: A check-out page for that image where the user can select specific resolutions or usage rights general page that explains how to contact you  
      This new badge also support standard IPTC tags. This means that in many cases this will show up with no additional effort. That is assuming the image already have the Web Statement of Rights and the Licensor URL meta data filled in.
      In the event that you have both the IPTC tags and markup metadata, then Google will use the markup metadata. This is good because that way the image can have the original license, but a different license can be added based on the site itself if they have made a deal with the original creator for example.
      For photographers I don't think this will be any changes in the workflow as I think most are already adding the metadata needed. For digital designers however this is not as common so some changes probably will be needed in most workflows. For content owners and system developers the new metadata will need some additional work.
      This is similar to when the canonical tag was introduced, but it will be much slower to implement as there are no incentive to add this, at least not in the same way as for the canonical tag which could boost your SEO scores.
      Personally I love this and I will absolutely implement this for this blog and other areas where I use images. Not for my own sake, but to make sure the creators get the recognition they deserve.

      Happenings of the week - Week 4, 2020

      Another week has past and as usual I will bring you some of the happenings of the week. This is a weekly newsletter that focuses on the development chain that I am most passionate about: Management, Design, Requirement, Development, Test and special interests such as Atlassian and Security.

      If you have news that you think should be included in this newsletter, please let me know. You are also welcome to guest blog if you like.
       

      This week I purchased a ton of new graphics from Shutterstock to use for blogposts and content creation.
      I also made some changes to the colors of the different sections as they were a bit difficult to see on dark backgrounds.
      This weekend I also added a new section to the Awesome People articles where I will add my thoughts on the people added there.
       
      Management
      A Quick Summary of Risk Management The 5 Hottest ITSM Trends and Topics for 2020 CIOs: 5 Key ITSM Things to Do in 2020 Top Project Management Conferences of 2020 The Art of Agile Product Ownership Master Your Project Planning with Free Gantt Chart Excel Templates Workshop: How To Map Out Your Projects Better Using Mind Maps The Misunderstood Scrum Master Attention leaders: there’s something your team isn’t telling you Should The Product Owner Balance Technical Debt? Requirement
      Design
      US Space Force logo draws comparisons to 'Star Trek' Learn how to create fully functional mockups Design is a process, not art What UX from 1989 can teach us Does Professional Degree Matter to become a Web or Graphic Designer? Don’t sell your portfolio — sell yourself Why Figma is a dangerous tool for designers Designing dashboard: What should you know Everything You Need to Know About Design Systems 45 Simple Line Art Minimal Logo Designs for Inspiration Development
      Angular vs. React vs. Vue: A 2020 comparison 5 Reasons for Doing Microfrontends CSS Grid Template Areas In Action What’s the Difference Between Width/Height in CSS and Width/Height HTML attributes? Min and Max Width/Height in CSS The Ultimate JavaScript Cheat Sheet How To Pass Data Between Components In Vue.js Angular 9 Tutorial: Build an Example App with Angular CLI, Angular Router, HttpClient & Angular Material Advanced Node.Js: A Hands on Guide to Event Loop, Child Process and Worker Threads in Node.Js Frontend Development with Docker simplified Test / QA
      Chekhov's Gun for Automated Tests Jenkins Creator Launches Startup To Speed Software Testing with Machine Learning -- ADTmag Dive into functional testing and non-functional testing approaches Getting Started with Front End Testing Writing testable code with VueJS, Nuxt and TypeScript Operations
      LiteSpeed Web Server or OpenLiteSpeed? How to: Create comprehensive status reports for complex multi-tier releases for 15 mins. Developers could ease DevOps deployment with CircleCI Orbs Protestors petition equity firm over .org buyout Deploying a Java web app with a MySQL backend through Octopus Deploy EasyApache 4 Jan 22 Release Should your CI/CD process be implemented in a single Pipeline as Code file? How DevOps principles power Octopus documentation Atlassian
      Get to know Jira Align: FAQ Be GDPR compliant: ensure the right to erasure, find and anonymize PII in Jira One year later: major updates to Jira Software’s roadmap function Security
      Beware of this sneaky phishing technique now being used in more attacks Deepfakes are getting easier to make and the internet's just not ready The Annoying MacOS Threat That Won't Go Away Google finds privacy holes in Safari’s ITP anti-tracking system Shlayer, No. 1 Threat for Mac, Targets YouTube, Wikipedia Cisco Warns of Critical Network Security Tool Flaw Mastercard Opens New Intelligence and Cyber Center in Vancouver, Canada Multiple Vulnerabilities Found in AMD ATI Radeon Graphics Cards sLoad Malware Revamped as Powerful ‘StarsLord’ Loader Interesting
      Mozilla has banned nearly 200 malicious Firefox add-ons over the last two weeks Introducing ‘Rebuilding Notre Dame,’ a New VR Documentary Google’s John Mueller on Optimizing Images for Search Results LinkedIn Announces Merger of Elevate Functionality with Company Pages A New Search Engine Enters the Market – OneSearch from Verizon Media Twitter Launches Emoji Reactions for Direct Messages 3 Tips for Brands Looking to Utilize TikTok for Marketing Google Updates Mobile-First Indexing Best Practices Documentation 10 Amazing mobile apps built using Flutter framework Social shorts: Instagram tests web DMs, TikTok explores curated content streams, Pinterest passes Snapchat in users E-commerce
      Why Hyper-Personalization is Key for Marketers in 2020 Is personalization working? Budgets are increasing, but martech challenges threaten future investments Eight Types of Online Reviewers, and How to Handle Them [Infographic] Awesome People
       

      Email Startup Front Raises $59 Million by fellow software founders

      Popular email startup Front has just finished a a new funding round to bring in more capital. Instead of choosing the traditional way however Front’s CEO Mathilde Collin decided to take a rather unusual route: a large-sized, later-stage investment group led predominantly by fellow software founders.
      While this type of funding is not unheard of, it is unusual. For the email startup Front this seem to have been a successful round and they managed to raise $59 million to fund their future plans.

      The majority of the money in this funding round comes from a small group of already-successful tech executives: Atlassian cofounder Mike Cannon-Brookes and president Jay Simons, Okta cofounder Frederic Kerrest, Qualtrics cofounders Ryan Smith and Jared Smith, and Zoom founder Eric Yuan.
      This funding will now allow Front to move forward with their roadmap, which I must say look quite impressive.
      I have used Front myself and quite liked it. It is however a product that really shines when used by teams rather than as an individual. With an affordable pricing starting at just $9/user this is a great choice for small to medium businesses with customer service and group collaboration in mind.
      2020 will be an exciting year for email startup Front and i look forward to see their innovation as they move forward.

      Happenings of the week - Week 3, 2020

      Another week has past and as usual I will bring you some of the happenings of the week. This is a weekly newsletter that focuses on the development chain that I am most passionate about: Management, Design, Requirement, Development, Test and special interests such as Atlassian and Security.

      If you have news that you think should be included in this newsletter, please let me know. You are also welcome to guest blog if you like.
       
      Management
      The Best Risk Management Software For Enterprises and Midsize Businesses - Top 10 tools for risk management. Agile vs Waterfall: What’s the Difference? - Still wonder what the difference is? Here the differences are broken down so it makes more sense. What Is Scrumban? How It Differs from Scrum & Kanban - For some reason this is always confusing people, so here is a guide. Estimation in the Era of Continuous Change - How do you work with estimations in a more agile way of working? Create Faster and More Accurate Forecasts using Probabilities - Another approach to estimations. Sprint Planning 101: How to Plan Great Sprints - Some good advice on how to get those sprints planned and executed properly. Exploring the Philosophies and Principles of Planning Approaches - Amazing article on planning approaches by Lynda Bourne Why Agile Is a Humane Way to Work - An interesting take on the Agile way of working.
      A new video about Productive is added to the Video section.
      "A complete project lifecycle – in one app. Stop juggling multiple tools. Handle your entire workflow in one place."
       
      Requirement
      Requirements management in Jira 101: the basics - An interesting take on requirements in Jira. Requirements Management: A Quick Guide - Good run through of what requirements actually are.
      Pentagon Wars - Bradley Fighting Vehicle Evolution (the best example of scope creep ever!)
       
      Design
      UX Design Trends for 2020 - You know this was coming, but do you agree with them? 20 Most Inspirational Interactive Prototypes for 2020 - For all your prototype lovers out there! UX For Enterprise: 3 Biggest Challenges (and How to Tackle Them) - Some great advice here. Storybook 5.3: Build production design systems faster - It's not bad really! New GoDaddy logo is a massive improvement - The iconic GoDaddy logo is renewed and it's pretty neat. ActiveCollab redesign deconstruction - A walkthough of the design process redesigning this tool I used a long time ago. Introducing Wacom One - Yes please! Why Ethical Design Is Critical for Mobile App Designers - I like the reasoning and the topic. Baseline Material Design Components for Sketch - Some good resources here. What Star Wars can teach us about the UX? - Did not see that one coming! 100 Cartoon Characters - Great resource for all your character need.
      The Professional Golden Shine Effect in Photoshop
       
      Development
      Node.js and JavaScript conferences you should attend in 2020 10 Interesting JavaScript and CSS Libraries for January 2020 How To Protect Your Vue.js Application With Jscrambler How To Not Have A Mess with React Hooks & Redux Darken - A javascript library that makes darkmode easy 10 Ways to Optimize Your React App’s Performance An Introduction To React’s Context API The Deal with the Section Element MassCode – a code snippets manager for developers released to v0.4.0 Understanding CSS Grid: Creating A Grid Container Understanding CSS Grid: Grid Lines Babel 7.7 Released With Improved TypeScript Support, Top-Level Await and More Vue Composition API—What Is it and How Do I Use It? Understanding Async Await | CSS-Tricks The JS based polished markdown editor called Boost Note has been officially launched Multi-Thumb Sliders: Particular Two-Thumb Case  
      Test / QA
      Continuous Testing at scale: The new mabl and Bitbucket Pipelines CI/CD integration - A bit techy, but good. 5 software testing books QA professionals should dig into - pretty neat list here. Learn End-to-end Testing with Puppeteer - looks pretty good I must say. Manual mainframe testing persists in the age of automation - yeah, manual testing is still a thing pretty much everywhere.
      JUnit 5 - Evolution and Innovation
       
      Operations
      Cloudflare acquires stealthy startup S2 Systems, announces Cloudflare for Teams - Sounds interesting indeed! cPanel Announces Collaboration with Google Cloud to Bring cPanel & WHM to Google Cloud Platform Marketplace WHMCS 7.9 Now Available - New features for WHMCS CloudLinux 6 kernel updated - A rather small update to CloudLinux 6. OpenSSL 1.1.1 and TLSv1.3 Beta Testing Open Call - test drive TLSv1.3 and OpenSSL 1.1.1 with EasyApache 4 and cPanel.  Beta: CloudLinux 8 with 4.18 kernel is here - If you want to beta test CloudLinux 8, then a new version is out.  
      Atlassian
      Atlassian scrambles to fix zero-day security hole accidentally disclosed on Twitter - A nasty one, so make sure you are updated. One company’s transformative journey to Jira Cloud - Canada-based Igloo Software go through their experiences with moving to Jira Cloud. Want to see your app in Jira Cloud mobile? Glances have arrived! - Now you can get more visibility for your app, which is great for the users as well.
      Ship faster using Slack and Jira - Demo Den January
       
      Security
      Unprotected Medical Systems Expose Data on Millions of Patients - This is soo bad! One More Threat For Organizations – The Ako Ransomware - Nasty ransomware that can cripple your organization. SNAKE Ransomware – A New Threat For Businesses In Town - Another nasty ransomeware Hackers use system weakness to rattle doors on Citrix systems - This one caused some headache for IT this week. Multiple TikTok Vulnerabilities Could Exploit Or Delete Users’ Personal Data - Good thing kids these days are secure online... Threat From Pre-Installed Malware on Android Phones is Growing - I am not surprised really. Amazon calls PayPal's $4 billion Honey browser add-on a 'security risk' - that's a bit fishy Amazon! PayPal Patches Vulnerability That Exposed User Passwords - Sloppy mistake fixed by PayPal
      Ship faster using Slack and Jira - Demo Den January
       
      Interesting
      LinkedIn Brings 3 New Features to LinkedIn Pages - Stream live or invite people to your page. Google January 2020 core update almost done rolling out - SEO changes coming your way. Google Chrome: Third-party cookies will be gone by 2022 - Hardcore approach by Google Chrome. Facebook's Updated Desktop Layout is Now Appearing for More Users - Not for me yet though... Social shorts: Twitter gets rid of Audience Insights, Facebook updates Instant Articles, YouTube enforces policy on kids’ content - The world is changing fast. Twitter Adds New Ad Unit and Alters Core Features - Do we need more ads really?
      New Edge browser from Microsoft is rolling out today to windows 10 usersE-commerce
       
      E-commerce
      Bose is closing all of its retail stores in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia - It's a trend these days it seems to close down stores and shift to online instead. Google Introduces a New Shopping Section in Search Results - Good or bad? Decide for yourself.
      Teknik Magasinet file for bankrupcy - Another swedish company goes down
       
       
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