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How poker evolved through the years



While debates are still on whether or not today’s poker is a take-off from a Persian card game called, “As Nas” or “Poque”, a French card game. This card game became one of the most popular games in the world and it bears a distinct difference from the ancient card games it was alluded to. Modern school of thoughts described it as a card game made up on general card play principles including betting which is not present in any ancient card games like Persian As Nas or the French Poque.

Poker played as early as 19th century

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A short history of the automobile



Can you ever imagine your life without a car? I know I can’t! Well if you lived roughly 125 years ago or so you would not have had the luxury of owning a car, riding around in a car, or the privilege of buying a car for the first time! You would have had to walk or take a horse drawn cart, or a train perhaps.

Those living back then were not as lucky as we are today to get to ride around in a fine automobile and get to our destinations in no time!

The history of the automobile is quite extensive. Moneysupermaket.com has a great infographic showing the exact dates, manufacturers and brands of automobiles over the 19th, 20th, and 21st century. Many people over the years came up with their own designs and models.

And thus, over the years each brand and company has changed an evolved. The cars from yesteryear we would not consider chic or classy, but rustic and outdated. But back then those were the most beautiful thing to people! People were amazed and loved their cars, if they could afford one.

Who really invented the first automobile?

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Facebook buying Instagram is a Good Thing



Instagram, the 30 million user strong mobile photo sharing service, is going to become part of Facebook for $1 billion. It’s the biggest online deal in a very long time, and everyone’s talking.

Some talks are about the high price. Some talks are about Facebook spending too much. Most of the talks, however, are about whether or not this is a good thing.

Many Instagram users are furious, while many non-Instagram users see this as a good service going downhill. Majority of people are doubtful about this buyout because of one single reason:

Instagram will be the first real sub-branch of Facebook.

The association with Facebook is making many Instagram users, who think of Instagram as having a spotless record, consider leaving Instagram completely.

Facebook does not believe in the isolation of services to the few elite, as many iPhone users usually are led to believe (or believe). That is why the beloved iPhone app, which is now available on Android, is now going to be basically a Facebook extension of photos, owned and operated by Facebook.

Regardless of what many of the Instagram users do, all Facebook users will probably end up having the choice of trying Instagram more easily in the future. All Instagram users should also end up having a lot more users to play around and share stuff with. It’s a good thing that Facebook bought Instagram. Here are some reasons why Facebook bought Instagram, why it’s a good thing, and how such things can affect you.

In the end, it’s up to you as to whether or not you want to be part of Instagram after it fully becomes a part of Facebook.

Because, regardless of your liking it or hating it (I’m liking it at the moment – hopefully I won’t hate it), Instagram is going to be a Facebook sub-website soon. All Instagram users are going to become Facebook users, directly or indirectly.

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Browser Incognito Mode: Do You Need it ON to Get the Best Hotel or Amazon Deal?



Typically, as online consumers, we assume that everyone is getting the same deal, regardless of location; after all, we’re all shopping through the same medium. It seems, though, that isn’t always the way that online retailers see it.

If you think about it, it’s not that big of a surprise; after all, different retailers in different locations will offer different price points to cater to their location. It simply hasn’t occurred to most of us that these sales tactics—or “dynamic pricing”—would be applied to online shopping, as well.

Here’s the skinny.

“Dynamic Pricing”

Online usage of “dynamic pricing” was first tested back in the year 2000 by Amazon, specifically for their DVD sales; they offered their DVDs at multiple price points based on location. For example, they sold the Complete Second Season of the X-Files at the following price points: $89.99, $97.49, and $104.99. (more…)

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Managing Your Gaming Life: Playing Roulette Online



People who spend most of their lives on the internet are living a double life—this Digital Life defines your attitude and aspirations towards the things that you cannot mostly do in Real Life (RL in net lingo).

It is a must for each person to know their limitations, practice discretion in everything you do and understand the thin line between what is real and virtual.

One premise of this guide is that you can be anyone in the internet. You can create a lot of anonymous accounts for each purpose that you intend your persona.

You have the options to play roulette free on your mobile or browser, socialize with people from all walks of life all over the world and you can also do business online and earn money.

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How Many Times Have You Broken Copyright Law Today?



A new book out this year, Harvey Silverglate’s “Three Felonies a Day,” argues that the majority of Americans commit three felonies every day, for items as simple as throwing out junk mail that isn’t addressed to you. (Throwing away mail addressed to someone else is a federal crime.)

Copyright law is another one of those “accidental felony” items, made even trickier because both creating new material based on copyrighted content, as well as viewing that material, are both legally fraught. Did you visit Tumblr today? You probably saw some illegal remixed copyrighted content.

Have you used YouTube to stream your favorite song? That’s a copyright violation; it’s currently a misdemeanor, but the Obama administration is reviving SOPA in the hopes of making it a felony.

Copyright Law Violations

The trouble is that copyright law, and copyright law violations, involve so many shades of gray. It’s easy for anyone to see why illegally torrenting Downton Abbey or Sherlock before they air in the US is a crime – advertisers are paying for you to watch those series when they air on US television, not when you swipe them from The Pirate Bay.

It’s harder to see exactly why streaming music from YouTube is a potential felony, if only because YouTube is so publicly visible. Why would a major media network choose to host content that it is technically illegal to watch? (The reasons why YouTube isn’t currently scrubbing every illegal upload of “Daft Punk Get Lucky WITH LYRICS” or “World War Z High Quality part 1 of 10″ are significantly complicated, and only a few of those reasons involve there being too much uploaded video for its staff to moderate.)

Online Streaming a felony?

The problem with making online streaming a felony, however, is that there are too many ways to accidentally stream content. Think of all the people who got Rickroll’d; that is, sent a spoofed link that redirected to an auto-play, illegal upload of Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” They didn’t plan to listen to that copyrighted content without paying for it; it was, instead, thrust upon them.

It’s difficult to defend SOPA when an accidental link click can make you a criminal. When families, friends, roommates, and coworkers all have access to each other’s shared phones and laptops, who’s to say which of them actually committed the felony and illegally streamed that Katy Perry song?

YouTube channels like VEVO, which legally hosts popular music, have helped combat the illegal uploads – or at least provided legal ways for people to listen to “Blurred Lines” and “Wrecking Ball” – but it’s clear that the entertainment industry, the uploading sites, and the consumers need to come to an agreement about how to legally distribute and share media. This where intellectual property and copyright infringement lawyers like Glenn Peterson attorney at law, can be of use, helping us navigate the balance between controlling, distributing, and sharing copyrighted content.

Stealing or accessing?

Nobody really wants to steal from PBS; they just want to see the newest Downton Abbey when it originally airs, not six months later when it is licensed to the US. Nobody really wants to steal from musicians; they just want to listen to music as quickly and easily as possible, and to test-drive new songs before paying for them. (Note the popularity of Spotify, iTunes, and other pay-to-play models.)

And nobody wants to commit an accidental felony by streaming from YouTube.

So. How many instances of copyright law do you think you’ve broken today? Were they justified? Share your stories in the comments.

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Is it easy to miss online invitations?



Now it is a lot easier to invite people to events with the use of social media sites to do a lot of the work for you. You don’t need to know all your friends and family’s addresses if you have them as ‘friends’ on social media sites.

This is one of the main reasons why sending out an invitation online is made so much easier. All you need is their name and the invitation can be sent to them no problem. Setting up an invite or event online takes a lot less time than ordering or making invites, getting their addresses and then sending to them all in time for them to reply.

Things don’t get lost in the post this way and it is possible to ask a lot more people for no money at all.

People can reply as quickly as you make the invite so you know lot sooner and can make arrangements without waiting for people to rsvp. There are also online calendars now and in the case of Facebook, they link up your friends on there to the calendar and remind you when it is there birthday. Like this, you get reminders of when an event you are meant to be attending is coming up.

On the other hand, people love to receive an invitation by hand now. It makes it more personal as people feel as though someone has sat and though to invite them properly, rather than on a social media site when they could have invited ‘everyone’ just to make it easier.

There is something fun about planning and making your own personalised invitations from sites such as instantprint.co.uk, particularly when it’s a themed event, wedding or engagement.

You can use pages like instantprint.co.uk/invitations to find great ideas on invitation designs and how to create your own wedding or party invite.

You can miss invitations a lot easier online as you can mistake them for spam. It is much easier for them to get deleted. If you receive one by hand you are more likely to keep it somewhere you can see it and update your calendar.

All social media sited offer the opportunity to send out an invite whether it is as a private message or a group event.

For people who haven’t got the time or organising invitations aren’t really their thing, sending event invitations online is perfect for them. For other people, who love all the small details, invitations being one of them, sending them out by hand is still the perfect way to asking people to their event.

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Reasons why women send messages on online dating websites



Online dating can be tough, particularly if you’re finding it hard to get the ball rolling with those first messages.

If you want to increase your chances of receiving messages from women, it’s a good idea to bear the following pointers in mind.

Here are some of the reasons why women send messages on dating websites:

They like your pictures

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The changing trends in vacation booking



The Internet has become a major factor in so many elements of life, and travel planning and vacation booking are certainly no exception.

Fifty-seven percent of all travel planning and vacation booking now takes place on the Internet, with more than two-thirds of those reservations being made from smartphones.

Though the rate of bookings and types of trips being planned will fluctuate, the online travel sales continue to steadily increase by billions of dollars a year.

Reasons for the surge in online booking

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Review Sites and Your Business



If you own any type of business, it is important to understand the role that review sites play in your reputation. Whether you are a small or large business, have an online presence or not, there may be reviews about your business online. One bad review in a highly visible place could greatly damage your reputation and your business.

You may have bad reviews about your business and never even realize it. It is important to check out review sites such as Google Places, Yelp, and Angie’s List to see if there are any bad reviews posted about your business. You can visit those sites and search for your business name, and any reviews posted will show up.

Respond to Reviews

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