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United States invites hackers – code for your country

The White House announced today that it will kick off a "National Day of Civic Hacking" on June 1 and 2 (2013) and is inviting those with tech know-how to use their coding skills to improve communities across the country. Participating government agencies will give hackers access to public data along with coding challenges that are community service oriented and targeted for assisting local neighborhoods, cities, and states.
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Microsoft discontinues Expression Blend suite of products – rolls Blend into Visual Studio 2012

With professional developers using hardcore design tool such as Visual Studio and web page designers shifting to CMS solutions such as Wordpress, the demand for Expression ha been ever-fading away. As such, Microsoft has announced that it is phasing out its Expression design tool suite. Expression Design and Expression Web are being dropped entirely while Expression Blend has been updated from version 4 to version 5 and will be rolled into the Visual Studio product line.
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Google’s open source Apache HTTP module (mod_pagespeed) to speed up web page serving comes out of beta

Two years and 18 releases later, Google has removed the beta designation from mod_pagespeed, the open source Apache HTTP module that speeds up web pages using filters to enhance pages by re-writing the page resources served. It is already in use at more than 120,000 sites including EdgeHost, GoDaddy and DreamHost hosting providers.
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Google introduces Tag Manager to speed up pages and free Webmasters from burden of maintaining tags

Modern marketing tools, such as web analytics, conversion tracking, remarketing, and advertising services, often depend on adding “tags” to your website. To make the process of maintaining pages that contain tags a little easier, Google has rolled out its new Tag Manager service giving webmasters the ability to consolidate tags in websites with just a few clicks.

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