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Internet

Internet 101

July 17, 2018

The Internet is the largest endeavor in human history. It is big, I mean really big. Almost three billion people are online, that is more than one third of the entire population of the planet. However the Internet is not just people connected through computers, it is also things. Anything with an IP addressable chip […]

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Internet usage in the United States

July 16, 2018

About 76.2 percent of the U.S. population accessed the internet as of 2016. While internet adoption in the United States is equal amongst both genders, online usage increases among demographic groups with higher levels of education and income. Source: Internet usage in the United States – Statistics & Facts | Statista

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Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about

July 16, 2018

The user can have a consultation with a certified dentist in their area while state-of-the-art technology allows the consumer to share focused imagery of the affected area so that the problem can be precisely diagnosed. Source: Toothpic is the dental app that gives people plenty to smile about I like this as it is in essence a mini, patient initiated, […]

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Henry Schein creates key software joint venture with Internet Brands

July 5, 2018

From Newsday: Henry Schein Inc. and partner Internet Brands have completed the creation of a joint venture to create and market software for the global dental market, the companies announced Monday… The joint venture, named Henry Schein One, incorporates Henry Schein’s practice-management software for dentists, includingDentrix and Easy Dental, with Internet Brands’ web-based programs such […]

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Why Your Online Reputation Matters (and How to Handle Good and Bad Reviews)

June 26, 2018

From my friends at TNT Dental: Even if your practice doesn’t have a website (and if that’s the case, you need to give us a call at TNT Dental today!), your practice is online… and, people are talking about it. You have two choices: put your head in the sand and ignore it, or embrace […]

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What is an e-Service?

June 21, 2018

A good example of a common and easily understood e-service is sending appointment reminders to patients. The dentist could assign a team member to look up every patient on the schedule for the next day, record their phone number and e-mail address then go to a texting or e-mail program and individually send texts and […]

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June 15, 2018
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Facebook bug affected 14 million people’s privacy settings

June 14, 2018

From Mashable: The advertising giant wants you to believe that you’re in control of what data you share, and who you share it with. We know that’s mostly an illusion… from May 18 to May 22, a Facebook bug automatically set a host of users’ new post settings to “public” regardless of their selected setting. It […]

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Cloud computing examined in ADA-developed technical report

June 5, 2018

From ADA News: Dentists with questions about cloud computing have an ADA resource published earlier this year to turn to for answers… …The report, available to download online at ebusiness.ada.org, provides easy-to-understand summaries of what cloud computing is, what it can do for dental practices, issues such as privacy related to cloud computing and answers to […]

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81%

June 4, 2018

81% of patients stated they will investigate a provider’s online presence, even after they’ve been referred Of course they do. Patients Google the doctor just to get the phone number. Then they look at the map to see where the office is and scroll through the reviews. They Google, Map, Web Page, and Review. Notice […]

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Facebook scrubs 837M pieces of spam from website in Q1

May 29, 2018

Facebook removed 837 million instances of spam from its website in the first quarter of 2018, according to Guy Rosen, the company’s vice president of product management. Between October 2017 and March 2018, Facebook took down content including graphic violence, adult nudity and sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam, and fake accounts. Source: Facebook […]

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Social Media Blunder

May 22, 2018
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Study: Online reviews of plastic surgeons

May 7, 2018

From UPI.com: The actual headline used for the article was, Online reviews of plastic surgeons are unreliable. I lopped of the unreliable part because if you read the article the authors do not really make the case that reviews are unreliable. They just state that reviewers take things like customer service into account rather than pure […]

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Facebook reveals long-secret rules it has used to police its site

May 3, 2018

Facebook on Tuesday released a rule book for the types of posts it allows on its social network, giving far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech and inciting violence. Source: Facebook reveals long-secret rules it has used to police […]

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Apple’s Siri: The only search engine you’ll need?

April 19, 2018

From Computerworld: The writing’s been on the wall for a very long time. Consumers are sick of being exposed to endless marketing. They don’t like their data being mined to provide advertisers and crafty political operators with tools they use to try to manipulate them. They’ve read the stories about Cambridge Analytica, and they are […]

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Mozilla releases anti-Facebook extension for Firefox to stop tracking

April 12, 2018

From Mashable: A new browser extension called the “Facebook Container” lets Firefox users isolate their activity on Facebook to Facebook.com, making it more difficult to track users’ actions elsewhere on the web. The hope is that someone searching for and booking a trip wouldn’t then cause related ads to appear on your Facebook feed, for […]

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Sorry: Facebook was never ‘free’

April 5, 2018

From New York Post: Did you really not know that your agreement with Facebook was that Mark Zuckerberg would provide you with hours a day of enjoyment in exchange for your personal information? Source: Sorry: Facebook was never ‘free’ | New York Post Another reminder that Facebook’s business is sucking up all our personal data […]

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Henry Schein and Internet Brands Form Joint Venture: Henry Schein One

April 4, 2018

Follow the link below for the complete press release: The joint venture, to be named Henry Schein One, will include the Henry Schein Practice Solutions products and services, such as Dentrix, Dentrix Ascend, Easy Dental, and TechCentral, as well as Henry Schein’s international dental practice management systems, including Software of Excellence, Logiciel Julie, InfoMed, Exan, […]

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A Great Website is Useless

April 3, 2018

A website is useless if it attracts prospective new patients who never make an appointment or accept recommended treatment. Many dentists are spending considerable time and money on websites, SEO and social media to attract people to the office. But what happens when the patient calls? If your office is getting calls but finding it […]

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High Tech Reporting Needs its Muckrakers

April 2, 2018

From NRO: Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook are the world’s five largest companies in terms of stock value. Together they have market capitalization of about 3 trillion dollars, about the net worth of the entire country of Switzerland. …Yet today’s Silicon Valley and related high-tech companies are largely exempt from such traditional regulations. […]

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