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    Cool Tool of the Month: Favicon.cc

    The tiny icon that appears left of the web address on your browser is commonly known as a favicon (name so after Microsoft introduced the convention in 1999 with their release of IE 5) but it is also known as the bookmark icon and website icon. If you are really interested, you can read all about the favicon’s long history and its basic implementation on Wikipedia.

    The favicon was standardized in HTML4 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and is now supported across all modern browsers and mobile devices. If you don’t create a your own favicon then most systems will use a generic favicon or generate one from the source page. But as web designers and site owners, we want to preserve our brand every way possible so taking a moment to create a custom favicon is just good practice.

    There are lots of tools for creating the .ico file format but when you need something free, simple, and fast then Favicon.cc can’t be beat. Typically, I upload the 16×16 .png version of my icon and let Favicon.cc generate the .ico version. Favicon.cc handles transparency and variable sizes. You can also create an favicon from scratch one pixel at a time.

    How Corporations Get Out of Paying Taxes

    You’ve heard of big corporations getting out of paying Uncle Sam their share of taxes but how exactly do they do this? Well, to help reduce the process into digestible chucks, OnlineMBA created this nice little infographic.

    Google Doodle Contest

    Ever since Larry and Sergey attended Burning Man 1998 Google’s homepage has featured random doodles of its logo. Over the years these little artistic expressions have added a splash of unexpected pleasure to the otherwise spartan search form.  You can read about the history on the official Google Doodle website. There have been over 700 doodles created by Google’s Chief Doodler Dennis Hwang and his team of Googlers.

    This month, Google started a Doodle 4 Google contest aimed at children K-12 across the US asking them to represent what they would like to do someday in the form of a Google Doodle. You can vote on the 40 regional finalists now (open through May 13, 2011). The winner will receive a college scholarship and technology grant to the school of their choice as well as have their doodle featured on Google.com. So go vote and help a lucky kid get into college but be forewarn, some of these doodles are really good, it won’t be easy to decide.

    US Search Ranking Report

    Just a quick reminder post, comScore released April 2011 US Search Ranking Report. There were 16.2 billion core searches conducted last month with Google dominating with 65.4% market share, followed by Yahoo! with 15.9% and Microsoft (Bing) with 14.1%.

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    US Navy SEALS Takedown Bin Laden

    On May 1, 2011, DEVGRU (formerly known as SEAL Team Six) carried out a special op that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. We will never forget the events that took place on September 11, 2001, but for most Americans (including this one) a sense of justice has finally been served.

    Social Media company Namesake created this infographic of the raid along with news screenshots and the live-tweets of Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual), an IT consultant living in Lahore, Pakistan.