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Here are five small business technology news summaries for the week and how they affect small businesses.

Facebook’s latest video ranking changes

Facebook has announced it will modify its News Feed algorithm to reward creators who publish video content that sees longer average watch times and generates more repeat views. In addition, unoriginal or re-purposed videos will be penalized through limited access to visibility and monetization. This means videos should be useful, original and can capture the visitors’ interest within the first few seconds of viewing. (Source: Social Media Today)

Importance for small businesses

Facebook’s announcement should serve as reference or guidelines for creators of videos for posting on the social media platform. It should be quality over quantity. Otherwise, the videos won’t get optimum visibility and fewer people will see them.

It’s also important to track the views to know which content draws the most views. 

Lenovo’s all-screen foldable laptop.

During its annual sales event, Lenovo introduced the ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype laptop. The company says that it envisions the X1 replacing people’s daily computer because it provides a large-screen Windows device in a small package. There was no price for the new device yet, but Lenovo’s X1 line of products is generally reserved for its high-end computers. (Source: Quartz)

Importance for small businesses

The major makers – from Samsung to Lenovo – are starting to market this type of hardware. Most have high prices but the cost is expected to decline once these devices are more mature.

Over 25,000 smart Linksys routers could be leaking sensitive data.

A Bad Packets security researcher discovered the possible vulnerability to remote attackers of over 25,000 Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers—mostly in the U.S.  This could lead to the leak of sensitive information that could help hackers compromise IoT routers, steal data and possible enslavement into botnet setups.

Linksys quickly tested the router models flagged by Bad Packets using the latest publicly available firmware (with default settings) and have not been able to reproduce CVE-2014-8244; meaning that it is not possible for a remote attacker to retrieve sensitive information via this technique. (Source: ZDNet)

Importance for small businesses

This incident should serve as a reminder to download the most recent firmware updates for routers – Linksys or not – and make sure to run the most recent software.

Small-business owners are stressed and struggling to take a break

A new survey by OnePoll on behalf of GoDaddy shows that small-business owners spend 17 days a year worrying about business-related issues outside working hours and more than half (51%) say they have trouble switching off from work when they’re not supposed to think of work. (Source: Yahoo! Finance)

Why this is important for your business:

According to the above report, experts suggest scheduling breaks during the week, taking vacations, outsourcing, and practicing self-care in order to ease the tension.

WiFi 6: better, faster internet is coming

WiFi 6 is making its debut this year. It’s 30% faster than WiFi 5. It’s designed to allow network access points like routers communicate more efficiently with more users and devices at once, which helps them use less power. Wi-Fi 6 routers can communicate with devices faster and more efficiently. And, best of all, Wi-Fi 6 access points will also be smarter about scheduling information requests from devices.  (Source: CNET)

Importance for small businesses For any network upgrades, be sure to get routers that support WIFI 6.