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Foursquare has now partnered with start-up SinglePlatform to offer menu information for nearly 250,000 restaurants across the U.S. The partnership significantly bulks up Foursquare’s database and brings the New York-based start-up into the territory of Yelp and Seamless, which already offer online menu pages.
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Fast Company talked with Rebeca Hwang, cofounder and CEO of YouNoodle, Inc. and a technology partner to the Startup Malaysia conference, Kevin Willer, the CEO of CEC, and Murat Aktihanoglu, managing director of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in New York City. Here’s what they told us about standing out, hooking up, and getting a brand-new business off the ground.
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- Best Of The Week, PowerPlug Theme Announced For May Month [Consumer Internet Startups]Every organization seems to have at least one Dr. No: someone whose role in life appears to be to come up with a dozen reasons not to proceed with an intriguing idea... or even to explore it further.
That's true in even the most traditional fields, but if you're working in an emerging field like social media, you probably run into it constantly. And you may have learned such strategies as...
apologizing after the fact instead of asking for permission beforehand
keeping your project under the radar until the organization is so invested in it that they can't back down
cultivating allies of greater or equivalent rank, who can defend your project against the slings and arrows of outrageous nay-saying
seething silently, vent anonymously to other social media or tech types online, and biding your time until your Negative Nelly or Quarrelsome Quentin retires
freshening your resumé, trolling LinkedIn and hoping to find green(light)er pastures elsewhere.
Or you could do something completely insane: getting to know what makes your nemesis tick, identifying the fears or doubts that keep them up at night, and addressing them. In short, you could engage with the enemy honestly and try to bring them around to a more positive outlook. (And if that doesn't sate your lust to avenge a beloved cancelled initiative, you can always reflect on what Abraham Lincoln supposedly said about destroying your enemies by making them your friends).
Best-case scenario: you gain a supporter. Worst-case scenario: they win you over to their bleak, despairing view of the world. In which case, at least you can while away the hours... by finding reasons to say no to other people's projects.
More Noise to Signal.
- Cartoon: RoadblockWe're always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us.
- ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, May 15 2011The Walt Disney Company has agreed to pay a $3 million settlement stemming from charges that online virtual worlds once operated by Playdom, now a Disney subsidiary, violated the Federal Trade Commission rules designed to protect the online privacy of children under age 13.
According to the FTC, several Playdom sites that were aimed at young audiences illegally collected and then disclosed personal data in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). These sites included Pony Stars, 2 Moons, 9 Dragons, Age of Lore, and My DIva Doll. The FTC complaint says that some 821,000 children registered with Pony Stars between 2006 and 2009 and another 403,000 signed up for Playdom's other online virtual worlds. These sites collected children's names, ages, and email addresses and allowed them to post that personal information publicly online -- including their real names and locations. The FTC charged that the company failed to get parents' consent before collecting or disclosing this information.
The sites in question were created by Acclaim Games, which were acquired by Playdom in May 2010. Playdom, in turn, was acquired by Disney in August 2010, and by that time many of the games were shut down or transferred to offshore operators.
A Disney spokesperson said in a statement that it was "pleased that Playdom and the FTC have now resolved this matter amicably."
The announcement of the settlement coincides with the introduction of legislation by Representatives Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) that will update online protections for children. Indeed, the legislation that governs children's online privacy, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, was first passed in 1998. 1998 - that's eons ago in Internet years. A world pre-Playdom, pre-Facebook, and even pre-Google. (Well, the search engine was actually incorporated that year.)
The updated COPPA legistation, called the "Do Not Track Kids Online Act," would require online companies to explain the types of data that's collected as well as how it is to be used or disclosed. It would also update language to include mobile applications, and it would ban companies from using children and teens' personal data for targeted advertising.
The federal government is examining a number of new measures to protect consumers' privacy online, but no surprise, particular attention is being paid to the children's privacy online - not just on those sites like Disney's aimed at directly at those under 13, but at others such as Facebook that, despite Terms of Service rules that dictate otherwise, are full of children.
- Disney To Pay $3 Million Settlement For Violating Children's Online PrivacyIt's been more than two decades since Microsoft's now-ubiquitous suite of office productivity software was released. Although we've seen numerous free or low-cost alternatives arrive on the scene since then - OpenOffice.org, Google Docs and Zoho Docs to name a few - Microsoft Office still remains overwhelmingly dominant in this space.
Forrester reported two years ago that 80% of companies were running some version of Office, and this number hasn't budged much. In a recent report, Forrester noted that all respondents were running Office, with 74% of IT departments saying they supported Microsoft Office 2003 or earlier. By contrast, only 8% said they utilize Google Docs and 1% were on Zoho Docs.
With cheaper alternatives available, what's holding companies back from moving away from Microsoft's offering?
For IT decision makers, the desire to rely less on Microsoft is simply not a very influential factor, as only 20% cited it as a primary driver. Much more important to the process of selecting this type of software is worker productivity. A majority (68%) of respondents said improving productivity was the main influence driving the adoption of solutions like Office.
As easy as it may sometimes be to dislike Office, it's hard to deny that it has a pretty robust feature set. For as good as Web-based tools like Google Docs are, they only do a portion of what Office does. And while they accomplish the majority of commonly-needed tasks quite well and benefit from being based in the cloud, this is still not enough for many businesses.
Forrester predicts that as the competition continues to "close the functionality gap," we should expect to see greater adoption of alternative suites like Google Docs. Meanwhile, forseeing this threat, Microsoft continues to expand its own Web-based offerings, with Office 365 recently going into public beta.
Eagerness to provide an office suite alternative also varies depending on the type of worker. A Web-based solution would be especially ideal for workers who travel extensively, such as sales reps, for example. IT decision makers said they'd be more likely to offer a solution to workers who edit documents only occasionally, as opposed to those whose jobs revolve more heavily around doing so.
The second most important factor cited by larger companies is the desire to cut costs. Obviously, for small businesses and nonprofits this is a much more significant consideration and as a result those organizations tend to be more likely to use Office alternatives.
Does your company use Microsoft Office or one of its competitors? What your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.
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Update: We spoke with Keshav Bajaj, VP-Business Development at Nimbuzz who informed that the move is inline with the company’s efforts to develop a recommendation engine, which would encourage users to upgrade their existing handset, after a specific time period, which would differ across handsets. He said that it will also help the company in [...]
- Updated: Nimbuzz Gets Into E-Commerce; Launches Ncarry.comUdupi-based mobile app development company Robosoft, is developing a localized version of Android operating system with support for regional languages, according to a report from DNA. The company is known for developing apps for brands such as IBNLive, Hindustan Times, Times of India, NDTV, and OneIndia along with a host of games and utilities. According to the report, Robosoft will be revamping the entire Android operating [...]
- Robosoft To Release Indic Versions Of Android For Localized HandsetsFollowing the restructuring of Network18′s companies, it has again reported results for Web18, HomeShop18 and Newswire18, under the Digital Content and eCommerce business segment, not indicating the profitability of individual businesses. The segment has reported an operating loss of Rs 25 crore for the quarter ended 30th September 2011, on operating revenues of Rs 57 crore: a growth of [...]
- Network18s Digital & ECommerce Q2FY12: Revenue At Rs 57 Crore; Rs 33.2 Crore LossThe making of ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ uploaded on YouTube by Sony Music India has aggregated over a million views in around four days – over 25,000 in the last couple of hours alone. For a film producer, the success of a film depends on its first weekend, and typically, around 70 percent of the [...]
- Why This Kolaveri Di Gets It Right On YouTubeUpdated: Half year results and operational details from Intrasoft’s report. Previously (November 14): Intrasoft Technologies which operates the e-greeting cards site 123greetings.com has reported a Consolidated Profit after Tax (PAT) of Rs 2.96 crore for the quarter ending 30th September 2011, a 16% increase in profit from Rs 2.55 crore for the same quarter last year. The revenues stand at [...]
- Updated: 123Greetings Q2FY12 Results: Profits Up 16% At Rs 2.97 Cr, Rs 13.15 Cr IncomeUpdate: The Facebook page is back up now
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As of today certain aspects of the Flipboard experience have been blocked for Chinese users, at the very least access to Facebook and Twitter according to Flipboard CEO Mike McCue. While direct access to Facebook and Twitter is routinely blocked in China, the Flipboard app talked to its own US-based servers, which in turn talked to Twitter and Facebook so this block is particularly interesting.
"Lots of folks in China had been using us happily until now," McCue said, "Guess we had unwittingly poked a hole in their wall which has now been shut down... Presumably unless we block Facebook and Twitter ourselves in China." The iPad app is still available in the Chinese app store.
- Access To IPad App Flipboard Compromised In China
The world is full of illusions. Magicians use a cascade of mirrors, smoke, and misdirection to trick their audiences into believing the unbelievable. In the process, they mystify them, capturing their attention. None of these magicians, however, hold a candle to the illusions provided by the characters who dance on television channels. For decades, the masses have been planted in front of the tube, waiting for packaged content to tickle their eyeballs and smooth the edges of modern life.
And now we have the Internet, especially social networks, where the multiple forms of content shared by people and brands form signals that amplify in even greater ways. Today, those who participate in various social networks online also engage in a form of magic, using illusions to broadcast signals to their audiences. Instead of studios producing content on television, the willing participants play the part of studio and producer, using a variety of mechanisms to interact with audiences. We share check-ins from concerts and sporting events, and send Instagrams to make sure others know how yummy weekend brunch looks. We are in the age of the ubiquitous status updates, constantly sending ambient signals, where our audience has only two choices: to form some loosely-tiled mosaic of who we are—or to tune out entirely.
- The Illusion Of Social NetworksIt's no secret that eBay has been heavily investing in a local commerce strategy. The central core of this is trying to capitalize on the $917 million online-to-offline buying market, which Forrester estimates will eventually reach $1.3 trillion (although this number seems low) and account for nearly 50% of total retail sales by 2013. Virtually every acquisition in the past year (besides the company's $2.4 billion purchase of GSI Commerce) has been of a company that is dabbling in local payments or linking to merchants (Milo, RedLaser, Where, FigCard). If you look closely, a clear strategy is emerging that positions eBay at the center of mobile shopping, local commerce, and payments (through PayPal). Let's connect the dots.
eBay's first foray into the local commerce arena was though the acquisition of barcode scanning mobile app RedLaser last June. RedLaser's barcode scanning technology allows users to comparison shop on the go. Anyone can scan a barcode on an item at a store and then automatically access any eBay listings of the product on the marketplace. Sellers can also use the scanning technology to scan an item and list the product in very little time. RedLaser's technology was quickly integrated into eBay's dedicated iPhone and Android apps.
- Connecting The Dots On EBays Local Shopping StrategyThis weekend finds me in London, whirling around in the eye of the book launch storm and with very little opportunity to keep track of what's making news in the world of technology.
Fortunately here in the UK there's one tech story that's impossible to miss: an anonymous Twitter user has been posting details of legal injunctions, taken out by celebrities to keep their alleged misdeeds out of the public eye.
Inevitably, a debate is raging both in the traditional press and online: does Twitter render so-called “super injunctions” redundant? What's the value in gagging a newspaper when the same allegations can be published anonymously online with impunity? Is there a place for secrecy in today's open and connected world?
- Busting Super-Injunctions On Twitter: Another Symptom Of An Over-Entitled AgeIf you'd asked me a week ago what I thought about Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android, I would have said that it was in very bad shape and that it would be several months before it could even hold a candle to the iPad 2. Because despite my excitement to see Android take on Apple's ridiculously successful iPad, my experience with the Motorola Xoom — the first Honeycomb tablet — has been decidedly poor.
From day one things were off to a bad start. At first, Android Market would crash literally every time I opened it. The Android team fixed that pretty quickly, but the OS was still riddled with weird bugs: swiping between home screens is laggy, widgets go blank and need to refresh, and there are myriad other glitches that pop up at random. And even beyond the bugs, there are weird quirks in the OS that feel poorly thought out (seriously, why does the 'Home' button look like an Up arrow?). But now I've had some time to test out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the new tablet that was given to Google I/O attendees and will be available in stores beginning June 8. And after spending the last couple of days using it around my apartment, I'm much more optimistic. In fact, I'm guessing this device is going to do very well, and that it foreshadows a bright future ahead for Honeycomb.
- Honeycomb Has A Fighting Chance Against The IPadEver since he could remember, Ibrahim Boakye had a knack for understanding how things worked. There were things he could just do that no other kids-- let alone adults-- could understand. By the time he was five-years-old everyone had stopped questioning it, and neighbors were calling on him to fix their broken toasters, irons, or anything that was the least bit mechanical.
By his early teens, he was getting things out of the dump and fixing them for fun. Soon after that, he was teaching himself to code. He's made an outsized living no one in his family could have anticipated by outsmarting other people on computers ever since. It's never been about money or even in those early days about doing good deeds around the neighborhood. He gets an intoxicating rush from solving the hardest technical problem he can find and from knowing that he's the best.
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- REFILE-Macau's Galaxy Bedazzles With Opening Of $2 Bln Casino* Hyundai and Alabama to make investment announcement Monday
- UPDATE 1-Hyundai, Alabama State To Make Investment Announcement* Chrysler likely to adjust terms before May
- Chrysler May Restructure Refinancing Terms-sources* Half of voters want Kan to remain PM for initial
- UPDATE 1-Most Japan Voters Back PM On Nuclear Plant ClosureTOKYO, May 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei stock average fell
on Monday, as volatile commodities prices and concerns about
global economic growth appear to be sapping risk appetite, while
bank stocks lost more ground on worries about their loans to
Tokyo Electric Power .
- Nikkei Falls, Banks Still Weak But Machinery Orders Help* Dollar index up more than 4 percent in less than two weeks
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- The Halifax Group Makes Investment In XL Associates
- BeavEx Announces Growth Equity Investment
- EnTouch Controls Raises $2 Million In Series A Financing
- ChanRx Secures Series A Funding
- EVariant Receives First Round Of Funding
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Google+ has opened a business "pages" feature on its social network, and has already attracted some big brands.
- Google+ Opens For Business With Public Pages FeatureChanges in the way the government buys IT services were reflected in the latest figures from TPI, which revealed that the number of outsourcing contracts signed by the UK public sector in the first half of this year was 70% higher than the same period last year, whereas the total value of these contracts was 47% less.
- UK Government Is Rewriting The Outsourcing Rule BookCustomers of HSBC across the world have had their cards rejected as the bank suffers a major technical problem.
- HSBC Suffers Core Services DowntimeLogica's UK operation has outperformed its overall business and the company expects the UK to grow further as a result of demand from the utility sector, driven by the government's smart metering programme.
- Logica UK Outperforms Overall BusinessThe IT service provider reported sales of $1.6bn and profits of $227m in the third quarter.
- Cognizant Growth Shows That Businesses Are Continuing To Spend On ITAccenture will provide management, development and support for Department of Work and Pensions customer-facing applications.
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Facing a tight but gradually loosening job market, Muhlenberg senior Kali Kambouroglos plans to head home after graduation to find a job in the public relations industry somewhere in central Pennsylvania.
- Recent Grads Learn Difficult Career LessonsA lot has changed at AOL as it tries to shed the vestiges of its '90s image: the iconic "You've got... - 3:30 am There was a time when Steve Mehta was on his laptop nonstop.
- Tablets Leave Netbooks In Dust As Laptops, Desktop PCslagFrost & Sullivan recently published its Executive Analysis of European Consumers' Awareness and Preferences for Usage of Smartphone Apps Inside and Outside Car, for which the consulting firm surveyed 1,911 customers across Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and France to assess preferences and willingness to pay for smartphone apps and usage inside ...
- Frost & Sullivan: Awareness And Usage Of Smartphone Apps Inside Cars Remains Low In EuropeThe summer job market for teens is projected to mirror last year's with teens and young adults finding it hard to secure a job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Program Aims To Help Students Find JobsSoon after becoming chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent in 2008, Ben Verwaayen announced the company would cut its carbon footprint 50% by 2020.
- The New CEO: Carbon Execution OfficerThe recession officially ended nearly two years ago. But with job growth sluggish and unemployment still high, it hardly feels like prosperity.
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The Missouri Health Connection (MHC), which is under negotiations with Cerner to have the IT company be its technology service provider for the statewide health information exchange (HIE), is aiming to provide a direct-messaging query service by early January 2012, according to its president, Raul Recarey.
- Missouri On Fast Track To Statewide HIE
The draft proposals for measures for meaningful use Stage 2 are taking shape. The panel has incorporated more emphasis on making the patient an active participant in healthcare and more exchange of health information as central to a number of the objectives.
An advisory panel presented its draft proposals for the next stage of meaningful use to the federal Health IT Policy Committee at a meeting May 11 in a step towards establishing the near-term agenda.
- More Patient Engagement Proposed For Stage 2 Meaningful UseOCHIN, (parent of O-HITEC), nonprofit providers of health information technology and services for community based health clinics serving the medically underserved, has reached a landmark agreement with ORHQN to assist Oregon's 25 Critical Access Hospitals in reaching the federal requirement to meaningfully use an electronic health record.
- IT Help On The Way For Oregon's Critical Access HospitalsThere's wonderful information technology in the World of Health IT exhibit hall, said Microsoft's Bill Crounse here in Budapest, but it's what you do with the information that counts.
Crounse, senior director of Worldwide Health for Microsoft, provided eHealth Week attendees with a tour of numerous advances in healthcare technology emerging throughout the world, while emphasizing the importance of putting patients in control of healthcare IT.
- Crounse: 'Aggregate Data Around The Patient'AMIA, the association for informatics professionals, is urging the Office of the National Coordinator to give particular attention to workforce development. The organization called attention to healthcare IT workforce needs as part of its response to ONC’s call for comments on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.
[See also: AMIA discusses health IT on Capitol Hill.]
- AMIA Highlights Workforce Training To Boost ONC PlanThe Patient Privacy Rights Foundation and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs announced Wednesday they will co-host the nation’s first public summit to discuss the future of health privacy in the digital age. “Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy in a Wired World” will be held on June 13 at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C.
- Patient Privacy Rights Announces International Summit On Health PrivacyMore...
INDIA— Research software maker Confirmit has agreed a deal with the technology training company TrainedTalent that will see them become the exclusive approved Confirmit training institute in India.
- Confirmit And TrainedTalent Strike India Training DealUS— Pharma and biotech research consultancy Healogix has named Tim Edbrooke as president and chief operating officer.
- Edbrooke Promoted To President At Pharma Specialist HealogixUK— DJS Research has seen off competition from nine research agencies to carry out a social mobility project for Kingston-upon-Hull City Council.
- DJS To Run Social Mobility Study For Kingston-upon-HullUK— Kadence International has appointed Hall & Partners’ Gurpinder Sidhu as an associate director at its UK headquarters.
- Kadence Adds Associate Director To UK TeamUS— Retail and consumer market research agency The NPD Group has made an investment in beauty market tracking firm Segmenta.
- NPD Takes A Stake In Beauty Tracker SegmentaUS— Research agency Forbes Consulting has introduced a picture-based technique for capturing emotional responses in online surveys and qual research.
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Employment organisations have offered a lukewarm response to the Government's announcement that it is to extend its ongoing review into cutting employment red tape to look at areas such as collective redundancy, TUPE and discrimination com
- Mixed Response To The Government's Employment Law Review
The CBI claims that fit notes have failed to deliver a reduction in sickness absence, with its publication of new absence figures today.
According to the
- Fit Notes Failing To Curb Sickness Absence, Says CBI
A split is forming in the labour market as employment "radically" slows in the public sector and continues to grow in the private sector, according to the recruitment and employment confederation (REC).
The REC's claim is
- UK Has 'two-speed Jobs Market', Says REC
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published a revised code of professional conduct, which has been issued for consultation today.
Clear standards of ethics, integrity, behaviour and competence
- CIPD Launches Consultation On Revised Code Of Conduct
Employment organisations have offered a lukewarm response to the Government's announcement that it is to extend its ongoing review into cutting employment red tape to look at areas such as collective redundancy, TUPE and discrimination com
- Redundancy Proposals Risk Making Unemployment Worse, Says TUC
Personnel Today has announced the introduction of a new category in the Personnel Today Awards 2011 - innovation in dispute resolution.
The inclusion of the new category reflects the growing importance of dispute resolution
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