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October 9, 2012

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DNA (India)

by Uttara Choudhury

December 9, 2005

NEW YORK - Gloom and doom about jobs vanishing to India gripped the United States this week as three blue-blooded American corporate giants - JP Morgan Chase, Intel, and Microsoft - revealed plans to move thousands of jobs to the Indian subcontinent.

"India scored another victory in its battle to win jobs from the United States," observed The New York Post while reporting the back-to-back announcements by the three firms. "While such jobs aren't the most highly skilled in the investment banking food chain, they do represent a step up from the low-skilled jobs traditionally associated with outsourcing." JP Morgan plans to hire 4,500 workers in India. Intel plans to pour $1 billion into India. Microsoft will hire 3,000.

CNS News

by Vanessa Gera

February 17, 2012

Opponents of a controversial global copyright treaty counted three victories Friday as American government websites were hacked and the Eastern European nations of Poland and Slovenia distanced themselves from the deal.

Sites belonging to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumer Protection Week were vandalized by Anonymous, a loose collection of cyber rebels who have helped lead the charge against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA.

Smashing Magazine

by Vasilis Van Gemert

March 1, 2013

There are several tactics for deciding where to put breakpoints in a responsive design. There is the rusty idea that they should be based on common screen sizes, but this doesn't scale well. There are no "common" screen sizes.

Another popular tactic is to create a breakpoint wherever the layout breaks. This sounds much better. But it still leaves us with the question, How do you determine whether the layout is broken? One logical answer is to look at classic readability theory and to define our breakpoints based on that.

The Wall Street Journal

by Vauhini Vara

November 21, 2007

Some users of the Facebook Inc. Web site have been startled by a new feature that tracks their activity outside of the site and shows it to their friends -- renewing questions about the privacy implications.

The social-networking service earlier this month began posting updates about users' activities on Web sites outside of Facebook and on commercial pages within Facebook -- in some cases, alongside ads from the companies behind those Web sites or pages. Facebook is posting users' photos alongside certain advertisements, another feature that has alarmed some privacy advocates and users.

IT Business (Canada)

by Vawn Himmelsbach

July 16, 2011

Not without some intelligent human assistance, say experts.

A few years ago, most Canadians would have laughed at the idea of terrorism on Canadian soil. But recent events have caused governments around the world to step up security efforts in public places, such as airports and border crossings. In Canada, the federal government has allocated $79 million for new equipment and supporting activities at Canadian airports.

forbes.com

by Venkatesh Rao

February 20, 2012

I rarely do list posts, but occasionally, I stumble upon an interesting topic that I cannot approach any other way. The topic that has been interesting me lately is DIY drones.

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama is building one. Patron of guerrillas worldwide, John Robb, is encouraging everybody to build one before the government bans them. Editor of Wired, Chris Anderson, actually has his own drone company. The New York Times is running op-eds about them. Momentum seems to have been building for the last couple of years. Heck, my wife is now insisting that I help her build one. I am frankly bemused. I don't get it. What exactly do people expect to do with their own private drones? So I've been speculating on applications that go beyond spying on the pretty girl next door or realtors making panoramic movies of expensive homes (the application that the NYT piece focuses on). I am particularly puzzled because I should be getting it.

A List Apart

by Veronica Picciafuoco

December 4, 2012

A design contract is like a business card-it comes from the same desk, and bears the same creative mark.

But it's also the business card you hate handing out: a folder of legal gibberish with terrible formatting that reminds the client of everything that could possibly go wrong before the work has even started. Is this just a necessary evil? Why can't contracts evolve like everything else? Actually, they can-and should. Modernizing your contract will not only make it match your carefully crafted brand, but it can also help you reach an agreement faster, and even strengthen your position when negotiating.

Smashing Magazine

by Veronica Picciafuoco

August 15, 2012

Contracts are a source of anxiety and dismay in creative work, but they exist for a good reason. A good contract ensures that you and your client have the same expectations, and protects you in case things go south.

Ideally, your contract should be a combination of industry standards, legal protection and personal preferences. To help you get started, here's a set of 10 basic agreements for a variety of common business situations that creative professionals face. How much do you expect to be paid in advance? What happens if a payment is late? Who will own the rights to the work, and when?

Official Google Blog

by Vic Gundotra

November 7, 2011

In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things. There's friends and family, of course, but there's also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we're loyal to, and the TV shows we can't stop watching (to name a few).

So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about-from local businesses to global brands-so today we're rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide. Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too.

      
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