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Indian IT companies create global job opportunities

Indian IT firms have turned truly global by creating job opportunities not only in India but also in the US. According to a report published by Live Mint, companies such as Infosys and Wipro have started programs in the US to retrain unemployed workers in technology skills, which will help them to get a job. The Wayne County Community College District of Detroit, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, entered into a partnership with Infosys to provide technical training in Detroit, Michigan.

Infosys started an eighteen week software bootcamp for which candidates were chosen through a written test and an interview. Among the many people who benefited from this initiative by Infosys was Sam Blue, an automobile insurance salesman who had lost his job in September 2011. He enrolled for a six weeks software development training program and got placement at a job fair. Earlier in November 2011, Wipro also offered employment opportunities to Iraq war veterans in the US.

Google Has Secure Servers Hidden Somewhere in the Continental United States

Rumours have been out for a long time that Google might be having some servers hidden from the ones it uses to serve the rest of us that are not government and have no state secrets. Google has just announced the launch of its latest product aimed at easing the security fears that government’s had with its previous servers.

The company failed to meet a deadline

This comes after the company failed to meet a deadline set by the Los Angeles city government requiring that the company implements Google Apps for the government. Rather than beat the deadline, the search giant has instead launched a new rollout that it says is geared at ensuring the security concerns raised by the government over its previous versions is addressed. However, what you need to realize maybe is the fact there isn’t much difference between Google Apps for Government and its cloud based enterprise suite. Rather, what the Google Apps for Government has is a robust and improved security system. As search, Google’s servers that save up the data that the public clients use are completely shut off from those servers that save up data used by you and I and what that does is ensure that sensitive subjects or information from the government dopes not mix with other unsecured cloud.

Security Concerns

The Los Angeles government had sought better protection from the search giant due to concerns over security with its other schemes of security to safeguard important and classified government information. However, Google has continuously refused to disclose the location of this secured server that serves its public-sector clients such the government. Instead, the search giant has only revealed that the server is located somewhere in the continental United States. But again with such tight lipped information, it might be good enough for the federal government’s worries. The Search Giant’s apps suite did get it the cherished and respected Federal Information Security Management Act accreditation that is inevitable if federal government contracts are to be landed by Google in the handling of classified and very sensitive information.

Google appeases the government to win contracts

As such, Google Inc will try as much as it can to appease the government and win contracts for handling various sensitive government projects. For a long time now, Google and Microsoft have battled it out for the government’s contract for handling the General Services Administration that entails procurement and technology adoption on behalf of the various federal agencies in the US. It is a high stakes game because as history has shown, the company that bags this contract might as well be the government’s future choice most of the time, if not all the time, for its contracts. What the new guarantee from its apps suite offers Google is an enhanced position in the bidding war pitting it against Microsoft. It has guaranteed the federal government that its servers are secure and might stand a better placement thence.

This marks quite a significant turn around for the search giant.

After-Hours Updates

According to huge PC manufacturer-Dell-it expects a potential increase in revenue for the fiscal year 2011, which is estimated to be around 14 percent to 19 percent more than the fiscal year 2010. Moreover, according to official sources from Dell, the company also thinks that non-GAAP operating income is also going to boost ranging from 18 percent to 23 percent more than the fiscal year 2010 and such increased cash flow with operation-if achieved-would be greater than net income in existing year. There is also news that overdue customer refresh among public and commercial customers is on its way and according to the company, it will continue with the same speed resulting in more benefits and business advantages for the company, said Mr. Gladden. He also added that this way we will be able to pay more careful attentions towards selling more networking products, services, storage and servers through better expanded enterprise offerings. It is also expected that the strategy will bring in more operating income and give momentum to strong cash flow from around the world. According to market index shares of Dell had dropped from $0.51 percent to $13.75 in extended trading.

Viacom had to suffer a heavy and unexpected setback by the court verdict awarded against it. On Wednesday, Louis Stanton-United States District Judge-who was hearing the case between Google In. and Viacom ruled to drop all copyright infringement cases against Google and YouTube. A lawsuit of £1 billion was leveled again the company under copyright act.

After the court verdict, Google posted on its website that the decision has been given YouTube on the basis of Digital Millenium Copyright Act as the company is protected it. And, no case could be registered under claims of copyright infringement. In post marketing, Google shares were seen dropping from $0.11 percent to $481.51 percent.

LDK and Gestamp agreement:

There was an agreement between LDK Solar Co and Gestamp Asetym Solar, which will boost market share of both the companies and save a lot of energy with the help of solar products. On Wednesday, the company announced that it is going to sing on a contract with Spain Based Gestamp Asetym Solar to supply high quality solar modules. GA is working as the subsidiary of Gestamp Corporation. There are some strict terms and conditions and according to which Gestamp Solar will receive in the third quarter of the year the delivery of around 15.8 MW (megawatts) of solar modules. Chairman and CEO-Xiaofeng Peng-of LDK Solar stated with complete satisfaction and smile on his face that both the companies are very happy and pleased to start such a joint operation with each other. Gestamp Solar is regarded as one of the leading companies in the development of PV projects.

He also added that this is clear by this contract; we will continue the development relationship with each other and meet solid demand and new challenges for our modules. We are determined to continue to enlarge our core relationship with partners and especially Gestamp Solar on coming projects. Chinese solar panel manufacturer share rose over 1 percent in hours.

Apple’s on-line music dealings bring US DoJ investigation

An antitrust inquiry has been reportedly launched by the United States Department of Justice with respect to Apple’s music sales tactics, as some unnamed sources claim. It seems investigators have begun to question some major Internet companies and music labels in the music industry trying to determine if Apple is abusing its dominant position on the market. The investigation is still in its early stages with conversations revolving around the dynamics of the on-line music sales.

Issues

The inquiry is particularly considering claims that Apple would have pressured music labels in relation to their participation in the “Daily Deal” program of Amazon in the MP3 download store. Anonymous executives belonging to the music industry have told Billboard that Apple was not agreeing that music labels were promoting their productions on both Amazon and iTunes. Representatives from iTunes allegedly began menacing to withdraw their marketing support for some releases that were featured as “Daily Deals”, if those music labels continued to participate in Amazon’s promotion.

This seems to be a replay of an earlier 2006 investigation into a possible price fixing for the digital music industry, which was dominated by Apple through its iTunes Store.

Analysis

The report takes notice of the dominant position Apple has in the US digital download market, where the company holds 69 percent of the market share. Although Apple sells music in a format that is DRM-free (Digital Rights Management) and broadly used, which prevents in a way lock-in, its early position hold in sales of per-track music as well as its sheer advantage as the leading seller of MP3 player makes it costly for any music label losing Apple’s attention with respect to a major release or avoiding the store altogether.

Apple also leads in the overall US music sales, where it holds 26.7 percent of the whole market, which means the double of its nearest competitor!

Apple has been on the first place amongst top music retailers in the United States since early 2008. This is the reason why the Department of Justice has permanently kept an eye on the selling tactics the company was using. Apple, on its side, has never rested on its laurels, an example being its behaviour towards Amazon, which is a quite small competitor if we compare the two companies. The recent inquiry is indicating that the Department of Justice sees the on-line retail giant as a growing menace for a fair trading atmosphere. If the DoJ considers Apple’s commercial behaviour to be inadequate, the company could find itself to be in big trouble and punitive measures would be taken against them!

The new inquiry initiated by the Department of Justice follows a number of other incidents involving both Apple and regulatory authorities. Last year, the Department of Justice began studying an informal agreement that Apple and Google have concluded in order to not steal each other’s employees. Recently, Apple has been the subject of an inquiry requested by Adobe. It is related to Apple’s banning of Flash-to-iPhone compilers. A Federal Trade Commission’s additional scrutiny was requested over Apple’s recently announced iAd advertising system for mobiles.

Facebook recruiting French Priests

With the Catholic church’s imaged tarnished with scandals, the number of priests ordained in the French churches is on the decline. This decline in Europe and the United States began well before the sex scandals that rocked the Catholic Church off late. The count of French Priests has dwindled down to 24,000 from 42,000 in 1975. The number of ordainments has declined as well, from 116 in 1999 to 89 in 2009.

The French Catholic church launched a Facebook campaign aimed at recruiting young French priests and improving their scandal tainted image.

The Facebook campaign worth €250,000 was launched throughout the French nation on April 20th, which lasted till May 5th. The main goal of this campaign is to encourage young French men to consider taking to priesthood. This campaign also aims at rejuvenating the Church’s image in the French society. The Church hired the communications company Bayard Service to run its campaign.

“Why Not Me?” is the slogan for the recruitment campaign. In hindsight, the Church may feel that this may prove to be a tough question to answer. Seventy thousand postcards depicting a Catholic priest’s outfit with a button reading “Jesus is my Boss,” pinned to the lapel and the slogan “Why not?” written underneath was to be distributed to 600 points throughout France, including restaurants, bars and movie theaters.  The Facebook page acquired over 1,200 fans within one week!

The vow of celibacy is not the only difficult sell the Catholic Church faces in its efforts to attract young priests. Sixty-four percent of the French population, or 41.6 million of France’s 65 million inhabitants, identifies itself as Catholic, however, only a little more than 2 million attend church each week, says Jacques Carton, a representative from the Bishops Conference in France.

Frederic Fonfroide de Lafon, the director of Bayard Service, feels that often people feel a priest is a man bit apart. Through this campaign he would like to show that the priest is a man who is a part of society.

A young Frenchman by the name of Guillaume Humblot, who found himself troubled by the decline in the number of French priests, hit upon this Facebook campaign and asked himself if he was ready to be recruited. “There are almost none left,” the 31-year-old Humblot had mentioned.

“I’m asking myself the question,” Guillaume had said. “It’s a calling that interests me, but today I am unable to tell you if I am ready to go down that path.” One of the things he finds difficult is to accept the Catholic priest’s commitment to celibacy. He’s not sure, if he’s ready to completely change his lifestyle.

“I already have a professional life,” he said. “I’m already settled in my life. I have hobbies, I like to see my friends. It’s not easy to completely change your life like this.”

One of the priests coordinating the campaign, Eric Poinsot, mentioned a week after the campaign was launched that he’s been receiving more than 100 e-mails a day in response, of which nearly all were positive. Hopefully for Eric and the entire French Church, Facebook might just help raise the dwindling number of French priests.

Senators are Debating the Privacy Policy Changes to Facebook

One of the greatest concerns that people have when it comes to Facebook deals with privacy. People will want to go online and stay private on Facebook. The site has recently made some substantial changes to its privacy policy though. These changes are ones that are being debated heavily by United States senators.

The recent change to Facebook’s privacy policy states that a number of pieces of information about individual users will be made available to the public. These include such things as a user’s hometown, where that person lives right now, the interests that a person has and the friends that the user has on the site. These were originally seen as private details that could only be seen by people who were friends of a person on the site. The new privacy policy will have this data open to anyone who goes to any user’s page. This data could even be found through a search engine.

Charles Schumer, Al Franken and two other United States senators have filed a complaint to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about this recent change. The senators are arguing that third parties could use this information to their advantage. These third parties could take personal data and abuse it in a variety of ways. These ways include working to use this data for search engine purposes.

The senators are also asking for Facebook to consider adding an option that relates to sharing data. This deals with asking a user to see if that person is willing to have one’s data shared with third parties or not.

A notable consideration for this comes from how Facebook is looking to become more transparent. It is looking to promote itself as a place that is safe for people to go to for social networking. The site can be interpreted as one that can be safe when more information about its users is available to the public.

However, the privacy of each individual user is being compromised. This is especially a concern for people who signed up for Facebook simply because of how private it is. They know that their data will not be found on a search engine with ease when they use the site.

Facebook is defending this decision. A recent statement from the site says that this decision was made as a means of allowing for a greater deal of communication between people. This is especially for cases where people can communicate with each other in local areas.

There is a possibility that the Federal Trade Commission could look into this concern. Schumer is looking to help get the FTC to work with new rules that relate to how private information is shared on a social networking site.

This case of how data is being shared on Facebook is an important case to be aware of. This is something that could end up determining how personal data is shared on social networking sites. The success or failure of the recent complaint by United States senators is going to be something to be aware of in the near future.

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