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Online labour exchanges: The workforce in the cloud

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 5, 2013

“Talent exchanges” on the web are starting to transform the world of work

20130601_WBD001FOR translating a 22-minute video from English into Spanish at short notice, 7Brands Global Content, a professional-translation firm based in New York, quoted “approximately $1,500”. This fee seems in line with the local going rate for the job from a firm which boasts membership of three professional associations and clients such as Chase and Bank of America. Not so long ago, paying the local rate was the only option. Today anyone seeking to get this sort of job done is only a click away from the whole world of professionals competing to do it far cheaper.

That same translation job was advertised on and, the two busiest among several newish online marketplaces for work, or “talent exchanges”. On Elance it soon attracted 25 bids, from individuals in 15 countries. For around half the bidders, this would be their first job, which raised questions about how good their work would be (especially the Uruguayan who promised to “translate your interview perfetly”). But some seemed competent. According to his Elance page, “oswaldo g”, from Colombia, has already completed 31 jobs, earning a combined $4,193 and a satisfaction rating of 4.9 (out of 5). He quoted a tempting $16.44 an hour—though not as tempting as the five bids on oDesk (three of them by five-star-rated workers), from Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines. Each of them offered a flat rate for the completed job, ranging from $33.33 down to just $22.22. Read the rest of this entry »

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Battle of the internet giants: Survival of the biggest

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 30, 2012

Concern about the clout of the internet giants is growing. But antitrust watchdogs should tread carefully

THE four giants of the internet age—Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon—are extraordinary creatures. Never before has the world seen firms grow so fast or spread their tentacles so widely. Apple has become a colossus of capitalism, accounting for 4.3% of the value of the S&P 500 and 1.1% of the global equity market. Some 425m people now use its iTunes online store, whose virtual shelves are packed to the gills with music and other digital content. Google, meanwhile, is the undisputed global leader in search and online advertising. Its Android software powers three-quarters of the smartphones being shipped. Amazon dominates the online-retail and e-book markets in many countries; less well known is its behind-the-scenes power in cloud computing. As for Facebook, if the social network’s one billion users were a country, it would be the world’s third largest.

The digital revolution these giants have helped foment has brought huge benefits to consumers and businesses, and promoted free speech and the spread of democracy along the way. Yet they provoke fear as well as wonder. Their size and speed can, if left unchecked, be used to choke off competition. That is why they are attracting close scrutiny from regulators. Read the rest of this entry »

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Technology’s Perfect Storm Is Coming This Fall

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2012

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Thankfully, I’ve never been in a perfect storm. I have seen a movie about it, but the worst storms I’ve encountered were of the lightning, thunder and torrential downpour variety when I attended college in the Midwest. I came pretty close to a tornado once, but it missed us by 20 miles. There are various ways of describing a perfect storm, but it usually refers to a confluence of multiple types of weather conditions converging to create a “perfect storm” that has a huge impact on anyone in the storm’s path.

This fall, the tech market will have a perfect storm of its own, as three major technologies and industry forces converge to deliver a whole host of new products for consumers.

This could be either a very good thing or a bad thing, depending who you are. Techies will have dozens of new technologies to buy that enhance their digital lifestyles, and to them this will be a good thing. But for mainstream consumers, so many new products and gadgets will be coming out at the same time that they’ll have almost too many choices to deal with. In many cases, this could cause a lot of confusion.

(MORE: 6 Reasons Apple Is So Successful)

The first major products that will have a big influence on the market will be the next generation of low-cost Android tablets. This will be led by Google, which is expected to jump directly into the tablet market with a 7-inch tablet of its own. We hear that it will be an Android tablet with the most recent version of Android (known as Jelly Bean), and that it will most likely be priced around $199 to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire. But I have heard that it could be priced as low as $179 as well. Google could announce this tablet as early as its development conference in late June. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Google In Danger of Being Shut Out of the Changing Internet?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 26, 2012


This article was updated on February 1, 2012 at at 11:00 am.

The upcoming IPO of Facebook, the flak surrounding Twitter’s decision to censor some tweets, and Google’s weaker-than-expected 4th-quarter earnings all point to one of the big events of our times: The crazy, chaotic, idealistic days of the Internet are ending. Once, the Prairies were open and shared by everyone. Then the farmers arrived and fenced them in. The same is happening to the Internet: Apple, Amazon and Facebook are putting up fences — and Google is increasingly being left outside.

The old Internet on which Google has thrived is still there, of course, but like the wilderness it is shrinking. Often these days, we sign up for Facebook or Amazon’s private version of the Internet. At other times, we use a smartphone and download an App instead of using Google search.

Investors are already placing their bets on who the winners of the new Internet will be: Over the past five years Amazon’s shares, despite their recent fall, have risen 370%. Apple’s are up 438%. Google’s, meanwhile, have merely risen by 17% in all that time.  It is still the early days of this long-term trend, but my hunch is that this gap in performance will widen over the coming year — and that Google’s long slow decline has already begun. Read the rest of this entry »

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16-Year-Old Arrested For Pro-WikiLeaks Cyber Attacks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 10, 2010

This 16 years old young is the second after Julian?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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