Author: Laura Harris

U.N. Foundation Challenges the World to Take Action

A child dies from a preventable disease every 20 seconds. Nearly 1 million people die each year from malaria. More than 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Approximately 10 million girls under the age of 18 are married against their will every year. In an effort to get people around the world involved in these and other issues, the United Nations Foundation launched the Global Good Challenge on Monday, as a new way to tackle global problems. By taking actions through digital technology and social media, individuals can enter for the chance to win prizes and experiences. The Global Good Challenge is powered by social amplification platform plyfe to award participants points for watching informational videos, taking quizzes, voting on opinions and sharing both educational and inspirational posts onFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest and through email. Those points go toward prizes that include meeting Lady Gaga, attending MTV’s Video Music Awards and traveling overseas with the U.N. Foundation to see its work firsthand. At the 2012 Social Good Summit on Monday, Zaw Thet, co-founder and executive chairman of plyfe and founder of Palindrome Advisors, spoke about the Global Good Challenge with Chris Kelly, one of Facebook’s founding team members and former head of global public policy for Facebook. They’re interested in having you suggest a specific challenge by tweeting @UNFGGC and using the hashtag #GlobalGood. “We are trying...

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Freelancers Hiring Freelancers: A Case Study

Freelancing is a wonderful activity and many people are simply happy with the statute of freelancer. The most intriguing aspect of this “job” (I consider a freelancer as a full time employee) is the fact that the beginning is extremely difficult but once the first project is taken and finished a large pool of possibilities are at your hand. More exactly, once you enter the market by accomplishing barely a project, it is hard not to find a future client. Working as a full or even part time freelancer for some years will make from your name a “small brand” and people will email you to take their projects. I am a part time freelancer and at the beginning of the carrier, I didn’t dare to believe that someday a client will ask me to make him a freelance job. Fortunately, it’s happening and it gives me magical powers to keep up the work. It won’t be a surprise to have so many commands and clients in queue to make you think at setting the basis of a future agency or hiring a freelancer to help with the projects. People don’t hire someone just because they like the work of the respective one. Nobody has time and usually people will hire because of the fame or because of the good testimonials, therefore never ignore creating a good image amongst...

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Amazon to Open Kindle Store in Japan Next Month

Amazon is continuing to bring its e-book store and Kindle e-reader to new territories. Next up? Japan. According to Japanese business publication Nikkei, Amazon is planning to begin selling its eInk e-reader and e-books through a Japan-specific Kindle Store in early October. The original launch was planned for September, but was reportedly delayed by supply problems. Amazon will face competition from e-readers made by Sony, Casio and Kouziro. Kobo, which was acquired by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten in late 2011,launched an e-book store and a touchscreen e-reader in Japan in mid-July. The e-reader costs ¥7,980 (about $100 in USD). It’s not yet known how Amazon will price its e-reader in the country — a standard Kindle costs $69 in the U.S. (down from $79 at launch), about $126 in India and $128 in France. Amazon could not be reached for...

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Radio Arrives for Season 15

A new station on Slacker Radio popped up Monday for fans of Dancing With the Stars, ABC’s popular reality show that pairs celebrities and professional dancers for weekly dance-offs. The station, which debuted ahead of Monday’s season 15 premiere, will air episode recaps, highlights, behind-the-scenes gossip as well as interviews with the celebrity dancers and judges. “We’re adding a new dimension to the Dancing With the Stars experience by offering on demand, digital audio content that compliments the viewing experience and increases engagement between the audience and the cast,” Steve Jones, ABC News Radio’s VP and GM, said in a statement about the partnership with Slacker. The two-hour premiere of Dancing With the Stars‘ latest season airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET. This season brings back former DWTS winners and fan favorites for an all-star battle. Contestants include former NFL star Emmitt Smith, Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson, 98 Degrees’ Drew Lachey, N’SYNC’s Joey Fatone, actresses Kirstie Alley and Pamela Anderson and...

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Romney Reveals Space Exploration Plans

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has unveiled his plans for the future of NASA and American space exploration, unleashing a blistering attack on President Barack Obama in the process. In a policy paper released on Sept. 22, Romney and running mate Paul Ryan pledge to secure the nation’s global leadership position in space, which, they say, has eroded significantly during the president’s first term. “Over the past four years, the Obama Administration, through poor policy and outright negligence, has badly weakened one of the hallmarks of American leadership and ingenuity — our nation’s space program,” the paper reads. “Rebuilding NASA, restoring U.S. leadership, and creating new opportunities for space commerce will be hard work, but Mitt Romney will strive to rebuild an institution worthy of our aspirations and capable once again of leading the world toward new frontiers,” the authors add. The paper says Obama’s 2010 cancellation of the moon-oriented Constellation program robbed NASA’s human spaceflight program of much of its focus and direction. Romney and Ryan promise to restore that focus — but they’re unlikely to increase NASA’s funding, which stands at $17.7 billion in the White House’s proposed 2013 federal budget. “A strong and successful NASA does not require more funding, it needs clearer priorities,” the paper reads. “Romney will ensure that NASA has practical and sustainable missions. There will be a balance of pragmatic and top-priority...

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