Monday, 30 April 2012

A BrainYard Experiment: Let's Have A Social Conversation

As editor of the BrainYard, a news site about social collaboration in the enterprise, I know I'm supposed to be an expert on this--but how do I get you, the reader, to talk more on and about this website?

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Are in Debt Right Now

There is a big debate happening now whether people or companies are the ones responsible for the recent economic crisis. Some experts suggest that banks have gone so wild by giving unrealistic loans with high interest rates to people who will not be able to afford payment even with very minor hardships.

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Excavation Equipment - Loan or Buy?

Often times it doesn't matter how well you plan out your excavation project, you find that you run into a shortage of equipment on hand to handle requirements without running over the time allocated. You then have to make the decision - rent what you need or go ahead and purchase new equipment. It's not always a clear cut decision to make so let's take a look at a few factors that may come into play.

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Firefox To Require Permission For Plug-Ins

Mozilla hopes to make Firefox more secure by having users opt in for plug-ins.

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Research Your Auto Loan Financing Options

A car loan gets you the money you need to buy the car you want or the transportation you need. With the help of the Internet, conducting the needed research to look for the different makes and models becomes easier.

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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Head of U.N. mission arrives in Syria, urges an end to violence

By the CNN Wire Staff
April 29, 2012 -- Updated 2304 GMT (0704 HKT)
U.N. response in Syria mocked
  • NEW: Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. observer mission, arrives in Damascus
  • NEW: "Even 1,000 unarmed observers cannot solve all the problems," he says
  • At least 25 are reported dead in Syria on Sunday, an opposition network says
  • Syria says it's met obligations under Kofi Annan's peace plan; a U.S. official disagrees

Are you there? Send us your images or video. Also, read this report in Arabic.

(CNN) -- Arriving in Syria on Sunday, the newly appointed head of a U.N. observer mission to the beleaguered nation said his effort will be futile unless all factions commit to peace.

"Ten unarmed observers, 30 unarmed observers, 300 unarmed observers, even 1,000 unarmed observers cannot solve all the problems," Maj. Gen. Robert Mood told a swarm of reporters in Damascus. "So I call on everyone to help us and cooperate with us in this very challenging task ahead of us."

After months of violence, Arab League-U.N. envoy Kofi Annan weeks ago helped broker what he hoped was a cease-fire.

Yet violence has continued in the Middle Eastern nation.

At least 25 people were reported dead across Syria on Sunday, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists. The deaths include nine in Hama and eight in Homs.

The bodies of a father and son were found in a house in the western city of Homs on Sunday, days after a massacre in the city, the group said. In addition, security forces fatally shot four people in Deir Ezzor, Hama and the Damascus suburbs.

Demonstrations broke out in several cities, with participants chanting for freedom and demanding the regime's ouster. In Daraa, intense gunfire could be heard at checkpoints. The city lacked electricity.

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Even given the tenuous nature of the cease-fire agreement, the United Nations is fielding a team to monitor Annan's peace plan in an attempt to forge stability and end 13 months of violence. Many of them arrived ahead of Mood, earlier this month.

He stressed Sunday that the success of Annan's initiative depends not on him and his fellow observers, but more on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and opposition fighters.

"To achieve the success of Kofi Annan's six-point plan ... I call on all to stop the violence and to help us on a continued cessation of violence in all its forms," Mood said, echoing a plea made by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and many others in recent months.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Sunday that a delegation of U.N. observers was visiting the al-Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs.

Roughly 30 monitors are expected to be on the ground by Monday, and a total of 300 are slated to arrive in the coming month. The United States is not providing monitors but is helping with funding and logistics.

"This is a matter of utmost urgency for the United Nations and all efforts are in place to make sure that we get the people on the ground as quickly as possible ... apart from Damascus, we have permanently based observers in Homs, Hama, Daraa and Idlib, so this process will continue," said Neeraj Singh, the observer team's spokesman, on Sunday.

Opposition activists in Homs, a bastion of anti-government sentiment, have said attacks by al-Assad's forces only stop when U.N. monitors visit.

"We were able to get the civilians' corpses out of the streets because of the help and presence of the U.N. monitors," one man says in a video purportedly shot Saturday on the streets of Homs. "The corpses were dumped on the ground for over 40 days, and we couldn't get to them because of Assad's thugs and snipers. The bodies are decomposed, so we had to wear muzzles because of the foul smell so we can get to them and bury them. Just look the destruction that happened here in Homs because of Assad."

CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video.

Since the cease-fire deadline passed April 12, at least 700 people have been killed, according to the Local Coordination Committees.

"The plan as a whole is failing thus far," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday. "Obviously, we can all see that it is the Assad regime that is failing to meet its obligations under the six-point plan."

But Syrian state media slammed the "international community," saying it "continues to ignore the crimes committed by the armed gangs and their terrorist acts."

"We see the example of the Secretary-General of the United Nations recently avoiding any discussion about the violations by these armed groups while he only focuses in an outrageous manner the Syrian state as usual," an editorial in the state-run Tishrin newspaper stated Saturday.

Syrian Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud said armed terrorist groups have violated the cease-fire more than 1,300 times, "stressing that Syria has met its obligations" according to the Annan plan, SANA reported.

Syria has been engulfed in violence since March 2011, when government forces started cracking down on demonstrators who were peacefully protesting al-Assad's regime. The president's family has ruled Syria for 42 years. Some opposition members have since taken up arms against the regime forces.

The United Nations estimates at least 9,000 people have died in the conflict, while opposition groups put the death toll at more than 11,000.

CNN cannot independently verify reports of violence and deaths within Syria, as the government has restricted access by most of the international media.

Meanwhile, Lt. Riad Ahmed from the rebel Free Syrian Army said Sunday his group was unaware of an arms shipment purportedly destined for rebel fighters.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported a day earlier that Lebanese military forces seized weapons from Libya bound for Syrian rebels.

The military intercepted a ship in the Mediterranean Sea and found heavy and light weapons aboard, Lebanon's National News Agency reported. Ten crew members and the vessel's agent were arrested after the inspection in Salaata port, north of Beirut.

"For over a year, we heard that the Libyan rebels were planning to send us a shipment of weapons for our fight against the daily slaughter and the massacres committed against our people, but it was all rumors," Ahmed said. "We have been asking for weapons to protect our civilians, over and over, but we haven't received any support, whatsoever."

CNN's Saad Abedine, Holly Yan and Jill Dougherty contributed to this report.

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Online Loan Repayment Calculator

Using an online loan repayment calculator is a great way of getting an estimate of what your monthly loan repayments may be. You will need to put in the amount you are wanting to loan and an interest amount you expect to pay. The online calculator will do all the work for you. Keeping in mind every loan application is assessed on its own merits and an interest rate is achieved depending on the applicant's employment and financial situation.

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Pawn Brokers Vs Car Title Lenders

For those seeking alternatives to traditional lending, pawn brokers and car title lenders are among the forefront of alternative lenders. Both offer small loan amounts to customers who either don't qualify for traditional loans or choose not to use them. Let's take a look at how these 2 types of lenders compare to each other.

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Bad Credit Auto Loans Can Be Life Changing

Bad credit auto loans are changing people's lives, all over the country. For those that have experienced a financial crisis in their life, it often feels like there is simply no way to crawl out from under the dark cloud of money troubles.

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Bad Credit Auto Loans Can Be Life Changing

Bad credit auto loans are changing people's lives, all over the country. For those that have experienced a financial crisis in their life, it often feels like there is simply no way to crawl out from under the dark cloud of money troubles.

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Varied Options of Business Car Loans

It is not surprising for many businesses to require business car loans with the number of vehicles the business owns to support the operations. Many businesses especially the retail and delivery businesses require their own transportation to deliver their materials and goods to their customers, suppliers or shipping companies.

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Low Income Auto Loans - Is It Possible To Get A Car Loan With Low Income?

A car is one of the basic requirements in America. But, low income often poses a challenge in satisfying car needs. If you are facing the same problem, worry no more. Low income auto loans are here to make your car dream come true. Read more to know more.

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What Is The Best Way To Get An Instant Cash Loan?

If you need money immediately and payday is too far away there is something you can do to get help. That is finding out about an instant cash loan. It will be your way of getting money when you want it. And it is available whenever you need it.

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How to Be Debt Free

It seems that people need help with debt relief now more than ever. With an economy that has made hard times for a lot of people, just paying monthly bills is difficult enough. Trying to find a way to pay those extra bills and get the bill collectors to stop bugging you seems impossible. There are many ways to get these bills paid and gone.

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Friday, 27 April 2012

Google: Oracle Wants To Glom Onto Android's Success

Day two of trial featured Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on the stand, plus Google assertions that case boils down to Oracle trying to latch onto Android's accomplishments.

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Social TV highlights from the MTV upfront

Posted by Natan Edelsburg on April 26, 2012

A packed Beacon Theater in NYC enjoyed a fun MTV upfront that highlighted a slew of new and returning programing built for a Twitter and Facebook generation. The presentation started off highlighting that MTV both broke a Twitter record with Beyonce at the VMAs, has over 100 million viewers and 100 million Facebook likes (as we learned earlier this week from President Stephen Friedman) and has been covered as the number one social TV network. Here?s how social TV will play an even bigger part of MTV?s programming and initiatives for the next year.

Teen Wolf embraces social TV further with scripted social TV game:

For the new season of the hit scripted series Teen Wolf, MTV is launching a new social experience on June 4th. Here?s the announcement from MTV:

MTV also highlighted its ?storytelling without borders? strategy that looks to engage audiences across every platform as demonstrated through ?Teen Wolf: The Hunt.? The new ?Teen Wolf? social experience will live on Facebook and other platforms and will allow fans to ?friend? and interact with the show?s characters in real time within the context of a choose-your-own-adventure mystery. ?Teen Wolf: The Hunt? will feature a completely original storyline, written by the ?Teen Wolf? team of writers, while also serving as a complementary online experience to the television series. The multi-platform experience will launch on Monday, June 4, the night of the show?s regular time period debut. This initiative follows last month?s news that MTV is leading the industry after surpassing 100 million Facebook ?likes.?

As Friedman told us, ?since the show went off the air the fan base increased 50%.? This is a smart way to continue to grow and activate those fans.

Social media documentary ?Catfish? to become a series:

Around the same time that ?The Social Network? took off, a documentary called ?Catfish? emerged chronicling Yaniv Schulman discovering he?s been hoaxed in a Facebook relationship when he finally meets the person in real life. In the series, Schulman will now chronicle others in his situation.

New programming and projects:

A reoccurring theme besides new Jersey Shore spinoffs was millennial underemployment for the fame obsessed generation. ?Zach Stone is Gonna be Famous,? starring internet celebrity Bo Burnham is a YouTube show meets a mockureality series, where Zach wants to use social media to become famous instead of going to college.

The second with this theme, ?Underemployed,? executive producer Craig Wright is a scripted series about the reality of the new economy that the spoiled generation finds themselves in. I?m skeptical that this generation actually wants to watch content about their plight, but both look funny and tweetable.

Remember Hollywood Squares from back in the day? Rapper Fat Joe came to present that the network is launching ?Hip Hop Squares? on MTV 2. It looks amazing and includes contestants like Nick Cannon and Vinny from Jersey Shore.

They also announced a new social game, around the election encourage MTV?s audience to register to vote and bring back the magic from 2008. Here?s the announcement:

MTV ?Power of 12? correspondent Andrew Jenks was joined by Liddy Huntsman, daughter of former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Jr., to talk about the network?s new ?Fantasy Election ?12? game, which will launch this summer.

The coming year for MTV:

With the Movie Awards nearing and the VMAs also in the not too distant future it?s going to be a big year for MTV, with social components continuing to be the centerpiece for their brands and programming.

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Auto Loans With Bad Credit Can Be Yours With No Cosigner Needed

Buying a new car, even with bad credit, is no great trouble with a cosigner. But securing an auto loan without one is not as difficult as many would think.

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Car Loans Help You Make Your Dream Car a Reality

We have come to a time where cars are no longer a luxury but a necessity. It is the best way to have an easy transportation. It makes us more comfortable, convenient and sheltered.

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A Secured Car Loan - Tuning Up Your Auto Financing

Are you in the situation where you want to buy a car? Whether you wish to buy a new or used car, it is still important if you do a good preparation. A car is one of the most expensive assets that one can have. Anyone who plans to get his own car must anticipate a huge financial expenditure. Although owning an automobile is quite pricey, you can still be able to manage to pay it in a handy way.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012

You Can Get a Car Loan With Bad Credit

Just about everyone needs a car these days. The problem is that we can't always figure out a possible way to pay for it.

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What Kind Of Loan Do You Need?

Have you come to the point in your life when you need to get money as soon as possible? Find out how loans can help you out and which loan type you should choose.

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Finding the Right Debt Relief Programs

If you follow some of these suggestions you will find a debt relief program that will work for you. Additionally, you can compare and contrast them on your own.

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Debt Negotiation Styles

No two debts are the same and the way different types of debt are to be negotiated should also be different. When it comes to negotiating debts, the type of debt and who the creditor is are very important factors in successful negotiations. Before entering any type of negotiation it is important to review a few key concepts.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Pressures Apple, Amazon

Refreshed Samsung tablet lineup keeps the heat on Apple's iPad, with unique features and prices starting at $250.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

What You Need To Know About Short Term Loans

Financial emergencies are inevitable. What happens if you need money immediately and you only have little cash left in your wallet and your savings in the bank cannot help either? Financial emergencies can come up when incidents such as sudden illness and hospitalization, overdue bills and mature debts occur.

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Show Me the Money: How to Prepare a Loan Package

The current state of the economy has left companies of all types and sizes in need of cash to keep their doors open, to maintain and to grow. Unfortunately, securing a loan can be tough; and while there are other options, in all cases, you need to be prepared. If cash flow is tight, you are having difficulty making payroll and/or purchasing necessary materials or equipment to expand production and increase sales, there are three sources you may want to consider: a traditional bank loan, an asset based loan or factoring.

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Harvard tired of overpaying for research, tells faculty to open up


The grand dame of Ivy League schools is taking action against one of higher learning's pet peeves: the exorbitant price of research journals. Even though the e-reader revolution may have already touched other schoolbooks, so far academic subscription prices -- with some journals as high as $40,000 -- are becoming unsustainable, according to Harvard. To that end, it's taking the lead and pushing its own faculty toward open access publishing, and encouraging them to quit boards of journals that aren't. That could in turn prod other schools to take the same steps, and allow Harvard to focus on more, ahem, interesting pursuits.

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Standard & Poor?s Gives Negative Outlook for India

Standard & Poor?s now says the country has at least a 1-in-3 chance of seeing its debt downgraded to junk status.

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Facebook Captures Instagram

Facebook shells out a reported $1 billion to expand its mobile presence and assure that it remains competitive in photo sharing.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

HAMP Loan Modification - Understanding Net Present Value

While the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) was designed to help up to 4 million homeowners facing financial hardship and in danger of losing their homes, only 10 to 15% of those homeowners have been approved through the program. To get approved for your HAMP loan modification, you need to understand what lenders consider the Net Present Value of your loan, and what that means for your chances of approval.

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Credit Card Relief - Let's End Those Money Woes Today

Getting credit card relief could be the single most important part of a person regaining control of their finances once again. Most people will experience some form of financial difficulties at one point in their life. It's what you do about it and how well you handle the situation that will either make or break you. We will not be playing the blame game here, instead we only wish to discuss the symptoms of possible problems and how to go about solving them in a practical manner. Along the way we will also talk about how to find the right credit consolidation services when needed.

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Forget Google Glasses: Meet Wearable Health Monitors

Some gadgets do cool tricks and some save lives. Seamless integration with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled smartphones brings tiny devices worn beneath garments, watching the well-being of the elderly, student athletes.

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Get a Log Book Loan the Right Way

Having a bad credit rating affects people in a huge variety of ways. One of the worst possible things that it could do is to block your access to loans.

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Monday, 23 April 2012

Auto Refinance - Information Needed to Obtain an Auto Refinance

If you are finding it difficult to make your car loan payments, or are noticing that interest rates are lower than when you entered into your loan agreement you may want to consider a refinance car loan. Applying for an auto refinance can end up saving you hundreds of dollars and lower your monthly payments.

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Google Continues Product Purge

Google shutters Patent Search, Flu Vaccine Finder, and Google Related in ongoing trimming of services.

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Looking for Best Online Loans Made Easy

People do every best that they can in able to earn money that is needed for keeping up with their everyday lives. Necessities are the things that we need every day and without it, we can't survive a day. Like for example, shelter, clothes, food, toiletries, etc. The fact that we need money to buy every little thing we need is just so disturbing so we end up working too hard in able to earn some.

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Mad Men! Game of Thrones! The Killing! Why Is All the Good TV on Sunday?

Mad Men, January JonesMad Men, The Killing, Frozen Planet, Game of Thrones?why do all of my favorite shows have to be on the SAME NIGHT? And why is it Sunday? ?Ande, via the inbox Indeed,...

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