Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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A few years ago, the Internet experienced a video revolution. As broadband access expanded and more people began uploading content, video became an expected resource for consumers. Businesses could get more mileage out of television commercials and engage users by linking to video reviews of its products.

A year ago, we saw evidence of small and medium-sized business increasing budgets for video content – to be used both on their homepages and in advertisements. In 2009, 19% of businesses polled were using video (up from 5% in 2008) and I’m willing to bet that number will be much higher in the 2010 report that should come out later this month.

Now, as technology has become more affordable and increasingly mobile, we’re able to experience virtually anything online. As such, local search engines are evolving into master content synthesizers to meet the needs of consumers and advertisers alike – offering video and photos, local advertising deals, user reviews, QR codes, maps and directions, etc.

Consumer expectations of local search engines have never been higher. Users want to see photo and video reviews of a company’s products, read what other people have to say, and even take a virtual tour of your store or restaurant before they visit.

The same is true of small- and medium-sized business owners looking to find a competitive advantage. Local search engines are offering more dynamic content than ever before to users and it’s up to search marketers to help business owners feed that content.

It’s interesting to see how video content has changed since the advent of YouTube. Instead of traditional video advertising, we’re seeing new technology that lets users look around your business from their own home. Soon, we’ll be able to find virtual creations of almost any environment online – and those virtual tours are being integrated with current deals and other advertising promotions to drive traffic to your business.

Recently, a company called EveryScape partnered with Bing and YP to offer digital advertisers a new local search solution – virtual tours. For example, YP360 will let a user step inside a restaurant in Baltimore while they’re still on the train. They can choose a place and even set a reservation, all within the same application on their phone.

Google Earth has gone indoors and local search engines are responsible for bringing this detailed and vivid content to users while keeping it simple and accessible. And the business case for offering this new content to users and advertisers alike is clear as local advertising is expected to grow to $16.1 billion this year, up from $13.7 billion in 2010.

Even more, mobile phone advertising spending is expected to be more than a billion dollars in 2011, up 48% from 2010. Local search engines like YP and Yelp! are seeing over 20 million visitors a month, many of them accessing via mobile phones.

This is a great opportunity for local search engines and advertisers to embrace this new technology and get ahead of the pack. Effective local advertising goes beyond building a social networking presence and listing in directories – you have to make sure your content is engaging. In the online world, the savviest local search marketers who use this technology well will have the most successful campaigns.

I recommend that any business owner or local search marketer read up on the latest digital advertising solutions and consider offering your customers virtual tours of your products or store. To set your business apart, you need to stay current with the best that local search has to offer.

Opinions expressed in the article are those of the guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land.

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Ryan Gavin and Dean Hachamovitch, Marketing Guy and Engineer, respectively, for Internet Explorer, have announced that the final build and release of Internet Explorer 9 will indeed be at the party they’re throwing at South by Southwest in Texas on March 14th, 2011. They’ve decided to first announce this to their very favorite community at Channel9, a bunch of developers who are in love with the internet platform, and they’ve spoken here in a video at length what the browser will be able to do.

This browser has been in production for approximately a year, and now they’re going to release it, thanking profusely the community of developers who have stepped up to help them in making this a platform that has a chance at competing with the rest of the powerhouse browsers out in the market today. As you know, Internet Explorer

Hachamovitch will be doing a keynote at MIX 10 as well, showing off how the platform is rolling out, as a sort of “look what we did in a year” sort of thing. These two fellas sitting on the couch are super excited about this rollout and after saying what they came to say, they made sure to prompt Channel9 for what they call an “uncomfortable question.” What Channel9 decided to ask about was HTML5, to which they reply “WE’RE FOR IT!”

Of course the developer community knows this already, so the question is pressed, beyond what HTML5 can do for the everyday user, what does IE9 offer the fringe users who want features that not everyone will use? Hachamovitch replies with a sort of well, we DO do that, we’ve implemented things like Navigation Timing which “got 0% usage on the web,” he then going on to say that they’ve added items that don’t just come from developers who request things, they’ve essentially come up with elements that they and people at Yahoo, Google, and etc have spoken about behind the scenes, bringing these “fringe” features into IE9 at launch.

Essentially what they’re speaking about in this video and what will be coming with Internet Explorer 9 is depth as well as quality implementation of features. We’re hoping for the best!

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With few surprises, techies were underwhelmed with Apple’s iPad 2 announcement, but I’m confident that consumers will be thrilled with the product. Apple already had a massive lead in the consumer tablet market it created, and these “underwhelming” upgrades should keep the company comfortably ahead. Apple has given competitors an opening by sticking to 3G, and it did not further pressure them with a lower entry price point or higher-resolution display. However, Apple has three critical advantages.

1. Brand: When consumers are thinking about tablets, they say they are buying an “iPad,” not a “tablet.” The iPad was already the category and volume leader, and the iPad 2 builds on that. In this respect, Apple actually benefits from the crowd of new tablets hitting the market. If there were only one or two strong competitors, consumers would be able to weigh the pros and cons of each offering, but with dozens and dozens of options hitting the market over the next few months, decision paralysis can set in and many consumers will throw up their hands and make the “safe” choice: the iPad.

2. iTunes: The iPad is still the only tablet on the market with a huge digital marketplace for movies, TV shows, and music. Some competitors are taking steps in this direction (e.g., Samsung’s Hub), but iTunes remains a significant competitive advantage.

3. App Store: If all you want to do is browse the Web and check e-mail, any tablet will probably suffice. However, Apple has an enormous lead in purpose-built apps. The Android ecosystem is strong and app availability should improve significantly over time, but the iPad 2 is considerably more versatile than any of its competitors right now, and it appears unlikely to lose its lead any time in the near future.

So if you are competing with Apple, what should you do? Rather than copying Apple’s products, copy its old advertising tag line and Think Different.

Apple’s brand is focused on creative types (or those who aspire to be), which is why it spends so much effort creating things like GarageBand. Competitors should target IT managers, knowledge workers, outdoorsy people, or some other group and build software and hardware combinations better suited to those use cases. Of course, this will take imagination and the ability to tie hardware, software, and services together to build unique experiences. There are some companies thinking outside the box (HTC and RIM have clearly differentiated products on their roadmaps), but for the vendors who are trying to out-Apple Apple… good luck. Here are some pointers, you’re going to need them:

• Based on Apple’s financials, it is clear that the iPad with WiFi is Apple’s volume product and 3G versions are merely gravy. Why is the competition only targeting the gravy?

• iTunes remains a significant competitive advantage for Apple – I cannot easily explain to novices how to get a movie onto the XOOM. Rivals need an “iTunes” of their own, but having one just achieves parity with Apple, so partnering is an acceptable approach. However, half measures are not enough; digital media stores must include movies (including rentals) and TV shows and music. If multiple partners are used, the tablet vendor still needs to provide a common interface and single account/billing relationship.

• Nintendo has a significant base of game developers targeting the 3DS; if you cannot muster equivalent resources (for gaming, media playback, or some other use), adding 3D to your tablet is just a gimmick.

• Apple’s rivals can compete on 4G, higher-resolution displays, or a lower price. Even speed is a potential differentiator from a technical perspective; NVIDIA has quad-core processors sampling this month, so rivals could build even faster tablets for this holiday season. However, I must still caution vendors that all of these factors are irrelevant if consumers do not want your product.

Apple advertises its products as magical. They’re at the intersection of “technology and the liberal arts,” Steve Jobs said today. Something that moves your heart, not just your lust for technology. Will consumers still buy that in 2011?

The big picture question of the day is whether Apple has done it again. With the original iPad, Apple crushed its rivals, taking more than 90 percent of the tablet market in 2010 and selling more than 15 million units. Jobs predicted today that 2011 will be the year of the iPad 2. Based on what I have seen today, I think he’s mostly, but not entirely, right.

Competitors will discover that Apple has a lot of inherent financial advantages, including being a low-cost leader. That may not sound intuitive, but I believe it has to be true. It is selling so much volume of its products that it can get discounts on parts and manufacturing services that no one else can get.

When it sells its products in stores, it also doesn’t have to give away 20 percent of the margin to a retailer. That is a huge financial advantage. Carriers are also willing to subsidize the costs of Apple products in a way that they won’t with other tablet vendors. All of these things may explain why the Motorola Xoom, a very cool product, is selling for $800 while Apple has priced its new devices at $499 to $829, (and dropped the price of the old iPad to $399). Apple has also left very little room for rivals here, since it has signed up both AT&T and Verizon. Perhaps there is room for rivals to sell $199 machines, but users probably aren’t going to like them.

Those are reasons why any cool Apple mobile product could beat other rivals. But Apple has also done some smart things with the iPad 2. It has created another rev of its microprocessor, the A5, which has two cores, or computing brains. And it has nine times faster graphics than its old A4 chip. Since Apple designs this chip itself, it doesn’t have to give away much margin to a chip design firm. It only has to give a small margin to a chip manufacturer such as Samsung to make the chips.

Apple has also custom-designed the A5 to run Apple applications on a device with a 10-hour battery life. Apple should have an edge there, as it won’t sell the A5 to rivals. But if this is an advantage, it isn’t likely to last long, as Nvidia is being very aggressive with a new quad-core chip that it could sell to any Android rivals.

The design of the iPad 2 is where Apple has more advantages. The iPad 2 will have faster web-browsing with a new version of Safari. It has two cameras that will inspire a lot of video and photo-related apps. The availability of the Mac applications — iMovie, Garage Band, and Photo Booth — on the iPad 2 will make a lot of users happy. More interesting features will come with new releases of the iOS, or Apple’s operating system in the fairly near future.

There are some users who won’t like the restrictions of Apple’s ecosystem. If they want universal serial bus (USB) and SD card ports, they are out of luck. Apple didn’t change the resolution of its screen either, leaving it at 1024 x 768. Competitors could add these options and put emphasis on them as selling points. (Critics are disappointed that Apple did not improve the display, but that’s a big cost issue others have too).

Apple has also made great improvements in the feel of the product. It’s 33 percent thinner, 2 ounces lighter, and it has a wonderful new screen cover that doubles as a stand for the device. (It wakes up the device when you peel it back and it has micro-fibers that clean the screen when the cover is on).

Now here is why Jobs is not entirely right. Apple has come up with a stunning machine at prices that the competitors will have a hard time beating. But it is almost inevitable that Android-based tablets will gain market share on Apple.

So far, I don’t see the Android machine that will beat the iPad 2. But the potential is there, given ingredients such as Android 3.0, Nvidia Tegra 2 chips and other fast microprocessors, and 4G LTE. The latter is the main weakness in Apple’s armor.

LTE is fast, with a minimum speed on Verizon at around 12 megabits a second and actual speeds running much higher than that now. Getting access to 4G LTE is as big a benefit as having access to lots of cool apps, from my point of view. Right now, the timing of the still-young LTE technology means that Apple cannot yet put it into its mass-produced, lowest-cost tablet computers.

If LTE costs come down sometime soon, then Apple can launch a new version of the iPad to incorporate the technology. But it’s not a simple upgrade, as it means that the hardware of the machine — including the radio chip — has to change. And for now, LTE chips are larger than their 3G equivalents, so the heat dissipation and product size are affected. In other words, LTE can force Apple to redesign the iPad.

Apple can do that. But Android tablet makers might be able to move faster than Apple directly into the 4G LTE tablet market. If they do that, then they will have found a scenario where they could steal a march on Apple. Apple is not likely to let that gap last for a long time, but it might be enough for Apple to lose some share this year.

Apple’s leadership position in this market will be hard to beat, but the collective weight and reach of Android rivals could erode it. And here’s a sobering thought: If Apple eventually winds up with only 30 percent of the tablet market, it could still be No. 1, and its place as the largest technology company in the world will not be at risk.

Check out Apple’s overview video on the iPad 2 and Jobs’ comments on technology and the liberal arts below.

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  • PT Sans Bold – FontSquirrel

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Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document that is 1200 x 1200 pixels, 72 dpi, and RGB Color. Fill the layer with white. (Ctrl+Backspace or Delete)

Step 2

Now create a rectangle for the header and fill it with a white-grey color, then use the colors on the image for the “Gradient Overlay”. Our search and logo will eventually be part of the header.

Step 3

Create a new rectangle above the previous one, with attributes as shown below. The following drop shadow effect creates a look of a 1 pixel stroke which does increase the look of that simple bar. Note: this step creates a horizontal line.


Step 4

Now add the “Gradient Overlay” layer style with the hex codes indicated.

Step 5

Add a white 1 pixel stroke. The following stroke of 1 pixel will divide the grey shadow effect. It’ll eventually work as a divider.

Step 6

Make one more rectangle in the middle-right zone, and fill it with white and add a 1 px stroke as indicated – it will be our search box.

Step 7

One more rectangle should be created and filled with blue. Set the inner shadow as indicated below, this will be our search button. This blue works great in combination with grey, white and light-grey. Blue will be the major contrasting color we use as we work through this template.

Step 8

Add the Gradient Overlay details to the button with the details from image.

Step 9

Add a 1 px stroke to the button with the color indicated. Take a look at the first and the final result of the button so you can see the difference all these details made.

Step 10

Now add this drop shadow effect for the text placed in the search box, using PT Sans Bold. This will be the final step in creating your search button. You may want to try other fonts, but the PT Sans Bold is really good for this small button.

Step 11

Make another fill under the header section, this will be the navigation area. Here we will place the navigation links of our template.

Step 12

Write your navigation links using a dark-grey color, then add a white “drop shadow” effect. The effect used for the navigation links is the same used for the search button.

Step 13

With 1px vertical line, make divisions between each links. The lines should be black and will really increase the beauty of the navigation area.

Step 14

Over the home section, make a fill with the blue and then add a Gradient Overlay style as indicated.

Step 15

Copy the Home link, this time color it white and add a drop shadow effect.

Step 16

Create a big, grey zone under the navigation, it should be about 30% of the layout. This will be the background for the featured area.

Step 17

Now create a big, white rectangle and add some shadow with the details shown. A big stock image, a big headline and some text with another great button will be added.

Step 18

Add a any dummy image you want to that featured area. Be sure it covers more than 80% of the area. The one I chose is from a stock website.

Step 19

Add some text to it, use the PT SANS Bold font and make the font big.

Step 20

The remaining area should be filled with grey, in it we’ll place some text. This is really a secondary area which describes the image, the services, the company itself, or whatever you’d like.

Step 21

Place some blue-colored text which will be the title of the information below. Use the details in the image for Drop Shadow style.

Step 22

Add some dummy text. This could be some important information or whatever you’d like.

Step 23

Create another grey area under the featured zone, where we will add some text and icons later. Add the details as stated on the image. Mostly, the icons will promote the services offered by the company behind the website.

Step 24

Continue by adding a Gradient Overlay style for the last rectangle we have created in the anterior steps.

Step 25

Now we are adding titles and icons, as well as some divisions. The icons can be found in the resource list at the beginning of the tutorial. Be sure to choose your icons and text thoughtfully.

Step 26

At the border of both zones, create a small circle and fill it with dark brown color. Add some inner shadow as stated on the image.

Step 27

Continue by adding a drop shadow layer style. It is another small detail, but it really makes that button zone minimalistic, nice-looking and well designed.

Step 28

To finish, add a Gradient Overlay effect.

Step 29

By using the Custom Shape Tool (U), create an arrow in both circles. Now add the details shown on the screenshot.

Step 30

Continue by adding some Color Overlay for the arrow. It should also be a blue color because otherwise, it will not fit the contrast and the colors used on the whole template.

Step 31

Add a video screenshot in the free space and place a title for it. For this template, I have used a simple screenshot of a YouTube widget.

Step 32

Add the text “Product Highlights” and “Case Studies.” Let the text under the “Product Highlights” be links so you could showcase some friends’ websites or resources you admire/promote.

Step 33

Finish it by creating another form for e-mails, place all kind of other information, and whatever you’d like.

Step 34

Don’t forget to make a relevant/small footer for our template. If you have paid attention, you should know how to create the same effect as below. 


All done! If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to drop a comment. I hope you enjoyed this whole tutorial!

The major legislative item on the agenda in the Senate this week will be The Small Business Reauthorization Act (S. 493).  Republicans plan to use this bill as a platform to promote critical pieces of legislation through the process of non-germane amendments to the bill.  Here are some vital amendments that will be debated and voted on throughout the week:

  • Senator Mitch McConnell is offering an amendment (S. AMDT 183) to prohibit the EPA from promulgating any regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.  There is perhaps no force that is more destructive to our prosperity, consumer freedom of choice, and job creation than onerous cap and trade schemes.  There are many red state Democrats who are up for reelection in 2012 and will be hard pressed to go on record as supporting policies that are an imprecation to the interests of their states.  Make sure to call Senators Claire McCaskill, Joe Manchin, Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, and Jon Tester in particular.

  • Senator David Vitter is offering an amendment (S.AMDT. 178) forcing the federal government to sell off unused and underused property.  This is a serious issue.  The federal government owns over half of the land in some western states and has been using it to stifle energy development.  Selling unused federal lands would also serve as a prudent means of generating revenue without raising taxes.

  • Senator Rand Paul is using the SBA bill as a platform to offer his signature budget bill (S.AMDT 199) which would slash $200 billion in spending for fiscal 2011.  Paul’s plan slashes funding by 50% to the Departments of Energy, Education, and HUD.  This amendment represents real limited government and budget austerity and will separate the men among the boys in the ranks of the Republican Conference.

  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is forcing a vote (S. AMDT 197) to delay the implementation of ObamaCare until a final resolution is reached in pending lawsuits.  Unlike other bills that are designed to merely ameliorate ObamaCare, this amendment would completely halt it during the ensuing legal battles.

  • Senator Tom Coburn has filed an amendment (S.AMDT.184) to force federal agencies to compile comprehensive lists of all of their programs

Make sure that all of your Republican senators are on record supporting these amendments, especially Rand Paul’s budget proposal.  Also, let’s see which faux moderate Democrats will commit to supporting anyone of these commonsense initiatives.  Needless to say, I didn’t waste time calling my senators; Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Make Making Money

This is actually a good piece, but a wee bit preachy. But still good.

Anyone complaining about eBay and PayPal fees, please just be quiet. If you are running a home business where you sell things that don't take up too much space or is a hassle, then the fees are trivial compared to the profit in many cases. You think that when you pay $10 for something at a store, 100% of that $10 go to the owner? After rent, salary and even credit card fees real world business often deal with HIGHER fees than someone dealing with PayPal.

But I do agree 100% with his buy something and sell it just to even break even to experiment. That is the BEST way to learn how to sell something and is very little risk.

I got into eBay selling the usual way by selling off things I knew were valuable and could turn a profit. After a while I started to sell off stuff I had but didn't want anymore on eBay; I consider it an endless yard sale. Many times I made back my initial investment or lost money, but after 10+ years of doing this on eBay I started to understand what sold and what I was good at selling.

Then I started to sell Mac upgrades for folks who were tweaking their machines back in the early 2000. For those who don't know, Apple placed an "Apple tax" on many off-the-shelf PC components that either just had an Apple sticker or need a ROM flashing. So I would buy boxes of components, flash them or simply write an eBay explanation as to the item being tested on a Mac and soon enough I was making $20 to $80 profit for a good year or so until Apple basically obsolete the G4 machines. In the case of items that simply cost more as Apple branded I wrote a description that explains what the item was, how it was tested and how my feedback and tech expertise assures that the item will work. Anyone had the choice of buying the pure PC component, but they bought from me for a modest markup to save the hassle. I even had a few people give me PayPal "tips" for advice I provided. It was then I realized I set up a small tech store with loss leaders and consulting! I could not quit my day job on that money, but it helped me through some rough times.

Now I mainly sell old collectible toys from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. I got into it when I started to sell off some of my old childhood toys, realized there was a profit in my childhood investment so I translated my passion and knowledge into buying collectible toys in bulk in the U.S. and Japan, cleaning up and assessing them and then selling them on eBay. Buy a huge lot of toys from a seller who doesn't want to deal with the headache, break it up, ID the parts and assess it, and then I am selling items that cost me about $2 a piece for around $10 a piece. Again, not enough to live on, but a very nice source of extra income.

Also, if you sell online, be prepared to ship. Some sellers never think of packing until after the sale. BAD MOVE! You might end up paying more in packing materials or delaying shipment while you hunt for boxes and screw up your sales transaction. I only sell items online I am 100% positive I can ship. And with that in mind, I have moved over to buying small collectible items in bulk I know I can stick in a padded envelope and ship. The weight assures first class shipping which is less than Priority Mail, but gets there as quickly in many cases. And the light weight makes it easier to carry.

Also, if you know you will ship items—like books and CDs—in bulk, buy a box of mailers from an online seller. It will end up costing you 25 cents per envelope which you might penny-pinch over, but it is a lot less than buying individual envelopes from the Post Office or drug store. And you have them on hand so it saves time.

I would also recommend investing in a small scale and even a nice label printer. The scale will help you give your customers a better estimate of cost and the printed labels will assure that the address is clear/legible on the package so it goes through the system correctly. Labels can be bought in bulk for thermal printers for tons less than local stores, and are just as good.

Oh, as far as shipping goes, my eBay shipping & handling rates are incredibly reasonable and always less than others but guess what? Buyers ALWAYS complain or have second thoughts on shipping & handling charges. ALWAYS! I charged someone $2 for shipping and they complained that shipping was $1.95. Don't worry about shipping other than the tips I give above, because ultimately nobody wants to pay for shipping and everyone complains. You'll never make them happy so don't sweat it.

Also Craigslist... Oy vey... I mainly sell items on there that weight too much or are too bulky to ship. And it works well somewhat. But folks on Craigslist want bargains and are lazy when picking up. Not worth the effort.

Phew! I just wrote that.

The biggest names in the tech industry seem to have collectively decided it's time to make the billions. Sure Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have sold some ads and Foursquare brokered some promotional deals. But with the second wave of IPOs on the horizon and investors' eyeballs getting as round as the tech bubble, the time is nigh for tech demigods to show that they can make money off all those users they've spent years accumulating. And hopefully not alienate them in the process. Today, Mark Zuckerberg inched closer to that dream of a trillion dollars by offering streaming movies — and tanking Netflix's stock. Meanwhile, YouTube closed a deal on a production company presumably to make its very own content. Intel cast a wide net to examine tech companies' latest money-making ventures. Then we looked into our CrystalBall app to see what they might try next.


Moneymaker: Warner Bros. just became the first Hollywood studio to stream movies directly on the social network. Facebook has been making a big move toward e-commerce lately, and the fact that you have to use Facebook Credits to buy movies and TV shows could be the tipping point to get users to hand their credit card info over to Mark Zuckerberg. Plus, studios looking for a way to stop Netflix's growth might not make Facebook suffer the same 28-day waiting period for new content.

Downside: At 30 credits (or $3) for a 48-hour rental for The Dark Knight, it will cost you. Plus, you have to "like" the movie or the director to get the privilege. Do you really want hundreds of your Facebook friends to see you "liked" and watched Valentine's Day on Valentine's Day?

What's next: Why should you use a credit card to buy Facebook Credits when you can use Zuckerbills (coming to a U.S. Treasury in 2020)?


Moneymaker: In order to make money off its free iPhone app, this weekend Twitter introduced a number of new features, including Quickbar, a "forced trending topics bar" that includes promoted tweets — negating the idea of a service that quickly shows you what's actually trending.

Downside: Pundit John Gruber quickly dubbed the feature "Dickbar" after Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, but Gruber issued the unfortunate nickname on Twitter and it was widely retweeted. Advantage Costolo.

What's next: Can we pay someone to monitor our Twitter feed for us? It's getting overwhelming. Either that or design personalized lists of the best people to follow based on what's important to us, like updates on Libya and breaking bear-cub news.


Moneymaker: At SXSW this week, Foursquare is set to announce a partnership with American Express that will link users' credit cards with their Foursquare accounts. The incentive to consumers? Deals like "spend $5, save $5" at participating merchants. Although Foursquare said its motivation is to increase membership and loyalty and that it won't charge Amex for the privilege, it's hard to believe that will stay the case if it catches on.

Downside: We don't have an Amex card. And (confession) although we use the app for recommendations, we've never actually checked in anywhere. Sorry, Dennis and Naveen! But if they add other credit cards, we would.

What's next: How about a service that warns you beforehand if you're about to friend one of those compulsive people who check in with handfuls of people at name-dropping locales?


Moneymaker: YouTube just closed a deal to buy Internet video company Next New Networks, the producers behind Auto-Tune the News, for less than $50 million. Although rumor had it that Google was trying to get into the video-production business, Business Insider reports that the move is actually designed to help existing YouTube partners make "more and better content." Which then leads to more users and, subsequently, more expensive ads.

Downside: Isn't YouTube's strength either grainy weird viral videos or pirated television, movie, and music content? The second could definitely use better quality, but does it even matter for the former?

What's next: How about veering into Hulu territory?


Moneymaker: Just regular old advertising on the Windows version of its paid video communications service.

Downside: Although Skype says it won't show ads during the video conferencing yet, this could devolve into a Minority Report-style advertising assault.

What's next: Would it be possible to embed microphone/receiver in our brain so we don't have to use the special headset? Just curious.

Update: TechCrunch makes an important clarification. Facebook hasn't announced its own streaming movie service. Rather the movie offering comes from Warner Brothers app that uses Facebook Credits' payment system. But if it proves successful and other studios follow suit, Zuckberg can still count on more personal credit card info coming his way. Someone better go tell Netflix's shareholders.

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Now, you need to know that you will not use SEO service if you are not an internet business - but then again, if you don't have an online presence if you are a offline business, then you will not allow it to be very far.


It is a popular proven fact that if you are planning to really make it in the offline world you must have an online presence. This really is something that all business people are learning hard way. One thing that you ought to also know is that it is not as easy as just setting up the website and leaving it to do its things.


You can do this in all types of ways, however these companies usually make use of multiple techniques to create the perfect marketing technique online. It is possible to hire them to write articles for you, post on forums and blogs, create meta data and meta descriptions, clean up the code, add alt tags to the images plus much more.


It is crucial that you simply do this because otherwise the company you have worked so difficult for could end up losing the money. If you have a website you want to produce, then you'll also use the services of a search engine optimization company, which means seo company. What the corporation does is actually take the best areas of your website, look into the code, create keywords and write various articles and documents to ensure that your website is placed near the top of the list for that major search engines like google.

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As a result the SEO company can not only increase your traffic, but also ensure that your site is fully optimized for the internet search engine spiders that'll be brought to it. These spiders are used to analyze your website and place it in certain positions determined on certain keywords.


If you want to use the SEO services Vancouver then all you have to complete is find the top companies. It is through these that the SEO gets done effectively and efficiently. With so many SEO companies to choose from you need to be sure that the main one you are going for is reliable. You should be able to request a breakdown of what you want, and the company should also have the ability to let you know know long they've been operating for. This will narrow down their email list to reveal the very best ones.


Search engine optimization Provided by Different Vancouver Web Companies

The Vancouver SEO company services are extremely good for business growth as they provide quality services. If you're planning to create a website for your internet business, then you've come to right article when i is going to be explaining below how Web optimization Vancouver company services can increase your website ranking making it popular.

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Before that, you need to know what Search Engine Optimization is. It is not that complicated and I'm sure you will get a grasp from it after reading my article. The primary goal of SEO is to get more traffic aimed at your website and target audience. It's a good decision to select a Vancouver SEO company that are experts in this sort of work, so that your website can be listed in search engines.

There isn't any point in you having a website with no website ranking at all while you won't get any business and profits to survive. It's a very tough atmosphere available because there are a lot of internet business people just like you, who want their share of pie. You must be familiar with the truth that nearly 85% of world wide web traffic can be got from websites.

When a user types in a keyword or keywords for what he/she really wants to know in various sites, these use crawlers to get websites with the relevant content and index them according to algorithms. It's not necessary to worry about the algorithms which these websites use as that is not important.

To appear in the first page of the google listing, you will need to hire professionals and experts who can do the needful to maintain your site one of the good books in these websites. These professionals can optimize your site content to ensure your site gets increased traffic.

When the traffic gets high, it's a sign that you are getting a service which will enable you to get more revenues. SEO Vancouver company do the following to make your site appear inside the first page of search results.

Use keywords which are popularly utilized on search engines on your website content.
Have a website design for your website that is simple because top sites are allergic to flash and weird designs.
Submit your site to directories.
Submit your site to directory websites.
Postings on blogs and forums with back links for your websites. This really is regarded as a very effective method of getting increased traffic to your website as many internet users use blogs and forums.

SEO Vancouver company also perform site diagnostics which is a significant part in online optimization as research and analysis on finding keywords is the method to start a SEO campaign. So, be sure you select the right SEO Vancouver service company.

Are you looking for more info regarding SEO Vancouver? Visit http://www.seo4vancouver.com/seo-services.asp today!


What to anticipate Whenever Getting a Roofers

When it comes time to correct or even replace your roof, it can be a challenging job to find someone who is qualified for the job. There are lots of roofing companies out there, however the types who will perform a congrats for a reasonable cost are not frequently simple to find. If you're in the marketplace for the contractor, make use of the ideas below for interviewing and hiring the correct one.

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Most roofers provide totally free consultation services. This is especially important, since it provides them a chance to evaluate what your roof needs, and it gives you a chance to assess all of them. As with all of businesses, trust your intuition about the people you let upward onto your roofing. No matter how good a contractor's reputation or recommendation, he ought to begin by showing a person with a company greeting card. If the contractor occurs searching and talking within an unprofessional method, most likely the job he's going to do will also be unprofessional. This isn't to express that you should expect companies to arrive within suits. They will be climbing in your roofing, so the majority of will be dressed in denim jeans as well as function boots or even sneakers. If the actual service provider seems to be interested in speaking upon his mobile phone during your homes roof compared to he's in evaluating your own roof's requirements, that may be an additional indication that he is not really the main one to do the job. For your lawful protection, be certain that the actual service provider offers sufficient liability insurance.

Roofing Assessment

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Expect that the service provider will be going up in your roofing. In fact, any kind of contractor who not need to increase on your roof to judge the problem should be instantly reduced. Those who are serious about their own function will either make a drawing of your roof's surface area and tag problem areas on it as they undergo their own evaluation, or even they'll consider pictures or even video clip of the surface area while they are up there. This is a very essential action, because it allows you to see just what the troubles are and know how they will be fixed.


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The next phase will be the written estimation. The service provider will take away their loan calculator and are available track of an itemized estimation. Some companies will go to their own truck or even truck and write down the proposal, while some may crunch the numbers for the job prior to you. Once you are given the suggestion, ensure that you comprehend exactly which products will be used, how long the task will take and if you will find any additional or even hidden costs that may occur throughout the repair from the roof. The contractor should be able to answer all of these questions with ease and forewarn a person associated with a additional expenses that might be sustained should the roof's integrity end up being damaged inside.

After you have obtained several created estimates from roofing companies, assess exactly what every organization or even contractor is willing to provide for that cost. Do not always discount the greatest bet, because sometimes the highest bid will in reality function as the contractor who does the task properly. Also, be skeptical associated with prices for bids that are not nearly as expensive others. They may be utilizing inferior items or perhaps be unethical concerning the possibility of hidden expenses. Above all, trust your instincts as well as opt for the service provider who enables you to feel quite comfortable about handing over your hard earned money.


Seven Uyghurs Sentenced to Death


Critics of the sentences say China has politicized the robberies as acts of terrorism.



A Uyghur man walks past armed Chinese security forces in Urumqi, July 17, 2009.

Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered the executions of seven ethnic minority Uyghur men convicted of "violent" crimes, official media said on Wednesday.


The death sentences were handed down by the Supreme People's Court in recent days, according to state media in the regional capital, Urumqi.


The men were accused in connection with three separate attacks late last year in the Silk Road city of Kashgar, according to the news website Urumqi Online.


According to another website, the Xinjiang-based Tianshan news site, Aimaiti Tuheti, Yiming Dawuti, and unnamed "others" killed a security guard at a pedestrian mall as part of a failed Aug. 7 robbery attempt.


In a separate incident on Oct. 12, it said, Nuermaimaiti Aobulikasimu and 11 others broke into a house, bound and killed the couple living in it, and took their possessions.


It said the group also broke into the homes of two brothers, robbed them, and killed six people in a Nov. 11 attack in Kashgar.


The report gave no information about the victims or the schedule for the executions.


Three of the men were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, a sentence that is normally commuted to life imprisonment in China's judicial system.


They were convicted of deliberate homicide and armed robbery by the Kashgar Intermediate People's Court in the first instance.


'Strike hard' campaign


A Han Chinese resident of Urumqi surnamed Yang said a reference to "terrorism" in official news reports on the case showed that it was being politicized by the authorities, who have launched a series of "strike hard" campaigns in Xinjiang following deadly ethnic violence in July 2009.


"There is an implied political meaning; that they were somehow engaged in separatist activities or ethnic divisions," said Yang.


Exile Uyghur groups said the trials had been conducted behind closed doors, with scant opportunity for public scrutiny.


"The entire process against these men, from the trial through to the judgment, was opaque," said Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress.


"There was also very little reasonable evidence to convict them on a legal basis, because all the evidence came from one side of the case," he said.


"We strongly condemn the Chinese government for continuing to pursue their policies of ethnic division," said Raxit.


"We are also strongly opposed to the death penalty in this case."


Earlier cases


Last month, the Supreme Court sentenced four Uyghurs to death for alleged involvement in an Aug. 19 bomb attack in Xinjiang’s western Aksu city.


The World Uyghur Congress pointed to concerns over lack of transparency in those cases too.


The Aksu blast left eight people dead, including two of the bombers, and 15 wounded after a man riding a three-wheeled vehicle threw explosives at a group of uniformed patrolmen. Four Uyghurs were arrested shortly after the attack.


State media characterized the cases as acts of terrorism and unrelated to longstanding ethnic tensions between Uyghurs and Han Chinese in the region.


Exiled Uyghur dissident Rebiya Kadeer has warned that attacks like those in Aksu will continue to occur until Beijing addresses the underlying source of tension in the region.


Millions of Uyghurs—a distinct, Turkic minority who are predominantly Muslim—populate Central Asia and Xinjiang.


Uyghurs say they have long suffered ethnic discrimination, oppressive religious controls, and continued poverty and joblessness despite China's ambitious plans to develop its vast northwestern frontier.


Those frustrations erupted in July 2009 in deadly riots that left nearly 200 people dead, by the Chinese government's tally.


At least 26 people, mostly Uyghurs, were sentenced to death in the aftermath of the riots, many of whom have been executed, according to state media.


China is believed to execute more people each year than the rest of the world’s countries combined, although the government does not publish official figures.


Rights groups say Beijing may execute as many as several thousand prisoners annually.


Chinese authorities blame Uyghur separatists for a series of deadly attacks in recent years and accuse one group in particular of maintaining ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist network.


New training scheme


China on Wednesday also announced a training scheme which places ethnic minority graduates from Xinjiang in work elsewhere in China.


Governments of the destination cities will spend 450 million yuan (U.S.$ 69 million) for the program, while Xinjiang will spend 400 million yuan (U.S.$ 61 million), the official Xinhua news agency reported.


The program targets some 60,000 jobless college graduates in Xinjiang, around 80 percent of whom are from ethnic minorities, and 60 percent of whom are women.


However, some commentators see the move as an attempt to assimilate non-Han Chinese into mainstream Chinese culture.


"From the point of view of ethnic minorities, the graduate work scheme is really taking the cream of youth from the minorities and using them to 'further cultural development,'" wrote one ethnic minority user on a popular microblogging service.


"In fact, the culture that is being advanced is Han culture, and this group of young people will have been totally brainwashed," the microblog update said.


An Urumqi resident surnamed Li agreed.


"They have run senior high school schemes like this before during the past few years," he said.


"Whether it's high-schoolers or graduate training programs, these are measures that are aimed at thought control and brainwashing, and the 'Partification' of their education," he said.


Reported by Qiao Long for RFA's Mandarin service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

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Wikileaks and also the Uyghurs

by holly on Dec Twenty, 2010
Henryk Szadziewski, Supervisor, Uyghur Human Rights Project

If it had been actually in doubt, information acquired through the whistleblower web site, Wikileaks, offers verified Chinese government fears over its continued control of the location it calls Xinjiang, which is also referred to as Eastern Turkestan. The leaked out cables from Ough.S. diplomats demonstrate the extent to which Chinese government bodies attempt to convince government authorities worldwide to adopt it's stance upon problems impacting Uyghurs. The actual cables additionally show the actual United States' concerns and views concerning the on going repressive measures in the area.

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Most lighting of Chinese government pressure are the wires directed to Chinese language anger, or even the specter of Chinese ire, over the release of Uyghur detainees within Guantánamo to 3rd countries. The December Twenty nine, 08 cable applies how Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi fulfilled using the U.S. Ambassador in order to The far east to tone of voice Beijing's powerful competitors associated with release in order to any kind of country other than China, which if the Ough.Utes. do indeed accede to this ask for it would "avoid injury to bilateral relationships and also to cooperation ‘in important areas'". Furthermore, a February '09 cable television explains the way the Chinese language Ambassador in order to Kyrgyzstan, Zhang Yannian, regarded as the actual feasible discharge of Uyghur Guantánamo detainees as "an unfriendly act toward us" and a "slap within the face". The U.Utes. government was firm in not liberating the actual detainees to China demonstrates the extent from the politicized character of the Chinese judicial system. Genuine concerns over terrorism are easy to understand, however in the actual U.Utes. government's observe the detainees would most likely face torture as well as execution when they returned in order to The far east

Chinese language government pressure regarding the actual Uyghur Guantánamo detainees was not just put on the actual Ough.S. federal government, but also to New Zealand along with a number of European government authorities that were thinking about resettlement. Albania, Indonesia as well as Finland, as well as Eu fellow member states just about all appear to have borne the actual brunt associated with Chinese language federal government disappointment. In the case of Indonesia, which was initially prepared to consider two Uyghurs on solely relief grounds, Uyghur Guantánamo cases were much less better than other detainees due to the negative effects taking Uyghurs might have on relations along with China. The Might Eight, '09 cable television applies exactly how "German Ambassador Erina Schaefer documented that Indonesia experienced knowledgeable The far east from the Ough.S. request to simply accept a few Uighur detainees kept at Guantánamo and had already been subsequently cautioned by The far east associated with ‘a large load upon bilateral relations' in the event that Indonesia were to accept any detainees".

The actual diplomatic wires additionally discuss the unrest within Urumchi, the regional funds, within This summer '09. The This summer 13, 2009 cable discussing bulk incidents in China states:

"Ethnic riots like those in Xinjiang This summer 5-7 and in Tibet within 03 of 08 vary substantially in source as well as nature from bulk occurrences, XXXXXXXXXXXX stressed in order to PolOff [Political Officer] on XXXXXXXXXXXX. Each present serious problems for the actual Party, XXXXXXXXXXXX stated, however the Party management wouldn't wait to open fireplace on Uighurs or Tibetans if they deemed it necessary to recover purchase. Bulk occurrences present a different type of threat, he explained, since the leadership is ‘afraid' to fireplace on Han rioters with regard to fear of causing huge public outrage that would change from the Celebration."

This is a relaxing opinion, especially when 1 considers evidence presented in two reports launched this season by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) as well as Amnesty International that detail eyewitness accounts of the use of deadly reside fireplace towards Uyghur protestors in July 2009. In addition, the observation which fire wouldn't be used against Han Chinese protestors has resonances for the various strategy used through Chinese language protection forces within Urumchi to Han Chinese direct orders in September '09. During individuals protests, then Celebration Assistant, Wang Lequan, tackled demonstrators, that had required that he inform them about government responses to security issues. An identical request to satisfy with the Celebration Assistant by Uyghur demonstrators in July wasn't fulfilled.

The broader consequences from the unrest additionally saw a brief dialogue on the impact it might have on Iran-China relationships, as well as on relations along with Sydney after World Uyghur Congress Leader, Microsoft. Rebiya Kadeer, talked in the Nationwide Press Membership in Canberra within July '09. In the second option case, china government "privately warn[ed] a significant Australian bank that vendors the National Push Club to use it's impact to bar a Kadeer talk there".

The actual United States' issues concerning the situation within the Uyghur area are available through in the cables. Inside a discussion on policy path within Tibet, U.Utes. authorities clarify that it will end up being not possible with regard to Chinese frontrunners to adopt the softer collection "if they look like they are doing so below worldwide pressure". The cable dated 04 16, 08, 30 days after the outbreak of unrest in Tibetan regions, additionally relayed the declaration "that household balance continues to be leadership's main concern most of all, which means there'll ‘almost surely' end up being absolutely no relaxation of the present difficult collection on Tibet or perhaps in locations like Xinjiang." The information included in the cable television also storage sheds gentle on the extreme level of sensitivity with which china government views territorial ethics, and also the feasible drip over associated with unrest through Tibet.

The prospect of solutions to stress in Tibet as well as Xinjiang arising from municipal society tend to be debated in a Feb 24, 08 cable television. While recommending that China's economic achievement will increase its resistance to democratic change, the cable television also discusses how Chinese language frontrunners begin to see the usefulness of "a limited expansion of civil society, such as improvements within the guideline of law and a stronger part with regard to authorized religions, NGOs, non profit organizations and other stars within areas that bring about social stability and do not challenge Communist Party rule." This can be a notable change in thinking, which has seen U.Utes. officials market the idea which Chinese language financial improvement, as well as economic relations with China brings about a progressively democratic society; however, much more faith seems to be placed in the grassroots movement compared to one which begins from the best quantity of a Chinese language federal government. Nevertheless, the cable television concludes that "[i]n places for example Tibet as well as Xinjiang, driving a car associated with separatism leads to tight limitations on the growth of municipal society." This approach is viewed as counter-productive by the recognized, who shows that the actual U.Utes. federal government "should still express...serious issues more than Beijing's individual rights report as well as appeal to China's developing consciousness which greater respect for individual rights, spiritual freedom and also the rule of regulation will serve to promote the very improvement as well as social balance that China seeks in addition to to enhance China's worldwide picture." This type of strategy would take considerable diplomatic abilities considering "China's weird concern the Usa privately encourages regime alter as well as ‘separatists' within Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang".

The actual cables offer understanding of the daily business associated with diplomacy that's rarely owned by the general public, which is fascinating to notice the quantity of work carried out nowadays upon Uyghur problems. The significance of the part of the United States like a monitor of Uyghur human privileges problems within private conversations is created clear, as well as contrasts using its sensible public position. Employees of the Uyghur Human Rights Task is comfortable with the pressure the Chinese federal government exerts on Uyghur activists; still, the details associated with Chinese government pressure upon it's counterparts is actually illustrative from the diploma which Chinese language authorities attempt to suppress contrary narratives. With increased facts in the future from Wikileaks, issues more than Uyghurs might not get the actual head lines, however the wires possess get rid of brand new gentle about the documentation of human privileges conditions within the Uyghur area.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wikileaks and also the Uyghur People

by holly on December Twenty, This year
Henryk Szadziewski, Supervisor, Uyghur Human Rights Project

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If it had been actually in doubt, information acquired through the whistleblower web site, Wikileaks, offers confirmed Chinese language government worries over it's ongoing charge of the region it calls Xinjiang, also is known as East Turkestan. The leaked wires through U.Utes. diplomats show the actual degree to which Chinese language government bodies make an effort to convince governments globally to consider its position upon problems affecting Uyghurs. The actual wires also display the actual U . s . States' concerns and sights concerning the ongoing repressive steps in the region.

Most lighting of Chinese government stress are the wires pointing to Chinese language frustration, or even the specter of Chinese language ire, within the discharge of Uyghur detainees in Guantánamo to 3rd nations. A December Twenty nine, 08 cable television applies how Chinese language Helper International Reverend Liu Jieyi met with the Ough.S. Ambassador in order to The far east in order to voice Beijing's strong opposition of launch in order to any kind of nation other than China, and that if the U.S. do certainly accede to this ask for it would "avoid injury to bilateral relationships and also to co-operation ‘in important areas'". Furthermore, a February '09 cable television explains the way the Chinese Ambassador in order to Kyrgyzstan, Zhang Yannian, regarded as the feasible release of Uyghur Guantánamo detainees because "an unfavorable act toward us" and a "slap in the face". The Ough.Utes. federal government stood company in not liberating the detainees to China illustrates the actual degree from the politicized character from the Chinese language judicial system. Legitimate concerns over terrorism are understandable, but in the U.Utes. government's observe the detainees might most likely face torture as well as execution when they came back in order to The far east

Chinese language federal government stress regarding the Uyghur Guantánamo detainees wasn't only put on the actual Ough.S. federal government, but also to New Zealand and a handful of European government authorities which were thinking about resettlement. Albania, Indonesia and Finland, as well as Eu member says just about all appear to have borne the impact associated with Chinese language government disappointment. In the case of Indonesia, which was initially prepared to think about two Uyghurs upon purely relief reasons, Uyghur Guantánamo instances were much less preferable to additional detainees because of the negative effects accepting Uyghurs would have upon relations with The far east. The May 8, '09 cable relates exactly how "German Ambassador Erina Schaefer documented which Indonesia had knowledgeable China from the Ough.Utes. request to simply accept some Uighur detainees kept at Guantánamo and had already been consequently warned by The far east of ‘a heavy burden on bilateral relations' if Germany had been to simply accept any detainees".

The diplomatic wires additionally talk about the actual unrest within Urumchi, the local capital, in July 2009. The This summer Thirteen, '09 cable television talking about bulk incidents within China states:

"Ethnic riots like those who work in Xinjiang This summer 5-7 as well as in Tibet in March associated with 2008 vary substantially within source as well as character from bulk occurrences, XXXXXXXXXXXX stressed in order to PolOff [Political Officer] upon XXXXXXXXXXXX. Each present severe trouble for the actual Celebration, XXXXXXXXXXXX stated, however the Party leadership wouldn't wait to open fireplace upon Uighurs or even Tibetans if they considered this necessary to recover order. Mass incidents present a different kind of threat, he explained, as the leadership is ‘afraid' to fireplace on Han rioters for anxiety about causing huge public outrage that would turn against the Party."

This is a relaxing viewpoint, especially when 1 views the evidence offered by 50 percent reviews released this year through the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and Amnesty Worldwide that fine detail eyewitness company accounts from the use of lethal reside fire towards Uyghur protestors within This summer 2009. In addition, the observation which fire would not be used against Han Chinese protestors offers resonances for that various strategy taken by Chinese language security forces in Urumchi to Han Chinese protests in Sept 2009. Throughout individuals protests, then Party Secretary, Wang Lequan, addressed protesters, that had demanded that he let them know about government reactions to protection issues. An identical ask for to meet using the Celebration Secretary by Uyghur protesters in This summer was not met.

The actual wider consequences from the unrest additionally noticed a short discussion on the effect it might possess on Iran-China relations, and on relations along with Sydney following Globe Uyghur Congress President, Microsoft. Rebiya Kadeer, talked at the National Push Membership in Canberra in August 2009. In the second option situation, the Chinese federal government "privately warn[ed] a major Australian bank that sponsors the National Press Membership to make use of it's influence to block a Kadeer talk there".

The actual United States' issues concerning the situation in the Uyghur area also come via in the cables. Inside a discussion on policy direction within Tibet, Ough.Utes. authorities explain that it'll end up being impossible with regard to Chinese frontrunners to consider a much softer line "if they appear like they are doing this below international pressure". The actual cable television out dated April Sixteen, 2008, 30 days following the episode associated with unrest in Tibetan regions, also relayed the observation "that household balance continues to be leadership's main concern above all else, which means there will ‘almost surely' end up being absolutely no relaxation from the current hard line on Tibet or perhaps in places such as Xinjiang." The information contained in the cable also storage sheds light on the severe sensitivity with which the Chinese government views territorial integrity, and the possible spill over associated with unrest through Tibet.

The chance associated with solutions to stress in Tibet and Xinjiang arising from municipal society tend to be debated in a February 24, 2008 cable. Whilst recommending which China's financial achievement will increase its potential to deal with democratic change, the actual cable additionally discusses exactly how Chinese frontrunners begin to see the usefulness of "a restricted growth of municipal culture, such as enhancements within the guideline associated with law and a stronger part for authorized beliefs, NGOs, non profit organizations and other actors within places that bring about social balance and do not problem Communist Party rule." This is a notable change in thinking, that has seen Ough.Utes. authorities promote the idea which Chinese economic development, and financial relations along with The far east brings about a progressively democratic culture; nevertheless, much more belief seems to be placed in the grassroots motion than one that starts in the top quantity of a Chinese language federal government. Nonetheless, the actual cable concludes that "[i]n places for example Tibet as well as Xinjiang, the fear associated with separatism leads to tighter restrictions about the growth of municipal culture." This method can be regarded as counter-productive by the recognized, who suggests that the Ough.S. federal government "should continue to express...serious issues more than Beijing's human privileges report and appeal to China's growing consciousness which greater regard with regard to individual rights, spiritual independence and also the rule associated with regulation assists to promote the very development and social balance that China seeks in addition to to enhance China's worldwide image." Such a strategy would take considerable diplomatic skills considering "China's paranoid concern that the Usa privately encourages regime alter and ‘separatists' in Taiwan, Tibet as well as Xinjiang".

The actual cables offer insight into the actual every day business of diplomacy that is hardly ever owned by the general public, which is interesting to note the quantity of work carried out behind closed doors upon Uyghur problems. The significance of the part of the us like a monitor associated with Uyghur human rights problems within personal conversations is made obvious, and contrasts using its sensible public stance. The staff from the Uyghur Human Rights Project is comfortable with pressure the Chinese federal government exerts on Uyghur activists; still, the details associated with Chinese government pressure upon it's counterparts is illustrative from the diploma which Chinese language authorities attempt to suppress contradictory stories. With increased revelations to come from Wikileaks, issues over Uyghurs may not get the head lines, but the wires have shed new light about the documentation associated with individual privileges problems within the Uyghur area.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Search Engine Optimization And Article promotion Will Place You On Page 1

Seo and article marketing are a couple of the most powerful strategies that can be used promoting your internet site and get the revenue and success that you need for your online business. These two stuff has been around for any really long time already however they still remain to be really effective. Actually, these have helped a lot of people free themselves from the traditional ways of money-generating options of society.

In this article, I will be showing the ways on how it is possible to properly execute seo and article promotion for the betterment of your business web site. Additionally, I will also be discussing different points you need to look out for if you are using these two online marketing strategies to promote your website and obtain customers. Despite the fact that marketing with articles and Search engine optimisation have been around for a long time already, you need to know that the trends and preferences concerning how they are performed are continually changing, which explains why you should stay up to date with these items through the help of Search engine marketing forum sites to be able to quickly adjust and discover ways to make your strategies more efficient.

In the past article marketing to different web sites used to be so simple yet the effects that they produce for websites really was powerful. However, stuff has changed a lot today. Nowadays submitting the identical article to various websites has stopped being a good suggestion because search engines have now changed with a huge extent in the manner they rank pages. They no longer rank contents that are identical like they used to in the past. This really is one of the best samples of changes that happens to internet marketing trends. This change has given birth to wide plethora of methods that web marketers are using today. Most of internet marketers now produce articles and distribute them in really popular article directories and await targeted traffic arrive at their pages. This is perhaps that most reliable Search engine optimization strategy that you can use. Aside from being effective, this also provides favorable benefits regularly. The only problem using this technique is the caliber of traffic you will get using this won't be so good if you do not do proper keyword research beforehand and rehearse in-links. You first need for carrying on these two things before you decide to submit your posts so that you won't find yourself losing large amounts of targeted prospects. This means that you need to practice good amounts of diligence if you want your advertising initiatives to function.

Apart from articles, you may also use operating a blog, that is another really powerful kind of online marketing strategy today because it is highly popular with google and yahoo. On this technique, it is possible to choose to develop a single blogging site that specifically targets your selected market or you can contribute to other blogs which can be labeled as experts in your niche.

Learn effective Vancouver search engine optimization techniques in the Vancouver SEO website.

Roofing Companies Vancouver BC

There are many things to take into consideration when looking for a roofing contractor. Price tag, experience, and also referrals are a couple of the things you'll likely be concerned about. Keep reading for even other great ideas.

  • Finding a Roofing Contractors

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Before looking for a roofing contractor, be sure you have a basic idea of the job that you need to have inked. By no means is it necessary to be an authority. If you have a Roof Qualification, read it extensively to find the information about your current roof. If you don't have a Ceiling Certificate, reference documents authorized during shutting to locate your homes roof Inspection linen. These papers should provide you with everything you need to learn about your roof. Just before contacting the roofing contractor, you need to have a list of needs and requirements to help you make a decision exactly who works for your roof covering project. Be sure you write down every single potential covering contractor's answers and also check all of them against the other. If you will find any differences, be sure to note this and also take this into consideration when making a final determination. There are no uncomplicated ways to select a roofing contractor, however , if you take pay attention to to the info provided, your odds of a successful covering project are generally greatly enhanced.

One of the best methods for finding a roofing contractor is by person to person. Try inquiring a friend or relative that has had roofer work carried out, and had been satisfied with the job. Get the identify of the organization and his or her contact info. If you have no word of mouth referrals, try first searching in the cell phone book and online. A large advert or extravagant website isn't necessarily an illustration of the quality of work, but tend to be a very good tool regarding measuring just how long and devotion they have put into their respective profession. Furthermore, try discovering current worksites and search at the roofing work that may be done or in the process of getting finished. If you are visually amazed, ask the home manager to the name with the roofing contractor and also their make contact with information.

  • Research

Port Wine / Deep Brown Metal Roof by Advanced Metal Roofing

When looking for the roofing contractors, it is imperative to first do the background research. Acquire the best in the phone directory or on the Internet is a suitable spot to find a builder, finding important information on most of these businesses is going to be found in other areas. First, check with locations like the Better Business Bureau, city, express, and state public records, along with local accreditation agencies. Inquire your roofing contractor if they are an associate of any roofing contractor associations. These kind of precautions will mitigate your own risks. Additionally ask them what sorts of roofing these people specialize in. Also ask your roofing contractor with regards to any extended auto warranties they offer on their own installed rooftops. Find out what safety measures they decide to use avoid damage done to other parts of the home through workers. Products such as gutters, home siding, and fireplaces are close in proximity and therefore susceptible to unintentional damages.

Make sure all of this facts are included in your written contract. Find out if you need a roofing permit and/or agreement from your property owners association ahead of time. These entities will let you know who's responsible for getting these enables and authorizations. If it is the responsibility of the roofer, also have the idea included inside your contract. When it is your responsibility, get stated permits and also permissions collated with the estimated roofing project and possess it plainly posted as well as readily available.

  • Accreditation and Professional references

Roofing Companies are not needed to be licensed in all says. Contact local licensing businesses that govern general construction contractors for any list of needs. Once you have acquired the requirements, build a list of in depth questions to ask your potential roofing contractor. This simple listing should right away help you to get rid of the competent from the not qualified roofing companies. Qualified installers should be able to easily answer questions or tell you that they should do additional research just before giving the definitive reply.

Even if a roofing contractor has all needed licensing, you need to ask to see pictures involving completed roofing jobs as well as speak to happy clients. Have a very list of questions handy to inquire about recent customers, such as the nature of the work, timeliness, and total satisfaction. Make sure these are current clients and cross guide if possible. Regarding commercial roofing, make sure that the actual roofing contractor is bonded. Examining these references is another included measure of safety to narrow down the list associated with potential roofing contractors.

Search engine optimization Through Content creation

Article writing can be a very powerful type of Seo for your company web-site. Quality written articles are able to enhance your websites SERP and add quality for a company website. Writing informative keyword rich articles is crucial in gaining new backlinks to your business website. Articles can and should be written on topics which are unique for a business or industry. The articles can discuss numerous issues and ideas with your industry. Articles that offer people having a resource are always one of the most popular and a lot likely varieties of articles that may lead to backlinks to your website.

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Focus your posts on the potential readers or customers. Seo articles should address real questions which are asked by current or past clients. Each article you're posting to suit your needs company should include detailed analysis and Search engine optimization keywords that can help associate your web site while using content within the website. Focus your articles on around 3 keywords and do not stray from their website. Consistency is very important when writing Seo articles. If you're authoring Vancouver Search engine optimization ensure your still write about information highly relevant to the keyword.

Give every one of your Seo Articles an engaging Title that will persuade folks you just read and bookmark your articles. Ideally, the articles you are writing can be as links from other websites which are just like yours. This one thing can help increase the power of each and every link and definately will assist in your SERP. Be sure to end each article which has a keyword anchored link (see Easy Small company Search engine optimization). This link will help to enhance your rankings on the internet as well as other major search engines like yahoo to the keyword attached to the link. Submit the articles to your free article directory and Voila! Before very long, your internet site could possibly be on the first page of Google.

Thanks for reading. Can't wait to talk to your Search engine optimization articles!

Vancouver Search Engine Optimization Company Aims For Google Places With Overall Achievement

When folks type in searching term searching for a business of their local area, they'll find that Google places and Google maps is showing listings of local businesses. It is very eminent so they can be optimized and from this first page should they desire to generate business. Vancouver SEO companies must be educated of this type for their clients.

There seems to be a great deal of new Vancouver SEO companies starting up, simply because the requirement is there. Finding a search engine firm that has the client's interest at heart might be tedious. The number of keywords will they optimize for? Do you know the keywords as well as the corresponding search volume? Do they learn how to optimize for Google places? And so on. Search engine optimization is the business of landing towards the top and Maxim Edge can get you there.

"My wife and i also started our Vancouver Seo agency by accident. We've got learned over the school of hard knocks and trial and error how to use the web to showcase any business. We began while using website, then this competition, then of course building quality back-links to push an online site up inside rankings. It isn't really pushing a button and watching what happens type of business. It requires a lot of effort, lots of research and many commitment. We work hard for our clients and we are very pleased with a high retention rate." Randy Neale says.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Uyghur People from East Turkestan

In the middle of the desert landscapes of Taklamakan, in the north-western part of China, the land of Xinjiang is a least populated province while it covers close to a sixth with the country's area. Getting resisted during centuries the Han Chinese control, Xinjiang, or Old East Turkestan, fell within the Chinese Han domination in 1949. From then, its population is generally Uyghurs and Turkish - speaking System.

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Islamic especially, the Uyghurs have a solid religious identification which usually, in particular, enabled them to protect a strong big difference towards the Chinese invader. Indeed, the Uyghur Kingdom of Mongolia knew a great civilization, until its absorption by the Mongolian Empire in the XIIIth century.

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While in their own history, the Uyghur People successively adopted Shamanism, Manicheism, Buddhism and the Nestorianism before lastly changing to Islam when the Arab conquerors beat the Chinese in year 751 BC., thus beginning the way to the Islamization of the entire Central Asia.

Under the effect of the religions which they taken on, Uyghur People taken successively, and at times in a competing way, a great number of written forms (turco-runic, brahmi, tokharien, soghdien) before developing their own unique graphic system.

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The coming of Islam was a great modification mainly because it was supported by the assimilation of the Uyghur areas in the immense Turkic and Muslim Empire. Thus, the descendants of Genghis Khan progressively replaced their writing by a Arabo-Persan alphabet, still used nowadays.

If their own writing, their language and their religion mark a real big difference with the tradition of Chinese Han, Uyghur People also are different from their characteristic, so characteristic of Central Asia's people. A matt skin, eyes representing a whole pallet of colors, from black to deep blue, features pointing out to the Mongolian, Turkish or Uzbek origins of these men and these women.

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For a few years, China has integrated the proper identity of these remote people, though they represent only 9 million population - a trifle for this kind of immense country. Thus, the Uyghurs are now part of the fifty six racial minority groups having been well known in an official way by the People's Republic of China.

This statute will allow them a few privileges in a country exactly where their difference is very often repressed. Thus, Uyghur people escape the "single child policy" and their language is recognized as the second official language in Xinjiang.

The integration of the Uyghurs and their culture in the People's Republic of China, however, appears quite illusory. The presence of all-natural resources in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and its proximity with countries recognized as very sensitive, strongly urged the government to increase the sinicization of this area. Million of Han thus came to settle in this new Chinese eldorado, monopolizing the higher responsibility job opportunities.

In response to this true will to assimilate the Uyghur people into the Chinese culture, an independent party like East Turkistan Islamic Movement(ETIM) was born in the early 1990.

Asserting more freedom, but mainly the acceptance of their true identity, this movement was seriously repressed by the power authorities in location Xinjiang.

The events of September 11, 2001, were the perfect occasion for the Chinese government to justify true reprisals: they declared the "Uyghur freedom fighters" as dangerous terrorists linked to Al Quaida because of their Muslim origins and their proximity with Pakistan and Afghanistan... However, the terrible repression which followed did not calm down the anger. The Uyghur population continues today to proudly continue to keep their identity and their tradition , although they become a minority on their own land.

To get more detailed information about the Uyghurs, you can visit a Uyghur website called Uyghur News at http://www.uyghurnews.com

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