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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Google:SEO Summit Recap

SEO Summit Recap

JULY 16, 2012 by RICK KLAU
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from a Jeff Smith, SEO Director of Google Ventures portfolio company Whaleshark Media. Jeff teamed up with us at the Startup Lab to host an SEO Summit for Google Ventures portfolio companies.
At the Google Ventures SEO Summit last month, people were ready to talk shop about something that is critical to most if not all websites: search engine optimization (SEO).
A hallmark of the SEO community has always been sharing insights based on data, tests and practical experience. Since sharing and learning are core to the mission of the Google Ventures Startup Lab, it’s not surprising that the SEO Summit last week complemented the Startup Lab’s regular workshops, which focus more on Google products and startup concerns.
The summit, attended by about 20 people from product, marketing and SEO functions from as many portfolio companies, focused on leveraging the collective SEO experience of all attendees rather than learning from one subject-matter expert. The websites represented were at different stages of maturity in the SEO life cycle, meaning they had different challenges and opportunities. Some companies were grappling with foundations (getting indexed, good page titles) while others were ready for advanced topics (testing, mobile).
Many Google Ventures portfolio companies don’t depend heavily on search to be discovered by their customers. But some, such as Rocket Lawyer andRetailMeNot, have the kind of content that lends itself to consumer demand expressed via search. Over the course of an afternoon, the topics ranged from crawl and indexing to link building in an increasingly social world.
With so many possible angles of SEO to discuss in the startup context, a straw poll focused the summit on the following: testing, measurement of SEO efforts, link building, search and social, and keyword research. Conversations about the first four filled the entire afternoon session, not leaving time for the always-important topic of keyword research. Here’s a brief set of takeaways on the top four topics (sorry, but you had to be there for the detail):
  • Testing: It was agreed that testing was important, though it could be tough to for SEO, depending on the purpose of the test. Optimizely was the most popular testing tool discussed, not for SEO explicitly but for its ease of use and rapid route to results.
  • Measurement of SEO efforts: From Google Webmaster Tools and others that aggregate multiple sources of data (links, rank, social) to Google Analytics, there is significant effort being put into measuring SEO and understanding the landscape. Crawl data seemed to be one area for which the only solution was something built in-house.
  • Link building: This, of course, focused on content. Generating links at scale—by making every piece of content on your site shareable and providing incentives to your contributors to link back to you (leaderboards, etc.) — still came down to having content that users would value enough to share. The most successful link campaigns had other components, including participating in your site’s wider community by bringing data, insights and unique content to the conversation.
  • Social: The link-building conversation easily transitioned to social, with a focus on Google+. Several companies have already seen increased click-through rates from +1 annotated results, which can be monitored inGoogle Webmaster Tools.
We wrapped up the afternoon with a loose commitment to following up in smaller, more focused sessions, possibly in Google+ Hangouts.
With investments in many companies, venture capital firms have an opportunity to leverage the experiences of individual portfolio companies for the benefit of the whole portfolio. When taken with previous Startup Lab sessions on big data, Google Analytics best practicesYouTube for marketers, and website performance optimization, this SEO summit underscores Google Ventures’ commitment to the success of its portfolio.
Thanks to all the members of portfolio companies who participated and to Google Ventures for hosting!
Posted by Jeff Smith, SEO Director of WhaleShark Media

Monday, November 19, 2012

Some 2,000 South Korean volunteers make 140 tonnes of kimchi, a traditional dish of spicy fermented cabbage and radish, in a park outside the metropolitan government building in Seoul. City officials will hand out kimchi to about 14,000 poor households in an event marking the start of the winter season.

Some 2,000 South Korean volunteers make 140 tonnes of kimchi, a traditional dish of spicy fermented cabbage and radish, in a park outside the metropolitan government building in Seoul. City officials will hand out kimchi to about 14,000 poor households in an event marking the start of the winter season.

US President Obama hails Burma's 'remarkable journey'

Burma is on a "remarkable journey" of reform that has much further to go, Barack Obama said as he made the first visit to the South East Asian nation by a serving US president.

A desire for change had been met by an agenda of reform, he said, and he was there to extend a "hand of friendship".
But, in a speech at Rangoon University, he urged Burmese people to accept Muslim Rohingyas after recent violence.
Crowds of people, some waving US flags, lined the streets as he arrived.
The visit was intended to show support for the reforms put in place by Thein Sein's government since the end of military rule in November 2010.
Activists have warned that the visit may be too hasty - political prisoners remain behind bars and ethnic conflicts in border areas are unresolved.
On Monday another prisoner amnesty was announced, with about 50 of the 66 inmates freed reportedly political detainees. About 200 political prisoners remain behind bars, activists say.

The highlight of his visit was a speech at Rangoon University, which was at the heart of pro-democracy protests in 1988 that were violently suppressed by the military regime.
Addressing students, he said America would help to rebuild Burma's economy and could be a partner on its journey forward.
Referring to his 20 January 2009 inauguration speech in which he pledged the US would extend a hand to any country that was willing to unclench its fist, he said: "Today I've come to keep my promise and extend the hand of friendship.
"But this remarkable journey has just begun, and has much further to go.

Sanctions relaxed
Thein Sein's government came to power after widely criticised polls in November 2010 that saw military rule replaced with a military-backed civilian government.
Since then - to the surprise of many - his administration has embarked on a reform process. Many - but not all - political prisoners have been freed, censorship has been relaxed and some economic reforms enacted.
Ms Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest shortly after the polls. Her NLD party, which boycotted the elections, has since rejoined the political process. It now has a small presence in parliament after a landslide win in by-elections deemed generally free and fair in April.
In response to the reforms, many Western nations have relaxed sanctions against Burma and begun a process of engagement.
But rights groups have cautioned against a rush to embrace the South East Asian nation, warning that political prisoners remain behind bars and ethnic conflicts are unresolved.
After visiting Burma, Mr Obama headed to Cambodia to join a meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations, in a trip that underlines the shift in US foreign policy focus to the Asia-Pacific region.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Formation of Acid Rain

Formation of Acid Rain

In the wake of development of major environmental problems like global warming, the issue of acid rains remains a bit neglected. Acid rains have destroyed forests, damaged buildings and also caused health problems. The only solution to resolve this problem is reducing industrial and automobile emissions. Instances of acid rains have increased after the onset of Industrial Revolution. John Evelyn, an Englishman however, noted that acid rains had occurred in as early as 17th century. Studying more about formation of acid rains should educate us about the underlying chemical processes involved in this phenomenon.

Acid Rain Formation

The formation of acid rain takes place as a result of many interrelated processes and chemical reactions. However, a short explanation of this phenomenon would be as follows: reaction of nitrogen and sulfur oxides with moisture in the atmosphere forms acid rains. Precipitation of these gases takes place in the form of sulfuric and nitric acids. The acid rains occur when oxides of sulfur and nitrogen come in contact with water. Industries and volcanoes are prime sources of sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Other factors that contribute considerably to the problem are automobile emissions, lightning and forest fires.

Chemical Reactions in Acid Rain Formation
A series of complex reactions take place in the process of acid rain formation. Before getting into the details of chemical reactions, take a look the Buzzle article on causes and effects of acid rains.

Oxidation of SO2
In this process, sulfur dioxide reacts with OH (hydroxyl radical) to form HOSO2. Immediately after this intermediate process, HOSO2 reacts with oxygen; this reaction leads to the formation of water and sulfur trioxide. These reactions can be depicted in a better manner with formulas presented below.


HOSO2 + O2 → SO3 + H2O

Sulfur Trioxide Converts to Sulfuric Acid
The reaction of sulfur trioxide with water forms sulfuric acid.

SO2 + H2O → H2SO3

Nitric Acid Formation
Formation of nitric acid takes place from the reaction between nitrogen dioxide and hydroxyl radical. This reaction can be depicted as below.

NO2 + OH → HNO3

All the reactions illustrated above take place in the gaseous form. Reactions which take place in humid atmosphere are different from that in a dry atmosphere. Continue reading to known more about the chemical processes which take place in liquid state (i.e., inside the clouds). Hydrogen dioxide reacts with water molecules and enters into a series of reactions presented below.

SO2 (g) + H2O is in equilibrium with SO2·H2O

SO2·H2O is in equilibrium with H+ + HSO3

HSO3 is in equilibrium with H+ + SO32−

The acid rains occur in two different forms i.e., wet and dry. The wet acid rains occur as a result of precipitation of acids contained in clouds. Snowfall and rainfall are the two forms of wet acid rains. In dry acids, the gases containing sulfur and nitrogen compounds deposit on the surface of plants, buildings and ground surface. When dry acids get washed off the ground surface by rainwater, dry deposition takes place.

Volcanoes and Acid Rains
Acids formed the by emission of volcanic ash and other materials have a pH of around 4. The acid rain which result from these emissions have a corrosive effect. Sources of drinking water too, are polluted by the occurrence of acid rains. The pH of acids precipitated by emissions of the infamous Poas Volcano is 2. Acid rains caused by this volcano are responsible for health problems and destruction of forests; irritation of eyes and lungs also is caused by these rains.

Understanding the process of formation of acid rains is important since it is one of the major environmental problems. Acid rains are considered to be far more dangerous than other environment issues because of the damage they cause. We should all try our bit to reduce air pollution through judicious use of petrol and other fuels.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Iberia to cut 4,500 jobs under IAG restructuring plan

British Airways-owner IAG has announced 4,500 job cuts at Iberia as part of a widely anticipated restructuring of the Spanish carrier.
Iberia is cutting its 156-strong fleet by 25 aircraft, and reducing 15% of its network capacity, with the airline focusing on the most profitable routes.
The plan aims to stem Iberia's cash losses by mid-2013, and raise profits by at least 600m euros ($766m; £479m).
The drop was due to the poor performance at Iberia and at the recently-purchased UK regional airline BMI, as well as rising fuel, operating and engineering costs.
"The group performance is coming back to the levels seen in 2011 and this is particularly true if you strip out the BMI losses of 31m euros in the quarter," said IAG chief executive Willie Walsh.
"However, there remains a strong difference between the performances of British Airways and Iberia."
The parent company said it now expected to make an overall operating loss of 120m euros for the year - excluding any costs associated with the Iberia restructuring - with further losses likely in the remaining three months due to the impact of storm Sandy in the US.
Its pre-tax losses for the first nine months of the year have now reached 169m euros, compared with a 355m-euro profit in the same period last year.

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Time is not on our side”
Rafael Sanchez-LozanoIberia chief executive
'Bleak' future
Iberia has been suffering record losses, and IAG flagged up three months ago that job cuts were likely to come.
"Iberia is in a fight for survival," said the Spanish subsidiary's chief executive, Rafael Sanchez-Lozano. "It is unprofitable in all its markets.
"Unless we take radical action to introduce permanent structural change, the future for the airline is bleak."
The 4,500 job losses are not as steep as the 7,000 figure that reportedly had been expected by the airline's unions.
IAG said the restructuring would safeguard 15,500 posts at the airline.
However, the restructuring plan also includes "permanent salary adjustments to achieve a competitive and flexible cost base".
The airline has set a deadline of 31 January next year to reach agreement with unions over the cuts.
"Time is not on our side," said Mr Sanchez-Lozano, claiming that:

'Playing hard ball'
On Wednesday, IAG released its latest passenger figures for October, which showed that traffic rose by 6.2% at British Airways from a year earlier, while at Iberia traffic was down 3.7%.
The airline's woes in part stem from the weakness of the eurozone economy, including a sharp downturn in its Spanish home market. However, according to Mr Sanchez-Lozano, the airline's problems are also "systemic and pre-date the country's problems".
The cost of the restructuring will be borne by Iberia itself, IAG said, and by implication will not be subsidised by the more profitable British Airways.
"IAG and Iberia are now playing hardball with Spanish unions," said Keith Bowman, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers.
"As a global industry, airlines and governments are unable to duck the issue of labour competitiveness."
Iberia's loss contrasts with the success of budget airline Ryanair, which raised its full-year profit forecast earlier in the week by 20%.
"Consumer demand for low-priced fares continues to apply pressure across the industry, with flexible labour laws now lying at the heart of the issue," added Mr Bowman.
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Citigroup's Vikram Pandit to receive $15m

Former Citigroup chief executive Vikram Pandit, who stood down last month, will get more than $15m (£9.4m) as part of a settlement with the banking giant.
John Havens, the chief operating officer who resigned at the same time, will receive a similar amount.
The payments were disclosed in filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission late on Friday.
At the time of the resignations there were reports of disagreements with investors over Citi's strategy.
Mr Pandit's payments include $6.65m for incentive pay for work in 2012 and deferred stock and cash incentive awards valued at $8.83m.
Mr Havens' payments include $6.79m for 2012 and $8.73m worth of deferred stock and cash incentive awards for work in 2011 and 2008.
"Vikram and John made significant contributions to Citi during their five years of service," Citigroup chairman Michael O'Neill said in statement included in the filing.
Mr Pandit resigned on 15 October, a day after Citi reported an 88% drop in quarterly profits to $468m.
In a conference call at the time, Citi chairman Michael O'Neill said Mr Pandit's departure was not due to any "strategic, regulatory or operating issue".
He added: "Vikram offered his resignation and the board accepted it."

UK to end financial aid to India by 2015

Support worth about £200m ($319m) will be phased out between now and 2015 and the UK's focus will then shift to offering technical assistance.
Ms Greening said the move, which will be popular with Tory MPs, reflected India's economic progress and status.
Giving his reaction, India's foreign minister Salman Khurshid said: "Aid is the past and trade is the future."
But charities described the move as "premature" and warned it would be the poorest who suffered.
Until last year, when it was overtaken by Ethiopia, India was the biggest recipient of bilateral aid from the UK, receiving an average of £227m a year in direct financial support over the past three years.
But the UK's support for India, one of the world's fastest-growing economies, has been a cause of concern among Conservative MPs, many of whom believed that the UK should not be giving money to a country which has a multi-million pound space programme.
Ministers have defended the level of financial help in the past on the basis of the extreme poverty that remains in rural areas and historical colonial ties between the two countries.
Ms Greening has been conducting a review of all financial aid budgets since taking over the role in September and visited India earlier in the week to discuss existing arrangements.

'Hitting the vulnerable'
Labour MP Keith Vaz, a former chair of the Indian-British parliamentary group, said the government needed to reassure its Indian counterpart that their bilateral relationship was still a priority.
"Although undoubtedly India has progressed in the past 20 years, there are still an estimated 360 million people surviving on less than 35 pence per day," he said.
"In withdrawing our aid to India, which will clearly only affect the most vulnerable, we need to see the minister's plan for how she will work with other organisations to make sure the gaps we are creating will be filled."
War on Want, which campaigns to end global poverty, said aid should not just stop because India had become a middle-income country.
Financial support needed to be "smarter" and geared towards supporting "progressive movements" capable of bringing about political change and tackling growing inequality, the pressure group said.
The UK government is increasing the overall overseas development budget to meet a longstanding international commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aid.
At the same time, it wants to re-align its expenditure to focus on the poorest countries and those scarred by recent conflict.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

America celebrates Obama's victory:2012

Barack Obama won a second term in office overcoming the challenge from his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. A look at the celebrations that followed

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to supporters after his victory speech at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

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