Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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How did he do it? With YouTube, that’s how. Kissed in his cradle by the witch of the Web, Justin was throwing up little promo reels by the time he was 12. Singing a Brian McKnight song into the bathroom mirror. Or sitting on some municipal steps somewhere, busking mightily about the Lord: “You’re my God and my Fa-ther!” he bellows through the legs of passersby, the wooden body of his guitar reverberating with his shouts. ...

Bieber wasn’t from the Disney factory, and he didn’t have a show on Nickelodeon, so the marketing plan was skewed toward his already established constituency in social media: lots of Facebooking and YouTubing and sugary tweets to his millions-strong Twitter army.

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Dirty Percent

It’s not hard to make the case that Apple’s new in-app subscription system offers numerous benefits to users, developers, and publishers. But whatever those benefits, they stem from the mere existence of these new subscription APIs. What’s controversial is the size of Apple’s cut: 30 percent.

No one is arguing that Apple shouldn’t get some cut of in-app purchases that go through iTunes. And, if Apple were taking a substantially smaller cut, there would be substantially fewer people objecting to Apple’s rules (that subscription-based publishing apps must use the system; that they can’t link to their external sign-up web page from within the app; and that they must offer in-app subscribers the same prices available outside the app).

The reasonable arguments against Apple’s policies seem to be:

  • Apple should be taking less, perhaps far less, than 30 percent.

  • Apple should not require subscription-based apps to use the in-app subscription APIs. If it’s a good deal for publishers, they’ll choose to use the system on their own.

  • Apple should not require price-matching from subscription offers outside the app. Publishers should be allowed to charge iOS users more money to cover Apple’s cut.

  • Apple should consider business models that simply can’t afford a 70/30 revenue split.

Let’s consider these in reverse order.

Apple Should Consider Business Models That Can’t Afford a 70/30 Revenue Split

Apple doesn’t give a damn about companies with business models that can’t afford a 70/30 split. Apple’s running a competitive business; competition is cold and hard. And who exactly can’t afford a 70/30 split? Middlemen. It’s not that Apple is opposed to middlemen — it’s that Apple wants to be the middleman. It’s difficult to expect them to be sympathetic to the plights of other middlemen.

Some of these apps and services that are left out might be ones that iOS users enjoy, though. This is the leading argument for how this new policy will in fact hurt users, and, as a result, Apple itself: it’ll drive good apps off the platform. Frequently mentioned examples: Netflix and Kindle. For all we know, though, Netflix may well be fine with this policy. Apple would only get a 30 percent cut of new subscriptions that go through the Netflix iOS app, and that might be a bounty Netflix can live with in exchange for more subscribers. Keep in mind, too, that Netflix and Apple seemingly get along well enough that Netflix is built into the Apple TV system software.

Kindle, and e-book platforms in general, are a different case. For one thing, Kindle doesn’t use subscriptions. Kindle offers purchases. Presumably, given Apple’s rejection of Sony’s e-book platform app last month, Apple is going to insist on the same rules for in-app purchases through apps like Kindle as they do for in-app subscriptions. If so, something’s got to give. The “agency model” through which e-books are sold requires the bookseller to give the publisher 70 percent of the sale price. So if the publisher gets 70 and Apple gets 30, that leaves a big fat nothing for Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or Kobo, or anyone else selling books through native iOS apps — other than iBooks, of course.

But leaving aside the revenue split, there are technical limitations as well. The existing in-app purchasing system in iOS has a technical limit of 3,500 catalog items. I.e. any single app can offer no more than 3,500 items for in-app purchase. Amazon has hundreds of thousands of Kindle titles.

Something’s got to give here. I don’t know what, but there must be more news on this front coming soon. I don’t believe Apple wants to chase competing e-book platforms off the App Store.

Apple Should Not Require Price Matching

Why not allow developers and publishers to set their own prices for in-app subscriptions? One reason: Apple wants its customers to get the best price — and, to know that they’re getting the best price whenever they buy a subscription through an app. It’s a confidence in the brand thing: with Apple’s rules, users know they’re getting the best price, they know they’ll be able to unsubscribe easily, and they know their privacy is protected.

Credit card companies insist on similar rules: retailers pay a processing fee for every credit card transaction, but the credit card companies insist that these fees not be passed on to the customer. Customers pay the same price as they would if they used cash — which encourages them to use their credit card liberally. (Going further, many charge cards offer cash back on each purchase — they can do this because the cash-back percentage refunded to the customer is less than the transaction processing fee paid by the retailer.)

So the same-price rule is good for the user, and good for Apple. But Matt Drance argues that Apple could dissipate much of this subscription controversy by waiving this rule:

The requirement that IAP content be offered “at the same price
or less than it is offered outside the app,” combined with the
70/30 split, means developers must make less money off of iOS by
. They can’t price their IAP content higher to offset
the commission, nor can they price their own retail content lower.

If I am interpreting this correctly, I can’t bring myself to see
it as reasonable. […] I think a great deal of this drama could
go away if Apple dropped section 11.13 while keeping section
11.14: Your prices on your store are your business; just don’t
be a jerk and advertise the difference all over ours.

And I agree with him. Yes, the same-price rule is good for users and for Apple, but waiving this rule wouldn’t be particularly bad for users or for Apple, either — and it would give publishers some freedom to experiment.

I suspect one reason Apple won’t budge is that their competitors — like Amazon — insist on best-price matching.

Apple Should Not Require Apps to Offer In-App Subscriptions

I’m sympathetic to this argument, too. “If you don’t like our terms, don’t use our subscription system.” But it has occurred to me that this entire in-app subscription debate mirrors the debate surrounding the App Store itself back in 2008 — that 30 percent was too large a cut for Apple to take, that it shouldn’t be mandatory, etc. The same way many developers wanted (and still want) a way to sell native iOS apps on their own, outside the App Store, many publishers now want a way to sell subscriptions on their own, outside the App Store.

The fact is, the App Store is an all-or-nothing affair. You play by Apple’s rules or you stick to web apps through Mobile Safari. This alternative is no different for periodical publishers than it was (and remains) for app developers in general. A lot of these demands boil down to a desire for more autonomy for native iOS app developers. Apple has never shown any interest in that.

There’s one striking difference between the subscription controversy today and the App Store controversy in 2008: with subscriptions, Apple is taking away the ability to do something that they previously allowed. There was never a supported way to install native apps for iOS before the App Store. Subscriptions sold outside the App Store, on the other hand, were allowed until last month.

Apple Should Be Taking Less, Possibly Far Less, Than 30 Percent

Another difference between the App Store itself and in-app subscriptions is that with apps, Apple hosts and serves the downloads. Apple covers the bandwidth, even for gargantuan gigabyte-or-larger 99-cent games. The OS handles installation.

With in-app subscriptions (and purchases), however, the app developer is responsible for hosting the content, and for writing the code to download, store, and manage it. So — one reasonable argument goes — given that Apple is doing less for subscription content than it does for apps (or for music and movies purchased through iTunes), Apple should take less of the money.

Taken further, the argument boils down to this: that for in-app subscriptions and purchases, Apple is serving only as a payment processer — and thus, a reasonable fee for transactions would be in the small single digits — 3, 4, maybe 5 percent, say. More or less something along the lines of what PayPal charges.

Apple, I think it’s clear, doesn’t see it this way. Apple sees the entire App Store, along with all native iOS apps, as an upscale, premium software store: owned, controlled, and managed like a physical shopping mall. Brick and mortar retailers don’t settle for a single-digit cut of retail prices; neither does the App Store.

Seth Godin argues that Apple’s 30 percent cut is too big to allow publishers to profit:

Except Apple has announced that they want to tax each subscription
made via the iPad at 30%. Yes, it’s a tax, because what it does is
dramatically decrease the incremental revenue from each
subscriber. An intelligent publisher only has two choices: raise
the price (punishing the reader and further cutting down
readership) or make it free and hope for mass (see my point above
about the infinite newsstand). When you make it free, it’s all
about the ads, and if you don’t reach tens or hundreds of
thousands of subscribers, you’ll fail.

Godin’s logic strikes me as questionable. For one thing, he freely switches between a newsstand metaphor (arguing, perhaps accurately, that the App Store is too large for publishers to gain attention from potential readers in the first place — you won’t read what you never notice) and the economics of subscriptions. But subscribers are the opposite of newsstand readers. Newsstand readers are buying a single copy, often on impulse. Subscribers are readers who are already hooked, and who know what they want. Put another way, the size of Apple’s cut of subscription revenue — whether it were higher or lower — has no bearing on the “attention at the newsstand” problem.

Second, the problem facing traditional publishers today is that circulation is falling. Newsstand sales and subscriptions are falling, under pressure from free-of-charge websites and other forms of digital content. The idea with Apple’s 70-30 revenue split is that developers and publishers can make it up in volume — that people aren’t just somewhat more willing to pay for content through iTunes than other online content stores, they are far more willing. The idea is that Apple has cracked a nut no one else1 has — they’ve created an ecosystem where hundreds of millions of people are willing to pay for digital content. Thus, potentially, publishers won’t just make more money keeping only 70 percent of subscription fees generated through iOS apps than they are now with 96 percent (or whatever they’re left with after payment processing fees) of subscription fees they’re selling on their own — they stand to make a lot more money.

I’m not guaranteeing or even predicting that it’s going to work out that way. I’m just saying that’s Apple’s proposition.

Godin’s assumption is that iOS in-app subscriptions won’t significantly increase the number of subscribers. If he’s right about that, then he’s right that Apple’s 30 percent cut will prove too expensive for publishers. But Apple’s bet is that in-app subscriptions can dramatically increase the number of subscribers. Consider the app landscape. Apple’s 30 percent cut didn’t drive the price of paid apps up — the nature of the App Store drove prices down. It’s a volume game.

The App Store itself proves that Apple might be right. Like with app sales, in-app subscriptions won’t work for every publication. But it could work for many. It really is possible to make it up in volume.

And if a 70-30 split for in-app subscription revenue doesn’t work, the price will come down. That’s how capitalism works. You choose a price and see how it goes. I’ll admit — when the App Store launched in 2008, I thought Apple’s 70-30 split was skewed too heavily in Apple’s favor. Not that it was wrong in any moral sense, but that it was wrong in a purely economic sense: that it might be more than developers would be willing to bear. Apple, clearly, has a better sense about what prices the market will bear than I (and, likely, you) do.

Competition vs. Anti-Competition

One last argument I’ve seen regarding these in-app subscription rules is that it’s further evidence of anti-competitive behavior from Apple. That makes sense only if you consider iOS to be the entire field of play. Apple, though, is competing at a higher level. They’re competing between platforms: iOS vs. Kindle/Amazon vs. Android/Google vs. Microsoft, and in some ways, vs. the free web. Why should publishers make an app rather than just a mobile web site? For happier customers and more money.

Sony has a platform for e-books. Amazon has a platform for e-books. Barnes & Noble has a platform for e-books. Apple has a platform for e-books. But Apple is the only one which allows its competitors to have apps on its devices. And Apple is the anti-competitive one? I’m no lawyer, but if the iTunes Music store hasn’t yet been deemed a monopoly with Apple selling 70+ percent of digital music players, then I doubt the App Store will be deemed a monopoly for a market where Apple has never been — and, according to market share trends, may never be — the top-selling smartphone maker, let alone own a majority of the market, let alone own more than a single-digit sliver of the phone market as a whole. As for ruthless profiteering, consider that Amazon, with their e-book publishing, originally took the fat end of a 70-30 revenue split with authors.

One question I’ve been asked by several DF readers who object to Apple’s new in-app subscription and purchasing policies goes like this: What if Microsoft did this with Windows, and, say, tried to require Apple to pay them 30 percent for every purchase made through iTunes on Windows? To that, I say: good luck with that. Microsoft couldn’t make such a change by fiat. The whole premise of Windows (and other personal computer systems) is that it is open to third-party software. Apple couldn’t just flip a switch and make Mac OS X a controlled app console system like iOS — they had to introduce the Mac App Store as an alternative to traditional software installation. If Microsoft introduced something similar to the Mac App Store for Windows, Apple would simply eschew it. If Microsoft were to mandate an iOS App Store-like total control policy for all Windows software, they’d have a revolt in their user base that would make Vista look like a success.

iOS isn’t and never was an open computer system. It’s a closed, controlled console system — more akin to Playstation or Wii or Xbox than to Mac OS X or Windows. It is, in Apple’s view, a privilege to have a native iOS app.

This is what galls some: Apple is doing this because they can, and no other company is in a position to do it. This is not a fear that in-app subscriptions will fail because Apple’s 30 percent slice is too high, but rather that in-app subscriptions will succeed despite Apple’s (in their minds) egregious profiteering. I.e. that charging what the market will bear is somehow unscrupulous. To the charge that Apple Inc. is a for-profit corporation run by staunch capitalists, I say, “Duh”.

If it works, Apple’s 30-percent take of in-app subscriptions will prove as objectionable in the long run as the App Store itself: not very.

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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What is your social media brand? Do you have one? Sure, many small business owners and entrepreneurs are coming around to the enormous importance of social media as a marketing, customer service, and, yes, even sales tool. But if you haven’t thought about how social media can define your brand, you are probably missing a HUGE part of what social media tools can do for your business. Here’s more…

Tools & Techniques

Creating a great brand with these blog tools. Tools that improve the look and functionality of your blog also improve your brand. A well-maintained small business blog is one of the most obvious and least expensive branding tools at the entrepreneur’s disposal even more so than social media channels like Facebook and Twitter because of how a blog can be customized to fit your needs and personality. This list of tools is a great way to start. EpicLaunch

What Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi can teach you about social media. One of the stars of the hit reality show “Jersey Shore”, “Snooki” is a perfect example of personal brand, but social media entrepreneurs could also learn much about building their own online presence from Snooki. Being yourself and using a simple, short tag to indelibly brand your identity are also great techniques in social media. One site is already trying to apply the starlets techniques in the social media space. Brand-Yourself

Tito Philips doesn’t want your comments on his blog! At least, not if they’re the wrong kind. And the wrong kind would be comments left for no other purpose than to get the blogger and his/her readers to visit your blog and perhaps comment on it in return. Why is comment trading bad? Don’t get Tito started! There are many ways to engage in social media marketing. Be sure you understand and respect some of the attitudes you may face. Blogging Bookshelf  

News & Trends

The best of the best. Want to get a look at arguably the 20 best Facebook fan pages for business on the planet? By now you should know the value of a Facebook fan page to your branding efforts. What’s also true, however, is that not all Facebook sites are created equal. If you want to take your social media marketing to the next level, have a look at this list of cream of the crop sites. Inc.com

Even churches use social media marketing! In this article on the growing market for tech services among religious organizations, we learn that many churches have also already entered into the social media space. As houses of worship, particularly huge mega-churches, expand and build congregations, it’s easy to see how social media can work as a marketing tool here as well. Is your religious organization using social media for branding? WSJ

Tips & Tricks

20 tips that will make you a Twitter star. Among the tools popular in the new digital space is Twitter. The microblogging platform can be used for business or non-business purposes and it can be the key to your small business’s success. Learn how to use Twitter like a pro and you may be surprised at the benefits your small business gains as a result. Global Copywriting

Valuable lessons in social media. Gary Vaynerchuk, author of The Thank You Economy and a successful social media entrepreneur in his own right, has many insights to share with small business leaders seeking a new way to define their brands in an age of social communications. Read some of the takeaways Vaynerchuk shares with those trying to define their businesses with social media. E-Marketing Associates

Success Stories

Doubt the power of FB to create brand for almost anyone? You won’t after you read the story of Princeton English Professor Jeff Nunokawa and “Jeffbook”, a collection of 3,221 brief literary essays on Facebook, that have created an incredible cult status for Nunokawa in the process. His motivation? Not too different from those of most marketers. Nunokawa simply started sharing where he knew his audience already spent lots of their time. The results speak for themselves. Fast Company

Increase exposure with niche social media. Blogger Mavis Nong talks about the importance of niche social media sites including social bookmarking sites as a key method of creating exposure for your online business. Mavis talks about her experience with our sister site BizSugar.com (thanks for the shout out! ) and explains how smaller more focused social sites can sometimes have a surprising impact even larger than the big guys. Attraction Marketing Online


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What’s affecting me, my clients and other small-business owners this week.

THE QUAKE IN JAPAN, A GOOFBALL IN VENEZUELA Japanese earthquake damage is estimated at $310 billion and could be the costliest natural disaster ever. Japanese exports suffer. Kate Rogers of Fox revisits how to protect your business from catastrophe. “Small-business owners can determine if they should be seeking disaster coverage by weighing their investment in the business itself, among other factors. If the business is the sole form of income, the risk is much greater than if it is a hobby or part-time project.” Elsewhere around the world, the war industry gets a boost in Libya. And Hugo Chávez of Venezuela says capitalism may have destroyed life on Mars.

REAL ESTATE FALLS, JOBS RISE Mark Thoma says commodity prices are increasing because of world demand. A small-business owner in Georgia is trying not to pass on the cost of high gas prices. Detroit’s population declines 25 percent. Existing-home sales fall to the lowest on record. Meredith Whitney, an investment adviser, says, “Unless the government comes out with a 50-year mortgage, this market is in trouble longer term.” Gallup’s job-creation index is the highest since September 2008. Durable goods orders fall.

ANNE HATHAWAY AND WARREN BUFFETT The Fed earns $79 billion and predicts that the recovery is taking hold. Nonetheless, one of its officials warns that the United States is approaching insolvency. Meanwhile, Warren E. Buffett predicts growth but some think his company’s stock is buoyed by Anne Hathaway. Household balances sheets continue to improve. Scott Grannis says “the Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey came in very strong. It hasn’t been this strong since the economic boom times of the early 1980s. It’s very difficult to ignore the mounting evidence of a strong economic recovery.” Architect billings increased slightly in February.

DEFICIT THRILLS The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is thrilled to see 64 senators calling for comprehensive deficit reduction. But Stan Collender, a budget expert, isn’t thrilled at all: “Does a letter that is so vanilla that it could have been written at any time over the past 40 years really indicate any movement on the current budget debate?” James Pethokoukis of Reuters says he thinks President Obama’s budget is wildly dangerous.

A NEW DEFINITION OF SMALL BUSINESS Timothy F. Geithner says that American small businesses need greater access to capital to spur innovation. The Small Business Administration, facing even more cuts, is for the first time in more than 25  years proposing to change the way it defines small businesses. JPMorgan Chase says it will cease its debit card rewards program because of new legislation that would restrict fees. Missouri gets $27 million in incentives for small-business growth. The Small Business Savings Account Act makes its way through Congress.

TAKING CREDIT The health care legislation celebrates its first anniversary and Ezra Klein defends it by saying, “Is it a perfect piece of legislation? Not even close. Will everything work as expected? Almost certainly not. But for all its flaws, it’s a good law. And it’s worth trying.” Many small businesses are still not taking advantage of the health care tax credit.

TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES A Google project manager pitches cloud computing: “Web-based software is much less costly for buyers than traditional software, and programmers can be so much more innovative, that it’s worthwhile for an entrepreneur to say, O.K., let’s start from scratch.” Paul Mah, an information technology expert, gives us eight reasons to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9. Firefox 4 is released. Microsoft jumps to second in video search and introduces a new PC tool for small business. Netflix suffers an outage. BlackBerry’s tablet is scheduled to arrive in April. AT&T buys T-Mobile but not for the reason you think. And boy. has computer technology come a long way in 10 years.

THE GROWING APPS MARKET Information Week reports that 38 percent of small- and medium-size businesses depend on mobile apps. Amazon introduces an Android app store, and Apple is not pleased. Minda Zetlin of Inc. asks if you should make a tablet app for your business: “The answer is likely a yes if one, your product or service is one where having tablet access could benefit customers; and two, your customers are the type who use tablets.” Just in time: a flood of royal wedding apps.

SPEAKING OF THE BIG WEDDING General Electric releases a much-needed William and Kate refrigerator. Jack Daniels introduces a new product — perhaps to help us forget the royal wedding. Danny Wong gives us three winning ideas to consider. A dating site features a new single man every day. Score plans an e-business learning Web site for small business. Small Business Television is rebranding itself and has introduced a new Web site. Small Business Opportunities magazine is doing the same. A small business introduces its first electric car. Sales of e-books have doubled. The group buying industry is projected to grow to $2.7 billion this year.

TWITTER’S TAX BREAKS Casey Hibbard explains how one company used social media to make $300,000 in a weekend. Robert Scoble discovers the future of work: “Just when we thought we figured out the new ’social enterprise’ market along comes Convofy.” Twitter shows San Francisco’s businesses how to save a bundle on taxes. A one-legged wrestler shows us how to become a national champ.

IT’S GOOD TO BE GREEN A woman in Canada gets a standing ovation for being green. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce holds its green marketing event on Wednesday. The Clinton Global Initiative holds its university conference this week with a focus on entrepreneurship and a live webcast.

ADVICE FOR SXSW: HAND OUT PILLOWS The Global Entrepreneurship Congress meets in Shanghai this week. April 2 is International Pillow Fight Day. The South By Southwest conference: as seen from a bunch of social media video bloggers — which is yet another reason I won’t attend next year. American Airlines offers a big promo for California business travelers. John Jantsch wants to know the worst business advice you ever received. A third-base coach gives life advice.

SEARCHING FOR HELP WITH SEARCH An American Express survey finds that more than half of small-business owners say they need help with search-engine marketing. A video about why it’s not important to go viral goes viral. Dharmesh Shah shares a few low-cost advertising ideas for start-ups and cautions readers to “think of advertising not as a long-term traffic strategy but as a testing tool to improve your Web site and find out more about your ideal visitor.” An advertising blog discusses how to develop a relationship with the media. Lucy Thornton comes up with a few good marketing themes for April.

A 100-MILLION-MEMBER NETWORK LinkedIn officially reaches 100 million members. Seems like a good time to read the co-founder’s 10 rules for entrepreneurial success.

TRIED TALKING? Whitson Gordon of Lifehacker gives us his top 10 tricks for working while on the go. Example: “Whether it’s that old, dead iPod or the smartphone you’re already carrying with you, you probably have gigs of unused storage lying around waiting to be filled with portable apps, files and other digital travel necessities.” Melanie Brooks of Workawesome.com explains why she uses a leather day planner instead of a smartphone. Greg Schinkel warns against hiding behind our keyboards: “Before you hit ‘reply to all’ and send back a zinger to someone who maligned you, stop and go talk to the person.”


BEST WAY TO GET YOUR CUSTOMERS TO LOVE YOU Ben Yoskovitz talks about the benefits of delighting your customers: “The rewards are immense. Loyal, rabid fans tweet shamelessly about how incredible you are, how valuable your Web application is and how successful your start-up will be.”

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I vividly remember watching my father accept change from a cash transaction when I was a child, and trying to figure out exactly how it was fair that he had handed over a $10 bill and received two $1 bills (and our lunch) in exchange. I couldn’t have been more than four or five at the time, and although we were at the zoo, my attempts to understand how money worked is much more memorable to me than any of the animals we must have seen that day. That teachable moment was one of several unforgettable experiences in my childhood financial education.

Now that I am a parent, I am thinking more concretely about how to pass on that education. Money is not a subject taught in school. It’s considered taboo to talk about money, and often people will have a sense of shame about it. On top of that, we live in a “Gotta Have It NOW!” culture where credit is easy to come by. Parents absolutely must educate their children about sound finances, but many simply do not know how.

Teaching Your Children About Money

Teachable Moments

Unfortunately, a single discussion about money is not going to cut it when giving your children the financial life skills they will need as adults. The most effective way of teaching your children is by talking money all the time. Here are some common occasions for regular financial discussions:

At the Grocery Store

From weighing produce and determining what the cost will be, to keeping track of coupons, to comparing name vs. store brand, to keeping a running total throughout the trip, the grocery store provides you with a wonderful opportunity for your child to hone his math, money, and budgeting skills. Making a game of the grocery store with younger children by challenging them to find a cheaper alternative or add up prices quickly will make the financial education fun. For older kids and teenagers, allowing them to take the list to see if they can spend less than budgeted (without sacrificing any of the needs on the list) will inspire them to be savvy shoppers—particularly if you let them keep the difference between what they spent and what you budgeted.

When Paying Bills

The monthly bill-paying chore is hardly anything you would call fun. But when kids are small and want to do everything Mom and Dad do, it’s an ideal time to teach children about money. Allow children to see how much money you have and how much must go out to pay bills. Let them practice their addition and subtraction skills to help you balance your checkbook. If you still pay bills by check, put the kids in charge of double-checking that you have all the necessary information in the envelope before they seal it and stamp it and put it in the mailbox. Explain how the things your kids might take for granted—like heat and electricity and, of course, cable—cost money each month.

On Vacation

Even the most budget-averse family generally goes on vacation with only a certain amount of money they can spend. Involve your children in the decisions even before you’re on the boardwalk debating between the hot dog vendor or the pizza parlor. Saving for a vacation is a fun way to teach children about the power of savings goals. If children understand that giving up something now leads to something wonderful later, they will learn the valuable tool of delayed gratification. With only a certain amount to spend, including children on the planning process of your vacation will help them to learn how to budget and how to rank the importance of different options. Once you are enjoying yourselves on vacation, giving each child a certain amount to spend while away is an allowance lesson compressed into a week.

Lifelong Learning

It may seem strange or uncomfortable to include your children in your day-to-day money decisions, but the only alternative is leaving them unprepared for their financial future. By making money something you talk about openly and with fun and humor, you will ensure that your children have all the tools necessary to make good money decisions.

Credit card giant Visa has announced a new payment service for U.S. consumers set to launch in the second half of 2011. The new offering closely mimics services offered by PayPal, allowing users with a Visa-branded credit, debit, or pre-paid account to transfer money amongst each other. “Consumers in the U.S. will soon be able to receive and send funds to any eligible Visa credit, debit or prepaid account, anywhere in the world,” reads the press release. “By simply entering the recipient’s 16-digit Visa account, email address or mobile phone number, consumers can send funds directly from their bank account to a recipient’s Visa account.” The company has also partnered with payment networks CashEdge and Fiserv, allowing them to integrate their person-to-person payment platforms with the new service. The personal payment program outlined by Visa is already offered outside the U.S. in dozens of different countries. The full press release is after the break.

Visa Moves Beyond the Point-of-Sale – Delivers Personal Payments to U.S. Account Holders

Critical network enhancement, new transaction type, and strategic agreements with CashEdge and Fiserv enable U.S. Visa account holders to pay each other for the first time

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), the global leader in payments, today announced that consumers in the U.S. will soon be able to receive and send funds to any eligible Visa credit, debit or prepaid account, anywhere in the world. The breakthrough service extends the utility of Visa’s network from enabling payments at the point of sale, to enabling consumers to pay one another.

The new Visa personal payments service, which eliminates the inefficiencies of cash and checks for payments between individuals, was made possible through technical enhancements to VisaNet, Visa’s global payments processing network, and through the introduction of a new Visa transaction type that allows financial institutions to accept incoming funds.

Additionally, Visa today announced strategic product agreements with CashEdge Inc. and Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), two of the leading providers of electronic person-to-person payment, account transfer and bill payment services to U.S. financial institutions. Through the agreements, CashEdge and Fiserv will have access to VisaNet, enabling them to integrate the Visa personal payment service into their respective person-to-person platforms – Popmoney® and ZashPay®. This will allow a participating bank’s customers to send money directly to a Visa account.

“For fifty years, Visa has worked to simplify payments at the merchant point of sale; we are now evolving our network capability to make it easier for our account holders to pay one another,” said Jim McCarthy, global head of products at Visa Inc. “Through our agreements with Fiserv and CashEdge, we can accelerate the delivery of new and innovative Visa payments services, and better enable financial institutions to extend these services to customers.”

How it Works

Bank customers of participating financial institutions will have the option to select a Visa account as the destination for funds when making a personal payment. By simply entering the recipient’s 16-digit Visa account, email address or mobile phone number, consumers can send funds directly from their bank account to a recipient’s Visa account. This makes sending money to a niece for her birthday or to a son in college simpler, faster, and more convenient than before.

“Providing a variety of fast, flexible payment options and establishing a large network through which consumers and small businesses can send and receive money are essential if we want them to trade checks and stamps for electronic payments,” said Erich Litch, president of Digital Channels at Fiserv. “Partnering with Visa allows Fiserv to grow not only the number of consumers and small businesses we can reach with the ZashPay service, but the ways we can reach them.”

“We are extremely pleased to be working with Visa on this initiative and leveraging their global network, which not only will allow Popmoney users to send money to recipients around the globe, but also will provide Visa customers with improved access to the convenience and security of Popmoney,” said Neil Platt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Banking, CashEdge Inc. “The global market is eager to adopt personal and mobile payments and by partnering with Visa we can help meet this demand.”

Visa personal payments are already offered by financial institutions outside the U.S. with more than 70 programs around the world enabling consumers to send funds to Visa accounts. Availability of the service in the U.S. marks the first time a major payment network has introduced a global requirement for account issuers to accept incoming funds and thus enable a new generation of personal payment services.

The first U.S. financial institutions are expected to make Visa personal payments available to their customers through CashEdge and Fiserv by the second half of 2011.

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When you begin your personal website there are lots of ways you'll have to market it and one the best way is to use Search engine optimization Vancouver if you happen to be in that area. The SEO or search engine optimization services will be the top method of getting more traffic to your site and therefore making more sales.


Now, you should know that you will not use SEO service if you are not an internet business - but then again, if you do not come with an online presence if you are an offline business, then you'll not allow it to be very far.


It's a well known fact that if you are planning to make it within the offline world you must have an online presence. This is something that all business people are learning the hard way. Something that you ought to also know is the fact that it's not as easy as just setting up the website and leaving it to complete its things.


You can do this in most types of ways, however these companies usually take advantage of multiple methods to create an ideal marketing technique online. It is possible to hire them to write articles for you personally, post on forums and blogs, create meta data and meta descriptions, cleanup the code, add alt tags to the images plus much more.


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

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By doing this the Search engine optimization company cannot only increase your traffic, but also ensure that your website is fully optimized for that internet search engine spiders that'll be introduced to it. These spiders are used to analyze your site and put it in certain positions determined on certain keywords.


If you want to use the Search engine optimization Vancouver then all you've got to complete is discover the top companies. It's through these how the SEO gets done effectively and efficiently. With so many SEO companies to select from you have to be sure that the one you are going for is reliable. You ought to be able to ask for a breakdown of what you want, and the company also needs to be able to tell you know long they've been operating for. This will limit the list to reveal the top ones.


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

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Before that, you need to know what Search Engine Optimization is. It's not that complicated and I'm sure you will get a grasp of it reading my article. The main goal of SEO is to get more traffic to your website and audience. It is a good decision to select a Vancouver SEO company that specializes in this kind of work, so that your website can be indexed by search engines.

There isn't any point in you using a website without any website ranking whatsoever while you won't have any business and profits to survive. It is a very tough atmosphere available as there are a lot of internet business people just like you, who want their share of pie. You have to be aware of the truth that nearly 85% of world wide web traffic can be got from internet websites.

Whenever a user types inside a keyword or keywords for what he/she really wants to know in various sites, these use crawlers to get web sites using the relevant content and index them based on algorithms. You don't have to worry about the algorithms which these websites use as that isn't important.

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

When the traffic gets high, it is a sign that you are getting a service that will get you more revenues. SEO Vancouver company do the following to create your website appear within the first page of search engine results.

Use keywords which are popularly used on search engines like google on your website content.
Possess a web design for your website that is simple because top sites are allergic to flash and weird designs.
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What to Expect When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

When it comes time to correct or replace your homes roof, it can be a daunting task to find somebody that is qualified to do the job. There are many roofing contractors out there, but the ones who'll do a great job for any reasonable price are not often simple to find. If you're in the marketplace for the service provider, make use of the tips below with regard to meeting with as well as hiring the correct one.

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The majority of roofers offer free consultations. This is particularly important, since it provides them an opportunity to assess exactly what your homes roof needs, and it provides you with a chance to assess them. As with all of companies, trust your intuition about the people you allow upward onto your roofing. No matter how great the contractor's status or suggestion, he should begin by presenting you having a company greeting card. If the service provider occurs looking and speaking in an less than professional method, most likely the job he is going to do may also be less than professional. This is not to express that you should expect companies to arrive within fits. They will be hiking on your roofing, therefore the majority of will be dressed up in denim jeans and function boots or sneakers. If the actual service provider seems to be interested in speaking on their cell phone while on your roof than he's in evaluating your roof's requirements, which may be an additional sign that he's not really the main one for the job. For the lawful protection, make sure that the actual contractor offers adequate liability insurance.

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Expect that the service provider will be rising on your roof. Actually, any kind of contractor who does not want to go up on your roofing to judge the issue should be immediately discounted. Those who're seriously interested in their own function will possibly make a drawing of your roof's surface as well as mark problem areas on it because they undergo their assessment, or even they will take photos or even video clip from the surface while they're available online for. This is an extremely important action, since it enables you to see exactly what the troubles are and know how they'll be set.


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The next phase will be the written estimate. The service provider will take out his calculator and are available up with a written estimation. Some companies goes out to their truck or even truck as well as write down the suggestion, while others may crisis the amounts to do the job in front of you. Once you are given the proposal, ensure that you comprehend exactly which products is going to be used, how long the task will take and if there are any additional or concealed costs that may arise during the repair from the roofing. The contractor will be able to solution all of these concerns with ease as well as forewarn a person associated with a additional costs that might be sustained should the roof's ethics end up being damaged inside.

Once you have obtained several written estimations from roofing contractors, assess what every organization or contractor would like to provide for that price. Do not necessarily low cost the greatest bet, simply because sometimes the highest bid will in reality function as the service provider who does the task properly. Additionally, be wary of prices for bids which are significantly less than others. They might be using inferior items or perhaps be unethical about the chance of hidden costs. Above all, trust your intuition and opt for the service provider who enables you to feel most comfortable regarding handing more than your 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 Uyghur People

through henry on Dec 20, This year
Henryk Szadziewski, Supervisor, Uyghur Human Rights Project

Whether it were ever in doubt, information obtained through the whistleblower website, Wikileaks, has confirmed Chinese language government fears more than its continued charge of the region it calls Xinjiang, which is also referred to as Eastern Turkestan. The actual leaked wires from U.S. diplomats show the extent that Chinese language government bodies attempt to persuade governments globally to adopt its position upon problems impacting Uyghurs. The cables also show the United States' issues as well as views regarding the ongoing repressive steps in the region.

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The majority of illuminating of Chinese language federal government stress would be the cables directed in order to Chinese language anger, or even the specter of Chinese ire, within the discharge of Uyghur detainees in Guantánamo to 3rd countries. The December Twenty nine, 2008 cable applies how Chinese Helper International Reverend Liu Jieyi fulfilled with the U.S. Ambassador to China in order to voice Beijing's strong competitors of launch in order to any country apart from China, which when the U.Utes. do indeed accede for this ask for it would "avoid harm to bilateral relationships and also to co-operation ‘in important areas'". Furthermore, the Feb 2009 cable television describes how the Chinese language Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Zhang Yannian, regarded as the actual possible discharge of Uyghur Guantánamo detainees because "an unfavorable act towards us" and a "slap within the face". That the U.Utes. federal government stood firm in not releasing the detainees in order to The far east illustrates the extent from the politicized character of the Chinese judicial program. Legitimate issues over terrorism are easy to understand, however in the U.S. government's view the detainees would probably face do-it-yourself torture and delivery if they came back to China

Chinese language government stress in regard to the Uyghur Guantánamo detainees was not only applied to the actual U.Utes. federal government, but additionally to New Zealand and a handful of European governments which were considering resettlement. Albania, Germany as well as Finland, as well as European Union fellow member says just about all appear to have paid for the brunt of Chinese government unhappiness. In the case of Indonesia, which was initially prepared to think about two Uyghurs on solely relief grounds, Uyghur Guantánamo instances had been much less better than additional detainees due to the negative effects taking Uyghurs might have on relationships with The far east. The Might 8, 2009 cable television applies exactly how "German Ambassador Erina Schaefer reported that Germany experienced knowledgeable China from the Ough.Utes. request to accept some Uighur detainees kept at Guantánamo coupled with been subsequently warned by China of ‘a large load on bilateral relations' in the event that Germany were to accept any detainees".

The diplomatic wires also talk about the unrest in Urumchi, the actual regional funds, in This summer '09. A This summer Thirteen, '09 cable television talking about bulk incidents in The far east states:

"Ethnic riots such as those in Xinjiang July 5-7 as well as in Tibet in March associated with 2008 differ markedly in origin and nature from bulk incidents, XXXXXXXXXXXX stressed in order to PolOff [Political Officer] on XXXXXXXXXXXX. Both existing serious trouble for the actual Party, XXXXXXXXXXXX stated, but the Celebration leadership wouldn't wait to spread out fire on Uighurs or even Tibetans if they deemed it necessary to restore order. Mass occurrences pose a different kind of threat, he said, since the management is actually ‘afraid' to fireplace on Han rioters for fear of causing huge open public outrage that would turn from the Party."

This is a chilling opinion, particularly when 1 views evidence offered in two reports launched this year by the Uyghur Individual Rights Task (UHRP) and Amnesty International which detail eyewitness company accounts of the utilization of deadly live fire against Uyghur protestors in July 2009. In addition, the actual observation that fire wouldn't be used against Han Chinese protestors has resonances for that various strategy taken through Chinese protection causes within Urumchi to Han Chinese language protests in September 2009. During those protests, then Celebration Secretary, Wang Lequan, addressed demonstrators, who had required that he inform them about government reactions in order to security issues. An identical ask for to meet using the Party Secretary through Uyghur protesters within July was not met.

The broader repercussions from the unrest additionally saw a brief discussion about the effect it might have upon Iran-China relationships, as well as on relationships with Sydney following World Uyghur Congress Leader, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, spoke in the Nationwide Press Membership in Canberra in July '09. Within the second option case, china federal government "privately warn[ed] a major Australian bank which vendors the nation's Press Membership to use it's influence to bar the Kadeer speech there".

The U . s . States' concerns concerning the situation within the Uyghur area also come through in the wires. Inside a discussion on plan path within Tibet, U.S. authorities explain that it will be not possible with regard to Chinese language leaders to consider a much softer line "if they appear like doing this under international pressure". The cable dated 04 16, 08, 30 days following the episode of unrest in Tibetan areas, also relayed the observation "that household stability continues to be leadership's top priority above all else, which means there'll ‘almost surely' end up being no rest of the current hard line upon Tibet or in locations like Xinjiang." The information included in the cable television additionally sheds light about the severe level of sensitivity that the Chinese government views territorial ethics, and the possible spill over associated with unrest from Tibet.

The chance of solutions to stress in Tibet as well as Xinjiang arising from civil culture tend to be debated inside a February Twenty-four, 2008 cable television. Whilst recommending which China's economic achievement increases its potential to deal with democratic change, the actual cable also talks about how Chinese frontrunners see the effectiveness associated with "a restricted expansion of municipal culture, such as improvements in the rule of regulation along with a stronger role for authorized beliefs, NGOs, charities and other actors in areas that contribute to sociable stability and don't problem Communist Celebration guideline." This can be a significant alternation in thinking, which has observed Ough.S. authorities market the idea that Chinese language financial development, and financial relationships along with The far east brings in regards to a steadily democratic society; however, more belief seems to be placed in the grassroots movement compared to one that starts in the best levels of the Chinese language federal government. Nonetheless, the cable television proves that "[i]n places such as Tibet as well as Xinjiang, driving a car associated with separatism leads to tight limitations about the development of civil society." This method can be regarded as counter-productive by the recognized, who shows that the actual Ough.S. government "should still express...serious concerns more than Beijing's individual rights record as well as attract China's growing awareness which higher respect for human privileges, spiritual independence and the guideline of law will serve to advertise the improvement and sociable balance which The far east seeks as well as to enhance China's international picture." Such a strategy might take considerable diplomatic abilities considering "China's paranoid fear that the Usa privately encourages routine change as well as ‘separatists' within Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang".

The actual cables provide understanding of the every day business of diplomacy that is hardly ever afforded to the general public, which is fascinating to note the amount of function carried out behind closed doors on Uyghur problems. The importance of the actual role of the United States as a monitor associated with Uyghur individual rights conditions in private conversations is created obvious, as well as contrasts with its tactful public stance. Employees of the Uyghur Individual Privileges Project is actually well aware of the pressure the Chinese government puts on Uyghur activists; still, the facts of Chinese government pressure upon its counterparts is illustrative of the degree that Chinese officials make an effort to suppress contradictory stories. With increased facts to come through Wikileaks, issues over Uyghurs may not grab the head lines, however the cables possess shed new light about the paperwork associated with human privileges conditions in the Uyghur region.


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Wikileaks and the Uyghur

by holly upon Dec Twenty, 2010
Henryk Szadziewski, Manager, Uyghur Human Rights Project

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Whether it had been ever in doubt, info acquired through the whistleblower web site, Wikileaks, has confirmed Chinese federal government worries more than it's continued control of the region it phone calls Xinjiang, also is known as East Turkestan. The leaked out cables from Ough.Utes. diplomats demonstrate the degree that Chinese language authorities attempt to convince government authorities globally to consider it's stance upon issues affecting Uyghurs. The actual wires additionally show the U . s . States' concerns and sights regarding the on going repressive steps in the area.

Most lighting associated with Chinese federal government stress would be the cables pointing to Chinese frustration, or the specter associated with Chinese language ire, over the discharge of Uyghur detainees in Guantánamo to 3rd nations. A Dec 29, 2008 cable television relates exactly how Chinese Assistant Foreign Reverend Liu Jieyi met using the U.S. Ambassador to The far east to tone of voice Beijing's strong opposition of release in order to any kind of nation other than The far east, which when the U.S. do certainly accede for this ask for it would "avoid harm to bilateral relations and to cooperation ‘in important areas'". In addition, a February '09 cable television explains how the Chinese Ambassador in order to Kyrgyzstan, Zhang Yannian, regarded as the actual feasible release of Uyghur Guantánamo detainees as "an unfavorable behave toward us" along with a "slap within the face". The Ough.S. government was company within not really liberating the detainees to China illustrates the degree of the politicized nature from the Chinese judicial program. Legitimate issues over terrorism tend to be understandable, however in the U.S. government's observe the detainees would probably encounter torture as well as delivery when they came back in order to The far east

Chinese government stress in regard to the Uyghur Guantánamo detainees wasn't just applied to the actual Ough.Utes. government, but additionally in order to New Zealand along with a handful of Western government authorities that were considering resettlement. Albania, Indonesia and Finland, in addition to European Union fellow member states all appear to have borne the impact of Chinese government unhappiness. Regarding Germany, which was initially willing to consider 2 Uyghurs upon purely humanitarian reasons, Uyghur Guantánamo cases were much less better than other detainees because of the unwanted effects taking Uyghurs might have upon relationships with The far east. A May 8, 2009 cable television applies how "German Ambassador Erina Schaefer documented that Indonesia experienced informed China of the U.S. request to accept a few Uighur detainees held at Guantánamo coupled with already been subsequently cautioned through The far east of ‘a large load upon bilateral relations' if Indonesia were to simply accept any detainees".

The diplomatic wires additionally discuss the unrest in Urumchi, the actual regional funds, within July '09. A This summer 13, '09 cable television talking about mass occurrences in The far east says:

"Ethnic riots such as those in Xinjiang This summer 5-7 and in Tibet within March of 2008 vary markedly within source and nature through mass incidents, XXXXXXXXXXXX stressed to PolOff [Political Officer] on XXXXXXXXXXXX. Both present serious problems for the actual Celebration, XXXXXXXXXXXX said, however the Celebration leadership would not wait to spread out fire on Uighurs or even Tibetans when they considered it necessary to restore order. Mass occurrences pose a different type of threat, he said, as the leadership is actually ‘afraid' to fire upon Han rioters with regard to fear of causing massive open public outrage that will change from the Celebration."

This can be a relaxing viewpoint, particularly when 1 considers evidence presented in two reviews released this season by the Uyghur Human Privileges Task (UHRP) and Amnesty Worldwide that fine detail eyewitness company accounts from the use of lethal live fireplace towards Uyghur protestors within This summer '09. Additionally, the actual observation which fireplace wouldn't be deployed towards Han Chinese protestors offers resonances for that different strategy used through Chinese language protection forces in Urumchi to Han Chinese protests within Sept 2009. Throughout individuals direct orders, then Celebration Assistant, Wang Lequan, tackled demonstrators, who had demanded that he let them know regarding government reactions in order to security issues. A similar request to meet with the Celebration Secretary through Uyghur demonstrators within July was not met.

The actual broader consequences of the unrest additionally saw a short discussion about the impact it would have upon Iran-China relations, as well as on relations along with Sydney following Globe Uyghur Our elected representatives Leader, Microsoft. Rebiya Kadeer, talked at the Nationwide Press Membership in Canberra in July 2009. In the second option case, the Chinese federal government "privately warn[ed] a significant Australian bank which vendors the National Push Club to make use of it's impact to bar the Kadeer talk there".

The actual U . s . States' issues about the scenario in the Uyghur area also come via within the wires. In a discussion on policy path within Tibet, U.S. authorities explain that it will end up being impossible with regard to Chinese language frontrunners to consider a much softer collection "if they look like they are doing this below worldwide pressure". The cable television out dated April 16, 08, one month after the episode of unrest within Tibetan regions, additionally relayed the actual observation "that domestic stability continues to be leadership's main concern most of all, which means there will ‘almost surely' end up being no rest from the current hard collection upon Tibet or perhaps in places like Xinjiang." The info included in the cable television additionally sheds light about the extreme level of sensitivity with which china government sights territorial integrity, and the feasible drip more than associated with unrest through Tibet.

The prospect of methods to tensions in Tibet as well as Xinjiang as a result of municipal culture are discussed inside a Feb 24, 2008 cable television. While recommending which China's economic achievement will increase it's resistance to democratic change, the cable also talks about how Chinese language leaders begin to see the effectiveness associated with "a restricted growth associated with civil society, including improvements within the guideline of law and a more powerful part for approved beliefs, NGOs, charities along with other actors within places that contribute to social stability and don't problem Communist Celebration guideline." This can be a notable change in considering, which has seen U.S. authorities market the idea that Chinese financial improvement, as well as economic relations with China will bring in regards to a steadily democratic society; however, more belief appears to be put into a grassroots movement compared to one that begins in the best levels of the Chinese federal government. Nevertheless, the actual cable proves that "[i]n places for example Tibet as well as Xinjiang, the fear of separatism leads to tight limitations on the development of civil society." This approach is viewed as counter-productive through the recognized, who shows that the actual U.Utes. federal government "should continue to express...serious issues over Beijing's human rights record and attract China's developing awareness which higher respect with regard to human privileges, spiritual independence and the rule of regulation will serve to promote the very development and social balance that China looks for in addition to to enhance China's international image." This type of technique would consider substantial diplomatic skills thinking about "China's paranoid fear the United States secretly promotes regime change as well as ‘separatists' within Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang".

The wires provide understanding of the actual every day company associated with diplomacy that is rarely afforded to the general public, which is fascinating to notice the amount of work done behind closed doors on Uyghur issues. The significance of the role of the United States like a keep track of associated with Uyghur human rights conditions within private conversations is created clear, and contrasts with its sensible open public stance. Employees from the Uyghur Individual Rights Task is actually comfortable with the pressure china government puts upon Uyghur activists; nevertheless, the details associated with Chinese language federal government pressure upon its alternatives is actually illustrative of the diploma which Chinese authorities make an effort to control contrary stories. With increased facts in the future from Wikileaks, concerns over Uyghurs may not grab the head lines, however the cables possess get rid of new light about the documentation of human privileges problems within the Uyghur area.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Seo And Marketing with articles Will Place Yourself on Page One

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Roofing Companies Vancouver WA

There are numerous things to think about when looking for the roofing contractor. Cost, experience, along with referrals are some of the things you'll probably be concerned about. Please read on for even more ideas.

  • Finding a Roofing Contractors

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Before searching for a roofing contractor, be sure to have a standard idea of the job that you need to have done. By no means must you be an expert. If you have a new Roof Qualification, read it carefully to find the specifics of your present roof. Should you not have a Roof Certificate, reference documents authorized during closing to locate your Roof Inspection sheet. These paperwork should supply you with everything you need to be familiar with your roof. Prior to contacting a new roofing contractor, you ought to have a list of requirements and features to help you decide exactly who would work for your roofing project. Make sure you write down each and every potential roofer contractor's answers and also check these against the other person. If there are any discrepancies, be sure to be aware this along with take this into consideration when coming up with a final determination. There are no guaranteed ways to select a roofing contractor, in case you take attention to the information provided, your chances of a successful roofer project are generally greatly improved.

One of the best strategies to finding a roofers is by person to person. Try asking a friend or relative that has had covering work done, and ended up being satisfied with the task. Get the title of the business and their own contact details. If you have no word of jaws referrals, try out first searching in the mobile phone book and online. A large advertising or elegant website is not necessarily an indication of the quality of work, but could be a excellent tool regarding measuring the amount of time and dedication they have put in their respective profession. Additionally, try discovering current worksites and appearance at the roofer work which is done or perhaps in the process of being finished. If you're visually amazed, ask the property manager for your name in the roofing contractor along with their contact information.

  • Research

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When looking for any roofing contractors, it is imperative to first do the background research. Purchasing in the phone directory or on the Internet is a suitable destination to find a builder, finding relevant information on these kinds of businesses will likely be found in many areas. 1st, check with locations like the Bbb, city, state, and county public records, and local licensing agencies. Inquire your roofer if they are an associate of any roofing contractor associations. These kind of precautions will certainly mitigate your current risks. Additionally ask them what kinds of roofing that they specialize in. Additionally ask your roofing contractor with regards to any guarantees they offer on their own installed roofs. Find out what safeguards they choose to use avoid destruction done to other regions of the home by workers. Products such as gutters, home siding, and fireplaces are close in proximity and thus susceptible to unintended damages.

Ensure all of this details are included in your written contract. Determine whether you need a covering permit and/or choice from your house owners association in advance. These people will let you know that is responsible for receiving these makes it possible for and permissions. If it is the responsibility of the roofing contractor, also have the idea included as part of your contract. If it is your accountability, get said permits along with permissions collated using the estimated roof covering project and also have it clearly posted or readily available.

  • Licensing and References

Roofing Contractors are not required to be accredited in all declares. Contact nearby licensing businesses that control general development contractors for any list of requirements. Once you have obtained the requirements, create a list of in depth questions to ask your own potential roofer. This simple listing should immediately help you to discount the skilled from the not qualified roofing contractors. Qualified contractors should be able to effortlessly answer questions as well as tell you that they have to do more research prior to giving a definitive reply.

Even if the roofing contractor features all required licensing, you need to ask to find out pictures involving completed roof covering jobs and also speak to pleased clients. Have a very list of inquiries handy must recent clientele, such as the mother nature of the employment, timeliness, and total satisfaction. Make certain these are recent clients and also cross guide if possible. In the matter of commercial roofing, make sure that the roofing contractor is bonded. Checking out these personal references is another extra measure of protection to restrict the list regarding potential roof covering contractors.