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Here's a great article by +Sharon Fisher about whether or not the federal government should be in the business of charging for reports that were already paid for with taxpayer money.

I'm one of those concerned about getting easy access to the "other" 26% of the documents; it seems that it would be too easy to bury reports that you don't want to be read simply by not putting them on the Internet. But if the law mandated that all government-funded reports get posted (absent a compelling reason not to), then I'm all for it!
 
Let me Google that for you.
We’ve heard before about how state governments are working to reduce the amount of paper they use. Now the federal government is getting into the act, with its “Let Me Google That For You” bill.The
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Here's my latest contribution on LinkedIn's Publish program: The Great Research Paper Debate. Some argue that colleges should simply do away with these dreaded assignments. I offer my views on why these writing assignments are essential for the students, their colleges, and their future employers.

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140423123020-148656-the-great-research-paper-debate
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My colleague +Ed Tittel has written a great article about what college students can do to get a job in IT after graduation. In my opinion, he is right to put experience at the top of the list; employers in all areas (and not just IT) want to see demonstrations of how you can contributed to a company. Jobs and internships are the best way to prove that you can make a difference.


I'd also add networking to the list. According to CareerXroads, the average job application has a 1-in-72 chance of leading to an offer. Spray and pray using online services, and the odds drop to 1-in-300. But if someone on the inside refers you to an opening, the odds jump to 1-in-10.


So while you're getting that work experience, talk to everyone you can and build your professional network. It can be one of the most valuable investments of your time and effort when it comes to landing a job after graduation.
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Thanks, Alfred! I agree with the networking thing 110%, and tried to urge readers to use their personal networks in my coverage as well.
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Yup, this pretty much sums up my favorite marketing mistake.
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Now I get Heartbleed.
 
Heartbleed in pictures.

This is the most accessible explanation yet, from xkcd.

http://m.xkcd.com/1354/

#Heartbleed #xkcd #security
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My colleague +Fred Grooms has a new book out today that helps high school and college students deal with some of the Big Questions that they face about their education and career plans. It is also a great starting point if you're looking for a way to start a conversation with your child or other young person about what they plan to do after graduation. I just ordered my copy on +Amazon.com.
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Great article! I would argue that the vocabulary you offer should be used more by all employees with all of their colleagues, no matter their relationship on the org chart. Younger workers especially need to be reminder to express appreciation for the efforts of their co-workers, and to do what they can to make the workplace a more pleasant and welcoming environment.


Engagement and retention is everyone's job, and is in everyone's interest, not just managers'.
 
I'm sure a certain percentage of people are happy when employers bring in free lunch or other perks for the office as a way of saying thank you.  But if you begin to actually say words of thanks on a consistent basis then maybe your culture will respond with greater #employeeengagement because they know that you appreciate, you understand.  Here's four phrases that may help change your vocabulary which will help inspire better connection and trust with your talent.

Read more here http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2014/04/21/create-a-vocabulary-that-inspires-employee-engagement/

#HR #TChat #Leadership #Social #Recruiting 
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I'm fascinated by the evolution of Netflix. The 48 million subscribers worldwide is indeed intriguing, but keep in mind that there are more than 1.4 billion TV households in the world (http://www.tvtechnology.com/from-the-editor/0120/the-state-of-television-worldwide/222681). So Netflix has less than 4% penetration at this point. What is the effect on our digital infrastructure when it reaches 40% of the world? Netflix already accounts for nearly one third of all downstream Internet traffic in North America (http://mashable.com/2013/11/12/internet-traffic-downstream/). What happens when it just triples its subscribers? Can the infrastructure absorb the additional demand?
 

Netflix raising subscribers, fees, and ire to new levels
~Will Netflix become jacked up?
Like a Swiss-made utility knife, video streaming service Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), has a tool for every job. Need to keep shareholders happy? Add 4 million customers. Need money to pay for content and custom programming? Increase prices. Need a screed on the sorry condition of American DSL and network neutrality? Write angst-ridden comments in a quarterly shareholder letter.

In today's #ITBW for +Computerworld, bloggers take in everything at once.
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Here's a fascinating short documentary about transforming an unusual space in Germany into a light show installation. In addition to the amazing imagery, I was taken by a remark by one of the artists behind it. He said something to the effect that this project demonstrates an intersection of digital and social spaces, and that the "age of the screen" is coming to an end.

This idea is very congruent with much of my recent thinking about digital communications and how it is affecting both individuals and society as a whole. I think that the flat world of content is truly coming to an end, and it will wrap around our lives in ways that are at least as complex as the physical spaces that are so familiar to us now.
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Great post, John. HR needs to connect the dots for young people, so that they can see the value in the entry level position that is offered. You can learn a lot -- even as a dishwasher -- about how a given business is run. I met a dishwasher at a retirement community last weekend who will move up to a position as cook in two weeks, simply because he did his job well, kept his eyes open, and recognized an opportunity to offer his employer more value.
Positional devaluation is an epidemic.  Perhaps you don’t know what that is.  After all, it is not the lead story on the evening news nor the headline in your favorite newspaper.  For some, it might seem ridiculous and petty,...
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