Google Ramps Up Personalization, Prepares Online Presentations App

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Couple of bits of Googleproduct news this weekend. Firstly, at last some tangibleevidence of an online presentations app from Google, one of the missing pieces so farin the much-anticipated Google Office suite.The ‘Google Operating System’ blog dug into some file notes from Google that reveal thecode-name of the tool is Presently (a play on Writely, the name of the online wordprocessor bought by Google). This will be an online version of Powerpoint, but no other product details are known at this point.In other news Google is ramping up itspersonalization efforts. Now when you’re signed in to Google, you’ll “have access toa personalized Google – one that combines personalized search results and a personalizedhomepage.” Google’s best-known blogger, Matt Cutts, mentions this in his latest post – as wellas linking to external analysis on the personalization theme.I actually came across itmyself the other day, via Google Accounts. At the time I wasn’t sure whether thismessage in the Google Accounts Help was new or not:“What does it mean for Google to be more personalized with Google Accounts?When you’re signed in to Google Accounts, you’ll now get more relevant, useful searchresults, recommendations and other personalized features. For example, if you use GoogleBookmarks or Google Search History, you’ll get more targeted web search results andrecommendations for videos or gadgets.”Although there’s nothing spectacularly new in all this, it looks like Google is beginning to integrate its various personalization efforts more. Remember when we did apoll asking which “Search 2.0” approaches stand the best chance to beat Google? WellPersonalized Search ended up getting the most votes! So looks like Google iscovering the search 2.0 attack with a full court press. richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Profiles in Liberty: 22 Questions with Matt Hurtt

first_imgMatt Hurtt, Outreach Manager for Terra Eclipse in Washington, DC, one of the nation’s leading web design companies, recently sat down and tackled 22 questions designed to get to know young leaders in the liberty movement both professionally and personally. Here’s Matt in his own words:Part 1: What I do How I describe my job in 10 wordsWriter, activist for liberty. Professional connector. Grassroots teacher. Movement grower.My day-to-day at work…in three sentencesI am the Outreach Manager for Terra Eclipse, a web design company based in D.C. and California. In that capacity, I develop relationships with potential partners and see where Terra Eclipse can provide our services. This means lots of networking.I couldn’t do my job withoutMy strong network of friends, professional connections, and allies.Most important moment in my career (so far)Honestly, being offered a full-time position at the Leadership Institute working with college students right after graduation in 2009. It forced me to leave my hometown and dive headfirst into the liberty movement.Unexpected skill that has helped me the mostI really hate networking — the kind of insincere DC-style networking I see all too often. But I’m really good at developing meaningful professional and personal relationships with people in this movement. And then I love connecting those people with other people who can help advance their careers and advance liberty.The best advice I have receivedAlways go above and beyond in your professional career. Have your employer think, “We can’t do [X job] without you.” Patti Simpson is director of political and career services at the Leadership Institute. Part 2: PoliticsThe biggest change I’ve seen already in politicsI’m seeing a real shift take place among young Americans who are embracing liberty and getting involved in politics. Not all young people are liberals, and our movement has really grown since 2007/2008.The element of working in politics that most surprised meHow much “just showing up” and knowing the rules can work to your benefit. So few people just show up and know what they’re doing.The most important issue many don’t see yetThe $17 Trillion+ national debt gets talked about, but it’s such a large number that no one can comprehend it. Current debates don’t fully communicate the massive problem the national debt is, and I honestly don’t think our government is going to do anything about it.Where I think the liberty movement will be in five yearsWe’re currently at a tipping point. More and more Americans realize they hate government regulations — food trucks, Uber, Airbnb are all flourishing in the face of attempts to regulate them out of existence. I think we can have the most positive impact helping move the ball toward more liberty against the regulatory state.How I formed my political beliefsI always sort of was conservative/libertarian. But a man named Clarence Jaeger (now deceased) gave me my first copy of Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law,” and that set a philosophical foundation for my beliefs on the role of government.Part 3: The next generationWhat I’d say to my 18-year-old selfTake more 8am classes in college. Also, learn how to channel your passion into being the most effective activist you can be.Skill or experience I’d recommend students get nowReally develop your written and oral communication skills. In most jobs (both in and out of politics), employers want someone who can communicate their ideas in an easy-to-understand way. Practice writing, join a Toastmasters organization.Three things I’d tell every young political junkie to read1. The Law, Frederic Bastiat2. Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman3. Rules for Radicals, Saul AlinskyMy most useful class in collegeAll my upper division political science courses where my professors were liberal. They challenged me in the classroom, and made me understand why I believe what I believe. Three people to watch from the liberty movement1. Julie Borowski (Token Libertarian Girl) — her videos make libertarianism easy to understand.2. Justin Amash — he’s in our generation and is the leading voice in Congress on pro-liberty issues.3. You — you have the ability to make change through our movement, and I encourage you to do that.Part 4: Me, personally.The thing you do when you don’t want to talk about politicsI enjoy live music and karaoke, whiskey, and cigars – but not necessarily in that order.My heroes in fictionRandy Bragg, Alas, Babylon  (Pat Frank)Dale “Barbie” Barbara, Under the Dome (Stephen King)Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)I read mostly non-fiction these days.The most inspiring art I’ve read, seen, or heardThere is/was a giant portrait of LL Cool J in the National Portrait Gallery that inspires me. And I really like how good rappers manipulate the English language in their music. L’il Wayne and Eminem are great lyricists.I’d star in House of Cards or West Wing (choose one)House of Cards, UK VersionI can’t get through my day withoutMy iPhone; I know, I hate to admit it, too.Why is America’s Future Foundation important to the movement?AFF provides a number of programs and opportunities that help advance professional development. From opportunities to showcase writing to panels and networking events, I am consistently impressed with what AFF offers its members and how it works to bring us together.last_img read more

Washington ~ Business and Occupation Tax: Economic Nexus Thresholds Announced

first_imgThe Washington Department of Revenue has announced that for calendar year 2017, the economic nexus thresholds applicable to apportionable activities for business and occupation (B&O) tax purposes will remain as follows: receipts threshold, $267,000; property threshold, $53,000; and payroll threshold, $53,000.Excise Tax Advisory No. 3195.2016, Washington Department of Revenue, December 19, 2016, ¶204-148last_img

New chair of science board helps make NSF’s case to U.S. Congress

first_imgAs MIT’s vice president for research, Zuber is an experienced advocate for science. She is also comfortable in the spotlight. She has reached any number of “first woman to …” milestones, including principal investigator on a NASA planetary mission and head of an MIT science department. And although Zuber is not the first women to chair the board, NSF’s press release touts her as part of the first all-female leadership team at the agency, joining NSF Director France Córdova and the board’s new vice-chair, Diane Souvaine, a theoretical computer scientist and vice provost for research at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.“I’ve never realized I was first until after the fact,” Zuber told ScienceInsider. “This is not something I aspire to. And I long for the day when I’m not the first anymore.”Into battleZuber’s new job thrusts her squarely into the middle of the running battle between NSF and Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), chairman of the House of Representatives science committee. In addition to repeatedly ridiculing specific grants, Smith has championed legislation that would require NSF to certify that all of its research grants contribute to “the national interest.” Scientific leaders who oppose that provision view it as a mechanism for making ideology-driven decisions about what NSF should be funding, and Smith says it’s simply an attempt to ensure accountability.“My definition of science in the national interest is great science,” Zuber says. “Mediocre science is not in anyone’s interest. And the board is here to help NSF support the best science as determined by merit review.”Still, Zuber recognizes that the issue is not cut-and-dried. “There is a range of opinion about whether NSF was transparent enough,” she says. “NSF felt it was, but others thought it wasn’t doing enough. So the board decided that the best thing to do is talk about it, and not get defensive. And those conversations have led us to believe that there’s room for NSF to improve transparency.”Zuber says no legislator has turned down a request for a visit from a board member, and she has met personally with Smith. The meetings are no panacea, she concedes, but she thinks they have helped.“I hoped we’ve turned the corner,” Zuber says. “We’re trying to let legislators know what NSF has been doing, and hopefully they will express an appreciation for it. But even if they don’t think we’ve done enough, we want to be able to understand their concerns.”Of course, whether NSF is spending its money wisely is part of a larger debate about how much the federal government should invest in research. There’s an old saw about scientists always wanting more. And though Zuber doesn’t think research should be exempt from the current budget constraints, she believes that steady increases are warranted.“Everything is under scrutiny when budgets are tight,” she concedes. “But U.S. research and education are really what has kept this country at the forefront. It’s improved our quality of life and contributed markedly to our competitiveness. So I think that even in this environment, where flat is the new up, then research spending ought to still be up.” The new chair of the board that oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF) plans to continue the board’s stepped-up efforts to educate Congress on how NSF does its business.This month Maria Zuber, a planetary geophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, took over from Dan Arvizu as chair of the National Science Board. The presidentially appointed body has traditionally kept a low profile. But in 2014 Arvizu asked Zuber to design a bigger role for the board in response to criticism from Republican legislators that NSF was funding frivolous research.The board’s response has been face-to-face meetings with individual legislators that take place after the end of the board’s regular 2-day sessions at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Over the past 18 months Arvizu and Zuber have helped connect a small contingent of board members with a score of legislators from both parties. 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Serie A line-ups

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus v Genoa Juventus: Buffon; Cuadrado, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Dybala, Ronaldo Genoa: Radu; Ghiglione, Romero, C Zapata, Ankersen; Schone, Cassata; Agudelo; Pandev, Pinamonti, Kouame Lazio v Torino Lazio: Strakosha; Patric, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Caicedo, Immobile Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco; De Silvestri, Baselli, Meitè, Lukic, Laxalt; Zaza, Belotti Udinese v Roma Udinese: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Ter Avest, Mandragora, Jajalo, De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Lasagna Roma: Pau Lopez; Santon, Smalling, Fazio, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pastore, Kluivert; Dzeko Sassuolo v Fiorentina Sassuolo: Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Peluso; Duncan, Magnanelli, Djuricic; Berardi, Caputo, Boga Fiorentina: Dragowski; Venuti, Milenkovic, Pezzella, Dalbert; Benassi, Pulgar, Castrovilli; Sottil, Boateng, Chiesa Check all the official line-ups from this evening’s six Serie A games, including Lazio-Torino, Sampdoria-Lecce and Sassuolo-Fiorentina. They kick off at 20.00 GMT, you can follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG. Cagliari v Bologna Cagliari: Olsen; Faragò, Pisacane, Klavan, Pellegrini; Nandez, Cigarini, Rog; Nainggolan; Joao Pedro, Simeone Bologna: Skorupski; Mbaye, Bani, Denswil, Krejci; Dzemaili, Schouten, Soriano; Orsolini, Santander, Sansone Sampdoria v Lecce Sampdoria: Audero; Depaoli, Ferrari, Colley, Murru; Ekdal, Vieira, Barreto, Bertolacci; Bonazzoli, Quagliarella Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Dell’Orco; Petriccione, Tachtsidis, Tabanelli; Shakhov, Lapadula, Falcolast_img read more