‘In late 2012, Google conducted an independent survey titled “What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today.” Of the 1,088 smartphone users that were surveyed, about 67 percent indicated they would be more likely to purchase a product or service from a business that built a mobile-friendly website. Couple that with the fact that 61 percent of users also said they’d leave a site that’s not optimized for mobile and it’s clear that having a mobile-friendly site is more important than ever…’
How to Make Sure It Is
Why Predatory Publishing is Dangerous
Blogger writes about predatory publishing, is threatened with $1B suit
‘Metadata librarian Jeffrey Beall runs the popular industry blog Scholarly Open Access. The site maintains a list of open-access journals and publishers that Beall believes engage in predatory practices. For journals and publishers these acts include things like spamming scholars or charging faulty fees for content. The site is known simply as “Beall’s list” to followers and its notoriety has earned Beall ink in places like The New York Times. (And yes, now he even receives pseudo-spammer journals who request to be featured on the site without really understanding.)
‘Today The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a less amusing letter Beall received Tuesday. An Indian intellectual property management firm called IP Markets informed Beall that they would be suing for $1 billion in damages and that he could face up to three years in prison for his “deliberate attempt to defame our client.”…’
The worst social networking fiasco?
CIA Agent’s Facebook Pages Ruins Him
‘The question of how much a spy should divulge online became a touch less theoretical this week after Russia unmasked what it said was an American spy—saying it had detained Ryan C. Fogle, a junior political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, amid what it alleged was an effort to recruit a Russian officer.
‘Mr. Fogle’s Facebook page, as visible to his 243 “friends,” offered details about his social life, contacts and travel plans. One of those friends provided The Wall Street Journal with images of how Mr. Fogle’s page appeared to them.
‘On that page, Mr. Fogle said he worked at the State Department, posted photos of a tour of a Moscow Cold War bunker and of Mont Saint-Michel in France and Krakow, Poland. He bantered with apparent colleagues about flights back to the U.S. He also indicated he had plans to return to the U.S., including a date and flight route, and said that over Memorial Day weekend he planned to hang out at a restaurant in Arlington, Va., Ray’s the Steaks.
‘Mr. Fogle’s level of sharing appears restrained, by the standards of his generation. His 243 friends isn’t large for someone of his age group. The publicly accessible version of his Facebook profile doesn’t include a photo of him or personal information…’
Death of A Manila Town’s Fiesta
Just like last year, less than 10% of my hometown folks celebrated our town fiesta. So I think I can finally say that Baclaran’s official Fiesta day is finally dead.
In my 2 cents worth, these are probably the reasons: Either the residents are veering away from the Catholic religion feast, or because of continuing economic (including underground) downturn, or both. The rain of underworld easy money from gambling and black market is getting scarce as years pass by. Legitimate taxpaying workers — except those flaunting their wealth — will see it foolish to celebrate and invite the lot of neighbors who didn’t cook for the fiesta of course.
Is it good that this happened? For one thing, violence which is always part of the celebration is being avoided.