Tired of Linkedin?

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If you think that LinkedIn does not provide you with the opportunity to show your whole picture (skills, portfolio, pictures, videos, your whole you) to prospect employers, and you feel that linkedIn is turning a little boring,  now you have the opportunity to try a new site called TYBA. I found TYBA user friendly and on top of this, it gives you the ability to add several sections on the site to showcase all the  work  you want to show to prospect recruiters. I came across with this site while browsing different news on my former University’s twitter account (IE Business School), where I studied my Master’s Degree.

TYBA mission is to connect talented individuals at an early stage in their careers with companies looking to hire them. TYBA founders were students from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. This piece of news made me happy because they were students from my alma mater.

In my opinion, I have lately found LinkedIn a little bit boring because the information you can share about your work is  limited; even though, some changes have been made recently. In general,  I feel that LinkedIn is made more for people, who have some years of experience (around 3 years of experience) and it does not help students, who are trying to get an internship or just want to jump into the job market as entry level employees.  Discover the TYBA experience, it is fun!!

Congratulations Jorge Schnura, Eiso Kant, and Phillip Von Have in such a great start-up and good luck!!! Sure, it will be a great success.

World War, Cold War… Cyber War.

 

Homeland Security

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The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) emphasizes the U.S is facing a sustained and massive cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness. The NIEs are classified documents prepared for policymakers. According to the NIE, the campaign is seeking to access businesses and institutions’ data to gather economic intelligence through cyber-attacks.  The sectors that have been the focus of hacking over the past five years include energy, finance, information technologyaerospace and automotives, according to the individuals familiar with the report.

Besides China, the NIE names three other countries — Russia, Israel and France — as having engaged in hacking for economic intelligence but makes clear that the cyber-espionage’s quality carried out by these countries are compared with those of China. Nonetheless, China repeatedly rejects such allegations.

President Obama states that foreign governments and criminals are looking into U.S. financial, energy and public safety systems “every day.” As a reaction, the U.S. military has put $3 billion into cyber security effortsFormer Deputy Defense Secretary William. Lynn states on this issue, “We need the NIE on cyber for a systematic and comprehensive understanding of what the most dangerous technologies are, who are the most threatening actors and what are our greatest vulnerabilities.”

The White House is considering imposing trade sanctions and visa restrictions on response to these cyber-attacks. Today, The Washington Post says President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order on cyber security soon, intended to help private companies defend themselves against hacking. So far, Washington’s response has included giving written guidance to businesses on intellectual property crimes, to setting up a toll-free number to report problems, to unsuccessful efforts to get Congress to pass legislation on the issue.

Worldwide- known U.S. dailies such as The New York Timesthe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post recently disclosed that they believe their networks were compromised in powerful and sophisticated intrusions that originated in China.

Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Officer, says China is the world’s “most sophisticated and prolific” hacker, adding: “It’s fair to say we’re already living in an age of state-led cyber war, even if most of us aren’t aware of it.” A new war is already starting, a cyber war, and the U.S. Government needs to take actions as soon as possible to fight this problem. This issue needs to be worked out closely between the public and private sector, since both parties are being constantly affected. Several experts have said that cyber-espionage’s cost to the U.S. economy might range from 0.1 percent to 0.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $25 billion to $100 billion

E-Book’s Market Rising

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Launching the idea of e-books looked ridiculous about 5 years ago since many customers were reluctant to pay for them. Now, this idea is becoming more accepted among customers. This acceptance has been reflected on customers’ behaviors and e-books sales is the proof. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in the company’s fourth-quarter earning report, released days ago “We’re now seeing the transition we’ve been expecting.” After five years, e-books are multibillion-dollar category for us and growing fast—up approximately 70 percent last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just five percent.”

Nonetheless, this report shows that not all e-books categories are having the same results. For example, important U.S. book publishers are reporting slowing sales of adult e-books: What was once triple-digit growth has fallen to double digits. Books like adult fiction and nonfiction—and such categories as cookbooks and travel haven’t seen nearly as much growth from e-books as expected. However, the general ebook’s trend means that the table’s market is expected to continue increasing. Many publishers are focusing more on developing editions for iPad first, since it’s by far the most popular tablet, meaning that kindle has to work harder to get that specific market.

The Year of the Snake: Happy New Year!!!

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Today, China celebrated the start of a new year, the year of the snake. Each Chinese’s year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, and Boar. The year 2013 is the year of the Snake. This animal is associated with the dragon and many called it the junior dragon. According to the Chinese astrology, all the people born on the year of the snake are said to be thoughtful, stylish, determined, but complex characters. These people are said to know how to manage their lives, destinies and destinations. They are calm, sophisticated, but not emotional. China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong was born in the year of the snake.

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For many Chinese people, this is their only holiday in the year and they try to celebrate it as the most important day of their life. The Chinese government tried to restrict the celebration by decreasing the number of fireworks to help deal with Beijing’s notorious air pollution; however, the population seemed to not pay attention to this call.  Lets start the Snake’s year and see how it goes for China and the world.