It's not what you know, it's who you know--and that's doubly true in Hollywood, where even a tech editor can be handed a DVD while waiting for a latte at the local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. (For the record, the movie was not good.) So I wasn't too surprised to read news that Variety, indispensable trade publication for the Hollywood machine, was launching a social network. Appropriately named The Biz, the site's described as the place where "entertainment professionals network, pitch products, exchange ideas, and search for jobs among peers and industry experts.&… Read more
With all of the attention that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) update (and the administration's vigorous attempts to immunize the criminals telcos), it seems like a good time to explore the issues surrounding surveillance and privacy in America today.
While there are so many scary things being done by intelligence and law enforcement, hope is not far away. Easy to use privacy technologies are upon us, and with them, comes a radical shift in the balance of power. As this article will explain, the scalable techniques with which the NSA, FBI and other agencies can spy on innocent … Read more
"The Borg-Yahoo merger won't work," writes Fake Steve (also known as Forbes magazine's Daniel Lyons) in a blog posting. "Here's why. It's like taking the two guys who finished second and third in a 100-yard dash and tying their legs together and asking for a rematch, believing that now they'll run faster."
Scroll down to the end and you'll get another hilarious mental picture. "Imagine a circus act in which two enormous, clumsy, … Read more
Standout Jobs' Reception is a hosted recruiting service for companies. It replaces the lame jobs pages that many companies run with a more developed service, including application forms, applicant tracking, support for videos, discussions, and so on. I like the idea, but I like JobScore's (review) model even more: With permission, it puts applicants that aren't hired into a general pool that hiring managers at other companies can pay to see.
Seen at: Demo 2008.
Ever had a bad job before? When you were done working there, did you have the urge to steer others clear of treading the same path of personal destruction? I know I did. At one of my old jobs, people were so angry after layoffs that they started their own anticompany blogs.
For the slightly more level-headed there's JobDud, a site that lets you anonymously rant about how good, or bad an employer is. Like Yelp, JobDud uses a five-star rating and each company gets its own page where user reviews are listed and put together for an aggregate … Read more
JobScore is a newish company that can run the recruiting page for your business' Web site. It's free, and it looks like a very strong service, especially compared to the existing, paid software apps from companies like Taleo. But what I really like is that, in the future, JobScore will let you take the applicants to your jobs that you don't hire, and throw them back into the job pool so other JobScore clients can see them. More on that in a minute.
PALM DESERT, Calif.--NotchUp wants to pay people to take job interviews.
In lieu of job boards and nagging phone calls from recruitment agencies, those in the market for a job or career change can put a price tag on their availability to talk to prospective employers. The company is making its official debut at Demo 2008 on Tuesday.
NotchUp membership is currently invitation only or by application. It works like this: Companies looking for employees can offer a meeting price to a candidate, typically between $300 and $600. Candidates are pre-screened by NotchUp to ensure they are serious about … Read more
That's all fine and dandy, but what about looking at the words themselves? That's exactly what the ever-resourceful Todd Bishop at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has done. In a blog posting Tuesday, Bishop includes a tag cloud showing the most frequently used words by each, as well as an analysis of the rate of big words used by each.
In terms of which words came up the most, a tag cloud shows words … Read more
In the "why didn't I think of that" category, an enterprising couple of media types (Web designer Jona Bechtolt and freelance science writer Claire L. Evans) were so knocked out by the Steve Jobs Macworld keynote that they decided to create and market a laptop case for the new MacBook Air--based on the simple manila office envelope Jobs pulled his new laptop out of on stage.