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Microsoft wins privacy tug-of-war with US government

Appeals court overturns earlier ruling forcing Microsoft to hand over customer dataLaw enforcement versus individual privacy

The mood between tech companies and the US government has been less than cordial in recent months following a series of stand-offs over law enforcement and customer privacy issues.

In the most recent high-profile case, a US appeal court has ruled that the government cannot force Microsoft to turn over to them data stored overseas and has rejected an earlier ruling that found the tech giant in contempt for failing to aid a narcotics prosecution.

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Will big data influence future election campaigns?

Big data enabling political parties of all colours to more effectively target voters

Changing the game

With the outcome of the recent British parliamentary elections confounding the pollsters who were predicting another coalition government, it seems as if the ‘floating voter’ is having a bigger influence on elections than ever before. A pre-election poll showed that around 40% of Brits were undecided right up to the big day, so how are political parties trying to secure their share of the floaters?

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LinkedIn facing lawsuit alleging violation of consumer protection laws



Ready for your next career move? Better get your colleagues on-side

How well do you get on with your co-workers? If you’re planning to make a career move and already use LinkedIn as part of your professional networking strategy, you might want to start brushing up on your relationship skills.

Why? Well because LinkedIn now features a ‘reference search’ function which allows anyone with a premium (paid) account to access a list of references for any other account holder. In practice, this means that recruiters or potential employers can trawl candidates’ employment history to flush out colleagues who worked for companies at the same time with a view to approaching them for a reference.  Continue reading

US 65th in World on Gender Pay Gap


gender pay gap

Mind the gap

People talk a lot about what’s fair. But in a world where most women earn less than men for doing the same job, fairness seems to take a back seat. The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) charts only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace in recent years. In fact, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by just 4% from 56% in 2006. There isn’t anywhere in the world where a woman gets the same pay for doing the same job as a man and, according to the report, we might have to wait another 80 years or so to close the gap.

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Manufacturing Data Indicate Growing Strength of U.S. Economy

Upbeat manufacturing data should let business owners start their week bright-eyed and cheery without the usual caffeine. After a slow start to 2014, with GDP growth estimates near a 1% annual rate, current U.S. manufacturing data indicate the economy is getting back on its feet.
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