Google+ opens up, takes fight to Facebook
Google and Facebook have trotted out a variety of new social networking features in back-to-back, underscoring their intensifying competition for web surfers.
Google integrated its flagship search engine into its three-month old social network - with membership now open to the internet public - and expanded its "Hangouts" video-chat feature to allow mobile use and broadcasting.
The company said on its official blog its well-received Hangouts feature - where up to nine people can link up and chat with a user on video - will be available on camera equipped smartphones powered by its own Android software. Support for Apple iOS devices "is coming soon", it added.
And a user can now host an online broadcast with this feature - recording a session and broadcasting it live for public access online. Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am will host the first "Hangout on Air" on Wednesday, Google said...
Bill Withers...drilling out as a top leader
Knowing what makes good management, turning profitable business and keeping it that way are just some of the key roles of an effective and intuitive leader. The Financial Review Leadership conference in August this month will be showcasing some of the most prominent and compelling leaders in Australia who will be advising their most valuable management practises that our multigenerational, multicultural and multinational business environment is currently challenged with. Such a leader who will be demonstrating his tools in identifying what is best for the workforce is Bill Withers.
As the Managing Director and founder of acQuire Technology Solutions, a Perth-based exploration and mining software firm and the premier Geoscientific Information Management System (GIMS) , Withers has driven its success since he wrote its original business plan on a plane trip from Brisbane to Perth in August 1996. The project was developed to “solve the problem of geoscientific observation and measurement management”...
Gold sets new record at $1,624
"Gold's attraction as a safe haven for investors means prices will grow further... "
RAPAPORT Update: New York spot gold hit a record briefly on July 29 in late morning trading at $1,633.80oz. Gold was up 40 percent year on year and trading 8 percent higher for the past 30 days. Silver added 36-cents to $40.09oz., but platinum was down $9 to $1,774oz. The dollar was stable against major diamond currencies: GBP 0.60, EUR 0.69, INR 44.21, ZAR 6.69, and CAD 0.96.
Diamonds.net - Gold Sets New Record . 2011. Diamonds.net - Gold Sets New Record . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.diamonds.net/news/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=32531. [Accessed 27th July 2011].
Taylor’s diamonds... “Fun when the sun shines”
The late Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - 2011) had lived a big life. She had once said,"'The more the better' has always been my motto". Indeed with three Oscars, eight marriages, 12 bestselling fragrances, and countless carats of gemstones, she was a one woman epic, dressed for the part with towering sculptures of ebony hair and artfully blended sweeps of jewel toned shadow. Yet despite her timeless beauty, juicy personal history, and legendary film performances, her most extraordinary role was that of a tireless fundraiser for AIDS awareness. For Taylor, living large meant giving big. Though she never gave up diamonds and dressing gowns, her larger than life persona expanded to include significant largess. She was a very early and very public champion for HIV/AIDS research. She was surrounded by beautiful diamonds, both figuratively and physically. Now her art, clothing, and jewelry collection – which are worth an estimated $145 million – are scheduled to be auctioned off in December at Christie's New York.
De Beers first-half rough diamond sales up 33% - MarketWatch
As the world's leading rough diamond company, De Beers employs over 16,000 people and operates in more than 20 countries across six continents with its joint venture partners. Established in 1988 it is the world's leading rough diamond company with unrivalled expertise in the exploration of mining and marketing of diamonds. The company's operating philosophy teaches the people of De Beers to commit to living up to diamonds through lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work. Having mining operations means conducting profitable business and ensuring long-term development for Africa. Since the demand for diamonds has been rising, De Beers plans to furthermore expand its retail outlets...