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Don’t panic, but Twitter is about to make some major changes

Originally posted on PandoDaily:


Today is not a good day for Twitter truthers.

For months now, Twitter has hinted that some major changes are coming to its service. Users have been left to ask, will feeds no longer be dictated by each user’s personal curation, instead placed under the tyranny of Facebook-style algorithms? Where once there was an indispensable firehose of real-time news updates, will users be greeted instead by a wasteland of Ice Bucket Challenge videos? Will Twitter cease to be Twitter at all?

Today, the company went into more detail than ever before about how it plans to revamp its service in order to attract new users to the platform, which has seen only modest growth since going public, much to the chagrin of Wall Street. The verdict? Yes, Twitter is going to evolve. It must in order to survive. But it will hopefully do so without alienating its longtime power users.


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Originally posted on News Podge:

appdicted review

What is Appdicted?

Appdicted is a productivity application that looks at how often you use each of your apps and for how long. There isn’t any real use for it other than having data about yourself but it can be fun to see where you spend all of your time. It’s currently free in the Play Store.

Here’s how it works. It uses the device and app history permission to keep an eye on you and what you do on your smartphone. This sounds like a breach of privacy but the app doesn’t have an internet permission so it can’t transmit any data about what you use anywhere. It accumulates information such as which apps you use, how long you use them, how often you check your phone, and other usage stats. It then gives you a read out of which apps you use the most, how long you use them…

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Exposure Draft : Wadiah

Originally posted on Islamic Bankers : Resource Centre:


One of the panic buttons we are pressing now is the new Wadiah Exposure Draft (ED). As a rule, Wadiah is a “safe-keeping with guarantee” arrangement, where a Bank agrees to take on-board customers deposits as a loan (Qardh). And in the rules of loan under Islamic Banking, a loan must be returned on the same amount when required; any amount above and beyond the loan amount, if put as a condition at the start or during of the deposit placement, may be construed as “Riba”. If the Bank utilises the deposits for any business activities, the Bank is given the discretion to award “Hibah” or gift payments allocated based on the balance outstanding.

With the introduction of the IFSA and the requirements that Malaysian Banks comply with the Investment Account Framework  if Mudarabah continued to be offered to Customers, the common wisdom is to migrate lock-stock-and-barrel into a Wadiah…

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What to Do When You Can’t Predict Your Talent Needs

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

Predictive analytics are often used in strategic workforce planning (SWP), to forecast and close the gap between the future talent you’ll have versus the future talent you’ll need. Now, powerful analytical tools are driving that organizational calculus. Those tools predict who will leave and when, where talent will be plentiful and scarce, and how talent will move between roles. But there’s a catch: Very precisely matching talent to “the future” is of little value if that future doesn’t happen. For example, it can take five years or more to develop today’s high potentials into leadership roles. Can you know today the five-year future for which you should prepare them?  Increasingly, you cannot. Yet, because HR strategy typically reacts to organization strategy, SWP often assumes a single future as its goal.

Does this mean predictive analytics don’t work for talent? No. Powerful analytics have value in preparing for a VUCA…

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US criticized for “feeding the trolls” in the fight against ISIS on social media

Originally posted on PandoDaily:


As Obama stands poised to implement his plan to arm Syrian rebels against ISIS, there’s another fight playing out between US officials and the Islamic extremist group — and it’s taking place on social media.

In order to counter ISIS’s well-oiled social media propaganda machine, which has included everything from beheading videos to Instagram photos of cats next to assault rifles, the State Department has launched a campaign on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr called Think Again Turn Away. It’s designed to convince potential terrorist recruits that the world ISIS is trying to build will be a nightmare for young men and women and their families living in regions affected and occupied by the militants.

But Shahed Amanullah, a former State Department official tells the Guardian that these efforts are not only ineffective — they may be making ISIS’ hold on the hearts and minds of Islamic youths even stronger by “feeding…

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my weaknesses are my strengths

Originally posted on at least i have a brain:

my weaknesses are my strengths.

i have realised this for a LONG time now…

my weaknesses, my Achilles heal are my morals, my code of conduct.

The ultimate IRONY.


my strengths have once been used to manipulate me…to weaken me…to force me.

it’s like beating a football team , by playing against them with their OWN style of tactics!

My STRENGTHS…once they are known…are my VULNERABILITIES…my Weaknesses.

but i can’t change them.

my BODY is not strong…but my mind, morals and persistence are.


Easier to think of negatives but am deliberately challenging the Irish tendency to do that- and going for my 10 strengths!

my 10 strengths 

  1. ability to think outside the box – to see ways around problems that others miss.
  2. determination. to follow through what i undertake FULLY…..and it will be well done.
  3. i am honest and trustworthy. i have decided that despite the occasional friends it costs…

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Bootstrapping After Raising Money

Originally posted on David Cummings on Startups:

Typically, the term bootstrapping in the entrepreneurial world means that the founder(s) used their own money and sweat equity to get a new business off the ground. Only, more and more entrepreneurs are saying that they want to bootstrap the business, even after having raised an angel round (I’ve been guilty of this in the past as well). So, what is it? Bootstrapping or being capital-light?

What the entrepreneurs are trying to say when they call it bootstrapping after raising an angel round is that they want to continue growing the business without any additional outside investment (e.g. be a customer-funded company going forward). Bootstrapping implies being lean and scrappy as resources are limited. An investor-funded company can be lean and scrappy as well, but once a startup raises money it’s often perceived as being flush with cash that will be readily spent.

My proposal is that entrepreneurs that build their company…

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