Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: From The Web, REBLOG! | Tags: Asia-Pacific, Asian Development Bank, Credit Corporation, Kiva, Microfinance, Poverty, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Social Lending | Comments Off on REBLOG! Movable Asset Loans Set to Revolutionize Business Opps in Asia Pacific
Scooters, coracles, beasts of burden and even crop stocks are providing the poor in the Asia Pacific region with new business opportunities. It’s a huge leap of faith for usually stayed banks and finance companies, but ‘movable asset’ loans are taking off.
Intangible assets, goods that are easily hidden, lost or sold, present unique risks for financiers. Since the global financial crisis the appetite of bankers for taking unnecessary risk has significantly reduced.
To overcome this, countries wanting to offer movable asset loans are passing legislation to set up “secured transaction” registers, one lender in PNG – Credit Corporation – secures 90 percent of its loans against movable assets and all of those loans have gone to Indigenous entrepreneurs :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 13th, 2014 | Author: Miya Keji | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: Google, REBLOG! | Comments Off on REBLOG! ‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google
Two Google executives have penned an article for the New York Times “The Future of Interent Freedom”
In the op-ed, the duo – Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – outline the means to overcome internet censorship in repressive communities.
Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, assert that the coming decade will see the internet increase by five-billion users from around the globe.
The Googlers surmise that the population growth will come primarily from places like Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran where www. access is heavily censored, another dystopian divination? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 21st, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: Facebook, Facebook Mobile Users, Indeepmedia, Messenger, Mobile Messaging, Non Carrier SMS, Social Media News, Social Networking Sites, WhatsApp | Comments Off on Facebook Snaps-up Mobile Messaging Service WhatsApp
The social networking behemoth that is Facebook, has announced it’s buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp in a deal worth $US19 billion, seriously expanding its mobile footprint.
WhatsApp, a cross-platform mobile app that allows users to exchange text messages without having to pay carrier charges, has apparently been in discussions with Facebook for more than 12 months.
The deal bolsters the Facebook’s – currently populated with more than 1.2 billion members – mobile user base with the 450-million strong WhatsApp users.
The deal will see WhatsApp operated independently.
It’s Facebook’s biggest acquisition to date, coming less than two years after Mark Zuckerberg’s firm raised $16 billion in the record breaking public stock offer.
The WhatsApp deal includes $US12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and $3 billion in RSUs – Restricted Stock Units – for employee retention.
Facebook said via it’s blog the deal that “the deal supports Facebook and WhatsApp’s shared mission to bring more connectivity to the world. The combination will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies. “
Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp is a slim operation, with less than 35 engineers – 1 engineer to 14 million users – it processes 50 billion messages a day.
The attraction runs much deeper than popularity, WhatsApp will not only boost Facebook’s international coverage, more importantly, it will add up to 350 million mobile users to Facebook’s mobile advertising offer :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: Ben Falcone, Catherine Keener, Enough Said, Film Review, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Friends With Money, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Likely Story, Lovely and Amazing, Marcelo Zarvos, MC65 BLOG, Movie Review, Nicole Holofcener, Toni Collette, Walking and Talking, Xavier Pérez Grobet | Comments Off on REBLOG! Enough Said
I don’t generally do film reviews on my personal blog, Enough Said however has a personal twist. Formalities out of the way: This 2013 American romantic comedy was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, Walking and Talking, Friends With Money and the insanely neat Lovely and Amazing. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini – in one of his final film roles – Toni Collette, Catherine Keener, Ben Falcone, and Toby Huss. The film was released on September 18, 2013 and received widespread acclaim from critics.
Holofcener has wonderful knack of portraying solid women in film, for me though, her understanding of aging – for both sexes – is what gives this film proper gravity :: Read the full blog post »»»»
Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: REBLOG! | Comments Off on REBLOG! “Fail Up” Mentally Strong People
REBLOG! From my personal blog via Forbes: While the general direction of most Forbes articles is business – and geez they do it well – The following post is applicable to almost every human. It’s inspirational in the best way, basically.
For all the time we spend concerned about our physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly in today’s überpaced world, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength, tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.” :: Read the full article »»»»