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01 Oct

Do You Know What 7 World’s Biggest Companies Serves For Lunch?

There are billions of companies around the world in which almost every job comes with a few food-related perks, from absolute basics like a fridge where you can store your lunch. Also, company cafeterias and canteens are different all over the world where they can compete with the world’s best restaurants. The cafeteria is important as it’s the place where employees go to take a break. So, to ensure that break is worth everything, these companies serve the best of food, in some of the best of ways.

Have a look what the employees of Top Companies get for lunch.

1. Apple:

The dining area at Apple is called Caffe Macs and is very spacious, light and totally free. They serve Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and French cuisine at lunch. Breakfast consists of strawberry French toast, pancakes, ju

2. Google:

Google’s cafeteria is one of the world’s best cafeteria. It has several sections of various cuisines, fast food, snacks, frozen yogurt and drinks, and there’s literally something for everyone.

3. Facebook:

It has an Epic Cafe which serves American and Asian foods and can also take a takeout meal. It provides three meals a day, five days a week. The food for both the employees and the office guests is for free.

4. Pixar:

Pixar’s cafeteria is called Cafe Luxo and has huge sized statues of Buzz Lightyear and Woody at the entrance.

This looks like a museum and serves a variety of dishes, such as salmon in maple syrup, pasta with tofu, hamburgers, fried ravioli, steaks, burritos, pizza, and all possible kinds of desserts.

5. Dropbox:

Dropbox, which is the file hosting service located in San Francisco, California, has a cafeteria called the Tuck Shop. It occupies about 400 meters and there are chefs who serve you whatever you’d like to have!

6. Twitter:

Twitter is an online news and social networking service has a cafeteria called @birdfeeder. The sections and menu at Twitter’s cafeteria are named after hashtags such as #comfort food, #tenderloin.

 

7. Storm8:

Storm8, a mobile social game developer provides unlimited snacks and drinks, catered lunches, dinners including sushi and steaks, and special treats like pork belly burgers from Big Chef Tom of Food Network Star.

If you want to enjoy the food,  go get a job in these World’s top companies.

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30 Apr

Facebook Audience Network for Publishers Review

Facebook has introduced it’s audience network where advertisers can show their ads on third party apps and mobile applications. Later they introduced Instant Articles, where the publishers can display ads from Audience Network and make money.

There are not many options to make money from Instant Articles as the usage of scripts is very minimal. Publishers are displaying Facebook Audience Network ads via Instant Articles. I have been a power user of Instant Articles since it’s inception and am still using despite few disadvantages. In this article I would be sharing my experience with Instant Articles and few revenue stats to give you an idea.

If you are not aware of Instant Articles and Facebook audience network. Do go to our official Facebook Page via Facebook App. You should see articles with flash opening instantly without loading at all. These are known as Instant Articles by Facebook. The ads that you see on Instant Articles are delivered by Facebook Audience Network. In case you are new to Instant Articles, read the below listed guide to implement/understand the same

A Complete Guide to Facebook Instant Articles – Implementation, PROS and CONS

Earnings Report from Facebook Audience Network:

To be very honest, the earnings are not at all impressive while compared to Google AdSense. However, we are still using Instant Articles for a different reason which we will mention at the end of the article. The RPM’s are very minimal compared to Google AdSense. I see a little improvement after using Instant Articles for a couple of months.

We can deliver other ads if we want to via iframe, but that would be a violation according to Google AdSense and even though you get a special permission to deliver the same, the ads do not load like Facebook Audience Network due to different reasons. So, you are forced to implement only Audience Network as of now. Let’s have a look at the revenue profile;

Payment Proof from Facebook Audience Network:

Payments are regular and on time. You can receive payments directly to bank via Inward Remittance which is a very good option.

Final Words:

Audience Network revenue is very poor compared to AdSense, but we are still relying on Instant Articles because of the great user experience. We hope Facebook will address this and improve the revenues via some optimization.

Let me know your opinion on the same in your comments below. Do participate in the discussion on the forum on this topic.

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07 Jul

Facebook uses your location data to suggest new friends, despite huge privacy concerns

Facebook’s “People You May Know” has always been an interesting algorithm to watch in action. While we can’t claim to have analyzed its function in-depth, it’s fascinating to see how the addition of a single friend can change the people Facebook thinks you might like to follow. Add a few high school buddies, and you’ll see more of your fellow graduates. Add a business contact or family member, and the same thing happens.

A recent investigation by Fusion.net found that Facebook doesn’t just prowl your phone contacts or mutual friends to find potential suggestions. The company also uses your location data to match you with other Facebook users, unless you’ve specifically configured your smartphone not to share that information.

A Facebook representative told Fusion: “We show you people based on mutual friends, work and education information, networks you’re part of, contacts you’ve imported and many other factors.” Simply being in the same location as another person isn’t supposed to trigger a “PYMK” notification, but the Fusion story discusses the case of a parent who attended an anonymous group meeting of parents with suicidal teenagers. The next morning, Facebook suggested that one of the other anonymous parents at the meeting was a person that the first parent might know. None of the parents in question had exchanged any contact information, and while Facebook claims that the two individuals must have had some other network in common, the episode highlights just how much data the company scoops up on its user base, as well as how little we really know about what the company does with that information.

Ongoing research into the so-called “six degrees of separation” has confirmed that the gap between two random people is often much smaller than you might think, which means it may not be particularly difficult for Facebook to find a common network between virtually any two people. Without knowing more about the company’s practices it’s impossible to know how two people attending the same anonymous event, neither of whom knew each other previously, wound up being matched together.

As privacy dwindles, real-world risks mount

Earlier this month, we wrote about Facebook’s aggressive use of location tracking as part of its new mobile advertising rollout. Going forward, Facebook will tell advertisers if their local ads drive additional foot traffic to stores and share aggregate demographic information on the customers in question. Obviously a feature like this can’t work if you don’t enable location services or connect to WiFi, which is why Facebook’s iOS and Android clients recommend leaving location services enabled.

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The fact that two people who attended a deliberately anonymous meeting were “outed” to each other on Facebook is one small example of how continually chipping away at user privacy can have significant real-world consequences. Just because you visited a bar, went to a concert, or saw a movie doesn’t mean you’re interested in being friends with every single person you shared the experience with. People seeking treatment for mental or physical illness may not be interested in meeting people who share these traits, or may simply wish to keep their private lives private.

At its best, Facebook’s PYMK is a useful way to find old acquaintances or friends you’ve lost touch with. But there are risks associated with simply smashing people’s profiles together based on unknown network linkages and proximity to one another. We recommend disabling location services for Facebook unless you absolutely need to leave them on. There’s no reason to hand the company a comprehensive record of where you go and when you went there.

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21 Jan

Facebook’s Free Basics: Not the big bad wolf it’s made out to be?

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In the wake of the clarifications coming from the company, perhaps we need to re-examine our stance.

Wait. Before unleashing a tirade of invectives at so preposterous a suggestion, let’s step back and take a long, rational look at the situation so far.

It started with Facebook announcing their ostensibly noble Internet.org initiatve in the country in February this year; a platform that saw them partnering with Reliance Communications to offer a pick of popular apps for free; the aim being to foster Internet usage among the masses.

But the real Net Neutrality debate sprung into popular mindspace only in April when Airtel outed their widely flayed Airtel Zero plan–a plan that offered toll-free access to a choice of apps. With Net Neutrality now becoming part of the country’s popular conversation, it was debated and dissected, even leading to one of the most watched YouTube videos when the fine folk at AIB took on the job of clarifying its many hairy aspects for the mobile viewing generation. The first video released in April, then the follow up that was put out in August effectively elevated to topic to dinner table discussion.

By now, there was no escaping it–any service that even remotely resembled offering a free Web service to a set of users was blacklisted as being anti Net Neutral. We as a people do after all value our freedoms–online included.

But Net Neutrality, while surprisingly simple in definition, is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Vishal Mishra of Columbia University–a respected expert on the subject–puts it succinctly: “Net Neutrality is about the ISPs (and telecom operators) not giving a competitive advantage to any particular website or application.”

So any organization in charge of providing Internet access should not accord any kind of priority access to any particular website or service–access to all of these should be equal. Simple, so no differential pricing for a service like Whatsapp or Skype which would be disadvantageous to general consumers.

But what of zero-rated apps? The kinds that are included in ‘special’ plans? Would a ‘Skype Pack’ or a ‘YouTube Binge’ broadband offer be necessarily detrimental? Before any of these questions can be answered, let’s establish some boundaries–the limits that constitute Net Neutrality in terms of the highest context–the end user.

Net neutrality, by definition and extension:

  1. Does not allow charging Internet users unfairly based upon the apps or services they use

    1. Allows users the freedom of choice, to opt in or opt out of a particular Internet access plan with no adverse consequences

    Now let’s hold this hypothesis against Facebook’s Free Basics initiatives. In Mark Zuckerberg’s post recently, he offered the following clarifications:

    1. While the constituent basic internet services are offered at no cost, users are free to move to the full-fledged Web experience at any time later on.

    2. They promise an open platform where they will partner with any telco, to allow developers to offer services free of charge.

    3. The platform is even open to having their competitor’s services (Google and Twitter for example) on board.

    This being the case, there doesn’t appear to be any ill consequences for the end user.

    Let’s also understand who Free Basics is aimed at: the millions who either haven’t experienced the Internet at all, or who are on the cusp of experiencing it. It’s not something an average urban user would ever consider, and the program certainly isn’t aimed at them.

    I liken this to a toddler that has no worldly awareness of what is good and bad, on what religion and education is. Which is why their initial choices are made for them, so they have a stepping stone, a basis on which to enter into these vast areas–areas in which they may choose to remain or even depart from subsequently. But those are precisely the choices they’ll be confident of making only later, after they have some grounding and context of what they can expect going forward. In the Web access context, having a platform that removes a huge barrier associated with Web access–cost–is undoubtedly a good thing.

    Meanwhile, if any fear exists that supporting a platform such as Free Basics is going to set a precedent for ISPs to hold undue sway over the apps and services that run over their networks later on, that fear is definitely founded. But that is a battle that should be fought when the times comes–not now.

    Mixing the possibility of future inequities with current-day initiatives that could potentially help the masses appears quite counterproductive. And this is the direction most discourse around the subject is taking these days.

    As British economist John Maynard Keynes famously said, “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions.” In the early days of Internet.org and even when it became Free Basics, I–like millions of others–was hugely sceptical of the whole initiative. But as each of these doubts and concerns continue to get clarified, I now believe the service does not appear to violate Net Neutrality, a concept that I steadfastly stand by.

    So until the time an ISP actually attempts to police an end-user’s Internet access, or unfairly hikes Internet access rates based on app or service, I think it’s time we avoid muddying issues with assumptions of future woe and focus on the real challenge at hand here–introducing our country’s masses to the Web.

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