Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon


Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon Logo On September 28, 2014 Broncos Support Services (BSS) will be hosting the 2nd Gurgaon Half Marathon. The Half marathon will start at Leisure Valley Park, in Sec 29 Gurgaon at 6 am. The 2nd Gurgaon Half Marathon is expected to attract more than 1000 conditioned athletes, runners and walkers as well as 10,000 participants from around the City. Comparable events in neighbouring Airtel Delhi Half Marathon had over 32000 participants. We expect many athletes will participate as this is a unique and appealing annual event. As of last year we had 4500 to 5000 participants. Additional running and walking events are provided for the whole family including a Half Marathon, kid’s incremental marathon 5k race and Fun Run of 7K. Considering the Corporate presence in Gurgaon, this event will encourage better life style and social responsibilities by engaging with different NGO’s associated with Gurgaon Half Marathon 2014. A marathon is a lifetime achievement and we are excited to bring this Half Marathon to Gurgaon and anticipate an increasing number of athletes and participants will look forward to returning annually.

Who we are…!!

BSS (Broncos Support Services) provides services following Domains.

In IT infrastructure Support www.weresolve.us
Medical Tourism www.indiahealthhelp.com
Running Events www.gurgaonmarathon.org

Mission

There Mission is to create a world class Marathon which will bring Identity to Growing City Gurgaon and will also encourage social awareness.

To give a platform to NGO’s working in different domains to raise awareness and funds for charity.

How to register?
Please login to www.gurgaonmarathon.org and select the Category 21KM, 7KM or 5KM and register, once you receive a confirmation email kindly keep it safe as you will need it when you come to pick your Kit.
Minimum and max age
6 years is the minimum age and Maximum age for 5 KM is 14 years. For 7KM and 21KM minimum age is 14 years no maximum age limit.

Race details :-
•    21KM :- 7:00 AM Above 14 years
•    7KM :- 7:30 AM 14 years and above
•    5KM :- 7:45 AM 6 yrs to 14 yrs

Featured services:

Amity University 7 KM Freedom Run

7 KM is a free run which is open run for all those who wish to show their support for the cause. Participants can register for the Run, its open for everyone. The 7 Km run will start at 7:30 AM on 28th Sep 2014.

Amity University 5 KM Children’s

5 KM is a free run for the children’s below 14 years of age on the given date 28th Sep 2014. Children’s do not have to be from any specific school or institution all the children’s are invited. Time for the run is 7:45 AM

Amity Gurgaon Half Marathon 2014

21 KM Amity Half Marathon is the elite run for the passionate Runner who wishes to challenge or follow his passion for running. The Half Marathon will start at 7:00 AM on 28th Sep 2014.

Prize Money :
1. Prizes
21 kms
•    1st – 1 lac
•    2nd – 75k
•    3rd – 50k

Veteran –
•    75k

5kms
•    1st – 25k
•    2nd – 15k
•    3rd – 10k

route-map

aReputation Services for upgraded Online search results


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The demand for online reputation companies worldwide has increased manifold in present era. Reason being we live in a digital era where the internet remembers it all, whether it is malicious rumours, disreputable remarks, photographs that reflect poorly upon an individual, scandalous conversations and much more. Reputation is a valuable asset and maintaining it is not so easy in present times when undesired information spreads like wild fire. Pertaining to this prevailing scenario, Online Reputation Management has occupied relevant space in the psyche of well established corporate as well as the emerging businesses. In former case, it is a way to diminish the undesired search results while for the latter it is a way to promote their business and gain visibility of their name over the competitors on being searched in web space. aReputation, a leading Reputation Repair and Digital PR firm has devised its services to support all businesses as well as the individuals to get rid of the maligned reputation online and attain favorable postings.

A company’s position on Google is a key business driver as the company is expected to be what it appears online. It tells your story. Businesses and brands are increasingly looking for companies that offer customized services in cleaning up search engine results. It’s not a question of whether or not you should be overseeing your reputation online. Rather, it’s a question of how! The online reputation management tools adopted by aReputation help it deliver the reputation management services and provide an online image makeover to the clients. As a top ORM company, they are engaged in a variety of online reputation management services with the agenda to deliver outstanding solutions on time and within budget.

aReputation understands that  implementing an effective online reputation management campaign requires a solid foundation of research and planning. Some of the key strategies advocated by ‘aReputation’ are to create constructive content to overcome harmful ones and convince portals to permanently remove negative content and links based on libel and defamatory laws.

aReputation has fashioned and further designed an effective and efficient means to re-establish lost ground by way of eradicating unscrupulous and undesirable content from the internet. The wide-range of products offered by the company is time-tested and has the potential to rekindle lost name.

Source : aReputation Services

It’s ‘internship time’ at Facebook, Google, Apple


MOUNTAIN VIEW: Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it’s a very long list.

“Unlimited sparkling water?” someone says.

In the end, however, the budding Googlers are most excited about the work.

“The project I’m working on is super high impact, and I’m looking for ways to make my mark,” says Rita DeRaedt, 20, studying visual communication technology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She admitted to being a bit star-struck after she was assigned to a team headed by a designer she’s long admired.

With summer’s arrival comes an influx of thousands of Silicon Valley interns. Well paid and perked, young up-and-comers from around the world who successfully navigate the competitive application process are assigned big time responsibility at firms such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter.

Silicon Valley tech firms pay their interns more than any other sector in the US, according to a Top 25 list of 2014 intern pay by online career website Glassdoor.

Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto-based cybersecurity firm, topped the list with $7,012 average monthly base pay. Also on the list: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, eBay, Google and Apple, all of which pay more than $5,000 a month, or $60,000 annually if these were full time jobs.

And that’s not counting the perks, which at Facebook even include housing in this high rent region.

Executives hope that a fun and stimulating summer will motivate them to come back after graduation to launch careers. It’s money well spent in a field fighting for talent, says Keck Graduate Institute professor Joel West in Claremont, who hired interns when he ran his own software company, and now helps place students at internships.

(Image courtesy: Google)

(Image courtesy: Google)

“When you’re an employer, interns are a win-win, because you get relatively cheap labor and you get a first look at talented and ambitious people,” he says. “You get first dibs on them.”

Indeed, many of the internships turn into careers.

Max Schireson, CEO of database startup MongoDB, with offices in Palo Alto and New York, says they nurture former interns, 35 this summer selected from a pool of 3,000, when they return to their respective schools – primarily Brown, MIT, Stanford and Princeton.

“We try to keep in touch with them both to keep that relationship warm but also because they can help us in identifying our next crop,” Schireson says.

Schireson says that while there’s solid pay, with food, drink and candy around the office, there are limits. Ultimately, he says, “we want people attracted mostly by the workplace challenges.”

Typically, interns are assigned to collaborative teams working on specific projects; computer science student might be writing software code to make failed passcode attempts erase data, while a human resources student might be creating online learning modules for new hires.

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(Inside Facebook headquarters)

Serial entrepreneur Jon Bischke, currently CEO of San Francisco-based Entelo, a tech recruiter, said interns better arrive ready to hustle.

“Companies in Silicon Valley are growing faster than literally any companies anywhere since the beginning of time,” he said. “The energy is palpable and for people who appreciate fast-paced environments, you won’t find anything faster than what’s going on in Silicon Valley right now.”

But there is an effort to keep hours reasonable, and many said East Coast financial sector interns work longer hours for less pay.

“We believe in paying for work and paying our interns, full stop, but we don’t believe in making interns work all hours of the day unnecessarily, and think there are lessons to be learned in terms of managing time and workflow,” said Google spokeswoman Meghan Casserly. Overtime is allowed, however, for projects that warrant it, she says.

Chris Crawford was 18, a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, when he landed his first internship at nearby Cupertino-based Apple. He spent the next five summers interning at Apple, two in public relations, three at iTunes.

“I love Apple technology, I’m a musician and I loved what they were doing in the music industry, and I got real life business experience there,” says Crawford, who went on to launch his own startup, Loudr.fm, in 2009, an online service where musicians can sell cover songs and original music to fans, or through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and other sites.

Now and then, he says, their little firm of eight even gets an intern.

Google’s head of global staffing Kyle Ewing says the biggest misconception about their interns is that they are all computer scientists from elite universities. Instead, Google, and many other firms, have outreach programs to both diversify their workforce and provide opportunities for non-technical students.

IITian who built Google+ announces resignation


“I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years,” Gundotra said.

“I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years,” Gundotra said.

NEW DELHI: Vic Gundotra, the high-profile Indian executive who headed the Google+ team at Google, is leaving the company. The announcement was made by Gundotra on his Google+ page.

“Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years,” wrote Gundotra. “I am excited about what’s next. But this isn’t the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years.”

Gundotra is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He earlier worked with Microsoft, handing the developers relations for the company. He joined Google in 2007 and along with Sundar Pichai, head of Android and Chrome division, Google Search boss Amit Singhal and Google business officer Nikesh Arora, formed a quartet of senior Indian executives who ran Google’s day to day operations.

“Vic built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all his hard work and passion. We’d like to wish Vic good luck with his next project after Google,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement.

Apart from being the man behind Google+, Gundotra was instrumental in making Google I/O, company’s annual conference for developers a success. The first Google I/O was held in 2008.

While Google+ has managed to make a mark on the web, largely because Google has been very aggressive in pushing, the social networking site is a distant second to Facebook in terms of users and lags significantly behind Twitter and Facebook in terms of appeal.

From the statements issued by Page and Gundotra, the resignation of Google+ boss looks like a routine affair. But at the same time there were reports based on inputs left in Secret, an app that allows anonymous social networking, that Gundotra was looking for a new job.

In his statement Gundotra praised Page. “I’m overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry’s encouragement and support,” he said.

According to reports at Recode.com and Marketingland.com, the new Google+ chief will be David Besbris, a Google engineer who is with Google+ team since 2008.

source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/IITian-who-built-Google-announces-resignation/articleshow/34168703.cms

Private sector output in India falls in March: HSBC


News 24 in 7Private sector output in India fell in March, after a fractional increase in the previous month amid moderation in domestic demand conditions, an HSBC survey has said.

The HSBC India Composite Output Index, which maps both services and manufacturing, declined from 50.3 in February to 48.9 in March, as manufacturing production growth eased and service sector activity fell at faster rate during the month.

Meanwhile, the HSBC services business activity index fell from 48.8 in February to 47.5 in March, remaining below the 50 level mark for the ninth successive month.

A PMI reading above 50 indicates growth while a lower reading means contraction.

The contraction in the services sector activity was largely on the back of softer domestic demand. New business received by Indian services companies decreased for the ninth month running in March.

According to the HSBC survey, the weaker client demand, that led to the latest drop in new work intakes, can be partly linked to the forthcoming elections.

“Following some stabilization in recent months, service sector activity weakened again in March led by softer domestic demand,” HSBC Chief Economist for India & ASEAN, Leif Eskesen said.

However, Indian service providers were optimistic that activity would rise over the next 12 months as growth of new business, supported by improved economic conditions and new marketing initiatives, is expected to drive the expansion.

On price rise, the report said inflationary pressures in the Indian private sector softened during March, with both input costs and output prices rising at weaker rates. “Looking ahead, growth is expected to remain subdued in coming months, but pick up gradually during the second half of 2014,” Eskesen said adding this, however, assumes that the election outcome provides the elected government with a workable mandate.

India’s economic growth slowed to 4.5 per cent in 2012-13 due to the global slowdown and domestic factors such as high interest rates. The growth rate during April-September of 2013-14 slipped to 4.6 per cent from 5.3 per cent in the same period in the previous financial year.

Microsoft to offer Windows for free on phones, tablets


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the build conference. PHOTO: Reuters

Microsoft Corp is to give away its Windows operating system for free to makers of smartphones and small tablets for consumers as it seeks to make more of an impact on those fast-growing markets and counter the massive success of Google Inc’s free Android platform.

Microsoft’s move, announced at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, is an attempt to broaden the small user base of mobile versions of Windows, in the hope that more customers will end up using Microsoft’s money-making, cloud-based services such as Skype and Office.

Up to now, Microsoft has charged phone and tablet makers between $5 and $15 per device to use its Windows system, as it has done successfully at higher prices for many years with Windows on personal computers. Hardware makers factor the cost of that into the sale price of each device.

That model has been obliterated in the past few years by the fast adoption of Google’s Android system for phones and tablets, which hardware makers quickly embraced and now accounts for more than 75 per cent of all smartphones sold last year. Apple Inc’s iPhone and iPad account for most of the rest of the mobile computing market.

By contrast, Windows-powered phones held only 3 per cent of the global smartphone market last year. Windows tablets have only about 2 per cent of the tablet market, according to tech research firm Gartner.

FREE MONEY

Microsoft’s move to make Windows free for some consumer devices bucks a central tenet of Bill Gates’ original philosophy, that software should be paid for, which led to Microsoft’s massive financial success over the last four decades. But analysts said it is a realistic reaction to the runaway success of free Android.

“Microsoft is facing challenges on the mobile and tablet fronts and need to change their strategy to move the growth needle, this is a good and logical first step,” said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets.

Windows will be free for companies making phones and tablets with screen sizes under nine inches (23 cm) for the consumer market. A license fee will still apply for business devices.

It comes a week after new Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella unveiled new versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications for Apple Inc’s iPad. A year’s free subscription to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 service will be offered on the new devices running the free Windows, Microsoft said.

Both moves show that Microsoft is now more interested in gaining market share for its cloud-based services such as Office on any platform or device, rather than its traditional approach of putting Windows at the center of everything it does and extending its influence from there.

In the new era of mobile computing, Nadella acknowledged Microsoft’s underdog status.

“We are going to innovate with a challenger mindset,” said Nadella in a question and answer session at the developer conference.

“We are not coming at this as some incumbent trying to do the next version of Windows, we are going to come at this by innovating in every dimension.”

Nadella did not have a snappy answer to the question of what Microsoft’s overarching mission now was, after it had achieved its original goal of putting a computer on every desk and in every home. Instead he elaborated on remarks he made last week about the importance of mobile devices as everything we do becomes digitized and connected to the internet.

“Our vision, simply put, is to thrive in this world of mobile first, cloud first,” said Nadella. “Our goal is to really build platforms, create the best end-user experiences, the best developer opportunities and IT infrastructure for this ubiquitous computing world.”

SIRI RIVAL

Also at the gathering, Microsoft formally announced it has developed a voice activated phone assistant feature called Cortana, a direct rival to Apple’s Siri.

The feature has been rumored for some months and a test version was demonstrated at the event by Joe Belfiore, a Windows Phone executive.

The Cortana service, which can take verbal instructions to search the Web, set alarms, make calls and a host of other actions, is still in beta testing but will soon be a standard feature on Windows phones, said Belfiore.

He announced that the latest version of Microsoft’s smartphone software, called Windows Phone 8.1, will be rolled out to consumers as a downloadable upgrade in the next few months, and new phones running the software will be in stores by late April or early May.
(Reuters)

aReputation-Fixing search results through Online Reputation Management


1389604954A recent study conducted by a team of researchers surveyed over 300 executives, mostly C-suite and board directors, and discovered that reputation is considered the highest impact risk area to business strategy.

This finding cuts across most industry sectors and ranks above threats to their business model and the impact of economic trends and competition.

Businesses and brands are increasingly seeking the services of companies that specialise in tidying up search engine results. The effect of a terrible review, a critical blog, an unflattering link or rant from a disgruntled ex-employee sitting in one of the top 10 Google spots can be devastating for a business as click-through rates plummet. Obviously, some companies have the online reputation they deserve, but an unjustified, malicious or obsolete complaint may linger for years, blighting every new query.

In most industry sectors, reputation has risen from outside the top five strategic risk concerns to the top of the list. In the energy and resources sector, for example, reputation ranked outside top-10 on the list of strategic risks in 2010, though today, it irritably sits on the top spot.

Large corporations and high-networth individuals are constantly targets of disenfranchised employees and customers. Companies and industries with reputation problems are prone to incur the wrath of legislators, regulators, shareholders and the public. However, what is said is not always a true reflection of a company. Perceptions are not always based on fact, but on opinion, conjecture and rumours.

“The breadth and depth of today’s reputational challenge is a consequence not just of the speed, severity, and unexpectedness of recent economic events but also of underlying shifts in the reputation environment. Those changes include the growing importance of Web-based participatory media, the increasing significance of NGOs and the declining trust in advertising,” said David Miller, spokesperson for aReputation.co.uk, an online reputation management company based in UK but operating extensively in the Indian sub-continent.

According to Miller, “the challenge with any reputation management crisis is effectively targeting those that need to be informed while not generating undue attention from those that don’t. The best way to accomplish this is to create targeted press releases within the News Room that can be linked to from a variety of sources. ”

Speaking to Forbes, Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of Reputation.com, put it succinctly when he said some time back, “you can relinquish your influence over that reputation and your cultivation of it and just let fate take over, but it’s actively costing you something. Even if your online reputation is neutral, there’s an opportunity cost because you may be missing out on visibility or connections that could help you.”

USA-based Reputation.com and UK-based aReputation.co.uk are two of the frontline global online reputation management companies that cater to a wide menu of clients. Their relatively niche, yet substantial, presence in India is likely to inspire Indian ORM companies who have so far been unable to tap the potential of the reputational market. While Reputation.com has a strong presence amongst small and medium companies across all sectors, aReputation.co.uk is known to cater to large corporations and high-networth individuals.

Unfortunately, companies struggle to categorize, let alone quantify, reputational risk. Risk managers are divided on whether reputational risk is an issue in its own right or simply a consequence of other risks. Whatever position companies take on this, almost all executives agree that reputation is a hugely valuable asset.

Whether you are handling your reputational needs or outsourcing it, generating positive content is critical. In a world where more and more people are likely to judge you based on what appears online, there’s no excuse for feigning ignorance or imagining it doesn’t matter.It’s much better to take a proactive approach to owning the real estate on Page 1, as opposed to clawing your way in, after bad news is attached to your brand.