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With New Outsourcing Deal, BlackBerry Cancels Two Phones

A small item from BlackBerry’s earnings-related filing Friday got lost in the news of its hardware partnership with Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group–sales of its new phones have been so bad that BlackBerry was forced to cancel the rollout of two not-yet-released phones.

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U.S. to Hit Infosys With Record Immigration Fine

The federal government is set to slap Infosys Ltd. with the largest immigration fine ever, claiming the Indian outsourcing giant illegally placed workers on visitor, rather than work, visas at big corporate clients across the U.S.

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U.S. to Resolve Investigation of Infosys

The U.S. is expected to announce a resolution Wednesday to the visa fraud investigation against mega-outsourcer Infosys, according to a Justice Department official.

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HTC Seeks to Outsource Smartphone Production

HTC Corp. is considering outsourcing production of smartphones in a major strategic shift as the struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker looks for ways to cut costs and retain profitability, people familiar with the situation said.

1,100 Jobs Outsourced or Axed at Nokia

Reason for leaving last job: “IT realignment.”
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Directly Is a TaskRabbit for Online Customer Service

Directly wants to be an alternative to tweeting out into the ether or scanning the dead ends of online forum discussions to find the occasional relevant comment.
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Closing the Internet Divide

What is the correlation between Internet connectivity and prosperity?

How Obama or Romney Should Have Answered the iPad Question

When CNN’s Candy Crowley asked why iPad and iPhones can’t be made in America, here is what one of the candidates — either one — should have said in response.
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Yahoo Gets Googley Q&A Tool at Friday FYI and Uses It to Ask About Exec Accountability and Leaks

Here’s my question for Mayer’s new query machine: When do I get my free lunch?
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CrowdFlower Heads Downmarket With New Photo Moderation Tools

CrowdFlower, the crowdsourcing platform, is striking out in a new direction under the leadership of co-founder Lukas Biewald, who recently took back the CEO role from a hired executive.
Crowdflower went through its own image moderation to find inoffensive images for this sample screenshot.

Firms Jockey for Space in Services