Sunday, July 14, 2013

'Despicable Me 2,' 'Grown Ups' beat 'Pacific Rim'


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Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" failed to do monster business at the North American box office as it was beat by "Despicable Me 2" and Adam Sandler's ensemble comedy "Grown Ups 2" in a major disappointment for Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures.

Image: "Pacific Rim"

Warner Bros. Pictures

"Pacific Rim."

"Pacifc Rim" grossed $38.3 million, a problematic number considering the movie's production budget of at least $190 million. Legendary footed most of the bill, with distribution and marketing partner Warner Bros. putting up a minority stake. Opening in 38 markets overseas, the 3D tentpole took in $53 million for a worldwide total of $91 million. While strong in Asia, Russia and Mexico, "Pacific Rim"was soft elsewhere.

Universal's box office hit "Despicable 2"stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend, grossing $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million. The 3D animated tentpole also came in No. 1 internationally, grossing $55.7 million from 50 markets for a worldwide total of $472.4 million. It has earned $243.2 million at the foreign box office and will eclipse the entire run of "Despicable Me" this week ($293 million).

Image: "Despicable Me 2."


"Despicable Me 2."

ANALYSIS: What 'Pacific Rim's' fate means for Legendary and Warner Bros.

Sony's "Grown Ups 2" opened to a stellar $42.5 million domestically in a needed win for Sandler, who has had a string of box office disappointments.

Despite being ravaged by critics, "Grown Ups 2" received a B- CinemaScore, same as the 2010 original. The sequel, costing a relatively modest $80 million to produce, reteams Sandler with Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello.

Fox's Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy comedy "The Heat"placed No. 4 in its third outing, jumping the $100 million mark and ending the weekend with a North American cume of $112.4 million.

Coming in No. 5 was Gore Verbinski's troubled "The Lone Ranger," which tumbled a steep 61 percent to $11.1 million in its second weekend for a tepid domestic cume of $77.1 million. Overseas, the big-budget tentpole took in a meek $12.7 million from 33 territories for an international total of $48 million and worldwide cume of $119.1 million. "Lone Ranger" has a number of major markets in which yet to open.

Marking del Toro's first big-budget tentpole, "Pacific Rim" pits giant robots against alien monsters and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day.

Defying soft prerelease tracking, "Pacific Rim" got off to a better-than-expected start Thursday night and Friday, but once fanboy traffic started tapering off late Friday, the movie took a dip. Mirroring strong reviews, "Pacific Rim" received an A- CinemaScore.

IMAX theaters -- the favored venue for fanboys -- ponied up a robust $7.3 million. In another sign that fanboys turned out in force, more than 50 percent of the overall gross came from 3D screens, a record for the summer.

Younger moviegoers made up the biggest percentage of the audience for"Pacific Rim," with 47 percent of those buying tickets under the age of 25 and 67 percent under the age of 35.

Overseas, "Pacific Rim" launched to strong numbers in Asia, Russia and Mexico -- del Toro's home country -- though it fared dismally in Australia on Thursday, coming in No. 4 behind the the opening day of "The Heat," "Despicable Me 2" and "Monsters University" (the two animated films are benefiting from school holidays). It also was soft in the U.K.

Final weekend numbers have yet to be released, but "Pacific Rim" is expected to end the weekend with worldwide grosses just north of $90 million.

VIDEO: 'Pacific Rim's' Guillermo del Toro on box-office pressure, planning a sequel

So far internationally, the tentpole is outpacing a slew of films that went on to gross between $300 million and $400 million overseas, including"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Clash of the Titans" and "Prometheus." It's also pacing on par with "World War Z," which has earned more than $200 million to date at the foreign box office.

Making headlines at the specialty box office in North America was The Weinstein Co.'s critically acclaimed "Fruitvale Station," about the the shooting of a young African-American man by BART police in Oakland. The film -- opening just as George Zimmermanwas acquitted of shooting Trayvon Martin-- grossed $377,285 from seven theaters for a location average of $53,898, the third best of the year so far.

"Fruitvale" starMichael B. Jordan and first-time feature Ryan Coogler have been vocal in comparing the two shootings, and the issues they raise.

Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back" performed nicely as it expanded into a total of 79 theaters, grossing $1.1 million for a location average of $14,051 and cume of $1.8 million.


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Monteith's unforgettable 'Glee' performances


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"Glee" would not be what it is today were it not for Cory Monteith.

The actor brought a boyish charm to the lovable jock Finn Hudson, the all-American guy who would help make the revived McKinley High School New Directions champions. Monteith, who died Saturday at the age of 31, was the frontman for many of the show's best songs as his character would grow to anchor the underdog club. In his four seasons on the Fox musical, Monteith would cover artists including Journey, Michael Jackson, Queen and scores more, performing songs to support his gay half-brother, his girlfriend and the club itself.

Here are The Hollywood Reporter's picks for Monteith's best "Glee"songs.

PHOTOS: Cory Monteith's career in pictures

1. "Don't Stop Believin'" (Journey, season three):
This was the song that started a worldwide phenomenon and made Monteith and the rest of the cast overnight sensations. Monteith was the backbone of the original New Directions and it was his football star Finn Hudson who helped launch the club to what it became -- champions.

2. "Can't Fight This Feeling" (REO Speedwagon, season three)
Romance blossomed early for Finn and Rachel (Lea Michele). The jock battled peer pressure from his classmates for joining the club and having the eyes for the diva-in-training. When Matthew Morrison's Mr. Schue heard Finn singing this song after a game, he personally recruited him to anchor the glee club's revival.

3. "Hello, I Love You" (The Doors, season three)
When Sue (Jane Lynch) tries to come between Finn and Rachel, he reconfirms his feelings for his new love -- not his recent ex, Quinn (Dianna Agron) with this cover. The Doors frontman Jim Morrison died at the age of 28.

4. "Faithfully" (Journey, season three)
New Directions turned to Finn and Rachel's blossoming romance when it counted most in "Glee's" first season finale, "Journey to Regionals."

5. "Losing My Religion" (R.E.M., season three)
During the "Grilled Cheesus" episode Finn questions religion after his step-father-to-be Burt has a heart attack and the club rallies around his now step-brother, Kurt (Chris Colfer). It ranks as one of the show's most controversial hours to date.

6. "Just the Way You Are" (Bruno Mars, season three)
In the "Furt" episode, Finn takes some slack for not defending Kurt when he's bullied by a member of the football team on which the athlete serves as quarterback. He uses this song to apologize to his newest family member as he and Kurt learn Finn's mother is marrying the father of his openly gay New Directions team member.

7. "Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson, season three)
Monteith and new directions members Puck (Mark Salling), Blaine (Darren Criss), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) -- clad in a stunning black and white tuxedos -- form what would become the male core of the club after Finn makes peace with his jealousy toward new star Blaine.

8. "We Are the Champions" (Queen, season three)
After New Directionsperforms -- and wins -- at Nationals, leader Finn leads the club in a cover of this classic Queen song to thank Mr. Schue for his efforts.

9. "Glory Days" (Bruce Springsteen, season three)
In the season three finale, Finn rallies everyone to help his best friend, Puck, pass a key test so he could graduate. Clad in his cap and gown, Finn sat behind his drums to play -- and sing -- as McKinley High's principal read off the names of his glee club friends.

PHOTOS: 'Glee' season four in pictures

10. "Don't Speak" (Duncan Sheik, season four)
In one of the Fox musical's most heart-wrenching episodes, Finn and Blaine travel to New York to visit their respective partners. What they find, however, is that the distance between Ohio and New York, along with the woes of a long-distance relationship when they're each heading in different directions, doesn't work. The two core couples break up and share one of the show's most gut-wrenching songs to diehard fans all over the world.

11. "The Scientist" (Coldplay, season four)
Returning to Ohio, Finn is joined with his McKinley High friends including Santana (Naya Rivera), Kurt, Blaine, Brittany (Heather Morris) and Jayma Mays (Emma) as each struggles to accept heartbreak during "The Break Up."

STORY: Hollywood, 'Glee' Co-Stars Mourn Cory Monteith

12. "Don't Dream It's Over" (Crowded House, season four)
With Mr. Schue in Washington, Finn steps in to take over leading New Directions. After the club loses its choir room after new star Marley (Melissa Benoist) lands the club a disqualification at Sectionals. Finn commiserates with the few members of the club still determined to make a comeback including Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Blaine, Sam and Brittany.

13. "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" (Beastie Boys, season four)
After spending the bulk of season four searching for his identity -- the Army, bumming around New York and filling in for Mr. Schue with New Directions -- Finn heads to community college to study to become a teacher. He takes a detour when Puck moves in with him (briefly) in the dorms and takes the college party track. Puck quickly reverses course and vows to help Finn put his head down and study. It signaled the start of a bright future for the character -- and would be the last song he'd have lead on with the Fox series.


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Charles Krauthammer: Time?s ripe for GOP to push reform agenda - Sat, 13 Jul 2013 PST

The conventional wisdom evolves. Yesterday, Washington was merely broken, gridlocked, dysfunctional. The passive voice spread the blame evenly. Today it?s agreed that Republican obstructionism is the root of all evil ? GOP resistance having now escalated to nihilism and indeed?sabotage.

Sabotage carries a fine whiff of extralegal, anti-constitutional vandalism. This from media mandarins who barely bat an eyelash when President Obama unilaterally suspends parts of his own health care law ? just as he unilaterally stopped enforcing current immigration laws for 1.7 million young illegal immigrants, thereby enacting by executive order legislation that had failed in Congress. So much??

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The conventional wisdom evolves. Yesterday, Washington was merely broken, gridlocked, dysfunctional. The passive voice spread the blame evenly. Today it?s agreed that Republican obstructionism is the root of all evil ? GOP resistance having now escalated to nihilism and indeed?sabotage.

Sabotage carries a fine whiff of extralegal, anti-constitutional vandalism. This from media mandarins who barely bat an eyelash when President Obama unilaterally suspends parts of his own health care law ? just as he unilaterally stopped enforcing current immigration laws for 1.7 million young illegal immigrants, thereby enacting by executive order legislation that had failed in Congress. So much for faithfully executing the laws (Article?II).

The new CW knowingly deplores the 113th Congress for having passed the fewest pieces of legislation in at least four decades. Why, they were sneering, it couldn?t even pass the farm bill, the essence of bipartisanship for oh so many?years.

Which is the perfect example of the fatuousness of measuring legislative success by volume, as if every new law represents an advance of civilization. The farm bill is the quintessence of congressional logrolling, trade-offs and kickbacks ? in which the public interest is systematically trumped by some moneyed and entrenched special interest. Its death (lamentably temporary ? it was partly resurrected on Thursday) was?well-deserved.

Opposition to Obama?s entitlement-state agenda ? beginning with Obamacare, long before it began falling apart before our eyes ? should be a source of pride for Republicans. Nevertheless, they shouldn?t stop there. They should advance a reform agenda of their?own.

The major thrust should be tax reform. The time could not be more ripe. The public is understandably agitated by an IRS scandal that showed not just the agency?s usual arrogance and highhandedness but also its talent for waste, abuse, corruption and an overt favoritism that even Obama called?outrageous.

Support for tax reform is already bipartisan. Its chief advocates are Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Dave Camp, respectively Senate and House chairs of the tax-writing committees. Their objective is the replication of President Reagan?s 1986 bipartisan tax-reform triumph: closing loopholes and using that revenue to lower rates across the board, which helped propel two decades of near-uninterrupted economic?growth.

Tax reform is the ultimate win-win. It levels the playing field by removing the advantage of lawyered, lobbied interests. It eliminates myriad distortions in capital allocation and lowers marginal rates ? both of which spur economic growth. And it simplifies the code, thereby reducing the arbitrary and unaccountable discretion of IRS?bureaucrats.

The House Republicans are preparing a 25 percent cut in the IRS budget. This is silly and small. It will change nothing. Radical simplification of the tax code will change?everything.

Second, take a clear position on immigration reform. ?Comprehensive? or piecemeal matters not. What matters is to stick to the essential principle: legalization in return for real border control ? so that this is the last amnesty we will have to?grant.

Any law containing both deserves support. The current Senate bill does not. Setting soft goals for border enforcement is an invitation to this and future administrations to fudge and?fake.

Be clear. Be principled. Be unafraid. The country wants legalization and border control. Show that only the GOP is fighting for?both.

Third, on the policy front, demand from the president a clear policy on Afghanistan. After highly acrimonious exchanges with President Hamid Karzai, Obama is openly considering a complete pullout next?year.

U.S. national interests cannot hinge on personal piques. Karzai is both deeply unreliable and terminally ungrateful. But he will be gone one day, as will Obama. The terrorist breeding grounds of Afghanistan and Pakistan will?remain.

For four years, the president argued that our strategic interests require a residual presence in Afghanistan in order to prevent a re-establishment of terrorist safe havens in the?region.

Does he still believe this? Enough with the agonized ambivalence. Obama must be made to argue the case one way or the?other.

It?s a modest agenda, although true tax reform would be an achievement of historic dimensions. But it should by no means diminish rigorous GOP efforts to stop an Obama program that aggrandizes government in every sphere (education, health care, energy, finance) and passes monstrous thousand-page bills that not only effectively delegate unlimited power to the unelected bureaucracy but, like Obamacare, are so unworkable that the administration itself has to jettison one piece after?another.

Oppose further expansion of the entitlement state, reform the tax code, secure the border, demand clarity on Afghanistan. A modest, doable, responsible agenda for?2013.

Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for the Washington Post. His email address is?


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Johnny Bedford vs. Hugo Viana Set for UFC on FOX Sports 1.3

Johnny Bedford vs. Hugo Viana Set for UFC on FOX Sports 1.3
Posted by Jeremy Thomas?on 07.12.2013

Bantamweights to do battle in Brazil...

Johnny Bedford will face Hugo Viana in a bantamweight fight at UFC on FOX Sports 1.3. UFC officials announced the fight today for the show; its positioning on the card is not yet known.

The event takes place on September 4th in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and will air on FOX Sports 1.

Credit: MMAjunkie

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San Diego Mayor Glad That His Behavior Won't Be Tolerated in This Generation

As Jim noted in today?s Morning Jolt (you should subscribe if you don?t), San Diego?s mayor Bob Filner issued an apology yesterday after being publicly accused of sexual harassment and intimidation of female employees:

The mayor had been under siege for two days after his political allies went public with unspecified allegations that Filner had sexually harassed ?numerous? women, including city employees. They called on him to resign from office.

?As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them,? Filner said. ?It?s a good thing that behavior that would have been tolerated in the past is being called out in this generation for what it is: inappropriate and wrong.?

Filner, 70, said he has begun working with professionals to change his behavior and approach.

?I am also humbled to admit that I need help,? he said.

Filner doesn?t seem inclined to heed the calls for his resignation. ?I only ask,? he says in the video statement, ?that you give me an opportunity to prove I am capable of change, so that the vision I have for our city?s future can be realized.?

He promises that ?my staff and I will participate in sexual-harassment training provided by the city,? and assures his viewers that, ?I fully understand that only I am the one who can make these changes. If my behavior doesn?t change, I cannot succeed in leading our city.?


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Fresh Mex: The Flavors Of Baja, California

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July 11 : 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Bowery Whole Foods
95 E Houston Street
New York, NY

Hands-On & Demonstration, $50

Bright colors, super-fresh ingredients, and culinary influences from both sides of the border: what more do you need when it comes to authentic California cuisine? Let longtime Baja resident (and current NYC cooking instructor) John Ochse guide you through a fun and vibrant summertime meal, and celebrate this unique brand of West Coast cooking without leaving town.

On the Menu: Corn & Poblano Soup; Seared Shrimp with Citrus, Cilantro, and Pasilla Chiles; Red Potato Hash with Roasted Corn; Chocolate-Jalape?o Truffles.

Instructor: John Ochse, Cooking Instructor, @home cooking NYC


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Senior interior designer at Cynosure Design Group | Dezeenjobs ...

Cynosure Design Group is looking for a senior interior designer to join its team in Shanghai, China.

Senior interior designer
Shanghai, China

Cynosure Design Group are currently seeking different level creative?interior designers to join our expanding practice at our Singapore and Shanghai office. We are an award winning creative design firm, also an active design society leader in creative industries field in Asia and our practice is widely published. See our work and our design director info at:

We are looking for proven creative team talents, be highly organised, have the ability to manage numerous projects from concept through site, have good presentation skills and the ability to work closely with our directors, corporate client and others field consultants/specialist. With a minimum of three years or more of solid interiors architecture experience, preferably in the unique boutique hotel, fun F&B, high-end residential, modern banks field. Candidates must be able to lead a team in an interiors or architects office.

The ideal candidate will be confident, self motivated, a good communicator and competent in interior architecture practices. They will have strong design development, technical development and FF&E experience, the ability to run a project from start to finish with little direction, be interested in interiors and having fun and growing with our firm.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a team with an exciting array of projects. Our current instructions include few multi-unit development in Singapore, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Chengdu, Guiling, Vietnam etc.

The successful applicant must have:

  • at least three years or more experience in luxury interior design
  • excellent presentation, conceptual and visualising skills, whether freehand or computer aided with an eye for detail
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  • the confidence to manage a team, delegating tasks and providing support to other designers
  • the ability to demonstrate confident client handling skills and good time management is a must
  • proficiency in 3D Max, Photoshop, and AutoCAD preferred,
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NFL Supplemental Draft 2013: No players selected

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Source: --- Thursday, July 11, 2013
For the first time since 2008, all 32 NFL teams took a pass on the players available in the supplemental draft. The NFL Supplemental Draft came and went Thursday with no players selected, the league office announced . The Supplemental Draft is held each year to accommodate players who did not enter the April draft, usually because a player's NCAA eligibility was somehow compromised or threatened between the entry deadline for the April draft and July's Supplemental Draft. Six players were eligible in Thursday's Supplemental Draft: UNLV defensive end James Boyd, UNLV defensive tackle Nate Holloway , Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson , Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross and South Alabama defensive back Damond Smith. Teams are not required to make selections in the Supplemental Draft. Teams submit bids to the league office saying who they would like to select and in what round; if a team wins a bid, it forfeits its pick in the corresponding round of the next year's April draft. This is the first Supplemental Draft since 2008 in which no players were selected. Baylor's Josh Gordon was the only player taken in last year's edition. He went in the second round to the Cleveland Browns and had 805 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Browns as a rookie. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was a third-round selection of the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 Supplemental Draft. More from SB Natio ...


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Pues eso mismo que os digo en el t?tulo, hoy os traigo dos DIY que he encontrado esta semana saltando de blog en blog y que me guard? r?pidamente. Me parecen geniales!!! Adem?s, con el toque "facilongo" que siempre pido en los DIY para que no acabemos muriendo en el intento (que m?s de una vez me ha pasado!)

En el primero, con una simple pizarra de las que podemos encontrar en cualquier bazar chino, le ha dado un toque chulisimo copiando con papel? de calco una ilustraci?n que nos guste y luego repas?ndolo a tiza. F?cil verdad? Pues mirar que bien le qued? la idea a BohoDecoChic!!

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Espero que os gusten estos DIY tan chulos como sencillos!!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Google Releases Fix For Major Android Flaw To OEMs, Users Now Waiting On Them To Patch

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Royal Baby Watch: Prince William Playing Polo This Weekend While Kate Middleton Stays in London

So much for the idea that Kate Middleton may be giving birth earlier than expected.

Lending credence to the notion that her due date is indeed July 14 as E! News previously reported, Prince William has decided to take part in a charity polo match this weekend 100 miles outside of London while his very pregnant wife is expected to stay put so she can be close to St. Mary's Hospital.

Kensington Palace aides confirmed to the U.K.'s Daily Mail on Tuesday that the father-to-be will play in the Jerudong Trophy Match at the Cirencester Polo?Club, an annual event which he's participated in before that raises funds for some of his favorite charities, including Child Bereavement UK and? the youth homelessness organization Centrepoint.

A source tells E! News William was initially hesitant to make the two-hour trek to Gloucestershire so close to the big day.

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"Prince Harry is definitely planning on attending," said the source. "As far as William, he will be there if he can, but obviously if Kate goes into labor, he will be with her.

Apparently given today's news, the Duke of Cambridge feels confident he can get back to the duchess in time.

And in case he's pressed for time, Will could always arrange to fly back to London considering he has a helicopter on standby?while he finishes up the last of his shifts as a search-and-rescue pilot at RAF Valley in Anglesey before he goes on paternity leave.

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Should Will?for whatever reason?be delayed, Kate can rest assured mum Carole Middleton will be by her side in any case.

And as E! News reported yesterday, before the expectant royal checks into her luxury suite in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's, the hospital recommends she bring a "go bag," which includes not only her "maternity notes and birth plan," but also a dressing gown and nursing bra for the new mom and blanket and outfits for the baby.

Meanwhile, as the world continues to watch for the arrival of the couple's firstborn, one country in the British Commonwealth has announced plans to mark the occasion with a little something special.

New Zealand, which is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth as its head of state, will light up more than 20 Kiwi landmarks including Auckland's Sky Tower and Christchurch Airport either in pink or blue in honor of the tiny prince or princess.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Social media costs candidates their jobs, report says

This year, more hiring managers are not hiring job applicants because of inappropriate content on the applicants? social media profiles. Here?s what will get your r?sum? tossed.

By Kristin Piombino | Posted:?July 8, 2013

Remember that wild vacation you took with your friends last year? You couldn?t wait to post the pictures on Facebook so everyone could see how cool you are and how great your trip was.

Or that time when you drunkenly tweeted from the bar, or complained about your boss on a friend?s wall?

Be honest: You?ve been in?or almost been in?situations like these before.

While your friends may have thought your trip looked awesome or your boss was terrible, do you think potential employers thought so, too?

A recent study by Harris Interactive and CareerBuilder found that 43 percent of hiring managers who research candidates via social media say they?ve found information that caused them not to hire someone. This number is up 9 percentage points from last year.

The amount of employers who research candidates via social media is also up this year. Thirty-nine percent of hiring managers say they use social media to vet applicants, compared with 37 percent last year.

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Employers who took a candidate out of the running for a job after looking at his social media profiles did so for the following reasons:

  • Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos (50 percent)
  • Candidate shared information about drinking or using drugs (48 percent)
  • Candidate bad mouthed a previous employer (33 percent)
  • Candidate had poor communication skills (30 percent)

While inappropriate information on your social media profiles can cost you a job, the right information can earn you one. One in five hiring managers said they found something on social media that caused them to hire a candidate. Here are a few things they liked:

  • Candidate conveyed a professional image (57 percent)
  • The hiring manager got a good feel for the candidate?s personality (50 percent)
  • Candidate showed a range of interests ( 50 percent)
  • Candidate?s background information supported professional qualifications (49 percent)

Do you think twice before you post to your social media profiles?

Read more about the study.

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Apple?s iPhone 5S Might Include Slow Motion Video Capability

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Apple?s iPhone 5S might include a slow motion video recording mode. According to code found hidden in iOS 7, the new feature, referred to as Mogul, will let users record video at 120 fps. It?s unclear what resolution the mode would record video in, but the mere mention already has us dreaming up the possibilities. Unfortunately, due to supposed hardware restrictions, Apple wants to keep Mogul an iPhone 5S-only affair.

Many popular action cams today provide slow motion options, while Samsung?s recent Galaxy S4 also includes a similar feature. As often is the case, shooting at 120 fps means capturing a lower resolution video, so that?ll definitely be a point of interest if Mogul becomes a staple of the iPhone 5S.

Apple?s iPhone has become one of the most widely used picture-taking devices in the world, so it?s not particularly unexpected for Apple to further push its limits. We?ve seen Apple include big features in ?S? phone releases in the past?Apple?s iPhone 4S got Siri and an 8-megapixel camera, for example. The iPhone 5S might also improve its camera while getting Mogul as the flagship software feature.

9to5Mac attempted to activate Mogul on the iPhone 5, an excellent shooter in its own right, but it wouldn?t work. However, code exists inside the iOS 7 beta that suggests the feature is incoming. When the iPhone 5S hits later this fall, you can bet Apple will talk all about it onstage.

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Slow landing speed of San Francisco jet probed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Investigators have determined that Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was traveling "significantly below" the target speed during its approach and that the crew tried to abort the landing just before it smashed onto the runway. What they don't yet know is whether the pilot's inexperience with the type of aircraft and at San Francisco's airport played a role.

A day after the jetliner crash landed in San Francisco, killing two people and sending more than 180 to hospitals, officials said Sunday that the probe was also focusing on whether the airport or plane's equipment also could have malfunctioned.

The South Korea government announced Monday that officials will inspect engines and landing equipment on all Boeing 777 planes owned by Asiana and Korean Air, the national carrier.

Also Sunday, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said he was investigating whether one of the two teenage passengers killed actually survived the crash but was run over by a rescue vehicle rushing to aid victims fleeing the burning aircraft. Remarkably, 305 of 307 passengers and crew survived the crash and more than a third didn't even require hospitalization. Only a small number were critically injured.

Investigators said that the weather was unusually fair for foggy San Francisco. The winds were mild, too. During the descent, with their throttles set to idle, the pilots never discussed having any problems with the plane or its positioning until it was too late.

Seven seconds before the Boeing 777 struck down, a member of the flight crew made a call to increase the jet's lagging speed, National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman said at a briefing based on the plane's cockpit and flight data recorders. Three seconds later came a warning that the plane was about to stall.

Two-and-a-half seconds later, the crew attempted to abort the landing and go back up for another try. The air traffic controller guiding the plane heard the crash that followed almost instantly, Hersman said.

While investigators from both the U.S. and South Korea are in the early stages of an investigation that will include a weekslong examination of the wreckage and alcohol tests for the crew, the news confirmed what survivors and other witnesses had reported: a slow-moving airliner flying low to the ground.

"We are not talking about a few knots" difference between the aircraft's target landing speed of 137 knots, or 157 mph (250 kph), and how fast it was going as it came in for a landing, Hersman said.

Pilots normally try to land at the target speed, in this case 137 knots, plus an additional 5 more knots, said Bob Coffman, an American Airlines captain who has flown 777s. He said the briefing raises an important question: "Why was the plane going so slow?"

The airline said Monday in Seoul that the pilot at the controls had little experience flying that type of plane and was landing one for the first time at that airport.

Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said that Lee Gang-guk, who was at the controls, had nearly 10,000 hours flying other planes but only 43 in the 777, a plane she said he still was getting used to flying. Another pilot on the flight, Lee Jeong-min, had about 12,390 hours of flying experience, including 3,220 hours on the 777, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in South Korea. Lee was the deputy pilot, tasked with helping Lee Gang-guk get accustomed to the 777, according to Asiana Airlines.

Two other pilots were aboard, with teams of rotating at the controls.

The plane's Pratt & Whitney engines were on idle and the pilots were flying under visual flight rules, Hersman said. Under visual flight procedures in the Boeing 777, a wide-body jet, the autopilot would typically have been turned off while the automatic throttle, which regulates speed, would been on until the plane had descended to 500 feet (150 meters) in altitude, Coffman said. At that point, pilots would normally check their airspeed before switching off the autothrottle to continue a "hand fly" approach, he said.

There was no indication in the discussions between the pilots and the air traffic controllers that there were problems with the aircraft.

Survivors and rescuers said it was nothing less than astonishing that nearly everyone survived after a frightful scene of fire burning inside the fuselage, pieces of the aircraft scattered across the runway and people fleeing for their lives.

In the first comments on the crash by a crew member, cabin manager Lee Yoon-hye said that seconds before impact she felt that something was wrong.

"Right before touchdown, I felt like the plane was trying to take off. I was thinking 'what's happening?' and then I felt a bang," Lee told reporters Sunday night in San Francisco. "That bang felt harder than a normal landing. It was a very big shock. Afterward, there was another shock and the plane swayed to the right and to the left."

She said that during the evacuation, two inflatable slides that were supposed to inflate toward the outside instead inflated toward the inside of the plane, hurting two Asiana flight attendants. Pilots came to rescue the flight attendants but even after getting injured, she said that the crew did not leave the plane until after the passengers evacuated. She said she was the last one to go.

South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said the 291 passengers included 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans, 64 Americans, three Canadians, three Indians, one Japanese, one Vietnamese and one person from France.

The two dead passengers have been identified as students from China ?16 and 17 years old ? who were scheduled to attend summer camp in California with dozens of classmates. Hospital officials said Sunday that two of the people who remained hospitalized in critical condition were paralyzed with spinal injuries, while another two showed "road rash" injuries consistent with being dragged.

Foucrault, the coroner, said one of the bodies was found on the tarmac near where the plane's tail broke off when it slammed into the runway. The other was found on the left side of the plane about 30 feet (10 meters) away from where the jetliner came to rest after it skidded down the runway. Foucrault said an autopsy he expects to be completed by Monday will involve determining whether the second girl's death was caused by injuries suffered in the crash or "a secondary incident."

He said he did not get a close enough look at the victims on Saturday to know whether they had external injuries.

The flight originated in Shanghai, China, and stopped over in Seoul, South Korea, before making the nearly 11-hour trip to San Francisco.

On audio recordings from the air traffic tower, controllers told all pilots in other planes to stay put after the crash. "All runways are closed. Airport is closed. San Francisco tower," said one controller.

At one point, the pilot of a United Airlines plane radioed.

"We see people ... that need immediate attention," the pilot said. "They are alive and walking around."

"Think you said people are just walking outside the airplane right now?" the controller replied.

"Yes," answered the pilot of United Flight 885. "Some people, it looks like, are struggling."

When the plane hit the ground, oxygen masks dropped down, said Xu Da, a product manager at an Internet company in Hangzhou, China, who was sitting with his wife and teenage son near the back of the plane. He stood up and saw sparking ? perhaps from exposed electrical wires ? and a gaping hole through the back of the plane where its galley was torn away along with the tail.

Xu and his family escaped through the opening. Once on the tarmac, they watched the plane catch fire, and firefighters hose it down.

In the chaotic moments after the landing, when baggage was tumbling from the overhead bins onto passengers and people all around her were screaming, Wen Zhang grabbed her 4-year-old son, who hit the seat in front of him and broke his leg.

Spotting a hole at the back of the jumbo jet where the bathroom had been, she carried her boy to safety.

"I had no time to be scared," she said.

Nearby, people who escaped were dousing themselves with water from the bay, possibly to cool burn injuries, authorities said.

By the time the flames were out, much of the top of the fuselage had burned away. The tail section was gone, with pieces of it scattered across the beginning of the runway. One engine was gone, and the other was no longer on the wing.


Lowy reported from Washington, D.C. Associated Press writers Terry Collins, Terry Chea, Lisa Leff and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco, David Koenig in Dallas, Louise Watt in Beijing and Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul contributed to this report.


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Asset sale cash for Solid Energy: Govt |

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove yesterday released Treasury papers showing the Government was looking to use $100 million from the sale of Mighty River Power shares for "Solid Energy recovery facilities" after the company ...


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Ask Android Central: Google Play edition phones on Verizon or Sprint?

Google Play editions

Verizon and Sprint exercise more control over the phones that can use their network, and it takes a little more that just building one to make it happen.

In the midst of all the discussion over the merits and flaws of the Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, there's a third discussion taking place, that more than a few people are interested in -- will we ever see a Google Play edition phone on Verizon or Sprint?

Now, we can't answer that any more than anyone else who doesn't make high-level purchasing decisions at either carrier, but we can talk about the issue a little bit. Hopefully this can address some of the questions surrounding the issue and clear up a little confusion.

The Google Play edition phones that are currently being sold will only work on AT&T or T-Mobile (or any of the smaller regional or MVNO carriers who use a GSM network) here in the U.S. The HTC One will only work at 2G speeds on T-Mobile, unless you're in an area that has already had the 3G network switched over to the 1900Mhz?bands. Have a look here to see an unofficial map where that's been done. The phones are SIM unlocked, so will also work on any GSM network outside the U.S. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you can stick the SIM?card you use for Verizon LTE in one and get it to work, as neither phone supports the required network frequencies. The same goes for Sprint, as well as regional carriers like Cricket, Page Plus or U.S. Cellular. The easy way to check -- will the (non-Verizon) Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 work on the carrier? If so, the Google Play edition phones will work, too.

There is no technical reason that prevents Samsung or HTC (or any other manufacturer who wants to make one in the future) from making a Google Play edition phone that works on Verizon or Sprint. The same technology used to build the current carrier model HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 could be used -- it's just a change in software. Samsung and HTC can't just make them, because Verizon and Sprint do things a little differently when it comes to "activating" phones on their network.

With a GSM phone, you simply pop the SIM card into the slot and adjust what's called an APN (Access Point Name) to tell the phone how to connect to the network. As long as your phone is SIM unlocked and supports the correct frequencies, you can get them to work pretty easily. With Verizon and Sprint (as well as other smaller CDMA networks) the phones have to be activated by the carrier before they can be used. Often this is automatic and done from the web. However, the phones must be pre-approved by the carrier and in a database that has the unique ID number of all the phones that will be allowed on the network. Only Verizon can decide which phones are in their database. the same goes for Sprint. If Samsung were to make a Verizon version of the Google Play edition Galaxy S4, it still wouldn't work until Verizon wants it to work. The same goes for Sprint.

Sprint edition

Will we ever see Google Play edition phones on Verizon or Sprint? It's certainly possible. Current rumors suggest we're going to see the Moto X on every carrier in the U.S., and if interest in the phone shows that people really want a Google-type experience more than they want the original OEM experience, the carriers may take a second look. Google doesn't hate Verizon or Sprint, no matter what you may read elsewhere. Both are very valuable partners, and Google would be happy to help get their Play edition phones on both networks.?

We don't want to crush any dreams or fan any fires here. We just want you to be informed, and know the limitations of the current Google Play edition phones and a little bit of why it works the way it does.?


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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Chef Nigella Lawson's husband files for divorce over photo row -paper

LONDON (Reuters) - Multi-millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi said on Sunday he would divorce celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, citing his "disappointment" that she had not defended him after photographs of him grabbing her neck during a row caused a public outcry.

Lawson, 53, is hugely popular in Britain for her television cooking shows, which she presents in her trademark flirtatious manner, and line of cookbooks. She is also widely known in the United States, Australia and other English-speaking countries.

"I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so," the 70-year-old former advertising tycoon told The Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way."

In June, a tabloid newspaper published photographs of Saatchi with his hand around his wife's neck, with her in tears, while they were having dinner on the terrace of a seafood restaurant in London's upmarket Mayfair.

Saatchi attempted to downplay the photos, saying they depicted a "playful tiff" with his wife of 10 years, but Lawson, the daughter of former British finance minister Nigel Lawson, moved out of the family home soon afterwards and has not made a public commented on the incident.

Saatchi accepted a police caution for assault after the row but groups campaigning against domestic abuse and violence against women have complained over the lack of action taken against him.

Lawson married Saatchi in 2003 after her first husband, journalist John Diamond, died of throat cancer. She has two teenage children, Cosima and Bruno, from her first marriage.

Saatchi ran the world's largest advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi with his brother in the 1980s.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)


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Droid Ultra surfaces in leaked photo, model number hints at Maxx variant

Droid Ultra surfaces in leaked photo, model number hints at Maxx variant

If the signs of Motorola's upcoming Droid refresh weren't clear enough already, an in-the-flesh photo of what's said to be the Droid Ultra XT1080 has surfaced on the XDA Developers forum, courtesy of xavierk75. Not only do an FCC filing and accompanying rumors peg the XT1080 as a Maxx variant with a beefier battery, but the picture lines up with the kevlar enclosure and trio of capacitive buttons shown in a press shot posted by @evleaks. Thanks to the device's examination by Uncle Sam, we know that it carries radios for Verizon-friendly LTE, EV-DO Rev. A and WCDMA (850/900/1900/2100), in addition to NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11ac, to boot. Once again, specs are still MIA, but they -- or an official reveal -- can't be far off at this point.

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Budget Apple iPhone Hands-On Video And Images Leaked

While the fact that Apple is working on a low-cost iPhone is hardly breaking news anymore, the past few weeks have been a complete treat for us all in the form of leaked back covers, phone design plans and even speculated pricing (starting $349 for the 16 GB model). The end of another such leak-filled week brings us something totally unexpected, the hands-on video and image gallery of what claims to be the actual budget Apple iPhone, and folks, it looks real!

The above image pegs the budget iPhone against the iPhone 5, and it doesn't look all that shabby. Granted the phone looks a bit smaller and the plastic construction is plenty apparent, but hell, it's a low-cost iPhone after all.

Time to check out the hands-on video:


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Free iPhone and iPad Apps (July 5): Real Steel, Planet Plop and more!

Free iPhone and iPad Apps (July 5): Real Steel, Planet Plop and more!

Real SteelThere are a few iPhone and iPad apps available as free downloads today (July 5). Take full advantage of this generous offer while they?re free!

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US economy adds 195K jobs; unemployment 7.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. employers are sending a message of confidence in the economy ? hiring more workers, raising pay and making the job market appear strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases as early as September.

The economy gained a robust 195,000 jobs in June and many more in April and May than previously thought. The unemployment rate remained 7.6 percent in June because more people started looking for jobs ? a healthy sign ? and some didn't find them. The government doesn't count people as unemployed unless they're looking for work.

The Labor Department's report Friday pointed to a U.S. job market that's showing surprising resilience in the face of tax increases, federal spending cuts and economic weakness overseas. Employers have added an average 202,000 jobs for the past six months, up from 180,000 in the previous six.

The job growth is being fueled in part by consumer spending and the housing recovery. Consumer confidence has reached a 5? year high and is helping drive up sales of homes and cars. Hiring was especially strong in June among retailers, hotels, restaurants, construction companies and financial services firms.

"The numbers that we're seeing are more sustainable than we thought," said Paul Edelstein, U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. "We're seeing better job numbers, the stock market is increasing and home prices are rising."

Average pay also rose sharply last month. It's exceeded inflation this year after barely keeping pace since the Great Recession ended four years ago. Average hourly pay rose 10 cents in June to $24.01. Over the past 12 months, it's risen 2.2 percent. Over the same period, consumer prices have increased 1.4 percent.

Stocks closed sharply higher Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 147 points, nearly 1 percent. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note jumped from 2.56 percent to 2.73 percent, its highest level since August 2011. That's a sign that investors think the economy is improving.

Among the employers benefiting from Americans' continued willingness to spend is Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, based in Stoddard, N.H. Carlisle makes hardwood flooring used in stores, restaurants and hotels. CEO Michael Stanek said orders jumped 30 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier.

The company is hiring factory, sales and administrative employees to meet the higher demand. Carlisle expects to add about 15 employees this year to its 85-person workforce.

Friday's report showed that the U.S. economy added 70,000 more jobs in April and May than the government had previously estimated ? 50,000 in April and 20,000 in May.

Further job growth could lower unemployment and help the economy rebound after a weak start this year. If so, the Fed would likely scale back its bond purchases later this year.

The Fed has been buying $85 billion in Treasury and mortgage bonds each month since late last year. The purchases pushed long-term interest rates to historic lows, fueled a stock rally and encouraged consumers and businesses to borrow and spend. The low rates have helped support an economy that's had to absorb government spending cuts and a Social Security tax increase that's shrunk paychecks this year.

John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo, said he thinks the Fed will announce at its September policy meeting that it will start reducing its bond purchases, perhaps to $75 billion a month.

Chairman Ben Bernanke has said the Fed's bond buying could end around the time unemployment reaches 7 percent. The Fed foresees that happening around mid-2014. But Silvia said he didn't think unemployment would reach 7 percent by then. He thinks the Fed could continue its bond buying into 2015.

Friday's report contained at least one element of concern: Many of the job gains were in generally lower-paying industries, a trend that emerged earlier this year. The hotels, restaurants and entertainment industry added 75,000 jobs in June. This industry has added an average 55,000 jobs a month this year, nearly double its average in 2012. Retailers added 37,000. Temporary jobs rose 10,000.

The health care industry added 20,000 jobs, construction 13,000. But manufacturing, which includes many higher-paying positions, shed 6,000. The manufacturing sector has weakened this year.

Many of the new jobs are only part time. The number of Americans who said they were working part time but would prefer full-time work jumped 322,000 to 8.2 million ? the most in eight months.

That could be a sign that some employers are hiring more part-time workers to avoid the health care reform law's requirement that companies provide health coverage to full-time staff. That mandate was to take effect Jan. 1. But this week, the Obama administration postponed it until 2015.

The rise in part-time jobs helped boost one measure of weakness in the job market ? the so-called underemployment rate. This includes not only the unemployed but also people with part-time jobs who want full-time work and people who have stopped looking for work.

In June, the underemployment rate rose from 13.8 percent to 14.3 percent. That's still down from 14.8 percent a year ago. The rate peaked at 17.1 percent in April 2010.

Jobs have been added at a faster pace this year than the economy's sluggish growth would suggest. The economy expanded at only a 1.8 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year. Most analysts think it grew even more slowly in the April-June quarter.

But later this month, the government will revise its estimate of the economy's growth for the first quarter, and many analysts think it will be revised up. They also think the economy will accelerate in the second half of the year.

Last month's job growth came solely from the private sector, particularly services firms. Government jobs fell 7,000, mostly at the federal level. The federal government has shed 65,000 jobs in the past 12 months. Some of that decline is due to the spending cuts that kicked in March 1.

Declining government employment has been a drag on the job market since the recession officially ended in June 2009. In a typical recovery, governments add at least 20,000 jobs a month.

Solid hiring in the private sector is lifting wages, even in some lower-paying industries. Average hourly pay for retail employees, for example, rose 6 cents in June to $16.64, and is up nearly 2 percent in the past year.

The overall increase in pay is "the standout feature of this report," said Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody's Analytics. Low inflation rate is also helping consumers, he noted.

"The tide is continuing to turn for the consumer," Sweet said. "The consumer is going to continue to be able to shoulder this recovery."

June's 7.6 percent unemployment rate is derived from a survey of households, which found that 177,000 more people started looking for jobs last month. Most found them. The rise in job seekers suggests that Americans think their prospects have brightened. Because some job seekers didn't find work right away, the number of unemployed was largely unchanged at 11.8 million.

The job gain for the month is calculated from a separate survey of employers.

The percentage of Americans either working or actively looking for work rose for a second straight month to 63.5 percent. This is called the "labor force participation rate." The participation rate has been generally declining since peaking at 67.3 percent in 2000. That's partly the result of baby boomers retiring and leaving the workforce.


AP Business Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report.


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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Governments to target tech giants' tax avoidance: draft

By Gernot Heller and Tom Bergin

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - Western governments are set to target a range of tax loopholes used by technology giants including Apple, Amazon as part of an international drive to tackle corporate tax avoidance, a draft action plan seen by Reuters said.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which advises its mainly rich nation members on economic and tax policies, has been charged by the G20 group of countries with formulating measures to stop big companies shifting profits into tax havens.

Corporate tax avoidance has become a hot political issue following public outrage over revelations in the past year that companies such as Apple and Google had used structures U.S. and European politicians said were designed to minimize the amount of taxes paid.

The OECD is now due to present an "action plan" highlighting broad areas where changes will be discussed to a G20 meeting later in July.

A preliminary draft of the plan, dated May 27, seen by Reuters, shows the organization has already identified a number of specific profit shifting schemes.

"Domestic and international tax rules should be modified in order to more closely align the allocation of income with the economic activity that generates that income," the draft said, echoing comments from politicians in the United States and Europe in the past year.

Business lobby groups have questioned whether companies do engage in activities to shift profits to units in tax havens and whether there is a need for rule changes.

But as governments struggle with large deficits following the financial crisis, lawmakers have said enough is enough.

The draft plan aims for OECD members and non-OECD G20 members to agree on specific changes to international tax rules in one to two years -- fast by the standards of international tax diplomacy.

Among the areas the draft said the OECD would seek to address are situations where companies avoid creating a taxable residence in a market where they have major activities.

British lawmakers have accused Google of using certain arrangements to avoid creating a tax residence in the UK. [ID:nL5N0EO2HF]

Its low tax bill is a result of channeling revenues through Ireland, from where most revenue is sent to Bermuda, with next to taxes being paid anywhere in the chain.

The action plan said the OECD would also examine the avoidance of tax residence, or permanent establishment (PE) "through the use of commissionaire arrangements" -- a mechanism used by companies including Dell to avoid reporting revenues in markets where they have major sales.

Also up for possible revision are long-standing "specific activity exemptions" which have been used by Amazon to enable it operate major retail businesses in countries like Britain and Germany without creating tax residences for these businesses.

The OECD draft also said it would target arrangements where treaties designed to avoid double taxation of corporate profits are abused through the use of "dual resident entities" to ensure no taxation whatsoever is paid.

A U.S. Senate Committee in May said Apple had created companies which were registered in Ireland and managed from the United States, and thereby qualified as being tax resident nowhere, enabling the company to shelter billions of dollars income from tax.

The OECD also has its sights set on arrangements where companies allocate profits to tax haven units on the basis these units funded research or bore business risks related to transactions elsewhere in the group.

Microsoft uses such arrangements to allocate profits derived from research conducted in the United States to a unit in Ireland, a U.S. Senate investigation last year showed.

There is no suggestion that any of the companies have broken any law and analysts in the investment community say corporate executives have a duty to shareholders to minimize their companies' tax bills.

Dell was not immediately available for comment. All the companies said they follow the tax rules in the countries where they operate.

The OECD declined to comment on the draft.

(Editing by Jane Merriman)


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