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posted in May 2006

Here's A Twist: Workers In India Fear Outsourcing

5/30/2006
There's an old Dilbert cartoon in which the pointy-haired boss is asked if he believes in irony. His reply: "No, I send my shirts to a service." If you don't believe in irony, here's a story that will convert you. It's about a group of workers in India that's holding protests against...outsourcing.

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India's Outsourcers Go A Step Further To Ensure Data Security

5/23/2006
A concern often raised about offshore outsourcing is data security. The fear is that it may be hard to keep a handle on sensitive customer records if they're stored in servers in far-flung parts of the world like India. In fact, it seems like there are many more security breaches in the United States than offshore--the most recent case in point being the theft of info on 26 million veterans. Still, India's ou

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TiVo's Magazine Team-Up Shows Old-Media Arrogance: They're Just Too Fuller Themselves

5/22/2006
TiVo's announcement Monday that it's teaming up with old-line magazines like Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, and several other major print brands to create a so-called Guru Guide service for viewers shows that the company and its heavily recycled CEO, Tom Rogers, fundamentally don't get what's driving the new, networked, Internet 2.0 economy. So if I were a TiVo shareholder, which I'm not, here's why I'd be dumping that stock faster than Paris Hilton ditches Greek millionaires

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Tech Workers Of The World Unite! Or Not

5/16/2006
Efforts to unionize IT workers have, to date, pretty much fallen flat. Despite the growth in perceived job threats like offshore outsourcing, automation, and H-1B visa workers, tech pros aren't rushing out to get union cards. Some fear that unionizing IT will result in even more jobs going offshore as companies look for ways to circumvent collective bargaining. One trade union thinks it has an answer for that.

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India's Wage Inflation May Have Outsourcers Looking At Des Moines Over Delhi

5/9/2006
Today I met with TCS CEO S. Ramadorai at the company's London offices across the street from Buckingham Palace. Not a bad location if you want to create the impression you're in business for the long haul. TCS, with quarter after quarter of double-digit gains in revenue and profits, clearly is. But there's one thing that could derail the $3 billion company's plans to become a $10 billion company by 2012. It could also put the whole offshore equation in doubt.

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