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December 9, 2016

facebook sponsored foreign technical workers who has been given h1b visa

FindTheCompany Number of H1B visa sponsored by  Facebook as it woo's  Foreign Technical Workers

Given the highly technical nature of the industry where Facebook operates, it faces a very high demand for Temporary Foreign Employees:In 2015 it had received 767 LCAs ,out of which only 3 were denied, with a H1 B certification rate of 83.4%.
Facebook's average median salary for H 1B visa holders who were foreigners were $130,000.There were 256 application for Green card Holders, from foreign technical workers,who were on H1 B visa with a certification rate of  59%.Facebook has been the most lucrative company for H-1B visa holders thus far in 2015 (of the five companies above), with a median salary of $135K across all positions.

Facebook ranks among the top when it comes to paying of Salaries for software engineers who are on H1-B visa,with the highest median salary to foreign workers while Amazon came at the button for the same jobs.The above chart from Graphiq shows you a  comparison snapshot of how Facebook has been sponsoring  H1 B visa  to highly skilled technical foreign workers over the last 5 years.

FitBit takeover of Pebble without their hardware stumps analytics and investors alike

Top 5 Wearable Vendors Marketshare: FitBit,Xiaomi and Apple Lead the stakes(IDC data)

After days of speculations and rumors on Pebble and Fitbit takeover talks, Fitbit has finally announced that it is acquiring " wearable smartwatches manufacturer Pebble .On December 7, 2016, Fitbit officially announced that they acquired assets from Pebble, including key personnel, as the company decided to stop producing wearable technology.However this does not include the hardware from Pebble.

While this seemed like a good news for both as Pebble was struggling to gain market share in the wearable industry and might have suffered in the future and may have gone under without an exit plan. However a few analysts are pointing out that the takeover plan by Fitbit does not make much strategic alignment not a very good  fit as it does not include pebble's famed"Hardware". Considering Pebble's hardware is what helped the company build a following in the first place, not owning the hardware part  for Fitbit is like killing the product and stopping innovation

Post this takeover Fitbit risks not only disappointing the thousands of loyal fans that believed in Pebble despite the odds but also leaves them high and dry .According to endgadget, Fitbit now plans discontinue many of  Pebble wearable which was supposed to be launched in the next quarter.
They includes all the devices that were listed in the company's latest Kickstarter campaign including The Time 2 and the Core -a GPS-enabled accessory for runners, both promised for next year -- will never ship. If you ordered a Pebble 2 or a special Kickstarter Edition of the Time Round and haven't received it yet, you won't get one. Pebble has said all Kickstarter preorders will be refunded within the next week.

During Q3,2016 quarter, Fitbit shipped 11% more fitness bands than it did in the year-earlier quarter, upping its share of the market to 23% from 21.4% in the year-earlier period, according to IDC. However, shipments rose just 3% industry wide, marking a stark deceleration from 67% in the first quarter and 26% in the second quarter of 2016. Last month, Fitbit provided a revenue outlook for the holiday quarter between $725 million and $750 million, which was sharply below the $985 million analysts had forecast in a FactSet survey.Analysts have since tempered their expectations, as many VC's and Investors alike now believe that product category has failed to convince consumers that these are must-have products the way, say, smartphones have.

December 8, 2016

27% users who are 55 year old and above in the united kingdom now own a smartphone

"the aging of UK smartphone population, and how older adults are leading the smartphone revolution in the UK"

United Kingdom is now seeing increasing numbers of population who are aged 55 and above who are becoming more and more tech, device and  gadget savvy.Research from UK Kantar Media TGI shows that consumers in  United Kingdom who are 55 year old and above in  in Britain are becoming increasingly started using the web more,has seen a increasing participation in the buying of smartphones and connected devices with with a 10% point increase in the number who have a smartphone and a 9% point increase in the number who have a tablet, compared to last year. 

 27% of the population in the UK, who are now 55 years and older own a smartphone and 15% now own a tablet. Unsurprisingly, these figures are significantly smaller than those for people aged 15-34 years old, with 82% of people in that age bracket owning a smartphone and 29% a tablet in the united kingdom.

As the infographic above show,When asked about internet usage, the Kantar Media TGI data shows a high number of older people are now using the internet for things like: emails, paying bills and comparing prices.

 Related :iPhone 7 off to a rocking start in UK,inspite of dire warnings

December 7, 2016

great britain and united states sees iPhone 7 as the fastest selling smartphone device,

Despite predictions to the contrary, Apple's iPhone 7 emerges as the top smartphone selling brand spot in Great Britain

Data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Apple's iPhone 7 has become the fastest selling and the highest selling smartphone device in Great Britain, and the US. Apple's iPhone 7 was the top selling device, pushing the previous top device (iPhone SE) to third, while iPhone 6s remained the second best-selling device for the 3 months ending October 2016

In the same period Japan stands at the top in the list of regions where iOS holds the greatest share, with 51.7% of smartphone sales,followed by 44% in Great Britain and 40.5% in the US. Meanwhile Android market share saw similar growth across a number of regions, declining only in the US (by 5.6 percentage points), and in Japan by less than a percent 

Europe's big five markets for android include Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. However with iPhone 7 launch, Apple's iOS achieved year-on-year growth across most regions in EU5 except Germany, where it fell 2.7% points to 16.5% of smartphone sales. iPhone 7 cracked the top 10 smartphones sold in all regions but Spain, which remains dominated by the Android ecosystem at 91.7% of all sales

This comes in-spite of projection by some reports that iPhone 7 might not be able to replicate its iPhone 6 success in United Kingdom as it did in 2015.The company reportedly sold 25% fewer iPhones during the weekend after its launch than it did during the same period in 2015, following the launch of the iPhone 6s .

Meanwhile, DigiTimes recently carried a report that chip orders for Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are likely to be 20% lower in the first quarter of 2017 than in the same period of 2016. The report further said that Apple reportedly asked manufacturing partners to carry chips for 50 million units of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in the third quarter of 2016, but only 45 million units in the fourth quarter.The unverified reports contrast with initial indications from mobile operators in the US, which said that first-day sales of the new iPhone 7 were better than expected.


number of foreign workers and h1 b visa granted by google last year in united states

FindTheCompany | How Many Foreign Workers has Google allowed to USA and the number of H1b visa granted by the tech giant in charts

Holders of H-1B visas, which allow foreigners with certain credentials to hold U.S. jobs for up to six years, compose about 8 percent of Google's U.S. workforce and represent 80 different countries,  It is estimated that 75 percent of those hires have degrees from U.S. universities.Applications for H-1B visas–those allowing overseas workers to accept job offers in the US–reveal that top tech companies like Google mostly sponsor the visas for five main roles, reports TechCrunch.

By examining the most common professions among H-1B applicants for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, five consistent career paths emerged across each company. Software engineers, systems software engineers, financial analysts, computer systems analysts and marketing managers make up a large part of H-1B visa applications.

According to, a news and information portal for high-skill labor worldwide, there are 15 biggest industries that hires the highest number of foreign workers and immigrants.It provides a list of companies which hires knowledge workers and shows what american companies are  paying them, on average. MyVisa creates data which is compiled from a mix of Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Census Bureau.According to the list Google is ranked No. 15 within the top 100 firms.The salary data shows that the average salary paid to foreign workers employed in the USA by the five tech companies is highest at Facebook, at $135k, with Google second-placed at around $127k.


marc benioff of salesforce is the most active venture capital investors of 2016

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been among the most active Venture Capital  investor of 2015 Salesforce spent $144.4 million in strategic investments, and a total of $366.5 million in all of 2015.In 2016 Marc benioff has invested across  12 deals according to crunchbase. Mark Benioff has invested across these following business and start ups

$1.9million seed fund on Remedy,September 2016
$4milllion seed fund investment  on Bloomlife  on August 2016. 
A $13.9million investment ( series A ) on Brancast on July 2016 
Undisclosed investment on Forward
$12 million Investment on Zebra Medical Vision Ltd as Venture funding
$2.8million seed funding on Lattice  as on May 2016 
$9.2million investment on Nearpod as series A funding as on May 2016 
$2million investment on Taranis as a  seed funding
$7 million investment on Roofstock  as series A funding as on March 2016
$10.25 million investment on  IfOnly  as series B 
$8 million investment series A on Birdseye as on March 2016
$11million investment on Winz inc as series B funding as on March 2016

December 6, 2016

the cost vs purity of drugs on the dark web : marijuana vs cocaine vs weed

".In the past two years, those who bought drugs from dark net markets increased from nearly eight percent to 15%"

The Cost of Hard Drugs including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and Non Drugs on the web according to Economist data

Online Drug buying marketplaces are thriving on the dark web.Online Drug Sellers are competing on price and quality and have started giving the local drug cartels a hard time.hard drugs Turnover has risen from an estimated $15m-17m in 2012 to $150m-180m in 2015. And the share of American drug-takers who have got high with the help of a website jumped from 8% in 2014 to 15% this year, according to the global drug survey.In the past two years, those who bought drugs from dark net markets increased from nearly eight percent to 15% according to the Global Drug Survey. 

While most people are still buying from street dealers, the global trend toward online cryptomarkets have started to worry the established drug cartels.

According to recent economist data, on buying hard drugs over the deep web,Cannabis accounted for 38,000 sales out of 360,000 purchases on the dark web. However MDMA /Ecstacy was also popular (with the highest sales by value).Above all prescription drugs like oxycodone and diazepam MDMA (ecstasy) sold the most by value (see graphic). Marijuana followed by cocaine was the most popular product on the deep web.

Almost all sales are via “cryptomarkets”where dark websites that act as shop-fronts.These provide an escrow service, holding payments until customers agree to the bitcoin being released. Feedback systems like those on legitimate sites such as Amazon and eBay allow buyers to rate their purchases and to leave comments, helping other customers to choose a trustworthy suppliers

"cost of one ounce of cocaine,marijuana and weed on dark web"

The cost of one ounce of weed on the dark web

The administrators take a 5-10% cut of each sale and set broad policy (for example, like to whether to allow the sale of guns).  They pay moderators in bitcoin to run customer forums and handle complaints.

Online Drugs bought from the deep web are comparatively pricey.Even though buyers can browse for a bargain, in most countries a gram of heroin costs roughly twice as much online as on the street. The markup for cocaine is around 40% .However this increase of price has 2 reasons.1) The cost takes into account the cost of getting caught and the consequent litigation and consequences and and 2 ) the purity of the drug, which is much higher than your friendly neighborhood guy who sells you weed. A study by energy control puts the average purity level for cocaine, from deep web was of 71.6%, compared with 48% for cocaine bought on Spanish streets.Over half of the dark-web samples contained nothing but cocaine, compared with just 14% of those bought offline. 

Once a deal is struck and payment is waiting in escrow, drugs are packed in a vacuum-sealed bag using latex gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints or traces of DNA, and dipped in bleach as a further precaution against leaving forensic traces.

why samsung share price is trading at historic highs,in spite of its recall of 2.5million galaxy 7 smartphones

"mobile phones as a percentage  of Samsung's total product portfolio"

Samsung's Mobile Phone Business as a part of its entire product Portfolio

Compounded by exploding Samsung galaxy 7 phones,Samsung smartphones are making up lesser number of devices among its entire portfolio.Post recall of Samsung's 2.5 million Galaxy 7 phones has not done much to dent the Samsung success story. Samsung Electronics’ share price, but since then the stock has recovered, and is now trading at its historic high of 17,48,000.00 KRW .So what explains this amazing come back by Samsung and its resilient share price ?A recent report suggests that initial drop in revenue of about $1.5 billion from lost smartphone sales. But it still expects the company to bring in about $103 billion in smartphone sales in 2016, which means that Samsung as a company will have a minimum impact due to the recall of Samsung galaxy 7. This is because as a company smartphones are  just one way Samsung Electronics makes money. The listed company, which is part of the larger Samsung Group, consists of four main divisions:

1)IT and Mobile Communications, which includes mobile devices, desktops, laptops, digital cameras, and network equipment
2) Display, which makes screens for mobile devices, computers, and televisions sold by Samsung and other manufacturers 
4)Consumer electronics, which makes appliances like refrigerators washing machines,TV's
Selling Smartphones is just one of Samsung's portfolio. It acts as a OEM to many mobile manufacturers ranging from iPhone to Huawaei to Google and many other Mobile handset manufactures to whom it provides, mobile displays,

Samsung  provides some of the iPhone's most important components: the flash memory that holds the phone's apps, music and operating software; the working memory, or DRAM; and the applications processor that makes the whole thing work. Together " Samsung's products" account for 26% of the component cost of an iPhone.This puts Samsung in the somewhat unusual position of supplying a significant proportion of one of its main rival's products, since Samsung also makes smartphones and tablet computers of its own. Apple is one of Samsung's largest customers, and Samsung is one of Apple's biggest suppliers.

samsung share price is trading at historic highs inspite of recall of galaxy 7"

This is actually part of Samsung's business model: acting as a supplier of components for others gives it the scale to produce its own products more cheaply.Samsung is also a market leader in OLED screens, a superior and more sophisticated screen technology than the LCD screens most phones have now.In Q2 2016, Samsung had 22% of the global market share for shipped smartphones, and it was the the world leader in mobile shipments.Even if this number continues to fall, Samsung will continue to make money by providing most of the Mobile Components supplies to other Mobile OEM's and this way could continue to compensate its smartphone losses

college education and tution fees costs comparison across 52 states in america

The chart below shows the  increasing cost of US college education compared by US states.Many US states have cut per-student spending by an average of 21% in the period 2008-2014 ,some by as much as 41% and hiked up tuition by even more.

"college education and tution fees  costs  comparison  across 52 states in america"

US states which has seen the biggest hike in Public College Tuition Fees.

Since 1971, annual college enrollment has more than doubled in the U.S. to 19.5 million, as of 2013, the latest Census data available. In that year, there were 5.3 million in two-year colleges, 10.5 million in four-year colleges and 3.7 million in graduate school. This fall, Harvard's annual tuition and fees (not including room and board) will set you back $45,278, more than 17 times the 1971-72 cost. If annual increases had simply tracked the inflation rate since 1971, next year's tuition would be to just $15,189. It's not just the tuition costs at elite universities like Harvard that are outpacing the government's Consumer Price Index but, but also across public institutions

In the USA, tuition fee largely depends on whether you plan to study at a Public or Private Institution Estimated tuition fee per year across Private Institution can go up between $15000 to $30000 per year. At some Universities, it could go beyond $ 40000 per year.Nationally, the most recent data indicates $11,009 is spent on public education per student.

Significant variation exists across states; New York spends roughly $20,000 per student, while states like Utah and Idaho only spend about a third as much The average cost of tuition and fees at a private, non-profit, four-year university this school year was $31,231—up sharply from $1,832 in 1971-1972 (in current dollars). At public, four-year schools, tuition and fees cost about $9,139 this year.In fact in US child care cost less than College Education.The average cost of full-time daycare for kids up to the age of 4 has reached $9,589 a year, according to a new report from the think tank New America. That now tops the average cost of in-state college tuition, which runs about $9,410.

According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.One of the reasons of this increased tuition is the reduction of state and federal appropriations to state colleges, causing the institutions to pass on the cost of education to students. State support for public colleges and universities has fallen by about 26 percent per full-time student since the early 1990s

December 2, 2016

brands to spend the biggest share on on mobile display ads ,mobile search and mobile messaging

"brands to spend the biggest share on  on mobile display ads ,mobile search and mobile messaging "


latest data from BIA Kelsey suggests that Mobile is the fastest growing among all location-targeted media that BIA/Kelsey tracks. When panning back to mobile’s overall U.S. ad spend (local and non-local), it’s estimated at $33 billion in 2016, growing to $72 billion by 2020, a 17 percent compound annual growth rate. Zeroing in on the location-targeted portion of that overall mobile ad spend, it will grow from $12 billion in 2016 to $32 billion in 2021, a 21 percent CAGR. That translates to 38 percent of overall mobile ad revenues today, growing to 45 percent by 2020. 

Drivers include mobile users’ commercial intent and advertisers’ evolution to align with that behavior. There are also premiums associated with location-targeted ads — a function of their performance and growing demand. And Madison Avenue is latching on to these realities.. 

In 2014, mobile spending increased 80 percent, and in 2015  by another 59 percent. By 2019, eMarketer predicts that mobile spend will account for just about 70 percent of total digital spend.Domestic digital advertising revenue surged to a record-breaking $59.6 billion for the 2015 calendar year, largely led by Mobile as which climbed to $20.7 billion,according to adage data a whopping 66% upswing from the previous year. But social media shared the spotlight, growing 55% to $10.9 billion, up from the previous year's $7 billion.

Meanwhile as mobile users keeps increasing at a breath taking pace, engagement across mobile devices have also increased.Today an average U.S. adults spend an average of 2 hours and 51 seconds fiddling with their phones every day. To put that in context, a 2015 study by Zenith Optimedia put our total media time at 490 minutes, or more than 8 hours a day—a majority of the time we’re conscious. The rest of that time is partly the reason that, despite mobile’s takeover of digital spend, mobile still accounts for only 17 percent of total ad spend. TV is still the major player when it comes to ad spend, though eMarketer predicts that, too, will change by 2019.

. Clearly mobile advertising powered by Mobile display, mobile search and mobile enterprise messaging is set to dominate the Mobile ecosystem.By 2019, mobile will represent more than a third of total media ad spending in the US. Google is the undisputed king of mobile and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Google will capture 32.0% of the mobile ad market—its closest rival Facebook capturing 22.1% this year