Foxconn drops lawsuit against two China Business News journalists

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific News News September 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Foxconn drops lawsuit against two China Business News journalists Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders welcomed the 4 September decision of Taiwanese company Foxconn, an Apple subcontractor, to drop a defamation case against two journalists from China Business News.Wang You and Weng Bao on 15 June exposed poor working conditions in one of its factories. News June 2, 2021 Find out more News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures The press freedom organisation had written to Apple’s CEO asking him to intervene on behalf of the reporters who were facing extremely heavy fines.”We note that some companies are aware of their ethical responsibilities”, it said. “We hope that Apple’s actions in handling this crisis will serve as an example to other computer and Internet giants who invest in China, in particular Yahoo!””One cannot say it too often: It is possible to work in this country without giving up ones values. We therefore call on foreign businesses to demonstrate moral courage when they enter the Chinese market,” said Reporters Without Borders.—–31.08.06 – Apple iPod subcontractor reduces damages claim to token amountReporters Without Borders today hailed a decision by an Apple Computer subcontractor in China, the Taiwanese company Foxconn, to reduce the amount of damages it is requesting in its libel suit against two China Business News journalists from 30 million yuan (3 million euros) to the token sum of 1 yuan (10 euro cents). At the same time, the intermediate people’s court of the southern city of Shenzen has unfrozen the assets of the two journalists, Wang You and Weng Bao, who are being sued by Foxconn over a 15 June story criticising conditions at a plant at Longhua, near Shenzen, that assembles iPods.Reporters Without Borders said it welcomed the role played by Apple Computer in this case. After the press freedom organisation wrote to the US company’s CEO, Steve Jobs, on 29 August asking him to intercede on behalf of the two journalists, the company said it was “working behind the scenes to help resolve this issue.”————–29.08.2006 – Apple Computer urged to intercede for two reporters who exposed bad conditions at supplier’s plantsReporters Without Borders wrote today to the US company Apple Computer asking it to intercede with its subcontractor in China, Foxconn, and get it to drop its lawsuit against reporter Wang You and editor Weng Bao of the daily China Business News (Diyi Caijing Ribao).In a 15 June story, they criticised the conditions of workers at a Foxconn plant that assembles iPod music players at Longhua, near the southern city of Shenzen. After getting a court to freeze their assets, Foxconn brought a libel suit against them, demanding 20 million yuan (2 million euros) in damages from Wang and 10 million yuan (1 million euros) from Weng.———————中文版本Paris, 29 August 2006Dear Mr. Jobs,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom throughout the world, urges you to intercede with your subcontractor in China, the Taiwanese company Foxconn, and get it to drop its lawsuit against reporter Wang You and editor Weng Bao of China Business News (Diyi Caijing Ribao).These two journalists were responsible for an article on 15 June criticising work conditions at a Foxconn plant. At Foxconn’s request, the Shenzen intermediate people’s court froze their assets – apartments, bank accounts and cars – on 10 July. Foxconn then brought a lawsuit accusing them of “smearing its reputation” and demanding 30 million yuan (3 millions euros) in damages.We know that Apple is already aware of this case. After the London-based Daily Mail newspaper ran a story about it on 11 June, your company reacted by investigating conditions at Foxconn’s plants and discovered that your supplier had indeed violated several aspects of your code of conduct, including those concerning the length of the working week and days off.We believe than all Wang and Weng did was report the facts and we condemn Foxconn’s reaction. We therefore ask you to intercede on behalf of these two journalists so that their assets are unfrozen and the lawsuit is dropped.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.Sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-Generallast_img read more

Dressage Horse Dies Day After Winning Grand Prix CDI3* at AGDF

first_img SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews Rebroff 6, a 12-year-old Rhinelander gelding, passed away in his stall on Jan. 30th, a day after winning the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* for Freestyle with his rider Frederic Wandres (GER) at the AGDF in Wellington, Florida. The suspected cause was a cardiac event.It was the first competition together for the 33-year-old Wandres and the German-bred gelding (Robespierrot x Nimfa, Oula Owl), and the first time Wandres had competed in the United States.A statement released by the organizers on Saturday, January 30th reads:“Equestrian Sport Productions management regretfully announces the passing of Rebroff, a 12-year-old gelding owned by Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co. KG, on the horse show grounds at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Saturday, January 30.The horse was found to be in need of care in its stabling at 11:30 a.m. The FEI official veterinarian for AGDF as well as the treating veterinarian were on-site immediately. The horse did not die in the course of competition.While the cause of death is unknown, it is a suspected cardiac event. The horse will be sent to the Kissimmee, FL, pathology laboratory for a necropsy per FEI regulations.Equestrian Sport Productions and everyone involved at AGDF expresses their great sympathy for the loss of Rebroff.”Wandres wrote on Facebook: “Yesterday he was the winner … today he is not anymore with us. Hopefully he reaches the other side of the rainbow well. We tried our very best to make his life as nice as possible since we have him. Lars (Ligus, his groom) and François (Kasselmann) were with him until the end.” Tags: Dressage, AGDF, Rebroff 6, Frederic Wandres, cardiac event, More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more


first_imgA funeral service was offered June 7 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Secaucus for Jeanne DeGenova, 79. She passed away June 4 at her home, surrounded by her family. Born in Jersey City to the late John Henry and Marie (Gugel) Holsten, Jeanne lived in North Bergen for many years before settling in Toms River. She was an avid drum and bugle corps fan, and was a mom to many other children as a chaperone in the Meadowlarks and Royal Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps. Predeceased by her brothers John and Robert Holsten, she is survived by her husband, James DeGenova, Sr.; daughters Lynda Machel and husband Norman, and Laura Beckmeyer and husband Brian; son James Jr. and wife Lynda; brother James Holsten; sisters Kathleen Kolendriski and Sharon Holsten; and grandchildren Brian Jr. and Amanda Beckmeyer, Jamie and Emily DeGenova, and Eric and Joanna Machel.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img read more

Mourinho returns with win

first_img Chelsea were already two goals up at that point, through Oscar and Lampard’s stunning 30-yard free-kick, with the three points all but secure. Hull put up more resistance in the second period to give reason for optimism, but at times it seemed like they were in a different league to their hosts. For the newly promoted Tigers, it was always going to be difficult to end Mourinho’s now 61-game unbeaten home record in the English top flight. Chelsea had won 12 and drawn two of their previous 14 opening-day league games, while the Tigers’ last away win in a season-opener was in 2002 at Exeter and in the fourth tier. The Blues will have to be better against Aston Villa on Wednesday night and then at Old Trafford against defending champions Manchester United a week on Monday, where Chelsea target Wayne Rooney will be the centre of attention. It was a day Chelsea supporters have been waiting for since Mourinho’s departure in September 2007. The intervening years have brought success, but also chaos. Under Mourinho’s predecessor Rafael Benitez, the atmosphere was hostile. It was anything but here. The return of the Portuguese even prompted notoriously shy owner Roman Abramovich to make a public utterance, just a few months after the 10th anniversary of his takeover, hoping for “many more years of success” in a 29-word statement on the cover of a special matchday programme. Abramovich’s millions helped Mourinho lead Chelsea to a first championship in 50 years in 2005, but now the task is to mould the existing team rather than spend lavishly, with the possible exception of Rooney. Belgium forward Kevin de Bruyne has been a Chelsea player since January 2012 and finally made his competitive debut behind Fernando Torres, who was preferred up front to Romelu Lukaku. After acknowledging the acclaim by blowing kisses, Mourinho set to work and so did his team, playing with a fluidity Hull struggled to cope with. McGregor, one of five debutants in a Hull line-up which saw new signings Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore left on the bench, saved from Eden Hazard before felling Torres with a clumsy challenge which conceded a penalty. Lampard saw his spot-kick saved, but it appeared only a matter of time before the visiting defence was breached. Hazard received the ball on the left, cut inside and found De Bruyne, who fed the on-running Oscar and the Brazilian prodded underneath the advancing McGregor. The Scot again denied Lampard, this time from the edge of the area, as Chelsea pressed forward relentlessly in search of a second. It came after Torres was awarded a dubious free-kick 30 yards out, against James Chester. Lampard’s rapier-like strike dipped into the top corner past McGregor and Chelsea’s record goalscorer wheeled away, racing towards the dugout and his manager. Mourinho turned his back, though, focusing on what would happen next and leaving Lampard to celebrate with his team-mates. Hull will have less difficult days than this in the top flight, but they did little to help themselves, giving possession away cheaply. Lampard had another shot saved as half-time approached and, from a corner, Ivanovic had a header blocked on the line by McGregor. There was no reaction from referee Jonathan Moss, whose watch did not buzz – it would alert him if the ball had crossed the line – and Hull were relieved to be only two down at the interval. Chelsea were content to bide their time in the opening exchanges of the second period and home goalkeeper Petr Cech was required to make a save for the first time when Robert Koren shot straight at him. The Tigers were fortunate not to concede a second penalty when Ivanovic was pushed over by Robbie Brady before Hull appealed in vain for handball when Yannick Sagbo’s shot was driven at Lampard’s chest. The arrivals of Huddlestone and Livermore gave Hull more of a midfield presence and Cech was forced into another save when Ahmed El Mohamady’s right-wing cross found Curtis Davies, whose header extended the goalkeeper. Andre Schurrle and Lukaku replaced De Bruyne and Torres, respectively, as Mourinho sought a fresh impetus which never came. Schurrle chipped over when played through by Ramires but Mourinho had to be content with victory by a two-goal margin. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrated his Stamford Bridge return with a comprehensive and incident-packed 2-0 victory over Barclays Premier League newcomers Hull. Almost six years since leaving the Blues, the self-proclaimed Special One enjoyed a rapturous reception and a strong showing from his side on his homecoming. It did not all go Chelsea’s way as Frank Lampard saw a sixth-minute penalty saved by Allan McGregor and goal-line technology came into play when the Scotland goalkeeper saved a Branislav Ivanovic header in first-half stoppage-time, correctly ruling no goal had been scored. Press Associationlast_img read more

La Liga round-up: Benzema nets hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Bilbao

first_imgJaime Mata got the scoring underway for Getafe Karim Benzema helped himself to a hat-trick as Real Madrid finally threw off the shackles to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0.Zinedine Zidane’s men laboured through a first half of few chances before exploding into life within two minutes of the restart.Benzema headed home Marco Asensio’s 47th-minute cross before converting a Luka Modric corner 14 minutes from time and then helping himself to a third in stoppage time as Bilbao wilted.Real remain in third place in the table, four points adrift of city rivals Atletico Madrid and a full 13 shy of champions-elect Barcelona with all three sides still having five games to play.Behind them, Getafe maintained their bid for a top-four finish with a comprehensive victory over Sevilla by the same score in a stormy encounter which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.Jaime Mata’s 35th-minute penalty handed the home side a lead which Jorge Molina doubled from the spot deep into first-half stoppage time after full-back Sergio Escudero had been sent off for a second bookable offence. Rodrigo Moreno was sent off in Valencia’s win Molina extended Getafe’s lead eight minutes after the restart, but the sides were evened up with 16 minutes remaining when defender Djene Dakonam was dismissed for a bad challenge on Jesus Navas.Goncalo Guedes struck twice in four minutes either side of half-time to hand Valencia a 2-1 win at Real Betis.Guedes fired home from outside the box in the final minutes of the first half and then repeated the feat four minutes after the restart.However, Giovani Lo Celso gave Betis hope when he converted a penalty with 12 minutes left, and that hope increased, if ultimately in vain, when Valencia substitute Rodrigo Moreno was dismissed four minutes later. Villarreal had to survive a tense conclusion as they edged further clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Leganes.Second-half goals from Carlos Bacca and Karl Toko Ekambi looked to have sealed the points, but Nabil El Zhar pulled one back from the penalty spot after Martin Braithwaite had been fouled by Alvaro Gonzalez to set nerves jangling once again.Ruben Rochina was both hero and villain as 10-man Levante snatched a point to move two clear of the drop zone.The home side trailed 1-0 and 2-1 to Espanyol with Marc Roca restoring the visitors’ lead with 65 minutes gone after Ruben Vezo had cancelled out Borja Iglesias’ first-half opener.Rochina made it 2-2 with 18 minutes from time, but then picked up a second yellow card almost immediately to dash his side’s hopes of a late onslaught.–Source: SKy Sportslast_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Suspends Tolls on Some FL Highways Ahead of Dorian

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis announced the suspension of tolls on several Florida highways Sunday afternoon, as preparations continue ahead of a possible impact from Hurricane Dorian.Tolls have been suspended until further notice on these highways:Florida’s TurnpikeAlligator AlleySawgrass ExpresswayBeachline ExpresswayEast and West Beltway, 417 and 429last_img


first_imgAn inquest jury has called for greater penalties against companies who do not take part fully in faulty product recalls.It follows the deaths of two elderly women in Co Donegal on September 24th, 2009.Friends and neighbours Annie “Nana” Gallagher, 84, and Sarah ‘Sally’ McDyer, 79, were found dead at Mrs Gallagher’s home in Glenties. Mrs McDyer was found at the feet of Mrs Gallagher who was slumped in an armchair still holding a teacup by its handle.The inquest into the women’s deaths in Letterkenny yesterday found both women died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning which was produced by a domestic appliance.A verdict of death by misadventure in both deaths was passed by a unanimous verdict.The jury also made a number of recommendations.These included that the Commission for Energy Regulation does need to have a greater legislative mandate to investigate accidents involving LPG appliances.It also said the National Consumer Agency needs to have a greater role in suggesting product recalls and should also be able to audit product recalls and also issue penalties to businesses that fail audits.The recommendations come following the two day inquest onto the deaths of the two elderly women.It heard how, after the death of a young French student Alexis Landry, 21, in November 2008, a number of Government bodies met to discuss the issue.Mr Landry was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from a cooker in a flat in Macroom Co Cork.The bodies, which included the National Consumer Agency, the Commission for Energy Regulation and the National Safety Authority, appointed independent investigators ‘Burgoynes’ to investigate the death.It recommended a recall of all similar cookers which was undertaken through various ways including leaflet drops, newspaper adverts and by contacting al cooker retailers.However ten months into this product recall there was another tragedy in Co Donegal when Ms Gallagher and Ms McDyer died.However solicitor for the families of the two dead women, Frank Dorrian, said that having heard evidence from all parties it was clear that nobody was in charge of the recall process.“It would appear to me that there was no Government agency to verse and enforce e recall,” he said.The inquest also heard from Neil McGroarty, the owner of the shop from which Mrs Gallagher bought the faulty cooker.Mr McGroarty, MD of McGroarty’s TV Centre of Donegal Town, said he was contacted by Beko following the death of French student Alexis Landry in Macroom, Co Cork.He was asked to send a list of customers who purchased such cookers and then sent a list of 96 names in March of 2009 of which Mrs Gallagher was on page three.Mr McGroarty said he was devastated to hear of the news of Ms Gallagher and Ms McDyer’s death through alleged carbon monoxide poisoning.When he contacted Beko about the forwarded list, the cooker manufacturer said they had not received any list.Catherine Lenihan, a former Assistant Director of the National Consumer Association, said recall pick-up rates on faulty products were notoriously low.She said the initial pick-up rate for the recall on the faulty cookers was only between 5% and 10%.Coroner Denis McCauley passed his condolences to the Gallagher and McDyer families.He added that the fact remains that of the 5,375 potentially faulty cookers, there were still 1,355 still unaccounted for in Ireland.“We don’t know if they are in bins or on scrap-heaps or if they are in ghost-estates – we simply don’t know where they are.“But I would like that attention be drawn to the fact that they could be still out there,” he said.AT HEARING – STRICT COPYRIGHT RULES APPLY© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comPENSIONERS KILLED BY FAULTY COOKER WAS ‘DEATH BY MISADVENTURE’ was last modified: December 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gallagherGlentiesinquestletterkennymcdyerlast_img read more

South Africa lures BPO investors

first_img9 January 2007“The BPO sector is not just the flavour of the month, but one which will help to move South Africa further up the value chain and become a knowledge economy,” Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told industry leaders in London as the country launched a bid to market itself as an international destination for business process outsourcing.A high-powered delegation of BPO industry experts from South Africa, led by Mlambo-Ngcuka, presented industry leaders in London with a business case for outsourcing to South Africa at a special seminar at the SA High Commission in London in December.South Africa’s value propositionTrade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, in his keynote address on “South Africa’s value proposition for business process outsourcing,” said that while it took time for a developing country to develop a track record, South Africa had more than risen to the challenge. This article was first published by Reconnect Africa, an online careers and business magazine for professional Africans around the world.“South Africa has the largest economy in Africa, the most industrial development on the continent and the most educational and training institutions,” he said. “We have had 12 years of sound economic management, and we have a growing economy which has yet to realize its full potential.”With mature and established institutions in the banking, insurance and telecommunications sectors, SA has the business foundation needed for high-value outsourcing opportunities.The country already has a vibrant BPO industry, with around 70 operations and 80 000 people employed in contact centres and back offices in the major centres. Centres of excellenceReconnect Africa speaks to Mfanu Mfayela, CEO of the SA Contact Centre Community, about why SA is becoming a BPO destination of choice.Key factors in SA’s favour are its time zone, which falls comfortably within European time zones, as well as its English-language capacity.“South Africa is not necessarily competing with the cheapest, but it is comparable with many operations in the UK and Europe,” Mpahlwa said. “We can combine superior quality with high cost savings.“We have a set of distinctive assets, a first call resolution higher than other lower cost destinations and a large, well-educated labour pool.“We produce 300 000 school leavers and 100 000 graduates a year from world-class universities and we have a low budget deficit, sound infrastructure and the cheapest electricity prices in the world.”The minister also cited the benefits of South Africa’s highly attractive lifestyle, which has encouraged the immigration of diverse nationalities and communities, offering a range of language capabilities to benefit the BPO sector.Government incentivesPromoting business process outsourcing in South Africa fits squarely with the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for SA (Asgi-SA), the goverment’s strategy to raise economic growth to 6% and halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.The government, working closely with the industry, recently developed a five-year plan to strengthen the industry by deepening the talent pool and creating financial incentives for investment. Calling the Cape – Not just a holiday destination, Cape Town sets its sights on call centre investment. Read the full story on Reconnect Africa.“Substantial training assistance, a skills development programme and a learnership scheme will be made available to companies that locate their operations in South Africa,” Mpahlwa told the London seminar. “Companies will get cash grants, tax deductions and the acquisition of work-ready talent.”On the cost of telecommunications in SA, the minister said that deregulation and promotion of competition was the way to achieve lower prices, adding that a five-year, R30-billion investment by state company Telkom as well as a BPO dispensation on pricing were in the pipeline.Also addressing the seminar, Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized the government’s programme for “removing entry barriers that we, as government, are responsible for.”Constraints had been identified in the areas of infrastructure, transport logistics and telecommunications, Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “We are addressing the costs and ensuring that in three to five years, South Africa will not be the same place as today for these services.”The Deputy President pointed out that while South Africa has a population of 45 million, as a key member of the Southern African Development Community it offers access to a market of 200 million people.“BPO is not just the flavour of the month,” she said, “but a sector which will help South Africa to move further up the value chain and become a knowledge economy.”IBM, Shell case studiesThe seminar also heard case studies on offshoring in South Africa from representatives of IBM and Shell.Shell’s case study highlighted the quality of service provided by its operations in South Africa.“It’s not about cost reduction but about finding good value – although there are also cost benefits,” said Julian Davis, Shell’s programme director for global customer services.Mteto Nyati, director of global technology services for IBM in South Africa, told the seminar that South Africa was “at the centre of IBM’s new strategy,” which involves creating global shared services and centres of excellence in seven strategic locations around the world.The company is moving many of the high-value services it provides to its clients – including household names such as Boots and ABN Amro – to South Africa, where it currently employs over 1 500 staff“South Africa is not a normal call centre location but a highly technical environment where highly skilled people are managing complex IT issues,” Nyati said.This article was first published by Reconnect Africa, an online careers and business magazine for professional Africans around the world.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 3 October 2009

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Register here.8 October 2009: San DiegoMobile Application Stores conferenceAs a partner seminar of Intenational CTIA WIRELESS I.T. and Entertainment, the Mobile Application Stores conference will focus on the tremendous opportunities in the mobile apps stores eco-system. The event is designed to give a complete understanding of how to capitalize on this exploding market.Participants will discuss strategy and deployment in application stores such as Apple (iPhone), Google (Android), RIM (Blackberry), Nokia (Ovi), Palm Pre, and Microsoft, as well as other emerging application stores. To learn more, visit or write to [email protected] October 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaJuice PitcherThe Juice Pitcher is shaping up to be the hottest new networking event in the Valley. The exclusive evening gathering on October 6 is being hosted by and TheFunded and will showcase 10 startups, chosen by their peers through votes on the Vator competition platform. Get your favorite companies to join the Juice Pitcher Competition, and don’t forget to vote! Voting is open to anyone, so you can make a difference. In addition, Aaron Patzer, CEO of, will speak about how he built a $170 million company in just three years, and Munjal Shah, CEO of, will talk about best practices and steps to earning revenue.Click here to buy your tickets and see the agenda.22 October 2009: London, EnglandCloud Computing World ForumThe Cloud Computing World Forum is the perfect event for professionals to learn and discuss the future development and integration of cloud services. This one-day conference will provide a focused platform for the global cloud computing industry.The Cloud Computing World Forum is the place to meet all the key decision makers from all of the cloud service providers in one place. Show highlights include:Hear from leading case studies on how to integrate cloud computing into working practices,Learn from the key players offering services in the cloud,Benefit from pre-show online meeting planner,Evening networking reception. 23 October 2009: Durham, North CarolinaThe Social Media Business ForumThe Social Media Business Forum will feature national and local speakers from marketing companies, technology companies, and social networks discussing ways in which business communications have changed because of social media. Sessions will look at internal and external communications methods for both B2B and B2C companies and provide actionable takeaway items for attendees to immediately implement in their businesses. The forum targets business owners, executives, business communicators, key organizational stake holders, and anyone interested in gaining practical knowledge about social media.Early bird registration is $125 until September 18, and $250 thereafter.29 – 30 October 2009: San Francisco, CaliforniaVirtual Goods SummitThe virtual goods market has exploded as developers and publishers dive into this new opportunity. The third annual Virtual Goods Summit in October 2009 will bring together thought leaders in this space from Asia, Europe, and the US to talk about what’s changed and what’s working and the key challenges facing the industry. If you’re active in virtual goods — or thinking of jumping in — the Virtual Goods Summit is a must-attend event.New for 2009 is VGS University, a half-day seminar designed to provide a comprehensive overview of how to succeed with virtual goods. Hear from experts on topics such as why virtual goods are effective and the ins and outs of managing a virtual economy. Whether you’re new to virtual goods or seeking insights and lessons from the leaders, we encourage you to join us for the day and learn from some of our industry’s leading-edge thinkers.ReadWriteWeb readers save 15% off general admission by registering here using the discount code “READWRITEWEB.”4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google,, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger,, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Tags:#Events Guide#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only 19 November 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the RadarFeaturing the most cutting-edge mobile startups from around the globe, Under the Radar will get you dialed in to what the 2010 mobile innovation marketplace will look like. It’s a must-attend event for dealmakers from global carriers, brands, media companies, and handset manufacturers responsible for helping their companies leverage new mobile technology and innovation in the fast-evolving digital landscape.Save $200: book by 2 October 2009, and get the early-bird rate.1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.1 – 3 December 2009: Boston, MassachusettsGilbane Conference BostonJoin us at the sixth annual “Gilbane Conference Boston: Content, Collaboration and Customers.”Your content is your business, and you need to make your Web content part of an integrated platform forcustomers. You need to know solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented today. Gilbane Conference Boston is built around the four major areas of how enterprises use Web and content technologies:Web business and engagement;Managing collaboration and social media: internal and external;Enterprise content: searching, integrating and publishing;Content infrastructure.Visit for conference details. ReadWriteWeb readers, use the discount code “GILBANE” to save an additional $200. Register today!15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: Here is this week’s edition of the ReadWriteWeb events guide. You can download the event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.15 October 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaThe ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit Our month of special coverage on the real-time Web culminates with ReadWriteWeb’s very first event: the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit, a day-long event of conversations about the real-time Web, including its current state and its pressing challenges and greatest opportunities.Topics will include:The potential and pitfalls of real-time for social networking, media, financial services, humanitarian work and political advocacy.How will ubiquitous real-time information delivery change the web in the future? What will it make possible? How will it change user expectations?How can real-time information overload be dealt with, technically and culturally?How can small organizations use the real-time web to challenge market incumbents? How can market incumbents continue to thrive in a real-time environment? andrew lobo Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more