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2011-12-22 14:00:00

Findings Show Crowd is Largely Employed and that People Sneak Crowdsourcing Tasks in at Work to Supplement Income Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) December 22, 2011 CrowdControl, a leader in crowdsourcing project manageability and quality control, today released survey findings on Amazon Mechanical Turk workers, profiling for the first time a growing workforce comprising the Labor 3.0 movement. Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for scalable, on-demand staffing and helps businesses finish...

2011-11-02 08:56:52

Counting calories in photos, PlateMate proves the wisdom of the (well-managed) crowd Americans spend upwards of $40 billion a year on dieting advice and self-help books, but the first step in any healthy eating strategy is basic awareness–what´s on the plate. If keeping a food diary seems like too much effort, despair not: computer scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have devised a tool that lets you snap a photo of your meal and let...

2011-02-02 21:05:25

Study finds crowdsourced articles compare favorably to those by single authors Writing can be a solitary, intellectual pursuit, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown that the task of writing an informational article also can be accomplished by dozens of people working independently online. Each person in the CMU experiments completed just a sliver of the work of preparing an article, such as preparing an outline, gathering facts or assembling facts into simple prose. The...

2010-02-09 08:00:00

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Offerpal Media (http://offerpalmedia.com), a leader in virtual currency payment alternatives, today announced "Offerpal Tasks," a new way for consumers to earn virtual currency for use in their favorite online games and social networks by completing simple online tasks through Amazon Mechanical Turk. Sample tasks include rating search results, categorizing web sites or articles, and answering questions. Offerpal Tasks are now available throughout...

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2009-01-12 16:30:00

The internet is boasting more and more jobs that allow people to work using their home computers. The only drawback, however, is the salary: as little as one U.S. cent per hour. Businesses are now turning away from globalization to employ westerners in so-called virtual sweatshops, performing menial and repetitive tasks for super-low wages. Since many digital tasks require some form of human input and can't be completed by computers alone, companies are farming out tedious chores via the web...

2008-10-09 03:00:22

Amazon Web Services LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that it will lower prices for the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) effective November 1, 2008. New tiered pricing will offer significant volume discounts so customer costs will continue to decrease as their storage volume grows. As always, there is no minimum fee, no long term commitment, and developers pay only for what they use. Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It provides a simple web...

2008-08-07 00:00:13

Amazon.com Media Hotline, 206-266-7180 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced Open House hiring events for several hundred full-time hourly positions. The fulfillment center, operated by Amazon.com.indc LLC, is located in Whitestown, Ind. Candidates should be highly motivated with drive, ambition and a passion for providing customers a first-class shopping experience. Available positions include hourly roles in Picking, Packing and Receiving/Shipping, with competitive starting...

2008-08-06 09:00:24

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced Open House hiring events for several hundred full-time hourly positions. The fulfillment center, operated by Amazon.com.indc LLC, is located in Whitestown, Ind. Candidates should be highly motivated with drive, ambition and a passion for providing customers a first-class shopping experience. Available positions include hourly roles in Picking, Packing and Receiving/Shipping, with competitive starting wages, plus medical, dental and vision...

2008-08-01 09:00:26

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that, subject to closing conditions, it has reached an agreement to acquire AbeBooks. AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books, with over 110 million primarily used, rare and out-of-print books listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world. "As a leader in rare and hard-to-find books, AbeBooks brings added breadth and expanded selection to our customers worldwide," said Russell Grandinetti, vice president of...

2008-07-30 15:00:36

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, has launched a new set of web-based tools for Amazon Mechanical Turk that make it easy for businesses to use Mechanical Turk to outsource work to an on-demand, scalable workforce via a graphical interface without writing any code. The new web-based interface guides business users through the process of designing Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs), publishing up to hundreds of thousands of HITs simultaneously, monitoring worker activity, and...


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