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The Egg Painter

The Easter tradition of dying eggs is practiced by people all over the world, but in Ciocanesti, a small village in Romania's northern region of Bukovina, this tradition has evolved into an art form.

Exquisitely hand painted with intricate traditional designs, each of these eggs takes hours to create and is among the things the people here are most proud of.

This docu-short offers a glimpse into the art and craft of egg painting.

 

Produced by: Titus-Armand Napirlica (titus.armand@gmail.com)
Egg Painter: Elena Craciunescu (elena.incondeietoare@gmail.com)
With the Support of: Dorin Dumitru Taranu (www.totuldesprehostel.info)

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Why Is The Internet In Romania So Damn Fast?

Why Is The Internet In Romania So Damn Fast? | Romania | Scoop.it

"Romania has the world’s second fastest Internet at about 15 megabytes per second (mbps), second behind only South Korea. To put that in perspective, that’s nearly 5 times the average connection an American has in their home. So how does a country with less than 1% of the United States GDP and 50th on the Human Development Index (HDI) – compared to South Korea’s number 15 ranking – jump to the front of the online race?[..]"

 

 

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/R7SYs4

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TechCrunch | With A Talent War In The Valley, Perhaps Romania Has The Answers?

TechCrunch | With A Talent War In The Valley, Perhaps Romania Has The Answers? | Romania | Scoop.it

This is a guest post by Maria Constantinescu, founder of Slickflickthe photo story app.

"Today, in 2012, there is a talent war like no other. The Valley is abuzz with a hiring frenzy. Startups can’t compete with Yammer, Zynga, Twitter, Facebook and the rest for developers. Perhaps the answer is to look elsewhere? To countries where the old Soviet education system produced maths and science graduates by the truckload? To Kiev, Belgrade, Slovenia and others? And perhaps to Romania.

 

For Romanians, perhaps for the first time in history, the world is now flat. Forty-five years of Stalin-esque communism meant sports and education were the only acceptable ways to compete in Romania. Soviet-era industrialisation ended up producing a country where almost half of the educated population were trained to become engineers. Today, in 2012, they are more likely to be coders. And now they can take their place with the rest of the world on the level playing field of technology.

 

The best Romanian coding talent was noticed by Microsoft in its hay day. It’s now gradually becoming democratised, spread out across more platforms, initially through outsourcing and now through the influx of Western start-ups in search of affordable skills. So what exactly should you expect to find in Romania? What are the pros and cons? Here’s the lowdown, with some generalizations. [..]"

 

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/05/with-a-talent-war-in-the-valley-perhaps-romania-has-the-answers/

 

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Romanians are Smart or How to Change the Google Autocomplete Suggestions

Romanians are Smart or How to Change the Google Autocomplete Suggestions | Romania | Scoop.it

"I am a Romanian. I am proud of it, despite of what the world thinks about Romanians.

What people think about Romanians could be influenced by Google. Google is a voice in the world, which influence in a positive or negative way, even if we do not like it.

But let me start with the beginning.

 

In November 2011, someone noticed that if he typed in Google romanians are (English), romanii sunt (Romanian), les roumains sont (French), los romanos son (Spanish), i rumeni sono (Italian), rumanen sind intelligent (German) the Autocomplete gave only negative suggestions.

 

Trying to find out what's going on, he understood that the suggestions are determined based on a number of purely objective factors (including popularity of search terms) without human intervention. If you would like to find out more details about it, Danny Sullivan wrote a really nice article on How Google Instant's Autocomplete suggestions work.

 

Starting from this, one of the most well knows Romanian brands, ROM, launches a campaign to change the Romania's image on Google. They build a website: Romanians are smart (with a Romanian version on Romanii sunt destepti), where they persuade Romanians to search on Google on specific terms, so they will change the Google Autocomplete suggestions. The campaign's call to action is "Change with a click"; users get the option to search directly from the website in six languages: Romanian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian with the final goal of changing the Romania's image on Internet. [..]"

 

See the entire article here: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/romanians-are-smart-or-how-to-change-the-google-autocomplete-suggestions

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Interview with Blake Fountain - Romania Through Their Eyes

Interview with Blake Fountain - Romania Through Their Eyes | Romania | Scoop.it

An interview with Blake Fountain, an American born and raised in Michigan's "Copper Country", on the shores of Lake Superior. Blake came to Romania in 2010, while he was backpacking through Europe. It was in Bucharest that he met and married a Romanian woman. He is now the proud parent of a baby girl as well.

This is the eighth episode of "Romania Through Their Eyes", a show featuring interviews with foreigners living in Romania. The show's purpose is to present Romania as foreigners see it, which will lead to a greater understanding of the issues facing Romanians and Romania.

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Cine este antreprenorul roman care la 25 de ani cucereste Londra. Acum se extinde la New York

Cine este antreprenorul roman care la 25 de ani cucereste Londra. Acum se extinde la New York | Romania | Scoop.it
Brainient, compania lansata de romanul Emanuel Gal (25 de ani) si care acum are sediul in Londra, a primit o finantare de 1,8 milioane de dolari de la un grup de investitori strategici, printre care s...
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A fi şi a avea în antreprenoriat. De vorbă cu Gabriela Lungu, Managing Partner THE PRACTICE

A fi şi a avea în antreprenoriat. De vorbă cu Gabriela Lungu, Managing Partner THE PRACTICE | Romania | Scoop.it
Interviul promite o scurtă biografie de antreprenor, un segment dintr-un ansamblu, cinci ani de muncă şi temeri deopotrivă, o perioadă vie văzută printr-un temperament, cu mintea mereu deschisă şi sensibilitatea în permanentă vibraţie faţă de...
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Romanian hacker detained for allegedly causing USD 0.5 mln damage to NASA

Romanian hacker detained for allegedly causing USD 0.5 mln damage to NASA | Romania | Scoop.it
A 26-year old Romanian who allegedly hacked the NASA servers in 2010 has been detained by the Romanian authorities for 24 hours.

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Romania’s top five World Heritage sites

Romania’s top five World Heritage sites | Romania | Scoop.it
The country's tourism profile has been slow to rise, but with the country’s incredibly diverse, rewarding and relatively affordable offerings, that is not likely to last.
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The Merry Cemetery of Transylvania

The Merry Cemetery of Transylvania | Romania | Scoop.it
Found in former Transylvania, a cemetery full of hand-carved, painted crosses and sometimes joyous epitaphs to commemorate the deceased...
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Mocanita – Romania | Tourist Spots Around the World

Mocanita – Romania | Tourist Spots Around the World | Romania | Scoop.it
The Mocanita train in Romania is one of the most enthralling sites in the country. Some of the things you will see there are gorges, cliffs and tunnels. Embark on a journey aboard the Mocanita and explore the wonders of ancient Romania.
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Facebook increasingly popular in Romania: Number of local users doubles in 2012

Facebook increasingly popular in Romania: Number of local users doubles in 2012 | Romania | Scoop.it
Social network Facebook became more popular in Romania in 2012, when the number of users doubled during the year, according to data from Facebrands.ro, which
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According to Facebrands.ro, the number of Romanian users on Facebook exceeded 5 milion in 2012.

 

"Romanian Facebook users are distributed based on age – 30 percent are 18 to 24, another 30 percent 25 to 34, while the 13 to 17 and 35 and 44 age groups cover 15 percent each.

Romanian users are almost equally divided based on their relationship status, with 35 percent single, one third married and 27 percent in a relationship. Romanian singer Inna is the top Romanian brand on Facebook, with 7.5 million fans."

 

Read more here: http://www.romania-insider.com/facebook-increasingly-popular-in-romania-number-of-local-users-doubles-in-2012/72411/

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How to Use Facebook Apps to Improve Fan Engagement

How to Use Facebook Apps to Improve Fan Engagement | Romania | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

"Timeline presents brand-new challenges (and opportunities!) for staying top-of-mind.

 

Since page admins can no longer designate a default landing tab (also referred to as the “default welcome tab”), businesses need to get more creative and use custom apps to direct Facebook page visitors to take action.

 

One way to make up for the loss of engagement with a default landing tab is to drive visitors to your custom apps instead. Custom apps are prime real estate when optimized.

 

To get the most out of this real estate, you need to create a custom app strategy for your page.

Here’s a simple 3-step action plan to help you get momentum quickly with your new Timeline layout:

 

#1: Define Your Custom App Strategy:

Do you want to create lead generation opportunities? Or create a welcome page? Or perhaps you want to turn your app into a mini-storefront? There are endless strategies for your custom apps.

- Video within custom apps is a smart strategy to connect with your fans on a more personal level.

- Another custom app strategy is to use them to display your best content.

- Another useful strategy for custom apps is to create an e-commerce opportunity.

 

#2: Use a Third-Party Tool to Create Your Custom App:

The good news is that you have many third-party tool options. Some options are free, others charge a fee.

For some of my custom apps, I’ve used Lujure.

 

#3: Promote and Drive Traffic to Your Custom App:

To grab your fans’ attention, make sure to use strong calls to action in both the custom app name and the app thumbnail image. The thumbnail image specs are 111 x 74 pixels.

Quick Tip! Here’s a free tool (http://www.timelineimagetool.com/) that will help you create your custom app thumbnails without ever having to hire a designer...."

Read full article: http://j.mp/KmKVPn

 


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The boys’ Romanian road trip part 6 - Top Gear

The boys’ Romanian road trip part 6 - Top Gear | Romania | Scoop.it

Jeremy, Richard and James head off to Romania in an epic road trip...with the help of an Aston Martin, a Ferrari and a Lamborghini.

 

Watch the entire trip here: 

Part 1: http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/brand-new-clip-tg-goes-to-romania-part-1 ;

 

Part 2: http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/brand-new-clip-tg-goes-to-romania-part-2

 

Part 3: http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/brand-new-clip-tg-goes-to-romania-part-3

 

Part 4: http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/brand-new-clip-tg-goes-to-romania-part-4 ;

 

Part 5: http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/brand-new-clip-tg-goes-to-romania-part-5

  

Part 6: http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/brand-new-clip-tg-goes-to-romania-part-6

 

 

 

 

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Cum se poate inregistra o firma in trei zile | startups.ro - Primul portal al antreprenorilor din Romania!

Cum se poate inregistra o firma in trei zile | startups.ro - Primul portal al antreprenorilor din Romania! | Romania | Scoop.it

Din februarie, firmele din Romania pot fi infiintate online, in trei zile. Acest lucru va aduce avantaje legate de timpul alocat procedurii, insa inregistrarea poate fi facuta doar de cei care au drept de semnatura electronica pe baza de certificat digital.

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Greece? Worry Over the Romanians - Forbes

Greece? Worry Over the Romanians - Forbes | Romania | Scoop.it
Image by AFP via @daylife Most commentary on Europe's troubles has focused on the PIIGS nations (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain).
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Bucharest for beginners; a few tips from an expat back in town

Bucharest for beginners; a few tips from an expat back in town | Romania | Scoop.it
New to Bucharest? Bit lost? As per the front cover of the Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, don't panic.
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Cel mai frumos film despre România / The most beautiful movie about Romania

Documentarul prezintă, din viziunea unui grup de britanici, frumuseţea Munţilor Carpaţi din România, în încercarea de a arăta străinilor minunata diversitate...
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Jurnaliştii de la "Financial Times" ridică în slăvi Transilvania! "Elveţia e doar o grădină în comparaţie cu ce e aici!"

Jurnaliştii de la "Financial Times" ridică în slăvi Transilvania! "Elveţia e doar o grădină în comparaţie cu ce e aici!" | Romania | Scoop.it
Jurnaliştii britanici de la "Financial Times" au avut numai cuvite de laudă la adresa ţării noastre, când vine vorba de Transilvania.

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In Romania, Start-Ups Gain Strength

In Romania, Start-Ups Gain Strength | Romania | Scoop.it
A large talent pool and advanced broadband infrastructure make Romania fertile ground for start-ups. The challenge is cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship.
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The World's Top 9 Countries With The Fastest Internet Speeds: Akamai

The World's Top 9 Countries With The Fastest Internet Speeds: Akamai | Romania | Scoop.it
Akamai, a company that collects data about Internet use, says it gets over 1 trillion requests per day to its global server network.
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Romania Through Their Eyes®: Chuckk Hubbard (US) (RTTE-004)

Romania Through Their Eyes®: Chuckk Hubbard (US) (RTTE-004) | Romania | Scoop.it
Romania seen through the eyes of foreigners living in the country.
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Romanian wine - from Rough reds to Smooth Whites, I love them all!

Romanian wine - from Rough reds to Smooth Whites, I love them all! | Romania | Scoop.it
Romanian wine - a perfect gift. Find out why I search for only natural wines in Romania. (RT @winesofbalkans: Great Source of info about Romanian Wines!
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