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Submission + - Microsoft China blatently Copies Plurk (

An anonymous reader writes: Microblogging startup Plurk may not have become hugely popular in these parts, where Twitter rules the lands, but it has been making strides in Asia. Recently, the fledgling company has gotten a feared competitor in the space with the launch of MSN Juku in China by the local Microsoft subsidiary, in a country where Plurk has notably been blocked since April this year.

Submission + - Microsoft China Borrows from Plurk (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft China recently released it's Juku service in asia which they are touting as a local innovation. In reality, the site appears to be a blatant copy Plurk, a micro-blogging site that has become very popular in asia.

Comment Re:Ok... (Score 1) 385

It's state law in Nebraska to call before you dig ( Most other states should have something similar.

What the hotline does it send out notice to various utility companies and they look to see if it impacts them and do a locate if needed.

The rule of thumb, as I understand it, if they do the locate and you hit something not marked in the area you are digging, that particular utility that is at fault.

Comment study abroad office (Score 1) 386

Regardless of what is said here (pros/cons of going), talk to your school's study abroad office before applying for a program (your school's or another's).

Some schools have a number of hoops that need to be jumped through, financial aid status, etc.

At the least, they can walk you through the process of getting course equivalents set up, before going, so when you transfer the credit in you have things signed by faculty in your school saying the courses will count to your degree.

Are you having fun yet?