December 31, 2006

Tech-Dirt:-Believe It Or Not, People Still Use Mobile Phones For Phone Calls

Every year for the past four or five years, we've seen someone (usually whose job depends on it) declare that "this year will be the year of mobile data." There's this big expectation that there are all these people out there who want to use data services on their mobile phones. But, they keep forgetting one important thing: people still view mobile phones as phones first. Even as more smartphones are selling in the market, an awful lot of them are still used exclusively as phones, with the owner never bothering to make use of any of the data services. There are a bunch of reasons for this, including ridiculous pricing plans, walled gardens and confusing data services. However, even fixing all of those things, it's important to remember that most people are buying a mobile phone to act as a phone -- and as nice as data services are, it's the phone part that is the key selling point.

Railway Platform Tickets Now an SMS Away

The South Western Railway (SWR) has launched a novel scheme to sell platform tickets in Bangalore through mobile phones using the short messaging service (SMS) facility.

Claimed to be the first of its kind service in Indian Railways, the electronic system enables subscribers of BSNL and Airtel to buy a platform ticket by keying in "PFT" and code 3939 (for BSNL) and 64629 (for Airtel) even before reaching the Bangalore city station and collect it from a vending machine at the entrance.

"The system will send a five digit pin to the subscribers opting for this hassle-free service. By entering the pin in the SMS-linked vending machine, they can obtain the platform ticket without monetary transaction, as an amount of Rs. 4, including Re. 1 towards service charge, will be collected from the mobile operators," SWR general manager T.N. Perti told reporters at the launch event.

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Future-Watch:-Ford Cars to Use Microsoft OS

Ford Motor reportedly plans on integrating Bluetooth wireless technologies with their line of cars. They will accomplish this by using 'Sync', Microsoft's operating system (OS) designed specifically for wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

Such wireless technology could give you access to your daily technological needs such as hands-free mobile connectivity, accessing your e-mail, and downloading music, while you're on the road. They plan on utilizing this technology with the Five Hundred sedans and the Ford Focus initially.

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The Big Question: CAS or DTH?

D day has arrived for CAS (conditional access system) to be implemented in notified areas of Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata.

So where does that leave the consumer who still doesn't have a clue whether to opt for CAS (Conditional Access System) over cable, or DTH (Direct-to-Home), or just free-to-air channels.
For those not in the know, CAS allows a viewer to watch TV channels of his/her choice through a set-top box, and pay only for those. Free-to-air channels do not require a set-top box. By contrast, DTH is satellite-based, wherein the DTH operator claims to deal with consumers directly.

Having said that, it becomes necessary to look at the various schemes on offer, so as to be able to make an informed decision.

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December 30, 2006

RelCom gets serious for Hutch bid

MUMBAI - Reliance Communications on Thursday declared its interest in mobile operator Hutchison Essar, as other bidders jostled for position in an estimated $17 billion takeover tussle.

Reliance Communications, India's second-biggest mobile services provider, had been singled out by Indian
media as an early contender for its smaller rival, and Chairman Anil Ambani said on Thursday it had received
commitments from global bankers for support for a potential bid.

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December 22, 2006

Skype Users Get Social Networking Software


VoIP network, Skype, has announced its venture into social networking online, with the launch of skySpace, its media-centric social networking software. skySpace is aimed at multiplying the volume and quality of information shared among Skype's 136 million users, on Skype's 3.0 Gold Version for Windows.
skySpace will enable Skype users, worldwide, to share their photos, video, audio, and documents via their skySpace homepage; either in private, or with the community at large. Users may also personalize their skySpace homepage with backgrounds, images, layouts, borders, and fonts while simultaneously conversing with their contacts, via IM. skySpace users may also access feedback on the number of visitors and their identities on the hompages.

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Vodafone eyes Hutchison India as Reliance circles

LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Mobile phone giant Vodafone Group is considering buying a controlling interest in India's Hutchison Essar, raising the prospect of a $13-billion-plus (6.6 billion pound-plus) bid battle with Reliance Communications for the operator.

Vodafone said on Friday the process was at an early stage, but its board believed the mobile market in India has great potential. A move for Hutchison Essar would be consistent with its strategy of seeking selective acquisitions in developing markets, it said.

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Moser Baer DVDs Priced at Rs 34


Moser Baer has announced the launch of a new initiative in content distribution, foraying into the entertainment industry through the home video market.

The company said that in order to help curb piracy, it has entered the market with DVDs and VCDs, which are priced at Rs 34 and Rs 28 respectively. Currently, DVDs and VCDs are priced between Rs 200 to Rs 600, and Rs 100 to Rs 200 respectively.

Moser Baer will release video content on DVD and VCD formats using its proprietary and patented technology, which enhances quality and in turn reduces cost significantly. The company will be creating content in edutainment and devotional categories as 'made-for-DVD-films'. Besides, mainstream Hindi movies will also be a part of the company's plan.

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BBC Offering Programs on Internet


BBC has announced that hundreds of episodes of its popular programs will for the first time, be made available on a file sharing network.

According to BBC, the move is the fall-out of a deal between its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and the Java-based BitTorrent client technological firm, Azureus.

Earlier this month, Azureus launched a video sharing site similar to YouTube, codenamed 'Zudeo'. The site enables users upload and view content. Azureus maintains that unlike most video sharing sites, 'Zudeo' offers high definition videos. Besides, users need to download a program to access and upload content.

Up until now, most BBC titles found on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks have been illegal copies. With the new deal, users of 'Zudeo' will be able to download legally, high-quality versions of popular BBC programs.

To prevent these programs from being traded illegally on the Internet, the titles will be protected by digital rights management (DRM) software.

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Opera Browser Adds Phishing Protection

Opera’s new antiphishing feature is called Fraud Protection and is designed to provide real-time detection of suspected fraudulent sites.

The new Fraud Protection feature extends the original antifraud capability first seen in Opera 8. That feature sported a security information field to help determine if a site was mimicking a trusted and verified site. …

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YouTube helps Canadian Police find murder suspect

TORONTO- A video posted on the ultra-popular Web site YouTube has helped Canadian police find a man they believe responsible for a murder.

Police in the Southern Ontario city of Hamilton said on Thursday that they uploaded a one-minute, 12-second clip from a surveillance tape onto the video-sharing YouTube site.

The video, which showed suspects arriving at a local nightclub for a Sean Price hip-hop concert, garnered media attention and was viewed more than 30,000 times.

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December 21, 2006

Mobile Games Database Blog Launched

The only mobile games database worldwide
Import your games via XML, get them live and link them from your site.

MobileGamesDb.com is a database of mobile games, mobile game developers, and mobile game providers.

Symantec Announces Norton 360 Public Beta

Symantec has announced the availability of public beta of Norton 360 for the Windows Vista operating system. Consumers who are currently running the shipping version of Vista (build 6000) can now deploy Symantec's new all-in-one consumer security service. Norton 360 combines Symantec's PC security and tuneup technologies, along with new automated local and online backup, as well as transaction security capabilities.

The beta of Norton 360 for Windows Vista is available for public download here.

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Mozilla Fixes 10 Firefox Bugs

Mozilla has just issued an update to Firefox 2 as well as 1.5. The new updates — version 2.0.0.1 and 1.5.0.9 respectively — patch 10 bugs in Firefox, seven of which are critical. Most of the bugs were in the JavaScript engine, SVG implementation and the Java run time. These affected Mozilla's other products as well, such as Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, both of which have also been updated. For a complete list of changes, click here.
But it seems that another bug that can let a malicious user steal passwords via the automatic password filling feature, has not been fixed yet. Secunia recommends disabling the feature till a patch is put out by Mozilla.

Firefox 2.0.0.1 and 1.5.0.9 will both be automatically updated when online and can also be downloaded separately.

Record Labels Finally Sue Allofmp3.com


A number of record labels finally pulled the trigger and filed suit against Russian music site AllofMP3 today. The lawsuit was filed in New York. Given that AllofMP3 maintains that it complies with Russian law, it might not be a stretch to assume that AllofMP3 won’t be showing up for their day in (a U.S.) court.

AllofMP3 is still in business, but under a triage of attacks. Their own government sold them out in U.S. trade negotiations, promising to shut them down. Visa and MasterCard stopped accepting credit card transactions from the site. And now the record labels are on the case.

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IITs to come up in Bihar, Andhra and Rajasthan

JAIPUR: With the Union human resource development ministry approval, the path has been cleared for the setting up of three more Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) — in Rajasthan, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. At present there are seven IITs in the country — in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Roorkee, Chennai and Guwahati.

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Nintendo sued over Wii wrist straps

Last week Nintendo announced a voluntary replacement program for the Wii Remote's wrist strap, which had been breaking at inopportune times for some customers and resulting in collateral damage. Shortly after the system launched in North America on November 19, reports popped up of broken cords, followed quickly by flying controllers crashing into high-priced electronics, living room furniture, and the occasional innocent bystander. While Nintendo acknowledged the Wii strap's problem and apparently addressed it, the company might not have done so in time.

On December 6, a Wii purchaser in Austin, Texas filed a suit against Nintendo, alleging the publisher of violating the Washington Consumer Protection Act (Nintendo is based in the state of Washington, where the suit was filed) by engaging in "unfair or deceptive practices" by telling consumers that the wrist strap was to prevent the controller from flying out of a user's hand during use, and then providing a strap that was "ineffective for its intended use." The suit also claims that the Wii Remote strap's problems constitute a breach of warranty, and seeks to become a class-action suit in which anyone who has purchased a Wii would be able to join.

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December 20, 2006

Zune Available in India for Rs. 16,000!


Almost one month after the official launch of the Microsoft Zune in the US, you can now pick up your own 30 GB media player from Sound Out in Heera Panna, Mumbai, for a competitive price of Rs. 16,000. In contrast, the 30 GB iPod costs Rs. 13,000. The higher price of the Zune can be justified by a larger screen, FM radio and WiFi for sharing of music, but eventually, we expect the Zune price to level with the iPod's, since both of them cost $249 internationally.
Initial response to the Zune has not been very good; the sales have been very slow, even though some good things have been said about the device, for example its simple and pretty user interface, but people just aren't taking to it as much as Microsoft expected them to.

Now you have the Zune – check it out for yourself!

Lenovo Launches Y-Series Laptops


Lenovo a major manufacturer of branded desktops and laptops has launched two new notebooks — Lenovo Y300 and Y500 — for Indian consumers. The unique feature of these new notebooks is the fact that they feature Lenovo's proprietary biometric face recognition technology, which add a new layer of data security for laptops and allow the notebooks to be used by multiple users.

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Tech-Crunch:-Create your own Windows XP icons in Paint

Feeling creative? You can make your very own icons for your shortcuts with Windows XP's built-in Paint program. Here's how to paint yourself some new icons without having to clean brushes afterward.

Are you tired of searching the Internet for icons to use for your shortcuts? Then check out how easy it is to use Windows XP's Paint program to create your own icons. Follow these steps:

1. Launch Paint from the All Programs | Accessories menu.
2. Pull down the Image menu and select the Attributes command.
3. In the Attributes dialog box, type 32 in both the Width and Height boxes and click OK.
4. To make the image easier to work with, click the Magnifier tool and select the level 8 magnification setting.
5. Press [Ctrl]G to add gridlines.
6. Use the tools and colors to create your icon.
7. Press [Ctrl]S and save the file with an ICO extension.

You can now assign your custom icon to any shortcut you wish.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

Google, NASA team up

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Anyone with an Internet connection will soon be able to get three-dimensional maps of the moon, or real-time tracking of the space shuttle, after NASA agreed Monday to give more of its imagery and information to Google Inc.

The collaboration marks another step in a partnership announced 15 months ago when Google unveiled plans to build a 1 million-square-foot campus at the NASA center, located a few miles south of the company's Mountain View headquarters.

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Vodafone in race to buy India's Hutchison Essar

The world's largest mobile phone company, Vodafone Group, is set to enter a bidding war to buy Indian mobile firm Hutchison Essar, a newspaper has reported.

The Economic Times newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, said Wednesday the firm was holding talks with bankers to raise cash to buy the majority stake in Hutchison Essar owned by Hong Kong-based Hutchison.

However Vodafone's Indian partner Bharti Airtel told the Business Standard it was not aware of any move.

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One criminal gang involved in half of phishing attacks

Expert says Romanian “Rock Phish” gang responsible for half of worldwide phishing attacks

Over half of phishing emails in the world are thought to come from just one criminal gang, according to a security expert.

Ken Dunham, director of the VeriSign’s security research unit iDefense Rapid Response Team, said that the gang, called “Rock Phish”, is “likely responsible for 50 percent or more of current phishing attacks today.” …

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Tech-Dirt:-Indian `inbox` clogged with spam

Every 27th email in an Indian’s inbox contains a virus, trojan or other form of malware, making our country continually the hardest hit in terms of virus activity.

The seemingly innocuous spam, however, which continues to account for roughly 70 per cent of all e-mail messages on the Internet (over 90 per cent of people in India receive spam) is a bigger threat, indicates a recent report by security firm MessageLabs. …

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Xbox, ICICI Co-branded Credit Card

As an extension to the thrill and excitement associated with Xbox 360, Microsoft Entertainment & Devices Division has - in partnership with ICICI Bank, launched the Xbox 360 & ICICI Bank co-branded credit card.

Present at the launch were Country Manager of Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division (India), Mohit Anand; Head of Cards Product Group, ICICI Bank, Sachin Khandelwal; and Bollywood Actor & Xbox 360 Brand Ambassador, Akshay Kumar.

Announcing the launch, Mohit Anand, said, "As digital entertainment products emerge as vital constituents of consumer lifestyles today, it is imperative to explore innovative strategic tie-ups that help consumers leverage their benefits with such partnerships. With the association with ICICI Bank, this card will exclusively address lifestyle needs of the youth and the young at heart, and will also offer a host of other benefits."

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Nokia Connecting New Year's Eve

Nokia has announced the star cast for the India celebrations of the Nokia New Year's Eve party scheduled to span across five world capitals; Hong Kong, Mumbai, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, finally culminating in New York.

Come December 31, and the Indian arm of Nokia's event will unfold at Mumbai's Andheri Sports Complex. Dotting the sterling show will be star performances by music maestro - A R Rahman, and actors - Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, and Koena Mitra.

The highlight will be a rocking performance by Grammy Award winner, Nelly Furtado, who will render songs from her latest album, "Loose". Accompanying her on stage will be Canadian band, Josh Desi, who've been instrumental in remixing her wildly popular single, 'Powerless'.

Altogether, Nokia's world event is expected to witness a combined attendance of 1.3 million, with nearly over 8 to 10 thousand people expected to show up at Mumbai's Andheri Sports Complex.

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December 18, 2006

New Indian Bill Seeks to Curb Cyber Crime

The Indian parliament has introduced a bill to amend the Information Technology (IT) Act of 2000, to address the rising cases of cyber crime and data theft online. The bill proposes to amend some of the existing sections and insert new ones in the IT Act, the Indian Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act as well as the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The bill, introduced in the Lok sabha, urges the government to provide legal framework for new forms of crimes like video voyeurism, publishing of material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form, e-commerce frauds through impersonation commonly known as Phishing and many other such cyber crimes. Some recommendations of the bill include, replacing the term 'digital signature' with 'electronic signature' to promote alternative technologies for authentication of electronic record.

The IT Act 2000 was enacted to boost the growth of computers and Internet, provide legal recognition to electronic record and e-transactions and prevent computer-based crimes.

December 17, 2006

Dopod in India with Three Handsets


Dopod Communication, a leading PDA phone and Smartphone provider has now officially entered the Indian market with the unveiling of three new handset models namely; C720W, C800, and 818Pro.

With this, the company promises to offer sophisticated and innovative converged solutions along with the best designs and trends prevalent internationally to the consumers here. Dopod claims to have become Asia's fastest growing mobile communications company in just two years due to its successful partnerships with two world class industry leaders including High Tech Computer (HTC) and Microsoft.

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Amazon Sues IBM for Patent Infringement

In a strongly worded rebuttal, Amazon.com on Thursday countersued IBM. The companies have charged each other with patent infringement.

The countersuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, denies that Amazon.com infringes IBM patents, seeks to invalidate some IBM patents and charges IBM with infringing on some Amazon.com patents.

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December 16, 2006

Tech-Dirt:-Facebook Would Like To Remind You It Isn't For Sale (Wink Wink), But Is Now Worth $8 Billion

It was reported earlier this week that Yahoo was prepared to shell out up to $1.62 billion to buy Facebook, based on the inflated expectation that it could generate a billion-dollar profit by 2015. Apparently Yahoo's offer of $1 billion to Facebook got rejected, and the company never got another chance to bid. While most rational people would have taken the money and ran, Facebook now says it's no longer for sale, with a board member saying they want to build the company up. We'd like to again take this opportunity to point Facebook to the history of Friendster, which is the classic example of not knowing when to sell out -- the company was being shopped around for $5 million earlier this year, after Google had offered to buy it for $30 million worth of pre-IPO stock in late 2003, and a price of $200 million was mentioned for it in 2005. But, true to form, Facebook is following the Skype billion-dollar buyout plan (most recently enlisted by YouTube): a board member says that the company isn't for sale... but that it's worth $8 billion -- as much as that fly-by-night youth-oriented business MTV. Clearly the Skype blowout buyout business model is seeing the effects of inflation (otherwise known as a bubble), which is mildly amusing given talk that Skype is having some trouble meeting the targets to trigger the $1.5 billion earnout that was on top of the $2.6 billion eBay paid for it in cash and stock. Getting the cash up front, then running as far and as fast as you can, really seems like the best play for these companies.

December 15, 2006

Rs. 250 Million Lost in SMS Fraud

SMS and earn money. Sounds like a con job to you? It didn't to 50,000 people looking to make a quick buck — allowing the now absconding fraudsters, to get away with nearly Rs. 250 Million.

An ad in some Mumbai dailies kick-started this SMS fraud by brothers Jayanand Nadar, 36, and Jayaraja Nadar, 28. 'Nothing is impossible. The word itself is I M Possible', read the ad. According to the police the duo then messaged random numbers, asking people interested in 'earning Rs. 10,000 a month to contact them' thus promising investors they could 'get rich quickly'.

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Microsoft Updates Vista in Latest Piracy Crackdown

Microsoft today released an update to Windows Vista that will shut down unauthorized versions of the OS that allow users to skip the product's activation system.

The move comes as pirated copies of Vista are already making the rounds, mere weeks after the product was released to business customers.

The update, which Microsoft has dubbed "frankenbuild," detects tampering of Windows Vista code that would allow users of the OS to work around the product's built-in activation system, which requires users to validate their copy of Vista with a product activation key to use the full version of the product after 30 days.

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Nintendo recalls straps for Wii game controllers

TOKYO — Nintendo said Friday it will replace 3.2 million straps for its popular Wii computer game controllers after receiving a rash of reports that the devices flew out of the hands of overzealous players.

The recall is a bittersweet development for Nintendo — a costly hitch in its three-way battle with Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360, but also confirmation of the enthusiastic reception worldwide.

The Wii's signature wand-like remote controller is used to mimic the motions of a tennis racket, golf club or sword, depending on the game. But soon after the Wii went on sale last month, people started reporting cases of the controller's strap breaking as they waved it about vigorously.

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Cyber Hijackers Target Hotmail Users

Hotmail users have been attacked by a group of Spanish email hijackers, who have managed to hack into millions of free accounts. The 'cyber hijackers', as they are now called, erased all email messages and contacts in several hotmail accounts, with the exception of a 'ransom' message — in Spanish — that demands an unspecified amount of money, in exchange of the lost information. Internet security firm, Websense, has warned all hotmail users of this new wave of 'cyber extortion', but has not published any solution to the problem yet.

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BSNL Offers 2Mbps Net Connectivity in 2007


State owned telecom operator and Internet Service Provider (ISP), BSNL has announced that it will provide broadband speed of up to 2 Megabits Per Second (Mbps), to all its existing subscribers. BSNL broadband subscribers, who have been offered internet connectivity of 256 kilobits Per Second until now, will be liable for the speed upgrade in early 2007.
Announcing the move, the Communication and IT Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, said that the year 2007 will be christened as the 'Year of Broadband' in India.
He said BSNL has offered this aggressive plan of providing five million broadband connections in 2007, with minimum download speed of 1 Mbps, as a challenge for private operators.

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BSNL Launches BSNL Tunes


The state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Chennai telecom circle has become the first BSNL circle in the country to launch 'BSNL Tunes.'

The company said that BSNL Tunes is an innovative, value-added 'Ring back tone' service, which will be provided to all its postpaid mobile subscribers in Chennai.

BSNL also said that BSNL Tunes service offers mobile subscribers in Chennai the option to set their favorite songs as ring back tone for all callers to listen to instead of the usual ring tone.

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December 14, 2006

Future Watch:nokia888 design awards 2005 winner

here's the video of nokia888 (concept fone) design awards 2005 winner....i know its a bit late to post it but its really good...

Now you can search for U.S. patents

We've all heard about the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell -- famous inventors whose creative minds changed the course of history. But there are many more like them, and millions of inventions that have been patented in the U.S. alone -- from useful everyday items such as adhesive tape and contact lenses to, er, things useful in specific situations, like this shark protector suit or this amusement device incorporating simulated cheese and mice.

Today, we're excited to be releasing the beta version of Google Patent Search, which makes it easy to search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you. Start your exploration at www.google.com/patents or visit the Advanced Patent Search page to search by criteria, including patent number, inventor, and filing date. You can view images of original patents online.

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Symantec Launches $15 Million Piracy Suit

Symantec has filed suit against an alleged software piracy ring that has been operating in North America since late 2003, the software vendor said.

The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles seeks more than $15 million in damages from a network of U.S. and Canadian businesses that are alleged to have sold counterfeit versions of Symantec's products, including Norton AntiVirus, PCAnywhere, and Veritas Backup Exec.

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Now, Learn Language on Mobile

C-DAC based in Pune and Enable M, a Mumbai-based Mobile Technology company has jointly developed a technology for learning Indian languages through artificial intelligence, on mobile phones.

The technology named as LILA (Learn Indian Language through Artificial Intelligence), is a result of the joint efforts of both the premier organizations engaged in developing indigenous solutions in hi-tech areas.

According to the duo, this is a milestone in language learning through Artificial Intelligence Technology.

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Future-Watch:-New Phone manufacturer Neo brings concept phones to life


Seems there's a new mobile phone manufacturer in town, and they're gunning for those designer phones that are currently all the rage. Called Neo, the company is showing off its brand new Neo 808i, which is kind of funky looking, featuring a more horizontal approach to mobile phone design, with the keys placed to the right of the screen.

The Neo 808i is nothing special at the moment, but what might be more interesting is the phones it has up its sleeves for the future. Indeed, future is the right word - these phone designs are straight from the latest thinking in concept phones.

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HP's Training Aspiring Techies

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced that it will strengthen its commitment to train students on upcoming technologies through a nationwide free training program targeting students of the top universities and engineering colleges in India.

This is a voluntary initiative led by the employees of HP Systems Technology and Software Division (STSD) under the aegis of their University Program.

This program is targeted to train more than 300 students on some of the latest technologies like advanced UNIX, software engineering processes, project life cycle management, and others.

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December 12, 2006

Five-Digit SMS Code Mandatory

The government has mandated that all telecommunication companies in the country move over to 5-digit SMS short codes, discontinuing the existing 4-digit and 6-digit codes. It is also asking all operators using 4-digit short codes to prefix ‘5’ and convert them to 5-digit codes.

All the existing 5- and 6-digit short codes also have to be migrated to 5-digit codes by replacing the first digit or first two digits with ‘5’. In case of disputes, the DoT would be the final authority for the allocation, sources in DoT said.

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Phase' Memory Beats Flash

Flash memory and hard-disk drives could face a challenge from a new chip technology, dubbed "phase-change" memory, being developed by a group of companies led by IBM.

The companies today announced results of their latest research into the technology, which they say does a better job of storing songs, pictures and other data on iPods and digital cameras than current flash memory, and could someday replace disk drives.

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Nintendo under Fire over 'Wiimote'


Seems, the very same feature that earned the Nintendo Wii its accolades is now earning brickbats nonetheless for the gaming console...

The Wii's television remote-shaped, wireless, motion-sensing controller, nicknamed "Wiimote" by fans of Nintendo, and said to add significant value to game play, has now come under scathing fire for its propensity to fly out of gamers' hands - without warning - thanks to a defective wrist strap.

The Wiimote, as it is fondly called, is secured to gamers' hands by means of a Wii strap, which is simply put - a standard loop of cloth attached to the base of the controller by a thin cord.

However, several reports are doing the rounds that this cord tends to break, sending the Wiimote flying out of the gamer's hands, and into consumer electronics and any other object 'in the way' including unsuspecting bystanders.

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Dhanus' FleeTrac Gets DoT License


Dhanus Technologies, a leading global telecommunications company, has announced becoming the first company to have secured a license from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for its Vehicle Tracking Service, titled "FleeTrac".

Dhanus says "FleeTrac" is an advanced asset tracking service for remote monitoring and tracking of vehicles, which establishes voice and data communication with vehicle drivers anywhere in the country - in the language of their choice.

The service locates/tracks vehicles within a radius of 10 meters; and allows SMS/communication with vehicle drivers in emergencies, or when equipment is tampered with, or other such.

The vehicle tracking results are uploaded to a "FleeTrac" server, wherein the data is interpreted and consolidated into customized reports. These reports, including trip logs, route maps, and usage alerts, are then viewed via a secure, password-protected Web site.

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TECH~CRUNCH:-2007 Mobile Industry Predictions

1. CD-Quality Music Will Be The Killer Cell Phone Application

2. Mobile TV Use on Cell Phones Will Grow, but Not as Fast as CD-Quality Music

3. The Earliest and Most Frequent Users of Mobile TV Will be People Riding Trains To and From Work

4. Digital Cameras on Cell Phones Will Have Less Customer Adoption Compared with Music

5. The Entry-Level Cell Phone Market Will Be the Sweet Spot for CD-Quality Music Applications

6. India Will be the Fastest Growing Cell Phone Market for the Next Several Years

7. Simultaneous Cell Phone Applications Will Be Crucial; Those Who Don't Offer Them Will Lose Out to Those Who Do

8. More Feature-Rich Cell Phones Will Be Key in Enabling Wireless Service Providers to Boost Their Average Revenues Per User

9. 3G Cell Phones Will Not Be All About Merely Enabling the Connected Lifestyle, but Rather Perfecting the Connected Lifestyle

10. More Collaborations Will Be Necessary to Survive and Thrive in the Cell Phone Market

Satyam prepares customers for Vista

BANGALORE: Satyam Computer Services has announced that Microsoft has selected Satyam to participate in the Windows Vista Application Compatibility Factory (ACF), a program designed to help organizations around the world implement Windows Vista, the latest operating system from Microsoft.

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December 11, 2006

Microsoft Office format approved as new standard for data

BOSTON — A data format used in Microsoft Corp.'s prevalent Office software line has been approved as an international standard — a move aimed at preserving access to documents created with the package for years to come.

Companies and governments had expressed concern that documents created with Microsoft's proprietary technology might be impossible to read at some point in the future if Microsoft shifted to a format incompatible with current versions.

For example, Massachusetts state government decided that in 2007 it would begin storing new records in a standard free of proprietary controls — namely, the OpenDocument format used in open-source software.

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Google begins test of radio ad service

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. has started testing a long-awaited radio advertising service that represents the Internet search leader's most elaborate attempt yet at expanding its financial clout beyond the Web.

The test announced Thursday will help sell advertising on more than 700 radio stations in more than 200 U.S. metropolitan markets. Google hopes to eventually sign up more than 5,000 stations, according to documents shown potential advertisers.

For now, at least, Google will lag well behind other radio advertising placement services like Softwave Media Exchange, which says it has enlisted more than 1,500 stations with a combined daily audience of more than 9 million listeners.

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December 10, 2006

Google Adds The Geographic Web To Earth


Google has added some new layers to Google Earth. The new layers are part of what is now called the “Geographic Web.”

The Geographic Web is a mashup of content from Wikipedia, the Google Earth Community, and Panoramio, a geographical photo sharing site. As you zoom into a specific location, you can see place marks of points of interest, user-generated photos, and selected Wikipedia articles. Hopefully it will remain uncluttered as content fills in but it appears that Google is only using select information in the Geographic Web from the three user-generated feeds.

Pirates Hack Vista's Registration Features

Hackers are distributing a file that they say lets users of the corporate version of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system get around the software's anti-piracy mechanisms.

Windows Vista must be "activated," or authorized by Microsoft, before it will work on a particular machine. To simplify the task of activating many copies of Vista, Microsoft offers corporate users special tools, among them Key Management Service (KMS), which allows a company to run a Microsoft-supplied authorization server on its own network and activate Vista without contacting Microsoft for each copy.

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Security Hole Found in Windows Media Player

Users are being advised to disable a certain type of file in Microsoft's Windows Media Player software following the discovery of a new security hole in the software.

Windows Media Player versions 9 and 10 are affected by the flaw, which could allow a malicious hacker to run unauthorized software on a victim's PC or cause a denial of service attack, according to security company FrSIRT, which rated the problem critical in an advisory Thursday.

The flaw is due to a buffer overflow error that can occur when Windows Media Player is used to run ".asx" media files, according to a warning from eEye Digital Security.

Such files open automatically in a Web browser, meaning a hacker would need only to post an infected .asx file in a Web page and then try to lure users to visit the page, eEye Digital said. An infected file could also be sent via email, in which case users would need to be persuaded to open it.

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Mozilla Ships Alpha Release of Firefox 3.0

Mozilla today hit an early milestone on the road to the next version of its open-source browser, but the final product is still a year away, developers say.

The Mozilla team released its first alpha release of Firefox 3.0 today, giving Firefox and Web application developers an early look at the next-generation browser. This release is not intended for regular users, not even those who like to play around with early versions of a product, Mozilla said.

The software, code-named Gran Paradiso, comes just six weeks after Mozilla shipped version 2.0 of the browser, but it has already been more than a year in development, according to Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's vice president of engineering.

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Gmail Just Got Better

Google quietly added a small feature to Gmail this week called Mail Fetcher. When that feature launched, Gmail became perfect.

Mail Fetcher allows users to access non-Gmail email accounts from within the Gmail interface. If you have a Yahoo email account, and a work email account, etc., you can simply access that email from within Gmail, using POP settings. Gmail will now work in a very similar way as Outlook does on the PC desktop.

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TECH~CRUNCH:-Best Internet Acquisitions

HipMojo lists the top 11:

#11 - Honorary Mention: Yahoo! acquires Yoyodyne in 1998 for $39 Million

#10 - aQuantive acquires Razorfish for $160M in June 2004

#9 - Microsoft acquires Hotmail for $400M in 1998

#8 - Ask Jeeves acquires Interactive Search Holdings for $343M in March 2004

#7 - eBay acquires Paypal for $1.5B in 2002

#6 - AOL Time Warner acquires Advertising.com for $435M in June 2004

#5 - Yahoo! acquires Inktomi for $235M in December, 2002

#4 - Yahoo! acquires Overture for $1.63B in July, 2003

#3 - Google acquires Sprinks (for basically nothing) in October 2003

#2 - New York Times acquires About.com for $410M in February, 2005

#1 - News Corporation acquires MySpace-parent Intermix for $580M in May 2005

Infy becomes part of Nasdaq 100 index

BANGALORE: IT bellwether Infosys Technologies becomes part of coveted Nasdaq 100 club.With this, Infosys has now become part of the elite group comprising of Amazon.com, Google, Cisco, Red Hat, Autodesk, eBay, Juniper Networks, Yahoo, Netscapes, Oracle and Apple Corporation.

The NASDAQ-100 index, a global benchmark, is composed of 100 largest non-financial stocks on the NASDAQ.

US Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc announced the reshuffle in its NASDAQ-100 index by including Infosys, which was listed on Nasdaq seven years ago.The induction will be operational from December 18, 2006.

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November 21, 2006

final exams

hey frens coz of my final exams i wont be ablr to post entries for a few days.....
till then tc n ks....

November 17, 2006

Yahoo buys polling site Bix.com

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. said it had acquired Bix.com, a site that helps users arrange contests to rate others' photos, video or singing, in a move to promote more popular participation across Yahoo sites.

Bix is a 16-person company headed by Mike Speiser, who co-founded dot-com-era start-up Epinions.com, which first popularized the idea that polling user opinions could work as a tool to help individuals find personally relevant information.

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Soon: Mobile Broadband Internet

In a move that could well be the beginning of Internet access through mobile Broadband, Hutchison Whampoa has forged a group of global Internet companies, and handset makers - Nokia and Sony Ericsson, to globally launch Broadband mobile Internet access on the same flat fee model as fixed Broadband Internet.

Titled "X-Series from 3," the service will include free Skype calling, unlimited Web browsing, and instant messaging from mobile handsets.

Initially, the service will be available only on select handsets from Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

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TechDirt-Reminder: When Ditching Your Company To Build A Competing Product, Don't Discuss It On Work Computers

Earlier this year, we noted that Yahoo had sued some former employees after they jumped ship (as a group) to another company -- but discussed the move using Yahoo's instant messenger before moving on -- allowing Yahoo to claim that the group took trade secrets with them to the new company. While it seems particularly short-sighted to use Yahoo's IM product while at Yahoo to discuss such things, if you're using a company's computers, it really doesn't matter what tool you're using. VentureBeat notes that Iconix has convinced a judge to issue an injunction against a startup, after Iconix reviewed instant messenger messages between two former employees while they were still at the company discussing their plans for the new company. In the messages, one of them even admits that he's confused over which company they are talking about. It probably does happen all the time, but if you're planning on jumping ship from your current company, you should probably find some other way to discuss it.

TechDirt-PS3 Line Insanity; Pregnant Woman Tries Not To Give Birth While Waiting

While there are still plenty of questions about how successful Sony's PS3 device will really be, don't tell that to the die hard fans who are taking lining up and waiting to an entirely new level. There have been plenty of reports of fights breaking out at various stores among those waiting in line, with at least one drive-by shooting (though, using BBs, not a real gun) and even reports of people getting robbed while waiting. However, those don't top the list of most bizarre. Apparently, one woman who is nine months pregnant, has been trying to ignore her contractions in order to stay in line, while another woman who isn't even interested in gaming decided to line up just for the hell of it. Still, for some people, it appears waiting in line is too much work. Engadget reports that a dentist in Georgia wanted to buy a bunch of PS3s for his family, and hired 60 "temps" to wait in line at various stores for him. Meanwhile, if waiting in line or paying people to wait for you is too much, you could just go rob the store of all their available PS3s instead.

MSN Upgrades Storage to 1GB

Microsoft has announced a global storage upgrade for MSN Hotmail's 260 million plus active email accounts, expanding the storage capacity to 1 gigabyte (GB) and extending the expiration period for inactive accounts from 30 days to 60 days for those accounts that are more than two years old.

According to Microsoft, users will enjoy having more storage to keep the files, photos, and emails that matter the most. The storage upgrade and extension of the expiration period for email accounts is part of the company s ongoing commitment to meet the evolving needs of Hotmail users, as they transition to Microsoft's next generation email service, Windows Live Mail.

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WinZip 11.0 Betters Compression

WinZip Computing, a Corel company, has announced the official release of the latest version of WinZip, "WinZip 11.0".

WinZip, a powerful and easy-to-use compression utility, quickly zips and unzips files to conserve disk space and reduce email transmission time. It is the most popular compression utility used world-wide.

The new version WinZip 11.0, available in two sections, Standard or Pro, highlights practical image handling through thumbnails, and has a new internal image viewer, more efficient compression, enhanced data backup functionality, and support for RAR and BZ2 files.

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Adobe India CEO's son rescued after 5 days

NEW DELHI: Three-year-old Anant, son of Adobe India CEO, Naresh Gupta was rescued on Friday afternoon, five days after he was kidnapped on his way to school in Noida.

The boy was rescued by the Special Task Force near the Noida-Bulandshahr border, Uttar Pradesh police said. He was rescued a little after noon on Friday and immediately returned to his family.

Anant had been kidnapped on Monday morning by two motorcycle-borne men right outside his home in a posh Noida locality. He was being taken by a maid servant to the school bus stop when he was kidnapped. Naresh Gupta was away in the US and returned early Tuesday.

November 16, 2006

The Miniature Earth

The following video is really good one …it tells abt how good we r now
http://216.70.117.172/me_english.htm

It depicts that get satisfied with what u r
It says that if u have a home then also ur richer than 30 other persons in this world

Just watch following video and learn from it how to live….

Adobe Document Center for Security

Adobe Systems has introduced "Adobe Document Center," a new hosted service that helps users better protect, share, and track usage of Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel documents.

An easy to use Web-based service, "Adobe Document Center" empowers business professionals with the ability to grant and dynamically revoke access to documents distributed inside/outside the firewall; as also to audit opening, editing, and printing of those documents.

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Nokia Partners with Red Hat

Nokia and Red Hat have announced a collaboration to develop carrier-grade telecommunications solutions that meet the high performance and availability requirements of operators.

As part of the deal, Nokia will deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its primary operating system for carrier-grade platforms; while Red Hat will provide Nokia with onsite consulting, support, certification, and training services.

Besides, the two teams will work together closely towards development of these high-end telecommunications solutions.

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Phishing attack targets SBI customers

NEW DELHI: Websense Security Labs today said it has received reports of a phishing attack that targets customers of State Bank of India.

Users receive a spoofed email message, which claims that banking information needs to be updated because of an upgrade to the servers. The email provides a link to a phishing site that attempts to collect personal and account information.

This phishing site is hosted in the United States and was up at the time of issuing the alert, Websense said in a statement.

The phishing email text to SBI netbanking customers asked for upgrading their account information.

The Websense statement also said it had received reports of phishing attacks targeted at First Exchange Bank, McLloyds Bank International and Central National Bank of Enid.

November 14, 2006

Sun's Surprising Openness

Few were surprised when Sun Microsystems finally opted to publish the code to its widely used Web programming language, Java. Sun executives had dropped hints for months that they would make Java freely open to developers, who in turn would be able to tailor and improve the code, used for creating Web-based programs for use on all manner of computer hardware.
What caught some off guard, however, was how Sun (SUNW) would do it. Specifically, Java will be freely available under what's called the general public license (GPL), which also governs the distribution of the Linux open-source operating system. As recently as October, during a conference sponsored by Oracle (ORCL), Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz suggested that Sun might choose a more restrictive licensing structure—the common development and distribution license (CDDL), written when Sun opened its own operating system, Solaris.

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Microsoft to debut wireless music sharing Zune in U.S.

The world's largest software maker Microsoft Corp. will start selling the Zune portable music player and the Zune Marketplace in the United States on Tuesday, hoping to take a bite out of Apple's dominant iPod and iTunes powerhouse.

The rectangular "Zune" player is similar in appearance to the iPod with a round click wheel, but is slightly bulkier with a larger, 3-inch screen.

The 30-gigabyte Zune allows the device to locate other nearby Zunes and wirelessly exchange music and pictures with a few touches of the button.

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Vodafone, Yahoo launch ads on mobiles

BANGALORE: Vodafone and Yahoo! have formed a alliance to create an mobile advertising business that will enhance the customer experience on mobile phones while providing both companies with a new revenue stream.

Through this alliance, Yahoo! will become Vodafone’s exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. Yahoo! will use the latest technology to provide a variety of mobile advertising formats across Vodafone’s rich and varied content services. Yahoo!’s sales force and technology team will work with Vodafone to derive benefit from mobile’s unique advertising opportunities while delivering the best possible experience for both consumers and advertisers. Vodafone and Yahoo! intend roll out the initiative in the UK in the first half of 2007.

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Intel launches 'four brain' computer

Intel unveiled its latest Haifa innovation Tuesday as the world's largest chip maker with the launch of its first quad-core microprocessor.
"Today's announcement ushers in another new era in computing," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "The capabilities of quad-core microprocessors will bring new possibilities for science, entertainment and business."
Whereas the dual-core technology launched last year uses two microprocessors to perform tasks at the same time, quad-core doubles the equation, thus further increasing computer processing speeds and energy savings. In the company's words, the technology delivers four "computing brains" inside a single microprocessor enabling it to multi-task more effectively.

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Tech Dirt:-Men Use Phones To Impress Women; Women Use Phones To Ward Off Men

Well, it appears some things don't change much. Almost exactly six years ago, we wrote about a study that said that men tend to use mobile phones in the same way that peacocks display their plumage: as a mating call to try to impress women. A new study has found that this still happens. Men are much more likely to actively display their mobile phones in social situations. The article suggests it's a way to pick up women, but it also notes that men are just as eager to display their mobile phones to other men to make themselves appear more important. Of course, what makes this even more interesting is the study we saw this past summer that found that women use mobile phones for almost the exact opposite purpose. They do it to keep men from approaching them. That is, if they see someone approaching them, they may pull out the phone so they have an excuse to avoid talking to the man. No wonder the sexes have so much trouble communicating. They don't even use communication devices the same way.

Tech-dirt:-When In Singapore Make Sure To Turn Off WiFi Network Autodiscovery

For many years, we've put up posts questioning whether or not using unsecured WiFi was a crime or if it even should be a crime. It appears that officials in Singapore decided that it absolutely is a crime and John writes in to point out that a teenager now faces three years in jail for using his neighbor's WiFi. There aren't too many details here, and perhaps there's more to this story. However, from the summary, it sounds like this kid used his neighbor's open WiFi network. There's nothing saying that he got past any security or anything like that -- just that he had "unauthorized access." As many of you probably know, most computers these days have WiFi network auto-discovery, meaning that if you're walking around with an ordinary laptop in Singapore, you could accidentally open yourself up to the potential of 3 years in jail just by waking it up in the wrong spot. The other oddity here is that the article claims the complaint was filed by the neighbor, though it's unclear how he knew that his WiFi was being used by the teen, or how anyone can prove that it actually was the teen. Perhaps there really is more to the story, and perhaps the neighbor did properly lock up his WiFi -- but if it really was open, wouldn't locking it up be a more reasonable response than tossing your teenaged neighbor in jail for three years?

November 13, 2006

New computer virus unleashed via e-mail

A new virus is using the topics of the death of U.S. President Bush and nuclear war as bait.

The Register reported Wednesday that rogue VX programmers had created the Dref-N e-mail aware worm and that it was suing false reports of nuclear war, and of the deaths of President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin as bait to attract its victims, according to computer specialists in Boston.

The Dref-N worm’s e-mail subject lines include items such as “White House news!” “Incredible news” and “ATTN TO EVERYBODY!”

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Reliance, BSNL in Toll-free Tie


In a move that might lead to network-independent access to toll-free services in the country, Reliance Communications and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have entered a deal to interconnect each other's toll-free numbers coming under the 1-800 category.

Similarly, Reliance has tied up with HFCL, a private telecom service provider in Punjab; and is said to be in talks with other major operators for network-independent access to 1-800 services across the country.

Toll-free numbers (1-800) enable customers call companies or service providers without incurring any phone charges. For example, customers can call toll-free numbers of companies to find out details of products/services they want to purchase.

http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Reliance_BSNL_in_Toll-free_Tie/551-77120-613.html

Microsoft, Airtel Partner for SMBs


Microsoft and Bharti Airtel have entered into a critical partnership to offer software and services to the near 6.5 million small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country. Slated to be made available in January 2007, this new service is mainly targeted at companies having five or more employees.

Solutions to be offered as part of the deal include: Microsoft Solutions for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration; plus hosted applications such as CRM, Accounting, ERP, Unified Communications, and some Microsoft ISV applications.

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Future Watch:--Asus G1 & G2 Gaming Notebooks


Asus has finally launched its gaming notebooks designed for the gamers. It even packs the power needed to get the best FPS for most games. The G1 is a 15.4-inch while the G2 is a 17-inch. They both have unique styled outers while the inner side is plain sport for both. The G1 has rock green LEDs while the G2 has red LEDs.

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Watch out for Beyonce on MSN!


On Nov 15, starting 08.30 am (IST) onwards, MSN India is bringing to its users, Beyonce Knowles, lead singer of Destiny's Child, live in concert.

Users need to log on to http://msnpresents.msn.com/beyonce/?mkt=en-in, and sit back and watch the seductive songstress perform in what promises to be a sizzler of a show!

In case, users miss out on the show, they can still go back and watch it exclusively on MSN India on demand post the concert.

One of the hottest stars on the music scene today, Beyonce started out with her band, "Destiny s Child" in 1990. Come 2001, and the band fell apart, with members going 'solo'.

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PlayStation 3 hits 'grey market'

They are being sold for up to four times the retail price of the console, which went on sale in Japan last Saturday for about £270.

There are also reports that homeless people were paid to queue for the console on behalf of people now selling them on at a higher price.

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Gazzag.com is my new enemy

As part of my ongoing research into social networks, I sign up at pretty much every site I come across. Today, I came across Gazzag.com.

As part of the sign up process, they offered to import all my contacts from Orkut.com. I agreed, entered my login and password, and all the contacts popped over. Then, Gazzag then took it upon themselves to email all of my contacts saying that I invited them to join my network at Gazzag. As something of a social network expert, all my friends have been saying “Well if Jen invited me, there must be something really great here” and wandered into this evil trap of a social networking site. I did not invite them, I did not email them, and there is nothing special about this site. It basically hijacked my email address and spammed these people from me.

The Gazzag Terms and Conditions says...
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November 11, 2006

Vista needs no anti-virus, says Allchin

JIM ALLCHIN, outgoing co-President of the Platform Products and Services Group at Microsoft, has suggested that Windows Vista is so secure it may not need an antivirus system.

The claim, which is sure to please antivirus vendors worldwide, was made on Wednesday as part of a telephone conversation with reporters to discuss the merits of the new operating system’s security measures.

for more:- http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35665

November 10, 2006

Yahoo! Messenger in Yahoo! Mail

According to reports, Yahoo! is planning to incorporate the Yahoo! Messenger Instant Messaging (IM) service into its email service, Yahoo! Mail.

Yahoo! IM will soon be made available on Yahoo! Mail, just the way rival Google has made Google Talk available on Gmail.

This will enable Yahoo! users to run the two programs on the same browser, eliminating the need to download the Yahoo! IM software.

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Rajshri Media launches Broadband Portal

Rajshri Media, the digital media arm of bollywood production and distribution house Rajshri Productions, has launched a broadband portal Rajshri.com for entertainment and premium video content. The company owned by the Barjatyas is also premiering their home production VIVAH online. The movie will be available for download or live streaming from Friday 12 PM. This is the first time an Indian movie is premiering online - simultaneously being released in theatres and also online. VIVAH is available for $9.9 per download. And the DRM (Digital rights management) licence will expire after 72 hours.

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November 9, 2006

Indiagames Intros Games on Demand


In an initiative to enable the 100,000 or so private Internet cafes in the country compete with organized players, Indiagames has launched its Games on Demand Partnership Program for Cyber Cafes. For this program, the company has tied-up with leading publishers including Microsoft, Codemasters, Playfirst, Atari, and Activision.

Games on Demand aims to address the issues that typically plague gaming in the country such as software piracy and the prevalent high prices of gaming software.

With Games on Demand, users can choose and play from an extensive catalogue of games, sans the need to purchase or install these on local PCs. Currently, over 100 games are on offer for just Rs 225 per month. Otherwise, these games cost anywhere near Rs 100,000 taking into consideration the retail prices for legal software...

Amongst the games available, internationally renowned titles include: Age of Empires II, Brian Lara's Cricket, IGI 2 Covert Strike, and Toca Race Driver 2, et al. And, new games are intended to be added every month.

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Talking with orkut

You talkin' to me? I sure hope so. At Google, we like it when people talk with each other. So we figured we should make life a little easier for our friends on orkut, where getting in touch and staying in touch is the name of the game. We noticed that a lot of orkut users have been using a separate instant messaging program to chat, which just seems like unnecessary work -- clicking around, keeping separate buddy lists, etc. This is why we've built Google Talk into orkut, so you can see your friends' availability and chat with them more easily. And, as a special Google Talk bonus, if you want to do more than text chat, you can make voice calls, leave voicemail, and transfer files.

Here's what to look for. If your friends are online and using Google Talk, you'll see a brightly-colored ball by their name. Green means they're available; orange means they're away from their computer; and red means they're busy. But no matter which color, if you see that ball, it means you can chat with or call your friends in just a couple of clicks.

We've put some orkut features into Google Talk too. In addition to chatting, calling, and sending files to your Google Talk buddies, you can also scrap them, receive instant notice when others scrap you, and quickly jump to any of their orkut profiles.

It's easy to enable these features -- sign in to talkify your orkut account and we'll get you going. Haven't been invited to join orkut yet? No problem.

Pointsec unveils security solution for Nokia Eseries

MUMBAI: Pointsec Mobile Technologies, mobile enterprise security solution provider, today unveiled a new version of its security solution for Symbian 3.0 S60 edition, offering strong data protection and access control for business users with Nokia Eseries handsets based on the S60 platform.

Supported models include the Nokia E50, E60, E61, E62 and E70. This is the first solution for protecting data stored on S60 devices using real-time encryption, a Pointsec statement said.

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"Rock solid" Vista ready to roll, says Microsoft

After five years and many twists and turns, Microsoft on Wednesday said development of Windows Vista is complete.

Windows chief Jim Allchin said Microsoft has signed off on the code: "It's rock solid and we're ready to ship. This is a good day."

Allchin said Vista will go on sale to consumers on 30 January. He said Microsoft is releasing Vista in five languages. The French, Japanese and Spanish versions were actually signed off on before the English version, according to Allchin.

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Skype 3.0 Beta Released


Skype users across the globe can now enjoy even simpler ways to talk with the release of Skype 3.0 beta for Windows.

With a series of enhancements to the look and feel of Skype, the latest version also includes features that enable community-led chat and discussion. According to the company, the new enhancements aim at making Skype even simpler, and providing users with instant access to features.

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November 8, 2006

Global IT firms on a hiring spree in India

As the talent hunt for skilled technology workers intensifies worldwide, India has emerged as the top destination for global IT companies' hiring spree, a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers reveals.

In order to hire people with required skills, more than 68 per cent of IT companies globally have started or planning to start business operations in India in the next three years, the global consultancy and research major said in a report.

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Future watch:-Zalman ZM-NC1000


The laptop cooler from Zalman the ZM-NC1000 is for all those over-heating laptops and especially for the exploding ones. It is a 3mm thick aluminum sled featuring two centrifugal fans spinning up to 1,500RPM or less via adjustable dial alongside the chassis. The cooler is said to not only reduce the laptop heat but at the same time it does increase the noise levels a bit.
This cooler is said to keep the laptop a lot cooler and at the same time even cool your head from the fear of having a bomb on your lap.

Mickey has Eyes only for Nintendo!


Walt Disney's video game publishing arm, the Buena Vista Games (BVG) Group, has reportedly announced a new game studio, the "Fall Line Studio," for developing exclusive Disney and Disney-inspired games for Nintendo's hand-held DS player, as also its upcoming Wii gaming console.

The new studio based out of Salt Lake City in the US, is tipped to create original plus inspired titles based on Disney's iconic characters; Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pooh, and so on.

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India recruits beggars to curb spread of AIDS

KOLKATA (Reuters) - Thousands of beggars in eastern India have been recruited to help stem the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus by singing songs and acting in plays about safe sex.

Officials in the impoverished state of Bihar say they want to train many of the state's estimated 100,000 vagrants to sing songs in trains and buses and beside busy roads, as well as enact street plays about the deadly virus.

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WiMax Device Cum Mobile Phone


At the recently concluded Mobile Wimax Summit 2006, Samsung Electronics unveiled a new mobile convergence device, the SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITs, which sports a unique three-way folding, and which, according to the company, is the world's first WiMax device that doubles as a mobile phone.
This PDA-based device is capable of voice and multimedia data communications through Mobile Wimax technology. In fact it utilizes both Mobile Wimax as well as CDMA EV-DO connectivity.
The Wimax connectivity provides users with wireless access to the Internet, while CDMA EV-DO technology provides mobile phone connection for voice communication.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/WiMax_Device_Cum_Mobile_Phone/551-77030-615.html

November 7, 2006

Movies, TV Shows on Xbox Live

Microsoft Corp has reportedly tied with several Hollywood studios to sell TV shows and rent movies that can be downloaded through its Xbox Live online video-game service and beamed straight onto consumers' television sets.

Beginning Nov 22, Xbox Live users equipped with the current generation Xbox 360 gaming console will be able to watch shows, including
CBS Corp's "CSI", Viacom's "South Park" on MTV Comedy Central; and movies such as Paramount Pictures' "Mission Impossible III" and "Jackass: The Movie", plus Warner Bros' "V for Vendetta" and "Superman Returns", amongst others.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Microsoft_Offers_Content_on_Xbox_Live/551-76999-585.html

Is it a Song? No, its a Mac OS X Virus!


Late last week, Symantec discovered a proof-of-concept Mac OS X virus, dubbing it "Macarena", and claiming it posed a very low level of risk. The company did however mention that certain comments within the code indicate that the author had a real hard time creating it.

"Macarena" was described by Symantec as "a proof-of-concept virus that infects files in the current folder on the compromised computer."

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Is_it_a_Song_No_its_a_Mac_OS_X_Virus/551-77014-582.html

McAfee SiteAdvisor Plus Launched

McAfee today announced the launch of McAfee SiteAdvisor Plus, the first Web safety tool to actively shield consumers' computers from dangerous Web sites encountered whilst browsing, searching, and instant messaging or e-mailing.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/McAfee_SiteAdvisor_Plus_Launched/551-77019-582.html

Meebo in Hindi


meebo.com--a website for instant messaging from absolutely anywhere. Whether you’re at home, on campus, at work, or traveling foreign lands, hop over to meebo.com on any computer to access all of your buddies (on AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber) and chat with them, no downloads or installs required, for free!

available in hindi now.... enjoy!!!!

http://wwwl.meebo.com/index-hi.html

November 6, 2006

AT&T announces direct entry into India

BANGALORE: AT&T Inc. today announced its foray into the Indian market with the launch of its new business.

Last month the company became the first international telecom operator to secure International Long distance (ILD) and National Long Distance (NLD) under the government’s revised policy on FDI.

AT&T Global Network Services India (AT&T India), a joint venture between AT&T and Mahindra Telecom Investment Private Ltd, plans to transition its existing customers in India to its network and also introduce a broader range of advanced networking services and solutions.

for more:-- http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2006/106110601.asp

November 4, 2006

World's Fastest Monitors from BenQ


BenQ has announced the launch of the world's fastest wide screen monitors in three models; 92W, 222W, and 241W. The new monitors are targeted at the technology led and the digitally inclined.
for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Worlds_Fastest_Monitors_from_BenQ/551-76958-615.html

November 3, 2006

Sify, Mauj Tie Up with LFW 2006


Now, fashion lovers in the country can stay abreast with the latest happenings at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), from anywhere, and at anytime.

Two biggies, SifyMax and Mauj Telecom, have tied-up in their own ways with LFW 2006 that is scheduled to take place in Mumbai between Oct 31 and November 4. The objective is "to not let users miss out on even a minute of the action" at the upcoming fashion fiesta.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Sify_Mauj_Tie_Up_with_LFW_2006/551-76948-547.html

Microsoft loves SUSE Linux (true!)

The bad news is raining thick and fast on Red Hat, the dominant Linux distro, what with Oracle last week seeking to undermine its server revenues, and Microsoft today seeking to undermine, its customer base, anointing Novell's SUSE as its Linux distro-in-waiting.

Top executives from Microsoft and Novell convened in San Francisco today to proclaim a landmark deal that sees the companies improve interoperability between Windows and SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES) on virtualization, Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell's eDirectory, and Microsoft Office and OpenOffice XML formats on the desktop.

Microsoft will also promote SLES where customers pick Windows over Linux or decide to run Linux alongside Windows - a move clearly designed to exclude Red Hat from accounts. Microsoft sales staff will distribute 70,000 coupons for SLES.

for more:- http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2006/11/03/microsoft_novell_suse_linux/

November 2, 2006

Gmail on mobile service

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc. aims to close the gap between the classic way people get e-mail -- sitting at a computer -- and the slow-as-molasses reality of receiving e-mail on cell phones, the company said on Thursday.

The Web search leader is introducing a custom version of its Gmail e-mail service that can run on any phone with Java software, or close to 300 different mobile phone devices.

for more:- http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2006/106110208.asp

Nintendo Is Preparing to Kill the Xbox 360 and the PS3

Although it is not making so much noise about it, Nintendo keeps on working hard at improving manufacturing process and meeting its goal of delivering 4 million Wii gaming consoles by the end of 2006.

for more:- http://www.playfuls.com/news_04999_Nintendo_Is_Preparing_to_Kill_the_Xbox_360_and_the_PS3.html

Microsoft Vista to Release on Nov 30

Microsoft has announced that their new operating system, Windows Vista, will be released on November 30 this year, at an event in New York City.

The company said that Windows Vista would, however, be available only to businesses at first. The consumer version would be available to the mainstream public early next year, the release date for which is rumored to be January 30, 2007.

But, the November release of Windows Vista would be the first new release of a Windows operating system since 2001. It has been dubbed a world-wide release, and will also include the launch of the new Office 2007 and the Exchange Server 2007 software.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Microsoft_Vista_to_Release_on_Nov_30/551-76914-580.html

November 1, 2006

Spy in the sky over Chandni Chowk

With the help of live cameras at the ground level and a spy satellite in the sky, the administration hopes to gather realtime ''intelligence'' on a multitude of ''illegal'' activities...

NEW DELHI: Though hackles were raised over Google Earth posing a threat to the security of the country by making available satellite imagery of defence establishments, the Indian government has begun using similar technology for maintenance of law and order and internal security.

for more:- http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2006/106110103.asp

Google acquires Web applications pioneer JotSpot

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. said on Tuesday it bought JotSpot, a Silicon Valley start-up that helped pioneer the market for collaborative business software like online spreadsheets, in the latest move by the Web search leader into territory dominated by Microsoft Corp.
for more:- http://in.tech.yahoo.com/061101/137/68yak.html

U.S. intelligence unveils spy version of Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community on Tuesday unveiled its own secretive version of Wikipedia, saying the popular online encyclopedia format known for its openness is key to the future of American espionage.
for more:- http://in.tech.yahoo.com/061101/137/68y9u.html

Want to Repair your iPod? Anyone?


iPod owners take heart! A man from 'aamchee Mumbai' claims to be able to repair all Apple iPods...

And, what's more, the man, one Harjeet Arora, owner of "Gadget Boy", a store at the Inorbit Mall, claims to be the only person in the country to be able to do so...

But, what led Arora into a job like repairing iPods? Arora, who sells iPods and MP3 players at his store, says he was getting so many customers coming back to him with complaints about their iPods not working, who were then going ahead and buying new iPods that he felt the need to venture into this territory.
for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Want_to_Repair_your_iPod_Anyone/551-76866-615.html

October 30, 2006

Genuine Microsoft Office is a Must!

According to reports, Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program for Microsoft Office, titled the 'Office Genuine Advantage' (OGA) program that has been in beta-testing for several months, has now become mandatory.

The company says that the OGA program will now be "switched on for all" with no choice to "opt out" of the validation process, the way it was all through the beta testing phase.

As of October 27 last week, anyone using a pirated version of Office will no longer be able to download Office templates or other Office downloads, while those using Office Online templates will now require validation.

And from January 2007, pirated Office users will no longer be able to check for and download Office updates. The ability to download updates will require verification, beginning January.

Microsoft says it will continue to provide a complimentary copy of Microsoft Office to help qualifying customers, who have unknowingly acquired counterfeit versions of Microsoft Office 2003. But even for this, users will be required to fill out a counterfeit report, provide proof of purchase, and send in their counterfeit CDs to verify their entitlement to a free replacement copy of Office.

Those customers who have unknowingly acquired a counterfeit version of Office, but cannot provide the necessary details will be required to cough-up a license fee. And, this fee will be to the tune of $359 (Rs 16,155) for the Office Genuine Advantage kit for Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003; $269 (Rs 12,105) for the Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003; and $139 (Rs 6,255) for the Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003. The offer starts next month.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is now in a position to check whether one's copy is genuine or not, thanks to the proliferation of the Internet and Broadband.

October 27, 2006

Adobe Soundbooth Public Beta Out


Adobe Systems has released the public beta of Adobe Soundbooth software, an innovative and intuitive audio software product for creating and editing audio, and fixing common audio flaws using visually-oriented tools.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Adobe_Soundbooth_Public_Beta_Out/551-76764-580.html

links:-
http://labs.adobe.com/soundbooth

Microsoft Warns Against IE7 Flaw

Microsoft has issued a warning against a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser that could allow attackers to spoof the address of a Web site.

The company said that the flaw lets hackers put a fake Web address in a pop-up window, and could trick users into downloading from what looks like a secure Web site. The hacker can add special characters to the end of the Web address, so that only a part of the URL is displayed.

However, Christopher Budd from the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog has downplayed the flaw, stating that Microsoft's research has shown the full URL can still be displayed by clicking in the browser windows or address bar, or by scrolling within the address bar.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Microsoft_Warns_Against_IE7_Flaw/551-76766-580.html

October 25, 2006

Buy a PC Now, Get Vista Later Says Microsoft

Accoding to the official Windows Vista blog, Microsoft is launching their upgrade program for Windows users who wish to purchase a new PC now, but want the security of being able to upgrade to Windows Vista when it is launched.

New PCs loaded with Windows XP or pre-installed with Microsoft Office 2003 software can be upgraded via the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista and Microsoft Office Technology Guarantee program. Express Upgrade will be available to consumers and small businesses from 26 Oct 2006 through 15 March 2007.

Windows Vista upgrades may be offered for free or at a discounted price (shipping and handling charges may also apply), so it pays to check with the particular PC manufacturer for details specific to their offer.

The company recomments looking for "Windows Vista Capable" PCs designated as "Premium Ready," as these PCs are designed to deliver the core Windows Vista experience. PCs carrying only the "Windows Vista Capable" logo may be eligible for the program, but the offer may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

In the US, the upgrade path includes the following:

# Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 --> Windows Vista Home Premium (nominal fee)
# Windows XP Professional --> Windows Vista Business (nominal fee)
# Windows XP Tablet PC Edition --> Windows Vista Business (nominal fee)
# Windows XP Professional x64 Edition --> Windows Vista Business 64 (nominal fee)


Other upgrades are available at 50% discount from the boxed product upgrade price, plus shipping and handling:

# Windows XP Home Edition --> Windows Vista Home Basic
# Windows XP Home Edition --> Windows Vista Home Premium

You can upgrade to the comparable edition of 2007 Microsoft Office when you purchase a PC pre-installed with qualifying Microsoft Office 2003 software. More details are at the Express Upgrade site.

Similar programs are available region-by-region for upgrading both Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows XP FPP to Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office. Consumers have to query their local retailers for the particulars.

More information: http://www.windowsvista.com/expressupgrade

Finger Drum Mousepad


Now here's something odd, a new way to disturb your office environment. It's more like a pass time to have a drum set on your mousepad. Provided you take away your mouse from the pad and begin pounding the drums to play a rocking tune.

Everything on that mousepad makes exactly the same sound as the instruments would. You can even save your tunes 30 of them to hear them later. This mousepad costs you just $39.95 (Rs. 1,837) which is much cheaper than an actual drum set, though you can't have the pleasure of breaking them as the rockers do after a hole concert.

Microsoft Puts Sender ID under OSP


Microsoft has announced that its Sender ID Framework specification for e-mail authentication is now available free under the company's Open Specification Promise (OSP).

Sender ID aims to help stop the spread of spam, phishing scams, malware, and other online exploits, by addressing domain spoofing, a tactic used in over 95 percent of all exploits. Sender ID gives customers greater certainty about the origin of an e-mail message, and enables legitimate senders to more clearly distinguish themselves from spammers and online criminals.

for more:- http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Microsoft_Puts_Sender_ID_under_OSP/551-76719-580.html

AOL set to make an Indian debut

MUMBAI: One of the biggest online company in the US, AOL (formerly known as America Online), is set to enter the Indian market on November 15, sources said.

With $8 billion in revenues for the year 2005, AOL is one of the late entrants in the Indian cyber scene. Though, the company has customer service and customer analysis center in Bangalore, there was never a focus for the Indian market.

It could be due to the fact, that AOL had a subscription based revenue model till date. AOL recently launched a free service on September 12. With a downturn in its fortunes, making a foray into newer territories makes a good strategy.

"The Indian venture will take on the domestic biggies like Rediff, Indiatimes, and other international players like MSN and Yahoo. It will be a advertising-based revenue model," the source said on condition of anonymity.

for more:- http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2006/106102404.asp

October 24, 2006

Firefox 2.0 Release Today

According to reports, the final version of Firefox 2.0 will be available for download sometime today.

The final version is very similar to the last release candidate, RC3, which reportedly got a very good response, and has been hence finalized as the final version, to be branded as Firefox 2.0.

Firefox 2 includes features such as built-in anti-phishing controls, built-in RSS and XML feed-viewing capabilities, and a new inline spell checker. It comes with an improved tabs feature, including closing and reopening of individual tabs more easily, plus a history of previous tabs opened.

According to experts though, users of Firefox 1.5 will not find much of a difference between the two, as far as user interface is concerned.
Firefox 2.0 will be available for download from the Mozilla homepage or from getfirefox.com.

Interestingly, the release of Firefox 2.0 comes soon after that of Internet Explorer 7 by Microsoft.

note:- by the time of posting of this blog it was not available for download at getfirefox.com

Google lets Web sites tailor search to user tastes

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc. is ready to let Web publishers and bloggers create custom searches on their sites, in a move that could make searches more relevant to consumers and allow the company to charge more for advertising, Google said late on Monday.

The Internet search leader said the new Google Custom Search Engine relies on the same underlying database of Web sites to allow companies or individual users to set up personalized online searches -- on topics ranging from global climate change to gossip on pop stars.

"This is really a way to make your own version of Google search," Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president in charge of search, said in a phone interview with reporters.

for more:- http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2006/106102401.asp

MY GOOGLE VS YOUR GOOGLE

The service allows users to choose which pages they wish to include in a tailored Web search index, what the search results will look like on their own Web sites and whether other users can contribute their own favorite links to the index.

for more:- http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2006/106102401.asp

October 21, 2006

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