April 30, 2009

Take your time choosing the right emotion for your Gmails...

So you were soo excited to see emoticons in Gmail and even started taking a bit longer to compose tht special mail and adding the right emoticon in it ...

Guess What!!! Google has made this task even more time consuming but entertaining for you by adding 100's of more emotions...

Here's what the Gmail Blog says :-
For a short period of time after launching emoticons for mail, we believed we had successfully captured the entirety of human expression in 19 faces (we're still debating whether the robot face  counts), important representatives of the animal kingdom such as  and , emoticons for both love () and heartbreak (), and, well, a pile of .

But soon a growing feeling of dread overcame the group . How could we have included a but not a cat? What if I want wine rather than ?

And thus was born a new Labs feature: extra emoji, the colorfully animated brainchild of our team in Japan. Simply go to the Labs tab under Settings, enable "Extra Emoji," and have that glass of  you've been dreaming about. Ask your in-laws about the fluffiness factor of their pet . Become a meteorologist and start predicting . Dance like you mean it . Then let us know what you think.

(If you're wondering how we had time to create another couple hundred emoticons when we're busy doing important stuff like rewriting Gmail for mobile and making Gmail work offline, the answer is: we didn't. All of these extra emoticons are straight from the secret underground labs of some of the top Japanese mobile carriers, used with permission. Thanks guys!)

Here's a list of all the Emoticons to help you find out which of your favorite emotion is in which tab.

 

[caption id="attachment_1246" align="aligncenter" width="368" caption="Gmail emoticons - Click image to see full size"]Gmail emoticons - Click image to see full size[/caption]

April 29, 2009

Chance to win a free rapidshare premium account...

hey friends,

you all must have participated in various online compititions by various famous bloggers..
But this time one of my friend is giving you an oppurtunity to win a free rapidshare account..

here are some of the details fom his blog :-
There will be 3 lucky winners who will be selected at the end of the contest. Here are the prize details

 

  • 1 Lucky Winner will get a Free Rapidshare Premium Account for 180 days

  • 1 Lucky Winner will get a Free Rapidshare Premium Account for 90 days

  • 1 Lucky Winner will get a Free Rapidshare Premium Account for 30 days


How to Enter The Contest



Entering the Contest is very Simple and straightforward.

  1. Subscribe to WhoisMadhur RSS Feed by Email. This will enable you to get latest updates in your inbox which will also include information about more such Contests. Please use the same email while commenting on the Post.


This is a compulsory condition which you must complete to be eligible for the Contest.

For more details and to participate please click here.

April 28, 2009

Now Don't Get Fooled by Value Added Services (VAS)

If you have ever called a new number and been lured into subscribing to unwarranted value added services like caller tunes, copy tunes, etc regulator TRAI has come out to be the protector.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India (TRAI) has directed telecom firms to get written/SMS permission from customers before activation of value-added (VAS) services.

Taking a tough stand on 'accidental activation' of VAS, that many customers have complained about, Trai said all terms and conditions must first be told to consumers before offering the service.

In its latest directive, Trai has said: In case of VAS services like 'Press Star to copy Hello tunes', "explict consent of the consumer is required before activating such services"...

Such consent may be obtained through either fax, email or SMS.

[SOURCE]

April 24, 2009

GoodBye Geocities...

geocities-screenshot


GeoCities, a free Web hosting service that achieved fame in the mid-90s, died Thursday at the Yahoo headquarters in Silicon Valley. GeoCities was 15 years old.



 

GeoCities had suffered a long and drawn-out battle with its health over the past decade. An antiquated service model and outdated technology are widely blamed for the struggle. An official cause of death, however, has yet to be determined.

I still remember my first step in the www world and it started with creating a small webpage at Geocities.com which was later modified to a complete website designed in whatever litle HTML i learned on my own and then there wer those DHTML scripts i experimented with!!!

And when i started blogging this website served as alanding page for all my blogs and soon i used the help of free URL redirection services to Flaunt my website www.passionvaibhav.co.nr

Since the day i moved to my own domain and started blogging a bit maturely, i haver never logged into Geocities but When i came across this news it made me Nostalgic about my first steps in the cyber world!!!

PC WORLD has posted a really intresting but i would have to say a bit rude {i have an emotional attachment with Geocities thats why i find it rude!!!} post about Geocities.

GOOD-BYE GEOCITIES!!!

Know what your friends are doing on YouTube... By invitation only!!!

Today is the beta launch of YouTube RealTime, a new way of discovering what your friends are doing on YouTube. Through this persistent toolbar, which appears in the lower right corner of the page, you'll be able to see which of your YouTube friends are currently online and what they're watching; a history of their recent activities on the site; and real-time notifications when they perform activities like commenting, favoriting, and uploading. 

Wanna try it? The first 100 people to say "Yes! Sign me up" in the comments @ YouTube India Blog will get an exclusive invite to test it out. Please keep in mind that you will need to have friends on YouTube for this to work -- the more you have, the richer the experience, so be sure you accept friend invites and actively manage the list. Participants can enter feedback on RealTime in the forums or in comments @ YouTube India Blog

Facebook style comment notification in Picasaweb but sadly not in orkut...

Here's a new development to comments in Google's Picasa Web Album details by Google's Photo Blog :-

Photographs are natural conversation-starters. And with online photo albums, the conversation can start the moment somebody comments on one of your photos.

That's why we just launched instant comment notification on Picasa Web -- now, instead of waiting for a daily or weekly digest that summarizes the comments on your photos, you can be informed of your photo activity as it happens. Plus, your friends will hear back as soon as you reply -- so it's easy to keep a good conversation moving along.

Here's how it works: By default, you're automatically subscribed to comments posted on your own photos, and when commenting on a friend's snapshots, you'll have a chance to subscribe to that thread, too. Because we want to make sure we provide timely notifications without overwhelming your Inbox, if you post a photo that's particularly popular, we'll still aggregate comments that are made close together into one mail. You can, of course, always opt-out of comment notifications altogether, or unsubscribe from any comment thread at any time, just by clicking a link in the notification emails we send.

Want to give it a try? Browse through your favorites (or check out some of ours ), leave a comment, and see where the conversation goes...

I just wish Google introduces this feature in orkut Albums soon...



Nokia 1100 Used for Stealing Banking Passwords

One of THE most basic handsets to have come out of Nokia was their 1100 mobile handset that you may recall had a single promising feature that was an LED flashlight. However this simplistic low-end handset has been going for obscene prices in part of Europe (€5,000 – Rs. 3, 26, 800). If you think that’s unbelievable, there’s actually a really good reason for this, but first, to make things a little clearer, the only guys buying THIS handset at THAT price are those interested in using it for purposes other than making calls.

About 10 days ago, investigators observed someone transfer €25,000 (£22,200 or $32,413 US) for a Nokia 1100 phone, said Frank Engelsman of Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations. The candy-bar style phone is one of Nokia's all-time best-selling models, and originally sold for under €100.

Engelsman said police contacted Ultrascan about six months ago to see if the security company knew why the phones were in demand. Since then, Ultrascan has seen the price for the Nokia 1100 rise from around €5,000 to the latest figure.

"We thought 'What could be so special about the phone?'" Engelsman said.

The 1100 was a low-cost phone released in late 2003 and aimed at developing markets. Nokia has sold more than 200 million of the 1100 and its successors.

However, the high prices are only being paid for Nokia 1100 phones that were made in a factory in Bochum, Germany, Engelsman said, citing an Ultrascan informant. Those phones contain Nokia software from 2002 that is apparently vulnerable to tampering.

Investigators don't have a complete picture of the technical problem. However, Ultrascan's informant said the phones can be used to intercept one-time passwords needed to complete an online banking transaction, Engelsman said.

It appears that a known Russian and Moroccan cybercrime gang, as well as other Romanian gangs, are trying to obtain the Nokia 1100 with the vulnerable software, Engelsman said.

Nokia officials contacted Monday morning did not have an immediate comment.
Engelsman said cybercriminals have collected thousands of user names and passwords for online banking accounts in countries such as Germany and Holland. Banks in those countries also request a TAN (transaction authentication number) code, or a one-time password, to complete a transaction.

The banks previously issued lists of TAN codes to customers. During a transaction, the bank would request one of the codes to complete the transaction. However, due to successful phishing attacks where people have been tricked into revealing some TAN codes, the banks are now sending a code by SMS to a person's mobile phone, Engelsman said.

The Bochum-made 1100 can apparently be reprogrammed to use someone else's phone number, thus intercepting the TAN code and enabling an illegal money transfer into a criminal's account, Engelsman said. Ultrascan is trying to obtain the affected 1100 model to verify if the attack works as described, he said.

The Nokia 1100 has had other software problems. A drug-related criminal case in the Netherlands in late 2005 detailed how the police had difficulty linking SMSes sent from certain Nokia 1100 phones to a specific phone number. Police were, however, able to use other means to identify the general area in which the phones were used, which helped bolster their case, Engelsman said.

SOURCE :- This & This

April 23, 2009

Google's most idiotic tactic to promote Google pack...

Its midnight,A begining of a new day and a new date and for some people its the day to celebrate the begining of a new year with their birthdays and just like any other day when i opened the scrapbook of my friends to wish them happy birthday by sending them a personalized birthday scrap with an image and as soon as i pasted this code 
<a href="http://passionvaibhav.com"><img src=http://www.passionvaibhav.com/images/bday.jpg></a><br><br> [b][gold]A very happy bday n many many happy returns of the day....[/gold]<br> [red][i]Enjoy!!![/i][/red][/b] [:)]

in there scapbook box, to my shock i get this message on top of the scrapbook page :- 

orkut-spam


The content you're posting looks like spam, so it's being sent to the recipient's spam folder. Surprised? Keep your computer clean by running an anti-virus program. You can get one with the Google Pack.


It was really a big surprise like the message says, because i never expected Google will start promoting its products by declaring a normal include image code as spam while it is still not able to control the real spam's in our scrapbooks...
 

Chat with all orkut friends without a Gmail ID...

Its a day to celebrate for all Orkut users who use orkut without a Gmail login id. As you know Google allows you to create a Google account through which you can use many Google products including orkut without signing up for a Gmail acount...

All users who had their orkut acounts linked to Gmail acounts allready had the advantage to chat with their friends inside orkut but the users who use orkut with non Gmail Google Accounts can from now on chat with all their friends inside Orkut with their non Gmail ID's...

A post on Google Talkabout blog explains how>>
 

Hi Orkut users! For those of you who didn't have Gmail enabled for your account or use a gmail.com user name, you may have found it odd that Google Talk was not available in Orkut for you. Well, now we are enabling chat for all Orkut accounts, without the Gmail requirement. Any Orkut user will be able to chat on the Google Talk network using their existing email address as their user name! We are in the process of turning it on for everybody, so if you don't see it yet then it's coming soon.

For added security, we require a simple email verification to use this new feature. Click here to learn how to verify your account.

Those of you who have been paying closer attention might have noticed that chat for non-Gmail accounts already works in the new version of iGoogle (available for some users, coming soon to everyone). The Talk server team has been working behind the scenes to make this possible. We've engineered a solution that allows you to chat using an email address that is not hosted at Google, while preserving our existing interoperability with 3rd party XMPP clients and server-to-server communication with other XMPP networks.

Talk in Gmail is great, and we are really excited about putting Talk in other fun and useful places. If you already have a Google account, you're all set.

All those users who want to shift to a single login for their email and orkut can just go to gmail.com and login with their non gmail orkut login ids and then u'll be given an option to create a  new gmail id which you can make your primary id's and can shift to a single unified solution.

Google turns fools day joke into reality!!!

A post on Google Chrome blog talks about a shader-based API for 3D graphics in the browser..

The post titled "3D graphics in the browser" says:- 
A few weeks ago, we joked about creating a special version of Google Chrome that made the web 3D. Well today, all joking aside, a team at Google is actually taking a step in that direction by introducing O3D: a shader-based API for 3D graphics in the browser.

This API allows for the development of sophisticated 3D applications that rival experiences one would expect in native applications. Technology like this will eventually make launching high quality games as easy as clicking a link in your browser.


Read more about O3D on the Google Code blog or explore the API atcode.google.com/apis/o3d.

April 20, 2009

India launches spy satellite

India put an Israeli-built spy satellite into orbit Monday, aimed at boosting its defence surveillance capabilities in the aftermath of the Mumbai militant attacks.

The satellite, which can see through clouds and carry out day-and-night all-weather imaging, has been a long-standing demand of the Indian military.

Its acquisition was fast-tracked after the November 26-29 Mumbai siege in which 10 gunmen went on a shooting spree, killing 165 people.

The 300 kilogram (650 pound) RISAT 2 was launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket from the Sriharikota launch site, 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of the southern city of Chennai.

"It has been successfully placed in the orbit 20 minutes after lift off this morning," G. Padmanabhan, a scientist from India's Space Research Organisation told AFP by phone.

India says the Mumbai attackers came by boat from the Pakistani port city of Karachi.

India's existing satellites get blinded at night and in the monsoon season.

The new acquisition will also provide New Delhi with the capability to track incoming hostile ballistic missiles.

India treated Israel like a pariah for decades, but has forged close military links with Tel Aviv in recent years with the Jewish state replacing France in 2007 as its second-largest arms supplier after Russia.

[SOURCE]

April 18, 2009

Get Orkut scraps on your mobile...

The title sounds familiar right friends?? well yes it is an old feature available for a long time in orkut...

Then why i am posting again because now this service is not limited to a few networks only and also you do not need to send any premium message to start this service...

I don't know when but Google has changed the Mobile configuration page..

To get your scraps as SMS message and that too for free follow the following simple steps...

1> Select settings from the left side bar in your orkut account.

2> In settings select the Mobile tab

It should look like this >

 

[caption id="attachment_1212" align="aligncenter" width="531" caption="orkut settings page mobile tab"]orkut settings page mobile tab[/caption]

3>  Just change the country to India if its something else {I have just tried this feature for Indian users for rest of countries please try and respond ion comments if there's any difference}

4> enter your 10 digit mobile no and press next (don't add +91 it will get added automatically)

After you press next A yellow colored box will appear like this >

 

[caption id="attachment_1213" align="aligncenter" width="495" caption="enter verification code"]enter verification code[/caption]

 Wait for the verification message on your mobile, it will arrive shortly.

When you get it just type in the verification code received in the box and press CONFIRM.

That's it!!! done!!! it should now show verified.. and you can adjust the privacy settings for your mobile no. her and press update.

You'll start getting scraps as SMS.

Disclaimer :- I tried it on Vodafone network and was getting scraps on mobile sent by my friends. You wont get notification for the scraps sent by users who are not added in your friend list.

UPDATE - 19/04/09

Don't know why but its not working the way its supposed to, initially when this feature was launched i used to get every single scrap on my mobile at that time there was a monthly limit of 40 sms alerts only.

Now after this change in mobile settings page, out of 5 contacts who scraped me yesterday i got all the scraps onmy mobile sent by only 1 of those 5 contacts... and this new page doesn't mention anything about scraps on mobile but if orkut has discontinued sending scraps on mobile then why I am getting notifiocations for even one of them..

After verification the new page only says :-
Your phone number is now verified. This will help us enable some fun features when you use orkut on your mobile available at m.orkut.com

I visited m.orkut.com on my cell phone but didn't notice any new 'Fun Features'...

UPDATE - 03-05-09

Just found out that i only get scraps from contacts who are outside India on my mobile..

I got scraps from 2 contacts on my mobile, one from USA and the other from Australia...

Now send Gmails to friends with less effort...

Have you ever realized you mistakenly left someone important out of an email, or just spent too much time trying to decide who from your long list of contacts to include? Well, some of us on the Gmail team feel your pain, so we wrote a new Gmail Labs feature called "Suggest more recipients."

Once you've enabled it from the Labs tab under Settings, you'll see suggested recipients while composing messages. Gmail will suggest people you might want to include based on the groups of people you email most often. So if you always email your mom, dad, and sister together, and you start composing a message to your mom and dad, Gmail will suggest adding your sister. Enter at least two recipients and any suggestions will show up like this:


Click on a suggested name, and they'll get added to your email. 

Hopefully having lots of friends and co-workers just got a bit less onerous for you. (Oh, the burden of popularity!) Enjoy.

[SOURCE]

Windows Mobile 6.5 to officially "launch" on May 11


Well hey -- it looks like Windows Mobile 6.5 will arrive a little earlier than expected. A post on the WinMo team blog says that the update to Redmond's smartphone platform will officially launch on May 11, the first day of the Tech Ed conference. We're figuring that could mean we'll see the gold build demoed for the very first time, seeing how the version showed off at the glamorous MWC launch was described as an "alpha" cut. Of course, after that it's all up to the carriers and handset manufacturers as to when we'll actually see the OS loaded onto devices, but we're sure the hacking community will find a way to satiate the impatient until then -- or until Windows Mobile 7 comes out.

Source:- Engadget

Pirate Bay's fileshare - four get year in jail

Four men behind The Pirate Bay, one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites, were each sentenced to a year in jail on Friday for breaching copyright, and ordered to pay $3.6 million in compensation.

Analysts said the guilty verdict in the closely-watched test case could help music and film companies recoup millions of dollars in lost revenues, though they doubted it would stem the tide of illegal downloading.

In a broadcast on The Pirate Bay's website one of the four defendants, Peter Sunde, taunted the court, holding up a mock IOU note for 31 million Swedish crowns ($3.6 million) followed by the initials "JK" -- Internet lingo for "just kidding."

"That's the closest they're going to get to getting money from me," Sunde said.

International trade body IFPI, which represents some 1,400 record companies across the world, reported earlier this year that about 95 percent of music downloaded in 2008 was illegal.

On its website, The Pirate Bay scorned the ruling, calling it a "crazy verdict."

"It was lol (laugh out loud) to read and hear," the message read. "But as in all good movies, the heroes lose in the beginning but have an epic victory in the end anyhow. That's the only thing Hollywood has ever taught us."

MORE...

April 11, 2009

Gmail Inserts the most required feature - Image Insert

Finally its here, The feature that i miss everyday after i moved from Yahoo to Gmail... Inserting image directly into the Message.

Infact when today morning i was sending a mail to one of the support group about a problem and tried my level best to insert a screenshot in the mail, i cursed Gmail so much for not having this feature in Gmail and here i am after 6 hours posting about the same thing and not the lack of it but telling you about Gmail's latest feature...

Dream come true for me!!!

Here's what the Gmail Blog Reports :-
Well, it's about time. You no longer have to use workarounds to put images into your messages or attach images when you really want to inline them. Just turn on "Inserting images" from the Labs tab under Settings, and you'll see a new toolbar icon like this:


Make sure you're in rich formatting mode, or it won't show up. Click the little image icon, and you can insert images in two ways: by uploading image files from your computer or providing image URLs.

Keep in mind that Gmail doesn't show URL-based images in messages by default to protect you from spammers, so if you're sending mail to other Gmail users, they'll still have to click "Display images below" or "Always display images from ..." to see images you embed.

April 10, 2009

AdSense website unavailable {Updated}

While opening Google AdSense website [ http://www.google.com/adsense ] today it returned an error page stating
The Google AdSense website is temporarily unavailable. Please try back later. We apologize for any inconvenience.

I noticed this error around 11:15am {IST}

Here's the screenshot

adsense1



UPDATE:- Adsense website is up and running now but report overview page now shows that it will be under maintainence tomorrow...

adsense-error

Indian Govt. wants Google/Yahoo/Microsoft to Host Indian Email accounts ending with .in, servers in India

Globalization is a state of mind – and if you are an Indian with ‘global’ email id (i.e. the ones not ending with .in), you might expect certain changes owing to the recent amendments to the IT Act.
The amendments passed by Parliament require internet behemoths like Google, Rediff and Microsoft — which provide free email services — to set up Indian servers. Not just that, they may also have to provide Indian email accounts for Indian nationals.
Internet users will have email accounts ending with ‘.in’ instead of ‘.com’ – ToI

While this is repercussion of the Mumbai terror attack (terrorists used BlackBerry mobiles and Blackberry refused to part with information critical to the investigation), changing the domain names does not make sense at all.

Infact, many of these companies tend to transfer email accounts (i.e. data) to respective geographical servers – to serve users better (and faster).

More @ Pluggd.in

April 9, 2009

Now Yahooooooo on iPhone...

Yahoo! has finally announced a separate Yahoo! Messenger for the iPhone platform. This Instant Messaging application is available for 'free' from the Apple's App Store. Earlier, Yahoo! Messenger was usable under the Yahoo! application for iPhone, but under the 'More' option.

With the Yahoo! Messenger application on iPhone or iPod Touch, you can send Instant Messages with emoticons or web links to the online or even offline contacts. If you need to hide your online status, just choose 'Sign in as invisible' at the time of logging in. In special cases, if you know the number of the contact, you can also send an SMS.

The Yahoo! Messenger for the iPhone application is free and can be downloaded through the iTunes App Store or through the App Store on your iPhone or iPod Touch (search for Yahoo! Messenger).

Filter images based on colors in Google Image search

Google Image Search has a new option that lets you restrict the results based on their color.

Google Blog tells you how to do this:-
Just search for something the way you normally would, such as [tulips]. On the results page, click on the "All colors" drop down in the blue bar and choose a color. For example, try restricting your results to [yellow tulips]. Want to see purple tulips instead? Simply click on the color filter again, select purple, and voila — you have pages of beautiful images!





You can also combine the color filter with any other image filter to further refine your search. For example, if you're looking for an image of an orange butterfly, try restricting to photos or clip art.

Color is one of the basic visual elements of an image. Whether you're browsing through photos of sea creatures and flowers or searching for the perfect orange butterfly, we hope you like our new color filter. We've been rolling this out gradually, but it will be available to everyone soon.



Till the time Google rolls out this feature to everyone you can use it manualy by adding  <&imgcolor=red> to the result page address..


E.g to search for a bird with color red use this:-



http://images.google.com/images?q=bird&imgcolor=red
(you can replace "red" with "blue", "green", "teal", "purple", "yellow", "orange", "pink", "white", "gray", "black" and "brown")

April 7, 2009

India's 15th general election: Empowered by Google

I think the entire world knows about the upcoming largest democratic event in India, Yes its India's 15Th General election. The irony here is a lot of websites and events have to be organised to make the Indians participate in this grand event...  one such site that is continuously working to spread awareness about the elections and telling the citizens of India to use their precious votes for the progress of these great nation is www.jaagore.com

Google has now become an essential part of every Indian be it through Gmail or Gtalk or above all Orkut, almost every Indian is connected by Google and as values all the countries it has its presence in and does something for any event in any country so how could it stay away from this most important event of Indian politics...

Google in association with Hindustan Times has launched Google India Election Center which has a lot of tools for the empowerment of Indian Citizens..

Here's what the official Google Blog and Google India Blog posts:-
At Google, we believe information is fundamentally empowering. While all of our technologies demonstrate a commitment to this guiding principle, information is especially important when a society comes together to participate in democratic elections. Beginning ten days from today, more than 700 million eligible voters in India will over the course of four weeks have the opportunity to participate in the largest democratic event in human history — India's 15th general election.

Today, along with a wide range of partners, we are happy to announce the launch of the Google India Elections Centre - available in English and in Hindi.

People from across India can use the centre to do the following:


  • Confirm their voter registration status

  • Discover their polling location

  • View their constituency on a map

  • Consume relevant election-related news, blogs, videos, and quotations Evaluate the status of development in their constituency across a range of indicators.

  • Learn about the background of their Member of Parliament and this year's candidates

  • With still more features to be added during the election, we hope the site will be an ongoing resource for analysis, governance, and democracy in India after the election.


This project would not have been possible without the shared vision of a broad coalition of partners: the Association for Democratic Reforms, HT Media Limited, Indicus Analytics, the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, the Liberty Institute, and PRS Legislative Services. These groups are the true champions of promoting a more transparent democracy, and we're privileged to be able to shine a light on their work on the occasion of India's 15th Lok Sabha polls.

We're hopeful not only that the elections centre will further a culture that seeks access to information, but that it will also yield positive changes in voting patterns during the upcoming polls.

Please visit the site, select your constituency, and get started! Spread the word about what you learn and, of course, don't forget to visit the polls.

[Google India Elections Centre]

Google Eyes Twitter

Google is rumored to be in talks with microblogging phenomenon Twitter on acquiring the latter. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch reported that news sources mentioned about Google's interest in acquiring Twitter. Furthermore, it was rumored that Google was in "last-stage talks" to buy Twitter.

Kara Swisher of All Things Digital said that Google was not in 'late-stage talks' with Twitter founders. Half a month ago, Twitter turned down Facebook's acquisition offer that was based on overvalued Facebook stock.

According to Swisher, both the companies were talking about one thing - real-time search. Swisher in her post dismissed all the rumors stating, "There was a discussion...about real-time search and about product stuff. It was a couple of weeks ago. It was very preliminary."

Evan Williams, founder of Twitter, was also the brain behind Blogger and Google bought Blogger in Feb 2003. Now it's obvious that Google would be interested in Twitter. Now with AdSense on Blogger, Google has made it possible for many bloggers to earn their bread and butter from ads only.

After Google acquired Youtube, obvious changes like integrated log-in and ads with the videos took a while to show up. Hence, even if Google buys Twitter, there won't be any immediate changes in logo, name or any other thing. It's been two years and every one is still wondering about Twitter's business model that doesn't even allow text ads.

Biz Stone, cofounder of Twitter, recently mentioned on the official Twitter blog, "Our goal is to build a profitable, independent company and we're just getting started." Sooner or later, Twitter had to think about their profit model.

We assume that Twitter and Google talked over real-time search solution that might be applied to Twitter's latest search engine acquisition Summize. The first-hand news information and brand or product feedback are directly available from search.twitter.com already. The talks could also lead to a route where Google would be ad marketing on Twitter search engine (search.twitter.com). The bottleneck so far is the real-time indexing of Twitter updates.

If Google acquires Twitter, things would not change for users overnight but the search and indexing of updates might become zippy. And if there's a partnership on search ad marketing on search.twitter.com, then it would be useful for Twitter itself. But the only issue would be placement of ads. Let's wait and watch what's in store from Twitter and Google.

[SOURCE]

April 6, 2009

India - CDMA, GSM Mobile Phones to Have 11 Digit Numbers

If remembering 10-digit mobile phone numbers is hard task for you, soon you'll have an addition to the problem. The Department of Telecom, or DoT, is considering making mobile phone numbers to contain 11 digits.

The 11 digits numbering system will be applicable for CDMA and GSM numbers. DoT is currently mulling over how exactly this system will be implemented. In most probability, there may be a '9' prefix before all numbers.

Apparently, the approximate base limit of 10 digit numbers is 450 million subscribers, which is likely to get exhausted as soon as by early next year.

Interestingly, in 2003 National Numbering Plan (NNP) of DoT had said, "When subscriber base in an SDCA (short distance charging area, or a circle in common parlance) expands beyond 4 crore, changeover from 10-digit to 11-digit may be required. However, this scenario is not envisaged almost for another 30 years."

Well, looks like their calculations faced a few minor errors.

Currently, China and UK are the two countries which use the 11 digit numbering system.

According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India's total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & WLL(F)) base was recorded to be 375.74 million at the end of February 2009.

[Source]