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Interesting Stories

Girl sheds tears of stone in India

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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Interesting things are starting to happen in India, the land of fakirs and tantras as the Imperialist Britain to call once, again. After Lord Ganesha drinking milk, Allah making the sea water sweet and Mary springing perfumed water from her statue, things have started happening for humans as well. A thirteen year old girl has been shedding stone-tears. How is that!!? In the sense, when she weeps, she sheds stones...

This is truly out of the ordinary stories. Guess how painful it is to shed stones from your eyes! I can't imagine it. But then AIIMS has been taking up the case. Let us see what they come up with.

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Google Sitemaps renamed Google webmaster tools

Saturday, August 26, 2006

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According to a new blog post on the Googleblog, the Sitemaps has been renamed as the Goolge Webmaster tools. It is not just that, a lot of developments have been incorporated to help webmasters. This include a preference to include 'www' to be accounted while indexing or not, view errors while crawling the site, analyse the robots.txt file, see what searches bring uop your site and at what position, a reinclusion request for those who had violated rules earlier. All this plus a new webmaster help center. I have started liking it.

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Gmail Will Be Invite-Free for in Japan Says Google

Thursday, August 24, 2006

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After Australia and New Zealand, Google Inc., the world's biggest Internet search engine, said on Wednesday it is opening the Japanese-language version of its email service to anyone who wants to sign up. In other markets, signups are limited to those who receive email invitations from existing users or access it via mobile phones.

I feel Google is following two different strategies depending on the demand of the products. Japan, Australia and New Zealand have lesser peer networking, and this makes it difficult for Google to spread their product through referrals. Or probably, Google is not targetting these three countries for their network site, Orkut, which requires an invite.

It will be interesting to see how Google build up their users in Japan and other countries and how the two different strategies work out.

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Illegal IPod Market in India - Apple still uninterested

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Ipods are available illegally in India, got in through illegal channels from Singapore and other South East Asian markets. But Apple is not worried about this. The reason seems to be that no matter sold illegally or not, the company receives its share of revenue. It is the local government that seems to be losing out. But then, when the government is not concerned about the illegal routes of sale, customers are having a nice time in buying ipods at prices competitive to those in US or anywhere else.

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Waging War Against Click Fraud

Friday, August 18, 2006

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"When it comes to click fraud, search engines are on the defensive. In lawsuits, advertisers accuse Internet companies of failing to adequately guard against a practice that's lining the pockets of scam artists and artificially inflating ad rates. Part of the problem is that search engines like Google and Yahoo! aren't doing enough to stop it."

Well, my view is that click fraud is something that cannot be stopped altogether...At present, the only way search engines can determine a fraud click is either from a click attack or repeated ad clicks from the same ip.

But then, look at third world countries, the exchange rates are high enough that even a couple of clicks a day can make enough returns..And sometimes, search engines will not even be able to detect them.

Only way out is to make hay while the sun shines and keep going with the PPC model as long as it exists. And when fraud detection goes out of hand, find some suitable alternative advertising model to shift to.

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China Making Sure That User Generated Content Is Officially Registered.

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With the rapid rise in popularity of online video sites, the Chinese government is now planning to require every user-created video to first be "approved" before it can be posted online. Considering the pace at which people add videos to sites like YouTube and Google Video, this sounds like a nearly impossible task.

My Take:

Oh..How ridiculous..What a way to generate employment for the huge population...Now every family needs to have an approver if they really need to process so much of content...

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Cell Phone-Only Households on the Rise

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Is wireless the way the world is going to be? The number of cell phones are on the rise, while there has been a spurt in the number of cell phones and wireless connections.

"The growth in cell phone-only households is part of a national trend led by 18- to 24-year-olds who use the Internet, says Jupiter Research, which focuses on the Internet and emerging consumer technologies."

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20 Great Resources on Entrepreneurship

Thursday, August 17, 2006

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Entrepreneruship is quickly becoming one of the most desired and sought after career paths. This list is a compilation of the best web resources for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

In fact, why I think this one is good is because, it is not just about entrepreneurship website, but also a few bit of blogs, which I think gives the list more real-life inspiration.

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Tips to get Firefox move 40% more fast

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I do not know; some Digg users have reported this as inaccurate, but going through the article, I feel it is actually possible..Linux seemingly improves the responsiveness of Firefox.That besides the article gives a few hints on how to get Firefox get 40 percent more faster.

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7 ways to take a screenshot on Linux

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

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I do not use Linux, but then think this might be of use to those who use Linux and want to know how to take a screenshot.This tutorial shows 7 different ways to take a screenshot in Linux depending on your needs (using Ubuntu as an example). A second part of the article shows you how to use the GIMP to quickly reduce the filesize of screenshots for posting on the Web.

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Firefox Celebrates Their 200th Million Download

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To celebrate the 200 millionth download of Firefox, the Oregon State Linux Users Group created a 45,000+ square foot crop circle of the Firefox logo in an Amity, Oregon oat field (with permission, of course). The circle's planning took two weeks and it took a team of 12 more than 14 hours to stomp the image into the oats.

Firefox has now seriously taken over IE in terms of popularity. Added to this, the fact that someone can be earning by referring Firefox to his friend has caught everyone into downloading and promoting it..IE should now pull up their socks, if they don't want to be another Netscape...

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Optimizing your blog for search engines

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With blogging turning into a profession of late, it makes sense to optimize your blog instead of plainly adding content and expecting search engines to crawl your site..

That way, it does make sense if your website has established meta tags for every new post, proper keyword filled URL instead of date in your URL and Page Title alone instead of the Blog name in every post.

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Google Adding Face Recognition Technology to Picasa

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Google is suddenly making news on almost all its products..Till sometime back, Adsense/Adwords was the only visible form of revenue that Google was making. Then recently came Maps and Videos; so much that Google dumped Froogle out from the homepage and brought in Videos.

Now, Picassa is out to bring in new technologies that can make photo organizing easier. Google thinks it can be done by way of face recognition technology. This way you can organize pictures according to people, places, etc..

Way to go Google..

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Mammoths to walk on Earth again...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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Descendants of extinct mammals like the giant woolly mammoth might one day walk the Earth again. It isn't exactly Jurassic Park, but Japanese researchers are looking at the possibility of using sperm from frozen animals to inseminate living relatives.

So far they've succeeded with mice—some frozen as long as 15 years—and lead researcher Dr. Atsuo Ogura says he would like to try experiments in larger animals.

"In this study, the rates of success with sperm from 15 year-frozen bodies were much higher than we expected. So the likelihood of mammoths revival would be higher than we expected before,'' Ogura said in an interview via e-mail.

While frozen sperm is commonly used by sperm banks, the team led by Ogura, at Riken Bioresource Center in Ibaraki, Japan, worked with sperm from whole frozen mice and from frozen mouse organs.

"If spermatozoa of extinct mammalian species can be retrieved from animal bodies that were kept frozen for millions of years in permafrost, live animals might be restored by injecting them into (eggs) from females of closely related species,'' the researchers said in a paper appearing in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.



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Aussie Education woes - Mac off the system

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Australian teachers using Macs are crying out for help from Apple Australia, as local education chiefs are seemingly working to remove Macs from the education system there.


The Australian Mac User Group (AMUG) has been begging Apple Australia to help them keep Macs on the education agenda in that country, but the company has failed to help them so far.


Apple is the number one supplier of notebooks to Australia's education market, according to IDC figures for the fourth quarter of 2005, AMUG claims.


A report on the group's website explains the challenge teachers face: "The Department of Education and Training (DET) has declared war on Macs. It's not a publicised war but none the less it's a fight to the death," the User Group's president claims.



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Flickr plagiarised...How the good won

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Flickr allows users to upload their works and organize them with tags, and while it is possible to make your photos available only to certain viewers and protect them with a copyright, Flickr encourages its users to make their images freely available to everyone via one of six Creative Commons licenses, which outline various definitions of free fair use.

Licenses such as these, no matter how forward-thinking and brilliant they may be, rely on the central tenet that people will actually obey them. Until this whole saga began to unfold, I was seriously doubting that anyone anywhere would ever be able to adequately police licensed content (especially semi-small-time thefts such as these) on the Internet. In this case, my photos weren't even licensed with Creative Commons—they were filed under the traditional and uber-restrictive "all rights reserved" copyright, which allows for no usage of my photos anywhere without my specific permission. Clearly, even this did nothing to deter the plagiarist in question. So what did put the kibosh on this guy's cyber thievery? The rapid mobilization and deployment of a force I hadn’t even considered: the blogmob



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J.K. Rowling earns $230 per minute

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when it comes down to hard cash, the Harry Potter author J K Rowling is not doing too badly either.

She has been named the celebrity world's ninth-highest earner, with a fortune that increases by £77 ($230) a minute - more than £100,000 ($300,000) a day.

Rowling, who is writing the seventh and final book in the series, is the only non-American within the top ten highest-earning celebrities, according to the US business magazine Forbes.

Last year alone she earned £41m ($122m).

The penultimate novel in her series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was the best-selling novel of 2005 in the United States, shifting more than 7.2m copies.

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India is developing it's own space technology.

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This one is so special to me..Unlike the other countries in the region, or in the same developing nation cadre that India is, the Indian Space Research Organization has been taking huge strides in innovations. ISRO is soon to launch its own mission to the moon with its Mission Chandrayaan next year.

Nothing of this is anything imported. It's all from Indians, for India..

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The riddle of China's Area 51

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What began as a curious query by a German internet user, has now got people from all sides speaking. A terrain viewed on Google Earth seems to have unravelled one of China's military secrets; a military area quite similar to America's Area 51.

Sources close to the area have not denied its existence though the scale of military activities seem to be more than what was perceived.

I have only one concern as of now: There is a conspiracy theory doing rounds that Neil Armstrong landed on Area 51 rather than the moon..Now, if the secrecy of this area will be revealed, will China drop its mission to the moon next year!!!?

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Orkut: The opium of the Internet masses

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If MySpace is what is hot and happening online in the US, it is Google's Orkut that is claiming that spot in India. Almost the entire Orkut community is comprised of Brazilian, Indian and Pakistani natives. Here is an article on the phenomenon in India.



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FCKGW

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The five letters FCKGW are the first five characters of the CD key that is most commonly used with illegitimate copies of Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. Despite this key effectively being useless when installing Windows, it is regularly a symbol of warez geek pride; some people can recite all 25 digits of the code from memory.

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No more Googling

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Google has issued copyright warning about using the company's trademarked name as a verb. This means that you can no longer say that you googled for new flats. Instead, you should only be using the word appropriately as you used the Google search Engine to search for new flats.

This is a terrible mistake on part of Google to not allow googling take course. This is because Googling is such a huge opportunity to reaffirm Google as the most superior search engine..

But, on second thoughts, probably Google does not want to be seen just as a search engine, now with what the videos, maps, etc bringing revenue as well..Only Sergei Brin and Larry Page know best..
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Malaysian car manufacturer debuts world's first water-powered hybrid

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Hydrogen fuel has been researched extensively by both Mazda with their Hydrogen Renesis engine as well as BMW with their hydrogen powered V12 7-series, but these technologies never made it into the production line because of trouble separating hydrogen from water.

If this technology works properly, it is definitely a major worldwide breakthrough in alternative fuels. It SHOULD work properly, since it’s in a PRODUCTION car.

Hydrogen cars are very efficient. Any of you remember the Mercedes Benz F600 Hygenius Concept I posted a long time ago? That car ran on hydrogen as well, but the hydrogen is stored in fuel cells. Where to get this hydrogen has always been a problem. LMG’s on-board electrolysis device could be the catalyst to a new generation of fuel saving hybrids. For now, LMG’s system runs on a mix of both petrol and hydrogen, but a pure hydrogen system would definitely be possible. The mixture of petrol and water results in an effective reduction in fuel consumption of up to 50%.



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Google Maps offers discount coupons for US stores

Monday, August 14, 2006

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Google Inc. will offer printable discount coupons to local shoppers, in a promotional bid that aims to drive U.S. online shoppers using its Google Maps service to visit stores, the company said on Monday.

The world's top Web search supplier is taking advantage of the marketing tool, which is traditionally used by small businesses, to entice U.S. consumers to seek out savings from local retailers such as dry cleaners, pizza delivery restaurants and auto repair shops.

Google has partnered with Valpak, the top U.S. supplier of coupon advertising, to provide more than 20,000 coupons from current Valpak advertisers when consumers search for relevant stores using its Google Maps map and local directory service.

Valpak is a unit of privately held Cox Enterprises.



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What Google, Digg, and MySpace Can Learn From A Can of Coke

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AltaVista, Yahoo and AskJeeves - all have had their 15 minutes as the world's favourite search engines. The difference between Google and its competitors is that it has had an hour instead, but this is not enough to assure it a place in the consumer's heart. MySpace may be where 8 million people go to get their daily fill of technology stories in tabloid format, but does that mean people would rebel if News Corp. decided to abandon it? Or are they more likely to go somewhere else instead?

The argument becomes particularly contentious when new media brands begin to take on the old. This has been most prominent in the issue of the news. Google has promised a revolution of the news, as Business Week this month reported that "(Digg.com) is now the 24th-most popular Web site in the U.S., nipping at the The New York Times' (No. 19) and easily beating Fox News (No. 62), according to industry tracker Alexa.com. More than 1 million people flock to Digg daily, reading, submitting, or "digging" some 4,000 stories."


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Coming Soon: YouTube On Your TV?

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Time Warner Cable has announced the launch of PhotoShowTV as a free bonus for all digital cable and Road Runner high-speed internet subscribers.

Developed by Simple Star, PhotoShowTV allows users to create slide shows with digital photos and video clips, then show them on a TV screen, and publicly share them with other subscribers over Time Warner’s Video-On-Demand network.



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Thailand Plans to Give 1 Free Laptop Per Child

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"Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has announced that an ambitious project to provide low-cost laptop computers to all of Thailand's millions of elementary school students will begin in October."

My point

nice move at first sight..but think, will prove to be a disaster in sometime..

firstly, not all villages have electricity..laptops dont run on battery forever..

secondly, what elementary education requires is basic knowledge, which can be taught with books..children are supposed to be taught by a teacher, and rural teachers are not computer savvy, so while the laptops remain, education shall continue as per convention...

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Indian village uploads itself onto Internet

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An Indian village has uploaded itself onto the Internet, giving the outside world a glimpse of life in rural India.

Visitors to Hansdehar village's Web site (www.smartvillages.org) can see the names, jobs and other details of its 1,753 residents, browse photographs of their shops and read detailed specifications about their drainage and electricity facilities.

Most of the residents can't yet surf the Hansdehar Web site as the village is not yet connected to the Internet.



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User-Generated Content Drives Half of U.S. Top 10 Fastest Growing Web Brand

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Nielsen//NetRatings, announced this week that user-generated content sites, platforms for photo sharing, video sharing and blogging, comprised five out of the top 10 fastest growing Web brands in July 2006.

Image hosting site ImageShack ranked number four among July's fastest growing Web brands, increasing 233 percent, from a unique audience of 2.3 million to 7.7 million. Heavy.com, a video sharing site, took the number five spot, increasing 213 percent, from 965,000 to 3.0 million unique visitors.

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Time Magazine's 50 Coolest Websites

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Time Magazine has put together a list of 50 coolest websites from six different categories. Many of them are Web 2.0 sites, others aren't. There's no surprise Digg is one of the websites, but many lesser-known sites made the list too.

There is no Wikipedia, no Orkut... God, this one sucks..

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The Problem with Wi-Fi in the Classroom

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At thousands of schools across the country — from junior high classrooms to university lecture halls — students switch on their laptop and have an instant connection to all of the research and information that makes up the World Wide Web.
They can use this instant access to information to finish homework assignments and write term papers, but the pervasiveness of wireless Internet access is also creating new challenges for teachers and students.



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Google Video is the Future of Google

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The link change on the Google Search Box was not the only major announcement to come from Google Video, but one of many spanning from monetization of the system, new community building tools, strong partnerships with two of the largest video competitors on the market, and the restructuring of the Google Video interface. The changing of the links is however, opening the gates to the millions of Google users who have not experienced the Google Video system nor possibly even thought of the ability for a search engine to index, categorize and return video in search results. And the results of this grand re-opening of Google Video have been amazing from a traffic standpoint.



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The Extraordinary Dymaxion Automobile

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Imagine a car that seats eleven passengers, turns on a dime, has excellent fuel efficiency, and cruises happily at 120 miles per hour. A man named Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller imagined and designed such a car, and in 1933, several fully capable prototypes were built for Chrysler. This sleek, aerodynamic vehicle was called the Dymaxion.

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At 25, Kournikova is retired and loving life

Sunday, August 13, 2006

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Meticulously slicing a juicy red apple while gripping a knife with her long, slender fingers, Anna Kournikova smiles as she prepares to reveal her latest indulgence. The sexiest athlete in the history of women's sports is discussing what it's like, at 25, to be retired -- well, that's not what she calls it, because she hasn't ruled out a comeback -- and now she's flashing those perfect white teeth and preparing to devour the fruit of her labor.



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TNT's DramaVision set to hit the Internet

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The U.S. cable network TNT is set to launch its new DramaVision Web site next week, offering viewers streamable original entertainment and live events.

When the Web site begins service next Wednesday, its visitors will be able to view TNT original series, such as the Emmy-nominated "Into the West," and live events including the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, said TVWeek.com.

One of the top-rated cable networks, TNT now joins the ranks of fellow cable heavyweights like ESPN and MTV in the expansion of its broadcasting onto the Internet.


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Government releases detailed 9/11 hijacking information

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The U.S. government this week released much sought-after information regarding events surrounding the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Included in the release are full transcripts of aircraft-to-ground air traffic recordings from all four flights hijacked on 9/11, as well as flight path studies for three of the flights.(NTSB reports included)

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Pesti-Cola Scandal: Pesticide Claims Shake Up Coke and Pepsi

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After allegations of high levels of toxic chemicals in their subcontinental sodas, the companies face bans amid a media uproar. Welcome to the India installment of the fabled cola wars. Global soft-drink heavies Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are actually on the same side. In short, this is shaping up to be a public-relations calamity of the first order.

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Gates Charity Races to Spend Billions ($3 Billion Per Year)

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Largely lost in the June announcement of Buffett
â??s gift of $31 billion to the foundation was its terms. For tax reasons, starting in 2009, the foundation must give away every nickel that Buffett contributed in the previous year. At the current price of the stock Buffett will be donating, the foundation will have to distribute $3 billion annually.

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Internet Explorer Loses More Ground to Firefox: Firefox 13.71% July

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While Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has lost further market share this year, there has been a significant slowdown in the acceptance of its largest competitor, the open source Firefox browser, according to a white paper released by Janco Associates on Aug. 11.

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Russian scientists keep a dogs chopped off head alive! Yes, only the head!

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In a way this is the most grotesque mod ever. Incredible video of a 1940's russian lab where a dogs head has been chopped off and kept alive by a simple mechanism. The head responds like a normal dog (tongue moves out, blinks - but no barking cos of no lungs)! No body! Jump to 5:35 for the head part. This made me sicker than sick.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars

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Here is the top 10 list of the most stolen cars according to Forbes...

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History of the Yoyo

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A man talks about the history of the yoyo as well as teaches you how to do crazy yoyo tricks.
Its a Youtube video..Pretty interesting Yoyo tricks..try learning :)

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Sell toys to earn MBA

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An MBA institute(mine :D ) requires students to sell toys on the streets to earn their degrees.

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Famster - A safe way to upload and share your files... for free

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I can't believe that this site isn't widely known, even with all its features: share photos, stream videos, create a blog, upload files, keep track of RSS feeds... all in Flash? and for free? Ridiculous.

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Mother Gives Birth to Cyclops (pictures)

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A woman in Chennai, India has given birth to a girl with one eye, no nose, and a brain with fused hemispheres, known as cyclopia. Medical experts have reason to believe that an experimental anti-cancer drug is the cause of the severe deformities.

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AOL Releases Search Logs from 500,000 Users

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AOL just released the logs of all searches done by 500,000 of their users over the course of three months earlier this year. That means that if you happened to be randomly chosen as one of these users, everything you searched for from March to May (2006) is now public information on the internet.

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BusinessWeek DIGGS Cover Boy Kevin Rose - Millionaire! Valley Boy!

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August 14 BusinessWeek. The cover blurb reads: How This Kid Made $60 Million In 18 Months. Digg.com's KEVIN ROSE leads a new brat pack of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs. -- The writers grant Kevin rock star status. Oh, yes, they talk about other young web luminaries as well.

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