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Microsoft VS Google

Microsoft network cannot still go beyond the Google giant in the Internet search market. Its new Bing Internet search engine, which it showed publicly for the first time will still provide search results for any term an online user types into it. But Bing is initially designed to provide a much richer search experience for people looking for information in four categories: shopping, travel, health and local businesses.

The strategy could give Microsoft a shot at peeling away users from rival search engines in some popular search areas that also offer lucrative opportunities for selling related advertising. But even if Microsoft is successful, it still faces the problem that Google and Yahoo could simply duplicate Bing’s features. Search engines have a long history of copying each other’s interface changes.

In recent years, for example, all of them have begun suggesting related search terms and blending more photos and videos into their search results.
“If some particular feature becomes particularly popular, it wouldn’t be terribly difficult for Google to mimic that feature,” says Greg Sterling, an Internet analyst with Sterling Market Intelligence, a research firm.

Bing faces another challenge as well: Microsoft’s own research shows that more than 60% of consumers say they are satisfied with existing Internet search engines. That doesn’t bode well for the company’s efforts to eat into Google’s 64% share of the U.S. search market, which far outstrips Yahoo’s 20% share and Microsoft’s 8%, according to comScore Inc.

Microsoft’s approach of going after the four search categories mirrors attempts others have made to compete with Google by building so-called “vertical” search engines, which specialize in showing results in categories where Google’s results are perceived to be weak.

In general, those properties have failed to gain much traction because most consumers prefer a one-stop shop. At the same time, Yahoo and Google have developed and deployed technology unique to specific search areas, like local businesses and shopping.

May 30, 2009 Posted by | Business sector, Personal | , , | 5 Comments

Movie Review – Sarvam!

SarvvamSarvam,a kollywood film directed by Vishnuvardhan stars Arya and Trisha, is a story built with a simple idea. The music is played by Yuvan Shankar Raja and the film is produced by Ayngaran International.

The film is about three people whose lives take a drastic turn in a flash. Yes, life can change in a flash, but what is more important is how we deal with the change. There are some who drown themselves into sorrow and self pity while there are others who look at what remains and try to find happiness.

Sarvam shows the clash of wills of two people who deal in different ways to the losses they faced in their life. Karthik is a young successful architect. Tall, handsome and charming, he seems to have everything going for him in life. Then he meets Sandhya, a girl who sets violins playing in his heart. He decides that she is the girl for him. But, deciding is the easy part, wooing her is not as easy as he imagined. She is not just a beautiful girl who will fall easily to the charms of a young man. She is a doctor in one of the city’s top hospitals and Karthik becomes a regular visitor, making all kinds of efforts to woo his love. You can sense the relationship growing. Eventually, it is a romance that never was destined to be. Read more..

May 27, 2009 Posted by | India, Personal | , , , | Leave a comment

IPL Grand Finale!

ipl finalIPL 2009 closes with an exciting and spectular closing ceremony as a galaxy of Bollywood stars added glitz and glamour to the spectacular closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League  Twenty20 championship after the final game won by Deccan Chargers on Sunday.

Music and fireworks displays filled the air soon after the last ball was bowled, creating an electric-charged carnival atmosphere. The Wanderers Stadium was transformed into a sea of shimmering, floating lights which were released into the sky as frenzied fans waved to their favourite celebrities. Actress Katrina Kaifa led a dance troupe to the hugely popular Jai Ho tune, which has over the past weeks become an unofficial anthem at IPL cricket venues across the country. Read more..

May 26, 2009 Posted by | News, Personal, Sports | , , , | 1 Comment

Contradictory Proverbs!!!

1. The pen is mightier than sword

BUT

Action speaks louder than words!

2. Wise man think alike

BUT

Fools seldom differ!

3. Slow and steady wins the race

BUT

Time and Tide wait for no man!

4. Look before you leap

BUT

Strike while the iron is hot!

5. Do it well or not at all

BUT

Half a loof is better than none!

6. Doubt is the beginning of wisdom

BUT

Faith will move mountains!

7. Practice makes a man perfect

BUT

All work and no play makes jack a dull boy!

8. Silence is golden

BUT

The squeaky wheel makes the grease!

9. Too many cooks spoil the broth

BUT

Many hands make light work!

10. Hold fast to the words of your ancestors

BUT

Wise men make proverbs but fools repeat them!!!

May 12, 2009 Posted by | Life, Personal | , | Leave a comment

Actor Prakashraj to Play LTTE Chief?

prakashrajMultilingual actor Prakash Raj says he has been offered the role of LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran in a Tamil film and that he will be doing it.“I would like to perform the role according to the dictates of the script and requirement of the director. I will not do any homework or prepare for this role in details as I think spontaneity will provide better results than anything,” said the actor at an interactive session.

“Acting career is like a journey to me. Acting has been a process of learning to me. You learn many things while interacting with many people. I think any actor will gain confidence and maturity with experience. Working with different directors and the best of the actors make you determined to give the best shot,” he said. Prakash Raj also worked with Bollywood megastar Amithabh Bachchan in two Hindi films – “Khakee” and “Zamanat“ and is all praise for him.

“He is truly a legend. He is extremely patient. He used to call me ‘Kalaakar’ and I enjoyed working with him. Despite his stature, he doesn’t question the decision of a director. I saw him agreeing for the eighth take for director Raj Kumar Santhoshi while shooting for ‘Khakee‘. I was really impressed with his professionalism,” he said.

His film “Mozhi“ won many awards and was also a box office success. “I have made ten Tamil films so far. I would like to take up projects which have a good story. I want to encourage younger talents who want to prove their mettle with their stronger scripts with novelty elements. I’m happy that young directors like Priya, Guhan and Radha Mohan are established names today,” said Prakash Raj.

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Fact, Greats, India, News, Personal | , , , , | 4 Comments

Can Chennai win Deccan?

chennai-super-kingsDeccan Chargers will be looking to get back to wining ways against last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. For Super Kings it is just the opposite. They are on a two-match winning streak and will be hoping to make a hat-trick of wins, which was done by Deccan Chargers early on in the league.

This time under a new captain in Adam Gilchrist, Deccan Chargers have forced everyone to stand up and take notice of their performance. Their batting has looked solid with Gilchrist leading the charge. Youngsters like Rohit Sharma and Azhar Bilakhia have also come out with good innings.

The bowlers also have done well, especially fast bowlers Rudra Pratap Singh and Fidel Edwards. Rudra Pratap is the second highest wicket-taker in the IPL while Edwards has checked the run flow. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has been one of the most successful spinner in the second IPL and was chief architect in Chargers’ win over Mumbai Indians.

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May 4, 2009 Posted by | Personal, Sports | , , , | 1 Comment

Tax Changes for Overseas Firms

obama-newAmerican President Barack Obama proposed changing provisions in the tax code that he says encourage U.S. companies to move jobs overseas, as part of a broader package aimed at saving $210 billion over 10 years.

Obama will seek to follow through on a campaign promise to change the tax treatment of American firms with overseas operations. That portion of his plan — opposed by such firms as Pfizer Inc and Oracle Corp — would raise more than $100 billion in revenue over the next decade.

In an echo of a line he used often on the campaign trail last year, Obama vowed in a February address to the U.S. Congress to make the tax code more fair by “finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas.”

Currently, U.S. firms are allowed to defer paying taxes on profits earned overseas if they plow those profits back into their foreign subsidiaries. An array of firms signed onto a letter to congressional leaders in March opposing changes to the so-called deferral provision, saying they would make U.S. businesses less competitive.

May 3, 2009 Posted by | Business sector, News, Personal | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deccan Chargers Goin Hot!

deccan-chargersDeccan Chargers, led by Adam Gilchrist is putting up a fantastic show. Herschelle Gibbs crafted an unbeaten half-century as the Deccan Chargers maintained their position at the top of the Indian Premier League thanks to a six-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings on Monday.

The Mumbai Indians routed the Kolkata Knight Riders by 92 runs after Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar pummelled the bowling attack with an opening stand of 127 runs off 74 balls in the day’s other match.

South African Gibbs carried his bat to end on 69 not out off 56 balls as Deccan scored 169 for four in reply to Chennai’s 165 for six at Kingsmead in Durban.The winning runs were scored with three balls of Deccan’s innings remaining and the result gives the franchise four wins out of four matches for a two-point lead atop the IPL standings.

Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist got Deccan’s innings off to a perfect start as the pair smashed 67 runs for the first wicket, with their 50-run partnership coming off just 23 balls, the fastest of this year’s tournament.Australian Gilchrist fell for 44 runs off 19 balls with five fours and three sixes.

April 28, 2009 Posted by | Personal, Sports | , , , , | 4 Comments

India and Pakistan to Fight against Terrorism

indo-pak-newUS government wishes that India and Pakistan, the two neighboring asian countries must join their hands together in eliminating terrorism. The US government has urged India to support Pakistan in its war against Al Qaeda and Taliban insurgents along the Afghan border.It will be important for India to make clear that as Pakistan takes steps to deal with extremists on its own territory and India will be supportive.

Steinberg said that New Delhi has a ‘huge stake’ in making sure both Pakistan and its neighbour Afghanistan is stable.The US has also called on India to pull back its troops that were deployed on the Pakistan border after the Mumbai terror attacks last year, the report said. Over 170 people were killed and many more injured in the attack.Pakistan, in response, moved thousands of its soldiers from its border with Afghanistan to the Indian border. Read more..

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Fact, India, Issues, News, Personal | , , , | 3 Comments

Brain injury????

Scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden say that the brain may be injured by the noise produced by the firing of anti-tank weapons or a howitzer.

While a number of reports in the past have suggested that the brain seems to be sensitive to the blast, the current study focused on how whether the occupational standards for the highest levels of blast exposure were valid enough to avoid brain injuries.

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They found that the maximal peak levels of the blast were unexpectedly high in the brain, i.e. that skin and bone appeared to protect the brain poorly.

According to them, their findings showed that the degree of transmission of a pressure wave from air or water to the brain depends on the dominating frequencies in the frequency spectrum of the noise; low frequencies are transmitted considerably better than high frequencies.

Upon the microscopic examination of the brain, the researchers observed that the blast from certain weapons produces small haemorrhages (bleeding) in the brain tissue and the meninges (lining of the brain).

They further observed that blast exposure leads to the development of brain edema, i.e. increased fluid content, a finding that they were later able to support this finding with other measurements.

The researchers said that the results of their study were in agreement with findings in the brains of soldiers who had been injured or died after being exposed to explosions in wars, from WW1 to the war in Iraq.

Based on their observations, the team came to the conclusion that the maximal peak levels of blast generated by the firing of certain weapons led to a small but measurable effect on the brains of pigs and rats.

The study also showed that this effect on the brain becomes worse with increasing maximal peak blast levels.

The results poses the question as to whether exposure to even lower levels of blast than previous thought injurious might be contributing to the large numbers of mild traumatic brain injuries in American military personnel.

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Fact, Personal | , , | Leave a comment