Thursday, March 30, 2006

All new Ask.com, wake up MSN and Yahoo!

All new Ask.com search launched.
The new Ask.com looks great, the home page is simple, with a search box and there is a configurable 'Search Tools' menu on the right side of the page. The search is fast and the results page is simple and clean.


The search results page is packed with lot of features, it has only top and bottom ads , making the results more clearly visible to users. The right side has two search option to either Narrow down the search of Expand the search.



The 'Advanced Search' page also has improved options and an user configurable 'Include or Exclude Words' option.
The Image search also has improved ,the search results can be saved and the option given for web search also work for image search.
In my opinion this is a good Re-Start for Ask.com and it throws a tough competition to MSN Search and Yahoo! Search , both have been struggling to get an larger pi of search market and trying out various ways as well ;)

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JupiterResearch Sold for $10.1 Million

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Symantec to hire more, expand India operations

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BMC Software to Acquire Identify Software

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Former Altavista CEO to launch new ad network

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

ajaxWrite : Good but long way to go



ajaxWrite launched today , I was excited to see that MS word is directly supported to open/edit as well as to save, it also supportes an option to save as pdf and what more it's a web2.0 application which you can use from any where, any OS :)

So set out to try it myself and here is my feel and feedback.
I used Netscape 8.1 to try ajaxWrite

Pros
- Free :)
- Interface looks just like MS word

- It's easy to get started
- I qucikly created a simple doc and tried to use the feature I normally use in MS Word

- OS independent
- Can access from anywhere
- Loads faster and looks better than similar on-line office app

Cons
- The application took about 10 seconds to load (this can depend on my connection as well :)
- No Advanced Formatting options
- Few Options in Insert Menue (Link and Horizontal Rule) did not work for me :(
I would expect a message to user if the feature is not yet implemented
- Could not Save or Save As the Doc I created :(
I see this Java error 'java.io.IOException:Convertion Failed'
I feel this error is not good from a normal users prespective.
- Table Creation feature is also very weak, there is no flexinility and I could not figure out how to insert rows and columns :(

Overall I feel it's an excellent effort and it's sleek and easy to use, but lot of features available and requred for a Word processor are not yet available, I hope lot more features will be introduced.

Good luck :)

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

VideoEgg Acquires Popcast

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Dell to acquire Alienware

It was a romour then but dell confirmed that it will acquire Alienware.

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Windows XP on Macs

It's finally done :)

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Brightcove Acquires MetaStories, which has customers like Yahoo! and MSN

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Sony Invests in Open-Source company : EnterpriseDB

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Riya : Photo Search

Nice Concept, web2.0 technology , it's in beta phase.
The Photo Search concept is amazing , pls take the tour to know how Riya works.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bill Gates Keynote - transcript

Here is the transcript for the keynote given by Bill gates at the Mix 06 conference. By the Way this is his Home page ;)

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Microsoft Mix 06 - IE7, RSS, Web Office

Bill Gates keynote from Microsoft Mix 06 - IE7, RSS, Web Office
For more Details on the event check Mix 06 Blog
Get all the keynotes here


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Yet Another Bug in IE

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Google Finance (Beta) Launched

Google Finance (Beta) launched :)
The Home page has the prominent Search Box and then the other blocks are Market Summary and Head Lines, the two other block are user specific one lists the quotes user has search for and the other lists the news related to users prefered stocks.

Very nice interface and simple to use with most relevant information on a single page for a stock Eg: http://google.com/finance?q=AAPL
Looks like a cool AJAX based site.

Here is s screenshot of the Google Finance Home page


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Monday, March 20, 2006

Borland Buys Segue for $100M

Segue Software the maker of famous functionla testing softwareSilkTest has been acquired by Borland

More Details :
http://www.segue.com/about-segue/newsroom/SegueandBorland.asp
http://www.borland.com/us/company/news/press_releases/2006/02_08_06_borland_acquires_segue_software.html

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Borland Buys Gauntlet Systems

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Microsoft Acquires Vexcel

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New Build of IE7 available

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Joga.com - Nike and Google join hands to start Social-Networking Site


Google and Nike joined hands to create Joga.com for football fans to create and share content. Presently it's Invite only (but doesn't look like a beta) .
One can login using Google account but to again get a message asking us to get an invite from some one who has a Joga account :(
Presently it's an Invite Only service.
This looks like a AJAX application.
Below are the screenshots of the main page and the page one gets if logged-in using Google account.



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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Kinderstart sues Google over lower page ranking

Yet another lawsuit filed against Google (YALFAG) , this is becoming a regulat affair for Google, someone said it right, holding success is tough. I am sure Google will pull this off :)


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FireFox 2 Alpha release available

FireFox 2 Alpha is available , not made oficially public by Mozilla, it was found by a blogger on the Mozilla public ftp server.

Links where you can download FF2.0 Alpha
CybernetNews

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Indian DTH market estimated at $2.3 billion by 2015

Indian DTH (Direct To Home) primarly drivern by Zee Dish TV is growing in terms of subscription , this also opens up advertising revinues for the providers.

Details:
http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k6/mar/mar37.htm

http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k6/mar/mar26.htm

Is StreamLoad opening the gate for unlimited free storage

Get 25GB Storage Free !! Can you beleive this :)
StreamLoad is offering 25GB of on-line storage for free and it also allows to store audio and video files , now one can store podcasts and their favorite songs on-line and access them from anywhere :)
Looks like the on-line storage is increasingly becoming important and interesting space.Recently Amazon launched Simple Storage Service - S3 which gives has webservices API's to leverage storage.
Days are not too far when Yahoo!,MSN and Google will start offering storage with their existing products and also developer toolkits be not only build (which is already happening) but also host and store data on their own servers instead of users, this will open up more room for on-line ads growth, all these major are struggling due to the slow down of Ads revenue.

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Video bloggers drive demand for storage


Thursday, March 16, 2006

DRM Shortens player battery

More details here

Google in competition with eBay and Craigslist


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Dell Rumored To Have Bought AlienWare

More details here
Did Dell buy Alienware?
Dellienware

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

VMware Server for FREE

Now VMware is offering even it's server for free, the latest VMware Server (beta) is offered for free.
One can compare the new VMware Server with VMware virtual Infrastructure
Download VMware Server
VMware also offers a free virtula machine player for Windows and Linux.


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@Last Software acquired by Google

Google added yet another company to it's growing list of acquisitions, this times it acquired a company named @Last Software who make 3D software.One can download this 3D software for free. They also offer a Google Earth plug-in
Sketchup can be used for a variety of purposes like Architecture, Construction, Interior Design, Landscape, Film & Stage and more.

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Amazon S3 - Simple Storage Service

Amazon launches S3 - 'Simple Storage Service' and my guess is it silently started the war of cheap and reliable on-line storage. S3 will be offered as web-service interface making it easy for any on-line service to leverage. S3's pricing looks very attractive.


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eBay faces partial shutdown in patent dispute


Adobe adds two open-source libraries

Adobe announced two open-source libraries to bridge AJAX with Flex and Flash.
Adobe Developer resources . This will help AJAX developers use Flash and Flex API with ease.


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Monday, March 13, 2006

Google Galaxy

Google launches Google Mars

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Microsoft wants a share of Internet Advertising revenue

Looks like the Giant is finally very serious in making money in Internet Advertising.

Oracle SQL Developer , FOR FREE!!

Oracle has launched 'Oracle SQL Developer' it's FREE GUI tool for executing,editing and debugging SQL & PL/SQL.
Oracle seems to catching up with Tech community by offering free products, this product is for sure challenge other database vendors and commercial companies who charge user for such tools (TOAD is one such tool which I can remember).MySQL Workbench is also one such tool for MySQL developers but it is still in BETA stage, I request the MySQL team to seed up on this.
This free GUI is supported from Oracle Database version 9.2.0.1 and greater only.
One can download the tool and give it a try.
I think Oracle is doing a great job in this front , I was worried in the way they have been acquiring OpenSource companies. But by offering such products it does make sense in way that, they are sharing the benefit to end user.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

SplashBlog acquired by Six Apart

SplashBlog is a tool that lets users instantly photos from a camera phone to a blog.Six Apart recently acquired SplashBlog.
To see what SplashBlog can be useful to you check here:

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Chinese Bank's Server Used in Phishing Attacks on US Banks

Check the details here

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On-line Ads are growing in India

With the changes in telecom policies there has been good growth seen in Indian Internet space, due to this the On-line Ads are also seeing good growth in india.
Check this article from Economic Times

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Microsoft revealed it's Office 2007 UI

Microsoft today revealed it's Office 2007 UI at CeBIT conference in Germany.

This blog has lot of screenshots of the new Office 2007 UI


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Microsoft launches Origami

Microsoft today launched the much awaited Origami Ultra-MObile PC in the CeBIT conference in Germany.
Check here in developments on Origami

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Writely Acquired by Google

Finally the rumor turned out to be correct, today Google & Writely blog announed on their blogs confirming that Google blog has acquired Writely. Writely offers a rich web2.0 (AJAX based) application which can compete with Microsoft word, it allows users not only to create docs but also store or share with others for multiple edits. Go Sign-Up and try this cool app.
This must be a party time for the Writely team,their innovation has been recongized , congrats team :)

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MSN Acquires Onfolio

MSN the internet wing of Microsoft acquires Onfolio, this acquization will help further enhance it's Live.Com offering.
Further details can be found here : Microsoft acquires Onfolio
OR here

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On-line Indian matrimonial service gets VC funding

Shaadi.Com an Indian owned matrimonial service gets about $8Million from WestBridge Capital Partners. This on-line service is owned by Mr Anupam Mittal. Shaadi.Com also launched a toolbar recently. Looks like even VC have started seeing more potential in Emerging Indian Market.

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Microsoft Live.com now looking lively

Microsoft finally added more features and this time really cool features to it's www.live.com site.

Here is the Screenshot of the new Home page


The search feature is finally well integrated in to Live.com now, the search results page looks rally cool , with a simple scroller to view the results window.The results and the sponsered listings are well synchronized ;)
But the search results still needs further tunning, MSN has been constantly improving but I feel they are taking lot of time.

Overall the new look and feel of www.live.com will definitly make me a regular visitor :) and let me see if MSN compels me to make it my start page.

Good Luck MSN !!

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Google Calendar : CL2

Lot of posts on Google working on a web2.0 Calendar application, it can be located at
CL2
Check this post by Om Malik
Here is screenshot

What next Google :)

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