Monthly Archives: September 2010

Facebook Founder To Be On Comic Books

Facebook founder is all set to be featured in a biographical comic book.

As if the movie wasn’t enough, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is all set to feature in a comic book. To be written by Jerome Maida, the 48 page autobiographical comic book will be dubbed as Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook and will be published by Bluewater Productions.

Jerome Maida said “Think about it, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire on the planet and created something that has already had a profound impact on the world. Yet hardly anyone knows much about him.” she said the comic book wil answer the question on who really is this Mark Zuckerberg?

Mark Zuckberg is getting more publicity than he wants. The movie “The Social Network” doesn’t exactly portray the founding father in a good light. Maida has promised users that he wouldn’t be biased while working on the comic book content and would try to present facts as truly as possible.

“Rightly or wrongly, Mark dealt harshly with some people on his way to where he is today.

“As we see, he left many people feeling betrayed. I try my best to be fair here. No one is totally innocent in this story.” he added


Nine scientists To Be Awarded The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar For The Year 2010

Nine scientists including 3 women have laid claim to the Swarup Bhatnagar award for the year 2010.

The annual Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, instituted in 1957 for outstanding contributions in seven disciplines has been announced. The awards which were announced at a function to mark the foundation day of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research will include three female recipients. The award will carry a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a plaque which will be given by the Prime Minister later this year.

For Biological Sciences, Dr Sanjeev Galande from National Centre for Cell Science, Pune and Dr Shubha Tole from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai were chosen. In the field of Chemical Sciences, Dr Swapan K Pati from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and Dr Sandeep Verma, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur was selected. Dr G K Ananthasuresh, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Dr Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata has been selected in Engineering Sciences category. Dr Mitali Mukerji, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (CSIR), Delhi won the award for Medical Sciences. For Physical Sciences, Dr Umesh Vasudeo Waghmare, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and Dr Kalobaran Maiti, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai will receive the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar 2010 Award.

This year no Award is being given in the area of Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean & Planetary Sciences and Mathematical Sciences.

Happy Birthday For Google

Google celebrates its 12th birthday by featuring a doodle of a cake with a single lighted candle.

Worlds’ most popular search engine has turned 12.Users around the world were surprised to see a doodle of a cake with a single lighted candle on their Google homepage. The doodle is Google’s way of commemorating the website’s completion of 12 years. The birthday cake has Google written on it in red letters and the letter “l” is a candle on the cake.

The site engine that found its place in our hearts was first registered as a domain name by Page and Brin in the year 1997.“Googol,” is a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

The doodle that is far more simplistic than Google’s previous doodles, like that of Packman or buckyball, is a painting which has been reproduced by permission of VAGA, Visual Artists and Galleries Association is a work by artist Wayne Thiebaud, who is known for his association with the Pop Art movement, and his interest in painting everyday, ordinary objects which includes many cakes.

Bom Sabado Virus Attacks Google

Google is fighting a virus that has launched a attack on its social networking site Orkut.

Social networking site Orkut is currently hit by a virus problem.Dubbed ‘Bom Sabado, which means ‘Good Saturday’ in Portuguese, the worm has attacked the XSS (cross-site scripting) of the site and posted scraps to the Orkut users with the text Bom Sabado and sent to the users account by the name of the other friends account.

Google has asked Orkut users to not login for a while and have asked users to refresh their browser cookies & cache. Google has also advised users to change the password and the security question as well.

Nokia To Join Hands with IGNOU To Offer English Course

IGNOU is all set to provide a certificate programme in English through Nokia phone’s Ovi Life Tools.

India’s Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has partnered with Nokia Ovi life tools to provide course material for its students in English language.

Nokia and IGNOU will work together to put a Certificate Programme in Functional English (CFE) on Nokia devices supporting the Ovi Life Tools. To be started in six districts of Maharashtra and after six months, depending on the response will launch it on a national level, the six-month certificate programme will begin from January 2011 and is divided in three levels, English in daily life, English in education and joining the workforce.

Ovi life tools will help students by guiding them and giving them information on various fields like education, maps, health, crop prices. Music and many more. It also help them in filling the admission forms, besides providing students with study material and daily learning content from IGNOU.

The Certificate Programme in Functional English will cost Rs 1,900 per student and on completion of the programme students will get certificates from IGNOU.

Facebook Re-Works Its Gaming Platform

Facebook will limit the Facebook Feeds based on its games.

Facebook games designed by Zynga has truly revolutionized computer games by luring our friends into competing with us through feeds boasting of their achievements or asking us to join them in the fun. The Facebook game feeds are often posted online along with our regular post’s making it a daily affair.

But all that is going to change with Facebook revamping its gaming platform. According to Jared Morgenstern, product manager for games at Facebook,” we’re launching features to give you better control over the updates you see in your News Feed,”

Notifications to Facebook users about games will be limited to those users who are actually playing them; if users are not playing “Farmville” or “Mafia Wars,” for example, won’t automatically receive new notifications about them. The revamping will also include a new button called the “Games section” which will include player requests.

Facebook To Provide Time To Add Friends

Facebook unveils new button- “Not Now”- for users to handle friend request.

Facebook has unveiled a new way of handling friends request by launching a new button known as “Not Now”. The new button will let users move their friends request to a “Hidden requests” folder and the user will be able to go back later and approve or deny. Those who initiated the request will not see what action has been taken, and from their perspective all they’ll see is the awaiting friend confirmation notation.In addition to that, Facebook will also offer users another option of marking the person as someone you don’t know, and then that person won’t be able to initiate a friend request with you in the future. The option will be rolled out to all users in the coming months.

Google Introduces Two-step Authentication For Application Users

Google is all set to offer users extra security through the introduction of a two-step login verification process.

Google is all set to roll out a two-layer authentication for Google Apps, which automatically sends an additional password to a user’s mobile phone. The two-step verification feature will be available to Google Apps premier, education, and government customers and will soon be available to the hundreds of millions of individual Google users in coming months, as a built-in part of the free service.

The two-step authentication grants a extra layer of security to users, by requiring them to submit a combination of a password and a verification code provided through the users’ mobile phones. Users will have to type in their login name and password, and then he/she has to type in an additional code generated by a mobile application while trying to log-in.

Google users can also specify how they would like to have the code sent to them, either via text message or automated voice call, or through a Google Authenticator app they can download to their Android device, BlackBerry, or iPhone. The code is randomly generated and changes every few minutes. Google will send out authentication codes by SMS (Short Message Service) or voice message. The SMS service will be free and available in 19 countries.

Foreign Ministry Discovers Social Networking Tools

Shahi tharoor might have left the foreign ministry, but the ministry seemd to have learnt a lesson or two from him. Taking a leaf from his book, the foreign ministry has made its debut on social networking sites.

The Public Diplomacy (PD) division of the MEA today made its debut on Twitter with the user ID “Indian diplomacy” — first tweet posted read: “Official twitter account of Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs, India @Indiandiplomacy”.

The Id was confirmed by PD division chief Navdeep suri who was reluctant to revel details as the work was still in progress. But, official’s sources confirm that the account on tweet was just a beginning and other accounts on Facebook and other social networking sites will soon follow.

This(social networking) is part of our(Ministry of foreign affairs) effort to use social media tools to conduct public diplomacy. We are hoping to get things going in the next 3-4 weeks.” suri added.

This is the first initiative in India where a ministry is part of a social networking website.

Cisco Launches A New Social Networking Site

Cisco India today announced the launch of its web 2.0 technology platform –

This new technology platform is built on Google Earth application, which allows people and organizations across geographic locations to connect, collaborate and share experiences and ideas for various causes and initiatives.
The website allows individuals and organizations to get registered and provide feeds of their initiatives, share content such as pictures and videos and build a network of like-minded people to support various causes and initiatives.

My aims to connect charitable organizations and individuals who want to make a change or difference and allow’s them to collaborate and share ideas, experiences and issues and help them find solutions online. Individuals can identify causes from various categories such as education, healthcare, education, environment, animal welfare, economic development and infrastructure and social welfare and choose initiatives under each cause. About, 40 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals across India have registered on the website and the company expects over 250 NGOs and people in next 6 to 9 months.

Cisco India denies any involvement of profit or monetary intent in creation of this platform

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