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The Green Guide of National Geographic features the Infinite Photograph. The Infinite Photograph is a collection of 300,000 photographs. These photographs are from National Geographic’s archives and submitted by users. All these photographs depict the beauty of our planet. So, make sure you don’t miss this. It’s not just any other collection of photographs. When you zoom into a photograph it just keeps zooming into many other smaller photographs tof different colors  taking you to an infinite zoom.

Not very clear check out the following video and link:

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Unfortunately the construction of the WTC has been delayed according to a study drafted by real estate titan Cushman & Wakefield, the study predicts that the site’s centerpiece, the Port Authority’s 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, won’t be filled with tenants until 2019. Other troubling findings included:

- It could take 12 years to fully lease Silverstein’s Tower 2, a 79-story, 1,270-foot giant that will be taller than the Empire State Building. It could be finished in 2014, but it won’t be filled until 2026.

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The internet is buzzing with the news of Ning – a build your social network service provider, hosting it’s 1000000th social network. The Ning blog reported this  recently. Ning was co-founded by Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini. Ning, which had its initial beta launch in 2005 and ‘full’ launch in 2007, makes it easy for people to create niche social networks focused on the topics they care about. Anyone can start a new social network on Ning. So you could try your hands on it to start a new social network.

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A tunnel is said to have linked New York city in USA and London in England. Why? Just to see people using some mirrors. Not so clear. Well Paul St George claims his “Telectroscope” connects New York and London via a (very) long tunnel running through the earth’s crust, with the images bouncing back and forth using mirrors. Something like the periscope.

I don’t know if this is true. I mean we have web-cams, video chats, optical fibre. Why a tunnel with mirrors? Waste of money. However, this so called ‘Telectroscope’ doesn’t transfer audio as the technology to transfer video uses only mirrors.

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According to BBC “A top New Zealand telecommunications company has hired a teenager who admitted to taking part in an international cyber-crime network”. Well what could be weird than this. I think cyber crimes should be rising in a couple of weeks in hopes of cyber-security jobs. All you unemployed people specially if you are good with hacking networks I hope you are reading this. Well it’s not that simple to get a job. So, don’t try to break into a network and ask for a job after reading this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google launched Chrome browserin September 2008 and failed to make a great difference in the browser market. Google took off the beta tag from Chrome in December. Now Google has launched a new beta version of it’s browser Chrome. However, the beta will not repalce the current stable version of Chrome but it is from another parallel release channel and will run side by side with the sable version of Chrome.

The best thing about this new beta is speed — it’s 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version.” writes

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A few days back I recieved a mail from Google Adsense. It mentioned that Google is now going to launch interest based ads. These ads would be based on the interaction of a user with a site. This implies that now google is going to monitor every user of every website that signs up with such ads. Google can nnow really have a good look at all the visitors of a perticular website which registers with such a service.

A part of it is here:

“Interest-based advertising will allow advertisers to show ads based on a user’s previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. “sports enthusiast”).  To develop interest categories, we will recognize the types of web pages users visit throughout the Google content network.  As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the “sports enthusiast” interest category.”

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This is an interesting account of Aaron Greenspan founder of Think Computer Coporation. His google account was disabled and he tried his best to get to know why it happened. Google being stubborn neglected him. In an article ‘Why I Sued Google(and Won)’ he first mentions how hard he triedto get an answer from Google. However, the interesting part is the courtroom drama and how easily he won the lawsuit.

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You may not be ready to spend a whooping US $1.8million to buy Gandhi’s belongings like Vijay Mallya.  However, if you feel good to have at least the glass fibre replicas of some of Gandhi’s belongings then contact National Gandhi Museum, the country’s largest repository of the original relics of the Father of the Nation. Checkout there price list by clicking here.

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After a lot of chaos, confusion and last minute drama over Gandhi’s belongings to be auctioned, Vijay Mallya bought the private collection of James Otis for USD 1.8 million(Rs 9.3 Crores) yesterday night in New York. However, Mallya gave up 2.1 million including the buyer’s premium. Click here to view some pictures of the auction from TOI. Indian government made some effort to have a direct deal with James Otis. James had put forward two conditions for this deal. Even if government of India fulfilled his conditions, he was in no postion to stop the auction based on the contract signed with the Antiquorum the auctioneers of Gandhi’s belongings.

The Indian government did their bit to stop the auction. Obviously, they failed to stop it. The reason is that the conditions put forward by James Otis were not easy to fulfill and Otis was by no means able to stop the auction according to the contract signed by him with Antiquorum.  Otis was quoted as saying that he would agree to hand over the items if the Indian government agreed to one of two demands: Increase budgetary allocation for the poor by reducing military expenditure or create an international travelling exhibit about Mahatma Gandhi that would reach 78 countries, one for each year of his life. However, India couldn’t agree to  fulfill his demands. Instead, India produced Mr. Gandhi’s will handwritten in Gujarati.

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