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facebook-wm-2Facebook Lite is poised to be a game-changer for the social networking dynamo, considering how it brings Facebook not only to low-bandwidth users but also attracts potential Facebook users who don’t want all the main platform’s bells and whistles. The only question to Facebook now is, why’d it take so long to, well, let there be Lite?

Facebook Lite, which went live on Thursday in both the U.S. and India has been in beta test for about a month. In mid-August, Facebook mistakenly sent out what its representatives said were too many invitations to test the service, which in look and feel is a bit like Facebook’s mobile version and limits functions to comments, writing on users’ walls, looking at photos and confirming friend requests.

At the time of its leak, we thought it strange that Facebook wouldn’t be forthcoming with a version that opens it up to so many untapped customers, and our opinion hasn’t changed. Why would Facebook wait on Lite when so many of its social networking competitors — including, yes, Twitter — are growing based on the no-frills ease-of-use of their platforms?

It’s hard to say who’s “winning” the social networking wars, as much as how to “win” them. Sure, Facebook trampled over once-mighty rivals like MySpace and both Facebook and Twitter have posted impressive growth. To be sure, Facebook Lite will only accelerate that growth, as it’ll theoretically attract curious users who don’t already use Facebook on a daily basis or have yet to dabble on the social network.

The takeaway, however, is versatility: give users as many options as possible, while keeping them on a single platform. Facebook’s certainly demonstrated as much, if this year’s redesigns, its recent acquisition of FriendFeed, and now Facebook Lite are any indication.

And it’s worth noting, of course, that Facebook users can also tag friends’ updates using the “@” symbol — another tweak that broadens the social network’s appeal and gives it a counterpoint to (or, in this case, an exact copy of) attractive Twitter features.

“Friends you tag in your status updates will receive a notification and a Wall post linking them to your post,” wrote Facebook engineer Tom Occhino on the Facebook Blog Thursday.

Staying ahead in social networking seems to mean having all bases covered — is there a Twitter or MySpace trick out there that Facebook has yet to try, to? Drop a note in the ChannelWeb Connect community and let us know.



yahoo_2Yahoo Inc. has abandoned its ambitious India-focused social networking site SpotM and announced to replace it with “Guru”.

It is not the first time when Yahoo! has closed down its utilities. The internet giant had earlier dropped Yahoo 360 Geocities , Yahoo Gallery and its beta stage social networking site Mash in September 2008.

Confirming the development, a Yahoo! India spokesperson said, “After careful consideration, Yahoo! will no longer offer SpotM, a communications service that we experimented with in India.” However, he declined to divulge any detail of Guru or any subsequent application by the company.

The company offered a variety of facilities through SpotM for users such as SMS integration to target young population in the age group of 16-24 years.

Some people believe that SpotM was nothing more than an experiment for the company as it never tried to market it like its other utilities. The internet services company could have learnt a lesson from the experiment, gaining new experience to add in its forthcoming categories.


1BANGALORE: Websites will soon be accessible to the disabled, especially the visually-impaired, once the Union government makes it mandatory for all websites to go audible.

For this, websites have to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. This new standard, along with a screen reader, will make content audible through a headphone or a speaker. A visually-impaired person can use the keyboard to respond — the tab keys will take him or her through different links.

The project has been given to BarrierBreak Technologies and will take 10%-15% of the ordinary project cost.

“It will not only help blind people, but also aged and illiterate people,” said Javed Abidi, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People.

The idea came up last year on December 3, `Day for the Disabled’, in Delhi. “The IT ministry was proactive about the programme. The draft, approved by the ministry, will be released soon,” he said. The policy would be extended to other hardware as well — like the ATM, television, washing machine and microwave. This will be the second phase of the project.


In a move that puts Ahmedabad on the global IT/ITeS map, the city has made it to the list of top 31 cities identified globally by international consultancy firm KPMG as key emerging alternatives to existing IT/ITeS hotspots the world over.

Jaipur and Nagpur are the only other Indian cities to have made the cut in the global list that covers nations like China, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Poland, Mauritius and Egypt.

The report, ‘Exploring global frontiers — the new emerging destinations’, has lauded the proposed Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) and moves to improve English language proficiency.

According to KPMG, the key drivers for Ahmedabad to emerge as a favourable IT-ITeS destination are its huge pool of qualified human resource, especially with finance and accounting background, leading educational institutes like IIM-A, and a 30% cost advantage over premier IT-BPO hubs like Mumbai, Bangalore and NCR in terms of compensation levels and rentals.

“Cost of living is relatively low as compared to tier-I cities. Cost of housing is 40-70% cheaper as compared to cities like Mumbai,” the report states.

The report said: “The city has a large talent pool with over 1.73 lakh students enrolled in commerce and arts streams (2006-07) to support the industry. It also produces a large number of chartered accountants. The city is home to renowned engineering and management institutes.”

Commenting on the report, KPMG global partner-in-charge, IT advisory, Egidio Zarrella said: “Though established locations may still be considered as epicentres of outsourcing, entities are beginning to look at alternative locations due to favourable business environment, access to a good supply of talent, good quality of life and lower costs.”

source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Google Inc released software on Wednesday that allows users of mobile phones and other wireless devices to automatically share their whereabouts with family and friends.

Users in 27 countries will be able to broadcast their location to others constantly, using Google Latitude. Controls allow users to select who receives the information or to go offline at any time, Google said on its website.

“Fun aside, we recognize the sensitivity of location data, so we’ve built fine-grained privacy controls right into the application,” Google said in a blog post announcing the service.

“You not only control exactly who gets to see your location, but you also decide the location that they see.”

Friends’ whereabouts can be tracked on a Google map, either from a handset or from a personal computer.

Google’s new service is similar to the service offered by privately-held Loopt.

Companies including Verizon Wireless, owned by Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc, already offer Loopt’s service, which also works on iPhone from Apple Inc.

Latitude will work on Research In Motion Ltd’s Blackberry and devices running on Symbian S60 devices or Microsoft Corp’s Windows Mobile and some T-1 Mobile phones running on Google’s Android software.

The software will eventually run on Apple’s iPhone and iTouch and many Sony Ericsson devices.

source: http://uk.reuters.com/

Is GDrive, Google’s next salvo tapping cloud computing? So believes several industry watchers. Speculations are rife that the company
is set to launch ‘GDrive’, which would allow people to store almost all their data on the internet and access it from wherever they are.

Says the US-based technology news website: “Throw your hard drive away, Google’s Gdrive is arriving in 2009.”

The GDrive is expected to allow people to access and update all their online data such as emails, photographs, music, documents and spreadsheets from any device with an internet connection.

Google has been working hard to convince computer users of the benefits of ‘cloud computing’, in which the web rather than the hard drive is used as the place to store information. GDrive is likely to bring together all of Google’s existing web-based services.

TG Daily believes that GDrive could “cause a major paradigm shift in how we use computers and bring Google one step closer to dethroning Windows on your desktop”.

However, according to certain analysts it may not be prudent to entrust Google with so much personal or commercial data. They argue that information is not as safe in the cloud as it is in a computer.

Google reportedly refused to comment on the topic.

source : http://infotech.indiatimes.com/

Even before the dust settled on the controversy involving Satyam’s debarment, the World Bank on Monday revealed that action has been taken against a total of five entities in India, including Wipro Technologies, and an individual.

The action was initiated against these entities and individual as they were found to have “violated the fraud and corruption provisions of the Procurement Guidelines or the Consultant Guidelines,” besides offering improper benefits to Bank staff.

Megasoft became the third Indian software vendor to have attracted the Bank’s ire, while Nestor Pharmaceuticals and Gap International were non-IT entities. An individual Surendra Singh was barred from doing business with the Bank for violating guidelines.

While Wipro was barred for four years beginning June 2007 for “providing improper benefits to Bank staff”, Megasoft barred for an identical period beginning December 2007 for “participating in a joint venture with Bank staff while also conducting business with the Bank.”

The report further added that a multi-million-dollar software facility being built on Deak in University’s campus in Geelong is also under a cloud as the future of Satyam remains uncertain.

On Wednesday, Satyam’s founder-chairman B Ramalinga Raju admitted of inflating the accounts of the firm and was later arrested with B Rama Raju, his brother and co-founder, on charges of criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, cheating, falsification of records and forgery.

Satyam chief financial officer Srinivas Vadlamani was also arrested on Saturday. The Satyam fraud case has forced the Indian government to appoint three members to the board of Satyam after it dismissed the incumbent board to restore investors confidence.

In a statement late last night, the World Bank said that it decided to “make public the names of all the companies that have been debarred from receiving direct contracts from the Bank group under its corporate procurement programme.

“This change was made in the interest of fairness and transparency… From now on the Bank group would publicly list names of companies debarred from its corporate procurement.”

Commenting on the World Bank action, Wipro said in a statement this morning: “Our inability to get future business from World Bank will not adversely affect our business and results of operations.”

Megasoft officials too said that the debarment will not have no revenue implication for the company. Earlier, Satyam, which was debarred for eight years beginning September 2008, had demanded an apology for making public its name and withdrawal of what it called “inappropriate” statement by the Bank. The Bank had refused to apologise.

source :http://www.zeenews.com/

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