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Google Reader does evil; dumps Opera

One of the most favorite (and cer­tain­ly my per­son­al favorite) RSS read­ers is Google Read­er. In cut-throat com­pe­ti­tion with Blog­lines, Google intro­duced Search func­tion­al­i­ty in Google Read­er yes­ter­day. Read TechCrunch’s take here. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this has made Google Read­er stop work­ing … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Yearning for Sense Beyond the Earth

At the start of the day, I was almost sure I was going to write about how the world doesn’t seem like a place that I’m proud to be in. Depress­ing Scene The Indi­an Left want­ed India to be Left … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Techno-Social News Tidbits

Here’s some inter­est­ing news sto­ries from the past few days. It’s not 42, like Dou­glas Adams thought it would be. It’s 26. BBC reports that research has proved that a Rubik’s cube can be returned to its orig­i­nal state in no … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Spooky Spock

This is the spook­i­est thing I’ve ever seen on the Inter­net yet. A rev­o­lu­tion­ary peo­­ple-focused search engine, Spock, launched into pub­lic beta today. About 30% of all search traf­fic is peo­ple relat­ed — about 20 bil­lion search queries per month. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Photoswap, not Photoshop

Pho­to edit­ing will nev­er be the same again. In what has been described as a Google approach to under­stand­ing dig­i­tal pho­tos, researchers at Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty have come up with a rad­i­cal­ly inno­v­a­tive idea to add or remove con­tent from … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Xerox trumps Google in Natural Language Search

Researchers at Xerox’s Euro­pean R&D Cen­ter have devel­oped a new type of search tech­nol­o­gy, called FactSpot­ter, which can han­dle nat­ur­al human phras­es, and search for relat­ed results that include syn­onyms and pro­nouns with­in a doc­u­ment. “…typ­i­cal search engines dig through … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Pakistan’s Parliament condemns Sir Rushdie’s knighthood

From the Guardian: Pak­istani law­mak­ers passed a gov­­ern­­ment-backed res­o­lu­tion Mon­day demand­ing Britain with­draw the knight­hood award­ed to author Salman Rushdie, con­demn­ing the hon­or as an insult to the reli­gious sen­ti­ments of Mus­lims. In the east­ern city of Mul­tan, hard-line Mus­lim … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Orkut anti-Shiv Sena community flourishes after recent Sena violence

I had found 270 mem­bers in Orkut’s “I Hate Shiv Sena” com­mu­ni­ty when I wrote about Cher­ish­ing Indi­an Democ­ra­cy. Today, the same com­mu­ni­ty has 555 mem­bers. In one week, the strength of the com­mu­ni­ty has dou­bled! This is what’s called the “The Streisand Effect”: “…has become … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Why India Should Not Ban Orkut

A com­ment on my pre­vi­ous post gen­er­at­ed so many thoughts in response, that I thought it fit to cre­ate anoth­er post. Text in ital­ics is from the com­ment on my ear­li­er post. Orkut is thriv­ing on pro­mo­tion of obscen­i­ty, defama­tion, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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