Archive for February, 2011
And that cost the 48-year-old man a whooping $200,000. Chicago Sun-Times reports, the man from Naperville, Illinois was shocked when the police told him that his girlfriend of more than two years, actually never existed.
The guy is told to be in relationship with the so-called girlfriend for two and a half years and it seems they had never met in that time. In that time he wired about $200,000 in cash to his cyber-girlfriend to several bank accounts in Nigeria, Malaysia, England and the United States.
The love affair fell in "trouble" when he called Naperville police on Wednesday to ask for their help in locating the woman. He believed, she was kidnapped in London. The only identification card possessed by the boyfriend was actually a a sample Florida driver’s license.
This story should be an eye-opener for those who are having affair online – without meeting your girl/boyfriend.
Google has started using a new algorithm that helps in removing low-quality websites from its search result. It is told that the new algorithm will "noticeably impacts 11.8%" of queries done on Google. These ‘content farms’ copy the contents from other sites or make low quality content targeted to the search engine rather than the users.
Quality of a website is a relative term and it can’t be quantified. It is to be know how the Google algorithm works, but there is a chance that some legit sites might be penalized to be a ‘content farm’ if the content written is not well written. At the same time, some article sites, like ehow.com, might also come under ‘content farm’ as they collect articles from the users. The quality of such articles may not be as good as those prepared by professionals.
In their blogpost, Google fellow Amit Singhal and Google principal engineer Matt Cutts say:
This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites — sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other Web sites or sites that are just not very useful.
Yes, content should be valued, and important content given a higher priority in search. But, in the process, unsuspecting and innocent sites shouldn’t be punished.
Anyways, search engines are the kings! (Content is NOT).
A little Egyptian baby girl was named name Facebook. The young Egyptian dad, Jamal Ibrahim, has decided to call his first daughter "Facebook" in recognition to it’s role in his country’s political revolution.
According to an Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram, the baby’s family and friends have gathered around the baby in support of the Egyptian revolution that was started on Facebook. After the the President resigned on 11 February, Egyptian people have hailed the role of Facebook it the uprising.
Nobody can deny that Facebook has became the symbol of freedom for Egypt. But, just because Facebook helped them in their revolution doesn’t mean people should give their child a stupid name.
Others support the name:
We can’t judge people by their action without knowing their social and cultural aspects. If the girl name is spelled "Fazbuk" or something like that, it will be a nice Arab name and won’t conflict with the social networking website.
About odd names, I wrote previously about Venezuela almost banning such names.
Google’s head of Webspam team., Matt Cutts’s blog is full of Bing and Google search pages, comparing what Microsoft has stolen from the Google search results. Google has accused Bing of shoplifting the Google search. Microsoft says, it is using user data gathered from the Bing Toolbar and IE8 Suggested Sites feature. Google does teh same thing – collect who-knows-what data with Google Toolbar and/or Chrome. Even an ex Google engineer says that Google does the same as what Bing is being accused of by Google.
I thought, others follow the leaders. And, leaders don’t care. It is only when the leader gets a feeling that he/she can’t keep the pace… will turn around and start telling the followers to do something other than following him/her.
In the similar manner, as long as Google has its innovative muscles it wouldn’t care what others copy. That was the reason it was giving away almost everything for free. At least, I thought it was like that until it started resisting others like, blocking Facebook access Gmail contact.
I might be completely wrong, and the change in behavior might be because of Larry Page taking over the rein. Kara in allthingsd thinks Google’s Bing attitude defines Larry Page. I hope, it is nothing more than the "drive and aggression" of Bill Gates within Larry as told by Kara.
If that is not so, may be, Page should let Eric Schmidt run the company and get back to work on his PageRank.
UPDATE: Looks like the free offer is only available for UK residents and involves signing up to Currys’ AppUp Centre (not the Intel’s AppUp). The listed price of the game in Intel AppUp is $4.99.
Angry Birds for PC is available in the Intel’s recently launched App store, Intel App Up store
for free! There is a catch though – you need to download and install a 30MB Intel AppUp software before downloading one of the most popular game in iOS and Android devices. The PC app is told to be free for the first 15,000 users or until March, whichever comes first.
Visit Intel AppUp by clicking here.
Until now, the game was only available for Android/Iphone devices and Apple computers running MAC OS.
The game works on Windows XP – Windows 7 machine and runs directly from the folder it is in.
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