Google goes low-tech in Nigeria

Wednesday, 19 September 2012



Despite all its cutting-edge technology, Google Inc. has turned to the humble text message to break into Nigeria’s booming economy.
The search engine has started a service in Nigeria, as well as in Ghana and Kenya, which enables mobile phone users to access e-ails through text messaging.
That comes as Google’s office in Lagos has begun working with small business owners in this nation of more than 160 million people, bringing more than 25,000 businesses online over the past year.
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Google blocks anti-Islam film in Indonesia and India





YouTube has begun restricting access to videos of an anti-Islamic film in the world's most populous Muslim nation, a government official said Sunday.
 
"Google, which is YouTube's parent company, emailed us on Thursday evening to say it had blocked Indonesia's access to 16 URLs related to the "Innocence of Muslims" videos on the site," Communications and Information Ministry spokesman Gatot Dewa Broto told AFP.
 
Extracts of the film were still available on the video-sharing website on Sunday, but Broto said Google was "making special effort" to prevent the film from being watched in Indonesia.
 
"We understand that it takes time for Google to block everything as people continue to upload those sensitive videos. We appreciate Google's cooperation," he said.
 
Broto said the government also wrote to Blackberry maker Research In Motion on Friday to filter the videos on its smartphones.
 
Indonesia is the Canada-based company's biggest market outside North America, with subscriptions expected to almost double to 9.7 million by 2015.
 
"We could access the videos on Blackberry too so we wrote to RIM to ask that it filter them, and RIM has been very co-operative," he added.
 
Besides Indonesia, Google has denied access to the video in Libya, Egypt.


India labels anti-Islam film 'offensive material'
India on Sunday said that Google had blocked access in the country to an anti-Islam film which has triggered protests across the Muslim world as it condemned the "offensive" movie.

"Google India has, in compliance with Indian law, blocked access to the offensive material," foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.

"India has always strongly condemned all acts that disparage religious beliefs and hurt religious sentiments," he said in a statement, adding that authorities were also "in touch with US officials who share our concerns on the matter".

A Google executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that it had blocked access to Internet users trying to watch the movie via YouTube which it owns.

More than 80 people were arrested in the southern city of Chennai on Friday after an attack by Islamists on the US consulate during a protest against the film.

India has reinforced security at the US embassy in New Delhi and consulates and diplomatic interests in other Indian cities as a precaution against possible protests.

India is home to world's third largest Muslim population after Indonesia and Pakistan.

In cities across the Muslim world protesters have vented their fury at the "Innocence of Muslims" -- an amateur film produced in the United States -- by targeting symbols ofUS influence ranging from embassies and schools to fast food chains.
 
Hundreds of Indonesians staged rallies against the United States on Friday and Saturday over the film, which portrays the Prophet Mohammed as an immoral sexual deviant.
 
In the worst violence triggered by the film, the US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed late Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the US consulate in Benghazi.
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The Amazing Spider-Man Secrets: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Scoop!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

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Andrew Garfield

said he has dreamed of playing Spider-Man since he was a little boy, so that when it came time to actually suit up as the iconic superhero, the pressure of the role nearly overwhelmed him.

"Before, it was just pure fantasy," Garfield, 28, explained at the premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in Los Angeles last week."Suddenly, I had to embody that character for a generation of kids. And I wanted to so desperately do it well and inspire kids to be better to each other and to themselves through doing that."
 The new Spidey flick, which hit theaters Tuesday, takes Peter Parker back to his high school days, where audiences see the origins of how the teenage boy became a web-slinger. The story also explores Peter's first love with classmate Gwen Stacy, played by the actor's real-life girlfriend, Emma Stone.

The two, who began dating after the film wrapped production last summer, instantly had chemistry on-set, said director Marc Webb.

"We screen-tested Andrew and Emma, and they were just alive," Webb said. "They come from very different backgrounds. Andrew had done these very intense dramatic backgrounds ... and Emma had come from this great Judd Apatow, humorous improvisational comedy background. But they're both very grounded actors."
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The 2012 Summer Solstice

Thursday, 21 June 2012

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Wednesday was the first day of summer, also known as the summer solstice. It's the longest day of the year (and the shortest night).
The actual moment of the solstice occurred about 7:09 p.m. Wednesday, while the sun sat directly above the Pacific Ocean to the west of Hawaii.
As you may remember from your grade school science lessons, the seasons and the changing lengths of the day and night throughout the year are a result of the Earth's axial tilt.
Try to visualize the Earth's orbit around the sun as an elliptical path on an imaginary plane in space. As the Earth rests in that plane, its north and south poles—the ends of its axis—do not point straight "up" and "down." The axis is instead about 23.4 degrees off the "vertical."
As a result, the northern and southern hemisphere do not receive equal amounts of sunshine throughout the year. Right now, the northern hemisphere is "leaning" towards the sun. From now until the winter solstice on Dec. 21, as the Earth continues around the sun, that tilt in the planet's axis will be "leaning" our hemisphere less towards the sun each day.
If not for the tilt of the Earth's axis, we would not have seasons. The day and night would be exactly the same length, year round. The northern and southern hemispheres would share the sun's light equally. Right now, that only happens on the days of the spring and fall equinoxes (March 20 and Sept. 22, this year).

Perhaps appropriately, as we bask in a whopping 15 hours and two minutes of daylight, Wednesday was expected to be the hottest day of 2012 in some areas of the U.S. Today could be hotter still.
If the heat gets to be a bit too much, consider the flip side of the solstice: For our friends in the southern hemisphere, it's the winter solstice. In Punta Arenas, Chile, the high Wednesday was predicted in the mid- to upper-30s.
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Kate Upton's failed attempt to hide her assets

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who came out of nowhere and is fast becoming one of the most famous bikini models in the world on account of her massive assets, is seen doing her best all-American girl impression while wearing as little as possible in a sensational Terry Richardson shoot.

At first, the 20-year-old model was seen relying heavily on her hands to keep her boobs hidden as she strutted around in nothing but pants.

However, she soon stopped bothering to protect her modesty after pulling on a t-shirt that provided absolutely no coverage for her nipples whatsoever.

She was later asked to describe herself.

"My favourite food is sushi, my favourite restaurant is Nobu and my favourite colour is yellow. I love all the states in America. I just love America. I look for someone who is fun, chilled and will not steal my spotlight," the Mirror quoted her as saying.

She was then asked what if she had one wish. "If I had one wish, it'd be for smaller boobs. Just kidding!" she said.
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Could give NASCAR a boost by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

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Speaking with reporters after Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s win at Michigan, his crew chief, Steve Letarte, was asked whether Letarte was more relieved or excited that Earnhardt's four-year winless streak was finally over.
"A little of both," Letarte replied.
NASCAR probably feels the same way now that the immensely popular Earnhardt has ended a string of 143 races in which he failed to reach Victory Lane. Although reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who finished second to Earnhardt on Sunday, said "it's not a national holiday" that Earnhardt won again, it's not bad news, either, for stock car racing's premier series.
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