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  Today one acumen gave us new sweet it was good looking nice flavour everything was nice till my first bite

Then only i came to know about its taste !!!!!  :blindfold

  i saw my friends who fought for it first then after eating it every one reaction change even i could see some funny face

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BY the end of this year, about 1,000 airplanes flying domestic routes will have Wi-Fi service, according to Aircell, the company that has done nearly all of the Wi-Fi installations so far. By the end of next year, 2,000 planes will have the service, Aircell says. That is roughly two-thirds of the mainline domestic fleet, which excludes regional jets.

So Wi-Fi is clearly going to become a new standard, even though there is no compelling evidence that more than a fraction of passengers will pay for the connection. With prices running as much as $12.95 a flight, it is unclear if customers will be receptive to another extra charge.

So how do airlines make this work long-term as a business proposition?

In the initial stage, the goal is just to encourage more business travelers to use Wi-Fi, once they know it's going to be reliably available. Delta Air Lines, which says it will have more than 300 aircraft converted to Aircell's Gogo Wi-Fi service by September, plans to offer discounts.

"This summer we're going to launch a pricing concept where you can buy a monthly membership, with a pricing scheme designed for frequent travelers," said Ranjan Goswami, Delta's director of customer experience.

Mr. Goswami wouldn't say how much a monthly pass would cost. Delta now charges $12.95 for Wi-Fi on flights of more than three hours; $9.95 for flights under three hours and, in a nod to the rapidly growing number of passengers who travel with smartphones enabled for Wi-Fi, $7.95 for hand-held devices on flights of any length.
Bharti Airtel of India and the MTN Group of South Africa announced plans to create the world's third-largest telecommunications company.

The two companies said they had tentatively agreed on a stock and cash swap, the first step toward a full merger.

In the deal, Bharti, the largest mobile phone company in India, with 100 million subscribers, would acquire 49 percent of MTN, which has an equal number of customers in Africa and the Middle East. MTN, in turn, would acquire 36 percent of Bharti Airtel. The two companies would merge completely in the future, they said.

A combined MTN-Bharti Airtel would have $20 billion in annual revenue and 200 million subscribers. It would trail only China Mobile and Vodafone in number of subscribers.

Bharti Airtel's market value is about $34.5 billion, and MTN's is about $26.9 billion.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, the chairman of Bharti Airtel's parent company, Bharti Enterprises, said Monday that the deal would "serve as a shining example" of cooperation between South Asia and South Africa.
In this small town just across the border from Germany, a small group of Dutch scientists and one irrepressible Austrian salesman have dedicated themselves to the task of reinventing one of the great inventions of the 20th century -- Polaroid's instant film.

Digital cameras are ubiquitous, cheap and easy to use -- the reasons Polaroid stopped making the film last year -- so what this group in Enschede is attempting may seem hopelessly retrograde.

But to them, that is exactly the point. They want to recast an outdated production process in an abandoned Polaroid factory for an age that has fallen for digital pictures because they think people still have room in their hearts for retro photography that eschews airbrushing or Photoshop.

"This project is about building a very interesting business to last for at least another decade," said Florian Kaps, the Austrian entrepreneur behind the effort. "It is about the importance of analog aspects in a more and more digital world."

No one said it would be easy. Chemical processes and the chemicals themselves must be reinvented in a factory that, though littered with Polaroid detritus of yore, lacks the necessary materials to restart production. Crucial equipment nearly landed in a Dutch dump. But the group got a break when prosecutors in the United States arrested the private equity investor who owned Polaroid's assets.
Russia, already a large supplier of nuclear-reactor fuel to Europe and Asia, is expected on Tuesday to sign its first purely commercial contract to supply low-enriched uranium to United States utilities.

With the signing, Russia's nuclear-fuel trade with the United States will shift to a commercial footing, similar to Russia's dealings with other consumers of fuel, like France and the Netherlands, both longtime buyers of Russian uranium.

For the United States, the change is a sign that Washington is acquiescing to the idea of a major Russian role not only in the international nuclear power market, but also in the domestic market. Russia's outsize role in supplying uranium to American utilities had previously been justified because the fuel was a byproduct of a program to eliminate nuclear weapons. Now the Russians will be selling nuclear fuel from virgin uranium.

Yet the contract signing, after North Korea's nuclear test on Monday, also underscores a counterintuitive element of American nonproliferation policies.

The policy of buying diluted, or blended-down, Russian weapons-grade uranium yielded a clear nonproliferation benefit. The new mode -- of having the Russians enrich new uranium for United States markets -- is not directly beneficial for nuclear security because it does not remove weapons-grade uranium from stockpiles.

Yet by encouraging the commercial availability of Russian enrichment services, the United States deprives other countries of the rationale to have enrichment programs of their own.
It is not often that luxury hotel owners find themselves locked out of their own properties, but that is what the lawyers for owners say has happened at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, north of San Diego.

This month, Four Seasons added security, including personnel at checkpoints, to head off owners and their representatives. The owners have accused Four Seasons of mismanagement, tried to fire the company and named a replacement operator -- who so far has not set foot on the property.

The two sides seem to agree on only one thing -- that, as Elizabeth Pizzinato, vice president for brand communications at Four Seasons, put it, "this has really been unprecedented."

But there are almost certainly going to be more such hotel wars. Owners and operators are fighting more often and more intensely as the economic downturn reduces the number of guests and forces down rates while owners struggle to cope with debt payments on their multimillion-dollar properties, say industry analysts.
World stocks fell Tuesday as North Korea test-fired two missiles just a day after its nuclear test, increasing uncertainty among investors already worried that the recent rally in equity markets may be overdone.

European indexes followed Asian markets lower, with trading gaining momentum as Britain and the U.S. come back from a long weekend.

In European morning trading Germany's DAX 30 was 1.6 percent lower at 4,842.35 and Britain's FTSE 100 was down 0.8 percent at 4,329.09. France's CAC 40 fell 1.4 percent at 3,190.40.

In Asia, South Korea's market led the region's losses with a 2 percent decline.

Geopolitical tensions in Asia echoed through financial markets as North Korea, defying international criticism, followed up Monday's test of a nuclear bomb by firing two short-range missiles from its east coast.

The move came after the U.N. Security Council condemned the country's nuclear test as a ''clear violation'' of international bans.

Mitul Kotecha, head of global forex strategy at Calyon, said the news of the missile tests ''reverberated through markets overnight.'' Although its impact has been relatively limited so far, ''reports that North Korea is preparing to launch more missiles over coming days may keep markets nervous,'' he said.

Beyond the geopolitical incident, the market selloff was also due to investors taking a breather from the weeks-long rally which had been fueled by hopes that the worst of the economic recession is past.
State and local governments are asking Washington to give them something that banks are trying to get rid of: federal bailout money.

California is asking that money from the Treasury's TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, be used to help back more than $13 billion in short-term borrowings. Members of Congress and several municipalities want bailout money to be used to cover more than $1 billion in losses from investments by municipalities in debt issued by Lehman Brothers, the investment bank that went bust.

And Representative Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is drafting legislation that would have the Federal Reserve, and potentially the Treasury's bailout money as well, stand behind floating-rate municipal bonds -- a $400 billion market that provides short-term financing to municipalities, but which has been largely frozen in the current credit crisis.

Another measure drafted by Mr. Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, would create a public finance office within the Treasury Department to reinsure $50 billion in municipal bonds. This proposal comes as downgrades of municipal bond insurance companies have made it more difficult and costly for state and local governments to issue bonds.
For Klaus Franz, the top union official at General Motors' Opel unit here, the difference between how the United States and Europe confront the auto industry's global overcapacity problem is simple.

"In the U.S., you get money to close down factories," said Mr. Franz, referring to the tens of thousands of Chrysler and G.M. workers who will lose their jobs as part of the White House's plan to restructure the American auto industry. "In Europe, you get money to keep them open and safeguard jobs."

It is an appealing sound bite worthy of one of the Continent's most powerful and articulate labor leaders -- but the reality may be more complicated.

For even as Europe refuses to emulate the United States and reduce the ranks of its auto workers, its carmakers risk falling behind in the current wave of global consolidation that is transforming the industry. Eventually Europe may be forced to grapple with the fact that it does not need all the auto plants it has to meet demand.

In the last five years, the number of auto workers in Europe has held steady at roughly 2.3 million, even as the American automotive work force dipped from 1.1 million in 2003 to 781,000 by the end of 2008.
The decline of General Motors may be putting thousands of auto workers and managers out of work, but it will be putting a lot of lawyers to work.

How many lawyers will end up working on G.M.'s expected bankruptcy case still is not clear, but in legal circles, the joke is that there may not be enough experienced bankruptcy lawyers available to handle the filing.

In part, that is because so many top lawyers are already running up lots of billable hours working on the Chrysler bankruptcy case, while others have been hired by the government, which is financing the way through bankruptcy for Chrysler and, presumably, G.M.

It is not just lawyers who will be busy handling a G.M. bankruptcy filing, which would be perhaps the biggest and most-watched in legal history. Because of its size and scope, the bankruptcy would be the most complicated that any American company has gone through -- more complex than those of Chrysler and Lehman Brothers, two other notable bankruptcy cases now making their way through the system.
Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian Internet-investment group, has offered to invest $200 million in Facebook, the WSJ is reporting, and which our own sources close to the company have since said is "accurate." However, the company itself has declined to comment.

The offer was for preferred stock and values Facebook at $10 billion. It's not clear whether the deal will go through. While Facebook has consistently said it doesn't need extra cash for now, the $10 billion valuation is a solid one, and so Facebook is likely to take it seriously. While Microsoft was reported to have offered a $15 billion valuation when it invested two years ago, many believe that value was too high.

As part of the deal, DST is also offering to buy between $100 million and $150 million in Facebook common stock (the stock owned by the company's employees) at a $6.5 billion valuation. This is consistent with our own report last week, which said Facebook was raising about $150 million in order to buy stock held by employees who have now worked there for several years and who are eager to cash in on their stock value.
A San Francisco company has just launched Twidvid.com, an easy way to stream videos when you tweet.

But it does more than just lets you link to a video when you tweet. It uploads the video in real time, so that it's essentially a live stream.¬

Now, I don't blame you if you're scratching your head about this, because it seems every version imaginable of Tweet-(fill-in-the-blank) has launched in the last few months.

In fact, a cross-town rival company launched another twitter-video service, Twitvid.io, just a few days ago, making it the first company to easily integrate video into Twitter. So now, there's a full-on race by these two companies to become the king of video tweeting. I'm told by Twitvid.com's Adil Lalani that he has never met the Twidvid.io's team, and that both teams had worked away secretly without knowing that the other was bout to launch. When Twidvid.io launched on Monday, Twidvid.com decided to rush its out yesterday.

The two are similar. They let you tweet video directly from their sites, or from your mobile device.

Twitvid.com may have the branding edge, with the simpler Twitvid.com domain.

But Twidvid.com takes its technology a step further: It offers an application programming interface (API), which lets other companies integrate Twitvid.com's service into their own offerings. It's also added in technology that allows real-time streaming -- in other words, it followers of your tweets start watching the video immediately after you upload it. That's because it sends the tweet even before you finish uploading the video from your desktop or other device. The follower gets the tweet and starts downloading it right away. We wrote about the Eatlime's patent-pending streaming technology last year. Twitvid.com will also offer an easy way to let you resuming uploading if you lose your connection. It resumes uploading from the point of the disconnect (much needed if you're using a standard mobile phone to do your video tweeting; many subscribers are still relying on weak networks such as EDGE, where connections are often lost).

Of course, it's been possible to upload videos for tweeting before Twidvid.io and Twidvid.com. You could upload a video to YouTube, for example, grab the link and then tweet it. But that takes several steps. Just look at the success of Twitpic, which lets you tweet photos, for proof that people prefer the simplicity of having a service that integrates directly into twitter (much easier than uploading a photo to Flickr, and then taking a link).
Aneesh Chopra, President Obama's nominee as the US Government's first ever Chief Technology Officer, was asked very few hard questions in a confirmation hearing yesterday and none of the Senators asked him anything about Open Government. The President's memo calling for there to be a US CTO set a deadline of May 21st (tomorrow) for delivering suggestions regarding Open Government but Chopra told reporters he wouldn't comment on his likely suggestions because he hadn't been confirmed yet.

NextGov reported from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and said that Chopra only briefly alluded to the matter of Open Government in his initial testimony. That's very disappointing.

It's possible that none of the Senators felt qualified to ask questions about Open Government when it comes to technology; it's also possible that they are disinterested or don't truly believe that data transparency is in their best interests.

"No questions for Chopra...about the more contentious aspects of tech policy implementation," writes TechPresident, "Not a question on topics like the electric grid or patent reform or electronic health records -- the last of which was earmarked in the stimulus package for $20 billion in federal spending."
At Where 2.0 today, Yahoo announced a new product in its already impressive lineup of geo technologies: Placemaker. Placemaker is a new open API from Yahoo that helps developers to make their applications and data sets location-aware. Developers can feed Placemaker any kind of structured and unstructured data, including feeds and web pages, and the app will analyze the text and extract location data from it. This, could, for example, allow news organizations to easily tag their content with location data and create hyper-local products based on this data.

We talked to Tyler Bell, the product lead for the Yahoo Geo Technology Group, yesterday, and in the interview, he stressed that Placemaker, which will be open and freely available today, should be considered a 'geo-enrichment tool.' Placemaker can take virtually any type of written content and will try to extract geographic information from this.

Global Coverage, 21 Languages

While this might seem like a simple task at first (just look for references to 'San Francisco' or 'New York City'), Placemaker actually uses very sophisticated analytics to disambiguate which of the 39 Springfields in the U.S. a text actually refers to. To do so, Placemaker, will, for example, also look for colloquial names for bridges or references to streets and local sights in a text. As many texts obviously contain references to more than one place, Placemaker will often return more than one location per text, though it will try to determine the location.
A new web site dedicated to covering the Palm Pre has so much inside information about the as-yet unreleased phone that we think it must somehow be affiliated with Palm. Palm Goon has some very nice tours of different areas of the Pre operation such as the web browser, tasks, memos and a nice "things you might not know about the Pre" post. The site seems to be very slow, no doubt due to the many who are craving detailed information about the Pre. Be sure to give it lots of time to open; it's worth the wait.

Have a look at the information it's sharing and you'll likely see why so many people are getting excited about the Palm Pre. The device definitely looks to be a game-changer in the smartphone arena, something that doesn't happen all that often.

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