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TCS.com Hacked By International Hacker

The website TCS.com which belongs to India’s largest software vendor, Tata Consultancy Services, was hacked today by a French hacker. This hack will definitely lead to total embarrassment for the software firm who thrives on creating software and security systems day in and day out.

If you visit TCS.com right now you will be greeted with a screen which looks similar to the screenshot below.

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However, TCS is not the only high profile site to be hacked, in recent times the Orkut Brazil blog was hacked along with the high profile TechCrunch being hacked as well. Just goes on to show that hackers could easily get into your system if you do not use secured software.

As a word of advice, I would like to ask users to keep their web software up-to-date, no matter if it is a pain to do, because you could be the next in line to get hacked for using software which has vulnerabilities.

Update: The TCS.com hack looks like a DNS job and not a web software hack. was also recently hacked using a DNS loophole.

Update: The hacker may not be from France, however, the language used by the hacker is French. I have updated the post to reflect the same.

Infibeam Launched “Pi”: India’s First Ebook Reader

We all know that yesterday, Apple launched its own tablet: iPad which can be used as an eBook reader. Also thanks to iBooks it now has endless possibilities. While the silicon valley and numerous Apple fan-bois are busy praising the iPad, here in India, Infibeam, the shopping portal has come up with its own eBook reader. The eBook reader is called Pi.

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And it’s not just a eBook reader unlike Amazons’ Kindle, but it is also equipped with music playback option. Features and specifications includes:

  • Screen: 6" E Ink ® Vizplex. No backlight / glare.
  • Slim: Less than 10mm
  • Light Weight: 180gm
  • Formats supported includes PDF, EPUB, HTML, TXT, MOBI, DOC and Images (will show in grayscale screen is 600×800 pixels) in JPG, BMP & PNG.
  • Internal Memory of 512 MB which can save about 500 books and expandable up to 4GB via SD Slot.

Priced at 9,999 INR this looks like a good purchase. You can preorder this from the official Infibeams Pi site for 999 INR. Infibeam would start shipping the device from February 22, 2010. Do you think the device can give competition to Amazon’s Kindle or even Apple’s iPad which is yet not available in India?

Watch IPL T20 Player Auction Live Online

The third season of the Indian Premier League is a about to kick off later this year. However, the more interesting part of players being auctioned will be done today.

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All the 8 franchises have a budget of USD 750,000 to purchase new players with. A total of 67 players are up for 3rd IPL player auction. The auction is set to begin in the next few hours and should be interesting to watch.

The most exciting players at the auction would be Keiron Pollard from West Indies, who has made a big mark in the T20 format. In addition to that, several other Pakistani Players would be good buys too. Many of the Pakistani players have already made some sort of impact at the Australian series, so it would be interesting to see how many of them get bought by the franchises.

The 3rd IPL 2010 players auction is set to begin at 11 AM IST, and will continue for few hours. In addition to being telecast on television users will also be able to view the auction live online through streaming provided by the official IPL T20 site at IPLT20.com. So, if you are unable to watch the telecast on a TV, you can head over to the site to watch the live videos.

IPL 2010 Auction Updates on Twitter

You can also get the updates on the 3rd Auction for IPL at the following accounts on .

deviantART Users Organizing deviantART Mumbai Meet

The members of popular community based art website deviantART are planning to have a deviantART Mumbai meet on the  24th of January. The website is a haven for art lovers and customization enthusiasts for years and according to some statistics, the website attracts around 100,000 submissions per day. deviantART caters to a wide variety of art such as literature, photography, image editing, desktop customization and more. The Mumbai meet is expected to be a good opportunity for artists, both professional and enthusiasts to interact with like-minded people. Keeping in true spirit of art, one of the venues is the Jahangir Art Gallery. Following are the details of the meet:

  • Open to all.
  • Sunday, 24th January 2010, 10:30 AM onwards.
  • All over town (Kala Ghoda, Fort, Colaba, etc.)
  • Food, travelling and entry fees to venues is at the one’s own expense.

You can RSPV for the event on their Faebook page: Mumbai deviantART Meet (contact details available on the page.)

For more information on the deviantART Mumbai user group – #mumbai

Google India Doodle Celebrates Makar Sankranti

Today’s Google India homepage sports a new which celebrates Makar Sankranti, the festival of kites in India. The new Doodle is brilliantly done and features kites in it.

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We take this opportunity to wish all our Indian readers a Happy Makar Sankranti. To view the new doodle, you will have to visit http://www.google.co.in. Enjoy.

Thanks for the tip J3rwin

Boomi.in: Indian Real Estate Search Aggregator

Boomi.in is a Indian startup and vertical search engine for Real estate properties in India. You can search for properties listed on several Indian real estate websites from a single interface at Boomi.

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Finding an apartment for rent or sale can be a real nightmare, specially when agents are hell bent on squeezing money out of you for providing sub-par services. However, the online Indian real estate market has not taken off yet, however, there are a large number of players now who offer online listings for apartments and rents.

Boomi.in offers a vertical search engine that shows you listings of Indian properties from several different websites in a single place making it easier to search and find apartments.

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In addition to general search, Boomi also allows users to narrow down search results based on price, regions, locality, property type and whether a property is listed by a broker, owner or builder. The interface is simple and straightforward and does not push ads on your face. Users can also save properties to their personal accounts once they register.

So if you are looking to buy or rent a property in India, head over to Boomi.in to make your life simpler.

3 Idiots makes it to IMDb Top 250, First Indian Movie to Achieve this Feat

Note: The following post was written with data available at the time of writing (12th January, 2010). The movie, ‘ 3 idiots’ is not in the Top lists anymore; it was at the time of writing.

Director Rajkumar Hirani’s Aamir Khan starrer – 3 Idiots makes it to the IMDb Top 250, ranked at #216 with a whopping rating of 8.9/10, at the time of writing. 3 Idiots is the first Indian movie to make it to the IMDb Top Chart. It’s also the first movie to be officially released and distributed on YouTube, 3 months after it’s release.

The money-spinning entertainer has been breaking box-office records right from the first day and have already swept a number of   awards and nominations. And now with the IMDb feather in it’s cap, it’s gonna’ go way much forward.

This is a clear sign of the Web making its way into the life of masses. IMDb charts consider votes from regular voters only and that means there are quite a lot active IMDb users from India who just voted a movie they loved, up the glory to the IMDb charts.

Interestingly, Abhijeet Mukherjee points out that Aamir Khan starrer blockbusters have been following a pattern. They’re all end-December releases.

  • 2007 – Taare Zameen Par – Released on 21st December (nominated for Oscars)
  • 2008 – Ghajini – Released on 25th December
  • 2009 – 3 Idiots – Released on 25th December
  • 2010 – ? :D

Update: According to devakishor on twitter, this is apparently the second movie to get into the top 250 for IMDb. An earlier Aamir Khan  starrer, Taare Zameen Par, also made it to the top 250 list. However we could not ascertain the ranking for the earlier movie, though there are some scanty reports available on the net that it was actually a part of the list. We will confirm this when we get proper news about it.

IRCTC Launches User Friendly Beta Site

IRCTC one of the biggest ecommerce site in Asia has been hugely criticized for the cumbersome user interface and lousy experience. However, it looks like they are finally going in for that much needed change.

IRCTC has rolled out a new beta design which is much more user friendly and has some nice graphics used. In addition to that, they have also revamped the site to focus on the core features of the site, rather than filling it up with unwanted things.

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As you can see from the screenshot above, the new design is much more cleaner and appealing to the eye and puts focus on important things. Of course, for an ecommerce site it is very important to have the booking system working properly at all times too.

Hopefully, this should bring a much better experience to the users of IRCTC. You can access the beta version of IRCTC by visiting this URL. What do you think of the new design?

Thanks archonline

Gul Panag To Judge NDTV Profit Car and Bike Awards 2010

Gul Panag, the popular Bollywood actress is also a car and bike freak. This is one of the reasons Gul Panag will be judging the Car and Bike Awards 2010 held by NDTV Profit in Delhi.

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Gul Panag personally owns owns a Royal Enfield, a BMW F650 Funduro, BMW 520 and a custom designed 4X4 Scorpio. As you can see, she is very much into both bikes and cars and makes a perfect fit to be a judge for the contest.

"I am a motor enthusiast and personally look into the maintenance of my bikes and cars. I keep a complete up-to-date track of all the cars and bikes being launched around the world. In fact most of my male friends take my guidance before purchasing a new car or bike! It was fun to test drive all the nominated cars & bikes at the meet. I have completely enjoyed the process of selecting the ultimate winners. May the best wins"

On the 6th of January 2010, the best of the cars & bikes will be awarded with the coveted trophies at Hyatt Regency, Delhi to coincide with the Auto Expo 2010.

MeriCar.com Launches SMS Alerts for Car Servicing

MeriCar.com, a Indian startup, which is the first portal to provide online booking for Car servicing has launched a new feature where users will be alerted about their car servicing through SMS alerts and reminders.

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Car owners can visit MeriCar.com to register for the new feature to receive alerts for their car servicing. The alerts will be sent out 5 days in advance currently, however it would be good to also have an alert system which sends out SMS reminders a day before the actual servicing too.

MeriCar.com is the first in India to provide dedicated car servicing online through a web portal with a network of your neighborhood car workshops. The fastest growing car servicing specialist in New Delhi Capital Region.

For more information about the new service visit http://www.mericar.com.

IRCTC Renews Contract With Yatra.com for Train Bookings

The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has renewed their contract with Yatra.com. This would mean that users can continue to book their train tickets using Yatra.com.

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The IRCTC is biggest ecommerce site in India and provides millions of users with eTickets for the Indian Railways. Yatra will continue to offer train bookings at a added premium.

Yatra.com has also rolled out yet another exciting and unique scheme for their customers making their rail travel bookings on the website. Under this offer, a customer can avail a discount of Rs. 1000 on any domestic hotel of his or her choice just by booking his rail travel on Yatra.com.

Everyday over 1.2 million people travel across India through 7000 passenger trains, and booking tickets online is one of the most convenient way. IRCTC will continue to offer tickets through the portal irctc.co.in.

Phase II of CAT 2009 on January 30, 31 2010

Last year’s CAT exams were marred by problems due to glitches in the system, thanks to Conficker and other worms, however it looks like they have made the necessary amends to hold error free online tests this time around.

According to Press Trust of India (PTI), The second phase of CAT 2009 will be conducted on January 30 and 31, 2010 as conveyed by Satish Deodhar the conveyor of CAT-2009.

CAT 2009, was held from November 28th 2009 to December 8th 2009, however, the important entrance tests were marred by system glitches, which was shameful, considering that CAT is one of the most important exams in India.

Prior to 2009, CAT exams were written tests, however, they decided to hold online tests in 2009, which resulted in the problems. Candidates who could not appear for their exams will be notified by January 10th 2010 about the new dates and centers.

According to the CAT, Indian Institutes of Management website, the following candidates will be scheduled for a test in the second phase of CAT 2009:

  1. those who could not take the test due to planned or unplanned closure of their test lab and were not rescheduled later in the first phase. (This does not include voluntary no-shows.)
  2. those who were rescheduled but could not appear for the test because of notice period of less than 48 hours.
  3. those who were rescheduled but could not appear for the test as they were rescheduled in a city different from their original choice.
  4. those who pressed the End/Quit button within the first 120 minutes during the first three days of the testing window and have not been rescheduled yet. (If a candidate in this category chooses not to take the rescheduled test, then his/her score from the first phase of testing will be retained.)
  5. those who completed the test in more than 140 minutes of clock-time* due to computer disruptions. (If a candidate in this category does not appear for the rescheduled test, then his/her score from the first phase of testing will be considered null and void.)
  6. those who completed the test in 136 minutes to 140 minutes of clock-time* due to computer disruptions would have an option to take the rescheduled test. (If a candidate in this category does not appear for the rescheduled test, then his/her score from the first phase of testing will be retained.)
  7. those who experienced difficulties due to various kinds of disruptions such as frozen computer screen, blank screen, and data/graphic elements not displaying properly; identified through site reports recorded at the test labs and have not been rescheduled yet.

We advice you to bookmark the CAT site to keep track of the latest updates.

Shah Rukh Khan Finally Joins Twitter

Quite sometime back I had told you about a fake Shah Rukh Khan profile on Twitter, well here is some real good news for his fans. The real Shah Rukh Khan is now on , thanks to his friend Karan Johar.

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Shah Rukh Khan apparently joined twitter following on the insistence of his friend Karan Johar (@kjohar25). There have been a few tweets from his account, and he already has around 3,700 followers for his account. You can too follow Shah Rukh Khan on twitter @iamsrk.

Other Bollywood Stars on Twitter Include

  • Karan Johan – @kjohar25
  • Priyanka Chopra – @priyankachopra
  • R Madhavan – @ActorMadhavan
  • Neil Nitin Mukesh – @NeilNMukesh
  • Shahid Kapoor – @shahidkapoor
  • Anupam Kher – @AnupamPkher
  • Jugal Hansraj – @jugalhansraj
  • Celina Jaitly – @CelinaJaitly
  • Mahesh Bhatt – @MaheshNBhatt
  • Preity Zinta – @realpreityzinta
  • Vivek Oberoi – @vivek_oberoi
  • Ram Gopal Verma – @rgvzoomin
  • Lara Dutta – @DuttaLara
  • Konkona Sensharma – @konkonas
  • Rahul Khanna – @R_Khanna
  • Mallika Sherawat – @MallikaLA
  • Imran Khan – @1mrankhan
  • Sonam Kapoor – @sonamakapoor
  • Dino Morea – @DinoMorea9
  • Uday Chopra – @udaychopra

Find Internships in India at 10 Internship

Internships are a good way to start learning about the work you will eventually do at a latter stage in your career. Many companies offer both paid and unpaid internships to help young students from colleges to learn the trick of their trade, with many eventually retaining good talent permanently in the company.

Internships in India

However, finding internship jobs is not easy as many of them are not publicized widely, and a search on Google can often lead to unwanted sites.

10 Internship is a new Indian startup which focuses on aggregating internship jobs across India, and producing it in a neat and non obtrusive interface.

So if you are looking to find Internship jobs in India, head over to 10 Internship and see the listings for your local state or city from India.

Why I Don’t Like to Deal With Proto?

Well, a bit off topic, I am a guy who actually realizes and asks others to appreciate something which is created by an individual, forget about an enterprise, so you might have understood already that my views here are particularly not biased towards anyone or any organization.

Let met talk about Proto, an event which showcases Indian startups, but does not care about people who promote them. It is definitely not the first time I have been going after them, but honestly, I don’t even feel like dealing with them, leave aside writing about them.

However, when they were starting up, so were we, and I did try to promote them and like them failed at it. Yes, we were not as famous as we were back then, but they asked me to promote them and I did the job for them without even asking a single penny. Last year they forget about us? Why because we were not able to promote them when they were growing?

This year, we are big, so I get three different emails from 3 different people from Proto to promote their event. Like heck, I am doing it with this post, but I am not certainly not saying you attend their event, they will probably forget about you once they are a bit more famous.

I hope to stay one step ahead of them so that they contact me every year and I can entertain them and decline them.

Have fun at Proto, if you can.