Google Places: Local Business at Your Mouse Clicks

Google has rebranded its Local Business Center and launched it as Google Places. There are million and ever rising searches on local business and business owners are looking for ways to stay on focus and on top of Google search results for local business. Google Places will help businesses connect with users from the real world.

John Hanke, VP Google Maps, Earth and Local says at The official Google,

We launched Place Pages  last September for more than 50 million places around the world to help people make more informed decisions about where to go, from restaurants and hotels to dry cleaners and bike shops, as well as non-business places like museums, schools and parks. Place Pages connect people to information from the best sources across the web, displaying photos, reviews and essential facts, as well as real-time updates and offers from business owners.

Places promises to help business owners manage their online presence and claim their place in the niche. There are millions of businesses already on the Place Page through the Local Business Center. According to the blog post, you can get your business on Google Places too by “verifying and supplementing your business information to include hours of operation, photos, videos, coupons, product offerings and more”.

Some new features available in Google Places are Service Ares depicting geographic areas you provide services in, advertisements on Google search and Google Maps and business photo-shoots where businesses can get their work features as a photo-shoot for free. A new feature of real-time updates is also available for the last few months. Thus, you can easily promote a sale or discount day.

The final verdict is, if you have a business; do not forget to get it listed on google.com/places.

Google Gets Vocal About Web Censorship – Launches Government Request Tool

Google’s motto these days seem to be, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do”. Whether Google is good or evil is a different question, but it definitely wants to see the end of arbitrary cyber censorship.

Yesterday, it revealed that some of its products are blocked in as many as 25 of the 100 countries they offer products in. However, Google didn’t disclose all the countries that are currently censoring Google products. Most observers took this half-hearted disclosure as signs of Google’s reluctance to take on governments around the world. As if just to prove these experts wrong, Google has just launched Government Request Tool.

Google-Government-Request-Tool

The Government Request Tool (or GRT in short) displays the number of content removal requests and data requests Google received from various countries between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. The included dataset is quite detailed. For example, Google received 3580 data requests and 123 removal requests from the US Government. Out of this, 80.5% of removal requests were fully or partially complied with. Removal requests included 25 web search items and 70 YouTube videos.

The dataset is not 100% comprehensive or accurate. However, it is good enough to serve its purpose, which is to pressure governments into being more responsible about censorship. Google encourages positive censorship, which includes banning stuff like child pornography. However, it hopes to reduce political censorship by being aggressively transparent.

Nokia X5 Leaked Specification

X3 and X6 are not the only X-series phones that Nokia is currently working on. Some juicy tidbits about the previously unheard of X5 have been leaked on the interwebs.

Nokia-X5-Image

Apparently, it will sport a large touch-screen and a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It will also have 170 MB internal memory, which can be complemented with microSD cards up to 8 GB. The camera will come bundled with a LED flash and should be capable of recording VGA videos at 15fps. X5 would be a Symbian phone; however, it is not known if it will be using Symbian S60v5 or Symbian^3.

Nokia-X5-Specification

At the moment, not a lot is known about this mystery device, which should fit in nicely between the high-end X6 and the cheaper X3. Stay tuned to Techie Buzz for the latest Nokia handset news.

Facebook Unceremoniously Dumps Facebook Lite

Facebook has decided to shut down its stripped-down version dubbed Facebook Lite. The company didn’t offer any explanation behind its decision, but simply thanked all testers in a brief status update. If you try opening Facebook Lite (lite.facebook.com), you will just be redirected to the main site.

Facebook-Lite-Closed

Facebook Lite stripped away all the fancy packaging while retaining the essence of Facebook. It began as an experiment to attract users from countries like India, where average internet speed is still sluggish. However, many users preferred the uncluttered experience provided by Facebook Lite over the full-fledged interface populated with thousands of third party applications. Nevertheless, the demise of Lite means that it possibly never took off in the way Facebook envisioned it to.

Trojan Horse Poses As Google Chrome Extension

Within a fairly short time, Google Chrome has managed to make a name for itself. Its impressive performance coupled with Google’s aggressive promotion has allowed it to zoom past Opera and Safari. However, fame always comes with a price to pay.

The increased adoption of Chrome has prompted malware developers to focus their attention on Google Chrome. According to BitDefender, there is already at least one malware, which is specifically targeted at Chrome users.

Google-Chrome-Malware

The trojan in question spreads through unsolicited emails, which lures unsuspecting users by promising better e-mail management features in Chrome. Once a user clicks on the supplied link, he is taken to a look-alike of the official Google Chrome extensions page, which serves an executable file (.exe) that spreads the infection.

It is worth noting that the malware does not directly exploit Google Chrome. Instead, it just uses it as an vehicle for fooling gullible users. The lesson in this case is simple – always pay attention to what you are downloading and from where you are downloading.

Nokia E72 Firmware Update v31.023 Released

It looks like Nokia is on a roll here. Within the last one week, the Finnish handset maker has released new firmware updates for the Nokia E63, E66, N86, E71, 5800 and now Nokia E72. The Nokia E72 is the successor of the hugely popular business phone the Nokia E71. The Nokia E72 features a 600MHz ARM 11 Processor, 128MB RAM, a 5MP camera, and an optical trackpad. The new firmware update for Nokia E72 brings with it a number of bug fixes and stability improvement.

The Nokia E72 features UDP (User Data Preservation), so users can update the firmware of their phone without the risk of losing their data.

Here is the full change log :

New content

* WAPI support for China
* Internet radio
* Smart Connect
* Bloomberg
* Advanced Communications Manager

Updated

* Freestyle email (2.05, BL3, csw.32.rd_email_10w04)
* My Nokia (4.1)
* Nokia Maps SR3
* Share on OVI (4.3)
* Ovi Store (1.5.436)
* Cherry (2.1)
* Browser 7.2

Corrections
Only major corrections listed.
• Stability improvements
o Memory leak corrections to improve general stability
o Music player, radio, video recording, earphone, security software and encryprion stability corrections

• Localisation corrections(MAPS, Calendar, Contacts, Email and Browser area)

• Email improvements
o MFE activation registration correction
o Synchronisation correction to mailbox creation(like Yahoo and Gmail) for the first time
o Email editing correction(doubling of words when deleting suggestions)
o Correction to synchronization when syncing draft meeting request
o Set default setting Sync while roamingto No
o Sending message without password initials crash correction
o Messaging menu memory leak correction

• Calendar
o Meeting request creation stability corrections
o Requiring meeting request corrections
o Meeting request saving correction if meeting request is saved before sending
o Meeting update send after editing request

• Contacts
o Contacts stability improvements (arrow keys pressed rapidly before contacts are loaded, add searched contact to the goup without name, mail box removal, open/close contacts during call, conference call with two same name participants, … )
o Company name displayed in contacts
o Group deleting correction when group is deleted from group edit view
o Contact group editing view corrections
o Contacts search corrections (Group cannot be searched after editing its conference service number, Image detail of marked contact is not displayed in search result, Group disappears when add contact to it in searched result view)

• Home screen
o Missed call indicator removal correction after call has been accomplished form action menu
o Message notifier corrected when several voice messages received

• MAPS
o New maps version included
o Free navigation
o Improved GPS handling
o Landmark corrections(land mark received vie MMS, Landmarks are not displayed when selecting places during planning route from landmarks application)
o Voice guidance corrections (turning directions, safety camera)
o Route planning/saving corrections

• Browser
o Browser bitmap memory leak correction
o Browser closing stability improvement before connection is open
o Secure connection icon corrections ( going to an other secure page, secure connection canceling )
o When moving multiple Bookmarks, the last selected Bookmark is not moved
o Bookmark icon correction

• Other
o Spacebar stops working correction
o Emergency call correction when lock code query is on and call made quickly after power on
o Theme effects disabled by default

Conficker Worm Owns The World’s Largest Cloud Network

Cloud computing is quite the buzzword these days. Both Google and Microsoft have acknowledged its importance and have introduced multiple cloud related services over the past year. However, neither of them are the owners of the world’s largest cloud network. No, it is not Amazon either. According to the ReadWriteWeb, it is Conficker.

Conficker controls 6.4 million computer systems in 230 countries, more than 18 million CPUs and 28 terabits per second of bandwidth. Among the legitimate entities, Google is the largest, followed by Amazon. Google is made up of an estimated 500,000 systems, 1 million CPUs and 1,500 gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth.

Conficker was first spotted in 2008 and quickly went on to become one of the most notorious worms in the history. It was not the most dangerous worm ever seen. However, the lengths to which it went to avoid detection and disinfection made it remarkable.

Conficker remains an enigma. Thanks to the massive botnet under its control, Conficker can unleash havoc, if it ever wishes to. Yet, to this day, it has remained largely silent. It is quite possible that Conficker became too large for its own good and the intense spotlight madethe entire operation too risky for the owner.

Microsoft Internet Explorer’s XSS Filter Can Be Abused to Execute Cross-site Scripting Attacks

Internet-Explorer-8-VulnerabilityOh the irony! Internet Explorer’s XSS filter, which was designed to prevent cross-site scripting attacks, can be exploited to carry out attacks that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

XSS or cross-site scripting is a type of vulnerability that allows malicious attackers to inject client-side script into web pages. A successful XSS attack can even allow the attacker to gain unrestricted access to the user’s personal profile and other sensitive information.

The IE8 XSS Filter vulnerability affects almost every website that lets users create profiles. Google.com, Wikipedia.org and Twitter.com are some of the high profile sites, which are affected by this attack.

According to Jerry Bryant, a spokesman for Microsoft’s security response team, most of the problems were fixed in the MS10-002 security patch, which was issued earlier this year. MS10-018 cumulative security update for Internet Explorer made further changes to the XSS filter to reduce the security implications. However, not all of the issues have been fixed. Some websites like Google have begun to proactively disable the XSS filter. Until the issue is completely taken care of by Microsoft, regular Internet Explorer users may be better served by switching to an alternate browser.

Watch Inter Milan vs Barcelona Semi-Final Online Live: UEFA Champions League

Italian giants Inter Milan will take on Spanish league leaders FC Barcelona in the exciting UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final match of the UEFA champions league in the first leg on April 20th at 8:45PM (CET).

 UEFA Champions League

The match definitely has lot of things at stake for both Inter Milan and Barcelona and will turn out to be a 90 minute thriller. Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho is no stranger to the Champions league and has the record of taking 4 teams to the semi-final stage of Europe’s most prestigious football crown.

Barcelona on the other hand have already tasted success last year when they became the UEFA Champions League winners last year. All of this and fantastic players will make this semi-final really exciting to watch.

If you use , you can use an extension to watch UEFA Champions League matches online, if you don’t then try out this link which has live streams of the Inter Milan vs FC Barcelona matches live online. You can also try your luck on UStream.tv where users sometimes stream the matches live online.

On the official front you can always catch up the live match details and commentary on the official UEFA site at http://www.uefa.com/

Turn Multiple Wikipedia Pages Into a PDF Book

Wikipedia is no doubt one of the most commonly used websites for reference. It is the first place people turn to when looking to explore a new topic. However, reading all those pages online is not always easy, so, here is a way to organize multiple Wikipedia pages into a PDF book that can be downloaded, printed and read on your favorite mobile device.

Here are a few short steps you need to take to turn any set of pages into an eBook:

1. Go to Wikipedia and create a free account.

2. Enable the Beta interface.

3. Under the Print/Export menu on left side-bar, click on Create a book.

4. Now every article you visit will have an Add this page to your book option. Click on that to add as many articles to your book as you want.

Wikipedia Book

5. Once done, click on the show book button to see and download your book.

You can also give your book a title, create chapters, sort it alphabetically and download it as an OpenDocument. If you want to have it printed and delivered to you, there is an option to do that as well costing $7.90 for a book of up to 100 pages. While managing your book, you can simply drag and drop the items to re-arrange their order or click on the trash button to remove them quickly.

[Via DigitalInspiration]

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