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November, 2008

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Walmart Worker Died in Black Friday Stampede

WalmartA Wal-Mart worker died early Friday after an “out-of-control” mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through the Long Island store’s front doors and trampled him. Even officers who arrived to perform CPR on the trampled worker were stepped on by shoppers. About 2,000 people had gathered outside the store as it prepared to open.

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Cyber Monday

shopping.pngThe Monday following Black Friday is referred as Cyber Monday. Black Friday is historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year in United States. Shop.org which coined the term says it has data to prove this is the day with highest online sales of the year. But other studies contradict this fact and suggest December 12th is the busiest day for online stores. This year Cyber Monday falls on December 1st. Some critics online and in the media have called for a boycott of the term, calling it a useless media buzzword with no basis in fact. Another day worth mentioning at this point is Buy Nothing Day, it is an informal day of protest against consumerism observed by social activists. Typically celebrated the Friday after American Thanksgiving in North America.

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Don’t send Indian Troops : Congo to UN

Indian TroopsThe Democratic Republic of Congo has written to the United Nations asking not to send any more Indian peacekeeping troops to reinforce the peace keeping mission. Indian peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse over the last few years. The UN has 17,000 peacekeepers in DR Congo, supposed to monitor a 2003 peace deal. DR Congo is rich in minerals such as gold, tin and coltan.

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One Third of Chips bought by China

microchip1.pngChina’s consumption of semiconductors grew by 23 percent last year. Electronics manufacturers in the Chinese market consumed more than one-third of semiconductors produced globally in 2007. The fact is revealed in a study by industry focused consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The study also noted that many of the largest semiconductor suppliers to the Chinese market are multinational companies.

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Russsia Vs Georgia Computer Game

Confrontation Game“Confrontation: Peace Enforcement” is the name of the computer game developed by Russian programmers,which will be released next month. The strategy game, supposes what might happen if Georgia decided to have another go at retaking the region with support from NATO. “Nato does not stay out of it, pushing Poland forward as its representative and Ukraine blockades the Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol,” according to the description of the game supplied by its creators.

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World Toilet Day

Water AidDid you know that 40% of the world’s population, 2.6 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet. To raise awareness of this global sanitation crisis and to celebrate a humble yet essential bathroom fixture, World Toilet Day is being proclaimed today, November 19.

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Gmail Launches Video Chat

Gmail logoGoogle launched Gmail voice and video chat, making it easier for people around the world to chat in high-quality video for free right within Gmail. To get started, open a Gmail chat window, click on the “Options” menu at the bottom, and choose “Add voice/video chat,” which will walk you through a one-time installation of a free plugin (a quick 2 MB download). When you re-open Gmail you’ll notice your “Options” link in your chat window has changed to “Video & more”. Open this menu and click “Start video chat” to see and hear your partner in high-quality video. You can pop out the video and change its size and position, or switch to full screen.

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Yahoo CEO resigned

Jerry YangJerry Yang, chief executive officer of Yahoo announced that he is stepping down from the position. He will stay on the board of Yahoo and will be known as Chief Yahoo. “From founding this company to guiding its growth into a trusted global brand that is indispensible to millions of people, I have always sought to do what is best for our franchise,” said Jerry Yang.

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Vitamins and Cardiovascular Disease

A recent study on has cast doubt on the effectiveness of high doses of vitamins to help prevent heart disease in men. The study was conducted on 14 000 doctors. The physicians participated in the study for almost a decade and took high doses of C and E. The study concluded there was no proof that either C or E made a difference in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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YouTube Sponsored Videos

YouTUbe logoGoogle launched a new advertising program on YouTube, which allows publishers to promote their video on YouTube and make it easier for people to find it. When people searching for videos, sponsored videos will be listed along side the search results. According to Google,13 hours of video has been uploaded to YouTube every minute.

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Genetically Modified Pigs to Produce Human Organs

PigAccording to UNet an online database system developed by UNOS(United Network for Organ Sharing)nearly 100,000 people are on the waiting list for organ transplant in the US alone. This research may bring them some hope in the new future. Scientists researching on genetically modified pigs believes that the first human transplant of an organ grown in a humanized pig could take place in the next decade. These pigs are genetically modified to contain 6 human genes that partially “humanize” them in order to prevent rejection by the immune system of organ recipients.

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Phoenix Mars Explorer Finished it job

PhoenixNASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander has ceased communications after operating for more than five months. As expected, seasonal decline in sunshine at the robot’s arctic landing site is not providing enough sunlight for the solar arrays to collect the power necessary to charge batteries that operate the lander’s instruments. Last signal from the Phoenix was received on Nov.2nd. Launched Aug. 4, 2007, Phoenix landed on Mars on May 25, 2008. It verified the presence of water-ice in the Martian subsurface. Phoenix findings also support the goal of learning the history of water on Mars.

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China : Target of the Hackers.

HackersFrom the data gathered from millions of Windows users, Microsoft releases Security Intelligence Report (SIR) provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits. The latest report says, Chinese computer users are the major targets of online attackers. The report revealed that infection rates tend to be higher in developing countries/regions than in developed countries/regions as a general rule.

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Women more prone to Strokes

StrokeWhen blood flow to the brain is suddenly disrupted by a clot or a burst vessel brain damage occurs and it is called stroke. There are 700 000 people each year who suffer stroke. According to a research, women account for 60 percent of death caused by stroke. The chances of stroke is increased by birth control pills and pregnancy. Migraines, also have been linked to strokes.

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Obama Becomes the First Black President

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Barack Obama has won. In January, Obama will be sworn in as the 44th–and first African-American–president of the United States.

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Best Election Day ever

US flagAmericans flooded to the polling stations as election day finally dawned across the United States today. A record 29 million votes have been cast already and pollsters hope the final number should exceed 130 million. Election results will be updated on CNN Election site as soon as they are available.

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Obama’s Gramdmother Died.

Obama and Grand motherPresidential candidate Barack Obama announced today that his grandmother has passed away. Statement from Barack Obama said, “It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.” She died one day before he could become the first black president of the United States.

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American Stories, American Solutions: Obama’s new Video

Inspiring……

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