Google Friends Newsletter - March 2007

POWER TIP

Flight information from Google SMS

With Google SMS, getting real-time flight information is as easy as texting a message to your friend. Simply text message your flight number to 466453 ("GOOGLE" on most mobile devices), and you'll receive a text message right back with the status details of your flight. If you're looking for more general information, you can text message the name of an airline, and you'll receive a message with the main phone number to call. This free service is available for flights departing or arriving in the U.S.
http://www.google.com/sms

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NEW PRODUCTS & UPDATES

More personalization for your homepage

Make the Google homepage your own with the newest features for the Google Personalized Homepage. You can change the entire look of the page by choosing one of six themes. All the themes are dynamic, which means the look of your homepage will change depending on the season, time of day and weather conditions of your current location. If you can't decide which gadgets to add, you can review other users' ratings or read reviews of gadgets from the directory; name a new tab and let us select gadgets you might like based on the tab's name; or click a gadget's drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner and select "You might also like..." to see our recommendations.

One we do recommend is the new Google Talk gadget, which lets you chat with friends and family directly from your homepage. And this gadget lets you view videos and photo albums straight from your chat window by pasting URLs from YouTube and Picasa Web Albums into your chats. There's nothing to download or install.
http://www.google.com/ig
http://www.google.com/ig/add?moduleurl=googletalk.xml

Google Notebook is out of beta

Google Notebook has now graduated from Google Labs and is officially out of beta. Besides launching in 17 new languages, we've added a slew of improvements to the user interface and new features too. You can add your own comments to individual notes, view your notebook content on Google Maps, and export your notebooks to Google Docs & Spreadsheets. The next time you're planning an event with friends or researching places to go for a family vacation, organize your findings with Google Notebook.
http://www.google.com/notebook

Increased storage on Picasa Web Albums

Picasa Web Albums now offers 1GB of free storage, which means you can upload up to 4,000 standard resolution photos for free. We've also made it easier for you to share your photos and albums with friends. Just click the "Link to this..." link next to any Picasa Web photo or album, and copy the code provided. You can paste the code into an email, IM or the code for your website for others to see.
http://picasaweb.google.com

Improved security with Google Desktop

We've added a new safety feature to Google Desktop to protect you from suspicious sites. Now when you visit a site that might be trying to steal your personal information or install malicious software on your computer, Google Desktop will show you a warning before you use it. Google Desktop also now includes a better-looking sidebar and gadgets to match, and the ability to quickly preview a Google Desktop search result before actually opening the file or going to the web page.
http://desktop.google.com

Photos on Google Maps

Google Maps users will now find relevant photos about businesses when they do a local search. These photos will be visible in the business details information window, and more can be found by clicking the images. You'll find a range of images in the search results: from photos of buildings and storefronts to pictures of hotel interiors and delicious meals to help you decide where to make your next
reservation.
http://maps.google.com

Plus Box results on Google

This month we introduced Plus Box, a new feature of Google that lets you see additional information on individual search results. When you see a "+" icon next to a result, click on it and you'll see additional data intended to help you find what you're looking for more quickly.
Right now, we're showing two types of Plus Box results: stock information and maps. Expect to see more types going forward.
http://www.google.com

New software from Google Pack

Protect your PC with the newest additions to Google Pack: Symantec's Norton Security Scan, which detects and removes viruses, and PC Tools' Spyware Doctor Starter Edition, a top-rated anti-spyware utility. Like all Google Pack offerings, these applications are free and
automatically updated. We've also made some major updates to the Google Photos Screensaver: Now you can turn your computer into a
digital photo frame that displays pictures from photo feeds, a great way to keep current with your friends' and families' latest pictures.
http://pack.google.com

Polls on orkut

Have a tough decision to make? With the latest feature from orkut, you can get an entire orkut community's input on any question you have. Simply post a poll to any community you belong to and watch as members vote and leave comments on your question. Next time you're deciding between a holiday weekend in Aspen or Hawaii, look to your friends on orkut.
http://www.orkut.com

Google.com for mobile

Searching from your mobile phone can be tricky, as you're walking and searching, without a mouse, and scrolling through results on a small screen with just a couple of inches of real estate. Now when you visit Google.com on your phone, click the link that takes you to the new mobile search experience. You'll never be more than a click or two away from the answer that you're after. You can add modules for the types of information you're regularly searching for to your homepage so you don't have to search for updates anymore.
http://www.google.com/mobile

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MISCELLANY

We admit it -- we get wrapped up in our work. Even when we're not feeling so great, there are deadlines to meet - things that can't move forward without us - and the fear of getting behind keeps us going even when we feel lousy. It's easy to see how it happens in this "always-on" culture, and so it's probably no different for you, either. Our own Google doctor at our Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, Dr. Taraneh Razavi, recently reminded us -- and you! -- to stay home when you're sick. As she notes in a recent Google Blog post, it's not just at Google that this working-while-sick phenomenon goes on, to the benefit of no one, least of all the lousy-feeling person and their immediate co-workers. So whether you've got flu-like symptoms, a bad cough, or a wearying head cold, consider this a reminder to nurse yourself back to health -- at home. Chances are you'll heal more quickly and your colleagues will thank you. There will always be another work deadline. Why not make one for yourself -- to get better?
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/03/feeling-sick-go-home.html

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"Strange Owl" seen in wild for first time

A tiny bird so rare and unusual that its scientific name means "strange owl" has been spotted for the first time in the wild, scientists announced yesterday.

Conservationists working in Peru got their first natural glimpse of the long-whiskered owlet last month while working in a private mountain reserve.

The species wasn't even known to exist until 1976, and since then the only known living specimens have been those caught in nets at night.

"Seeing the long-whiskered owlet is a huge thrill," said David Geale of AsociaciĆ³n Ecosistemas Andinos, who was part of the research team, in a press statement.

The American Bird Conservancy, which partnered in the research, described the sighting as "a holy grail" of bird biology.

As few as 250 of the owlets are thought to exist, scientists said, and the birds are as distinctive as they are rare.

With their diminutive size, bright orange eyes, and wild, wispy facial feathers, the dainty birds belong to their own genus, dubbed Xenoglaux, or "strange owl."

The owlets owe much of their survival to the remoteness of their dense mountain habitat, the researchers said. But as human activity encroaches on Peru's northern forests, the birds' future looks dimmer.

"Due to the rapid destruction of its forest habitat and its tiny range, it is inferred that the species is in serious decline," Geale said.

"Until recently, the owlets key habitat was completely unprotected."


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U.S. man found innocent, freed after decade in prison

U.S. man found innocent, freed after decade in prison:
ST. LOUIS: After more than a decade in prison, a 41-year-old man was freed Thursday when a Missouri judge found he was not guilty of the carjacking for which he had been convicted.

Antonio Beaver was exonerated based on DNA analysis that was not available when the robbery was committed. Tests determined the blood at the crime scene was not Beaver's.

An hour after arriving in court wearing an orange prison jump suit, Beaver was wearing a sport coat and slacks, talking to reporters during his first moments of freedom.

"This feels strange," Beaver said. "I'd like to give my thanks to God, because there is a God and he knew I was innocent from the start."

Beaver filed his own motion for a post-conviction DNA test in 2001. He was later assisted by The Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center that seeks to uncover wrongful convictions.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, who filed a joint request seeking Beaver's release, choked back tears and told Beaver her office would help him re-enter society.

"I am personally very distressed to see a case such as this," said Joyce, promising to help Beaver seek compensation from the state under a new Missouri law that pays inmates exonerated of crimes.

Beaver could be paid up to $50 (€37.5) for each day he spent in prison, roughly $193,000 (€144,547) in all.

Beaver said the money could not replace all he has lost.

"I just about lost connection with my sons. They're grown now," he said. "I wanted to be a father to them, but I couldn't. That was took from me."

Beaver had been convicted of robbery in 1997 and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

During the carjacking, someone threatened a woman with a screwdriver. The woman stabbed the man with the screwdriver, leaving traces of his blood in the car. The victim later identified Beaver in a lineup, but his lawyers now say that lineup was flawed.

Joyce said authorities have identified a new suspect in the case. He already is incarcerated for another crime, but she would not give details.
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Yahoo! Mail to offer unlimited space

Yahoo will begin offering unlimited storage for its free Web-based e-mail in May, the company announced late Tuesday. The move makes Yahoo the first of the major free e-mail providers to offer unlimited storage, but it likely will not be the last.

Yahoo currently offers 1 gigabyte for its free mail service and 2GB for its premium fee-based service. Google's free Gmail service offers more than 2.5GB of storage, and Windows Live Hotmail offers 2GB for free.
"We are watching the trend lines of how people are using e-mail...and they are sending more photos and videos and rich media," said John Kremer, vice president of Yahoo Mail.

Google began the storage wars in earnest when it launched Gmail in April 2004 with 1GB of storage. Yahoo Mail, which launched in 1997 with 4MB of storage, upgraded to 100MB of storage shortly after Google's Gmail announcement, bumped it up to 250MB in late 2004, and then up to 1GB in 2005.
With 250 million users, Yahoo Mail is the largest global e-mail provider and the largest in the U.S., according to comScore.
The unlimited storage will begin rolling out globally in May, and Yahoo expects to have all of its customers covered within a month, except for China and Japan. "We will continue working with these markets on their storage plans," Kremer said.

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Put Google Talk in your Firefox sidebar

It's a very simple process: just create a new bookmark with this Google Talk url, then tick the option in the bookmark's properties to "Load this bookmark in the sidebar". Open that bookmark and sign-in!









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Mud-slinging festival brings good luck in Japan









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Dad says 2-year-old son shot him in arm

Dad says 2-year-old son shot him in arm:
MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police are trying to find out how a 2-year-old boy allegedly ended up with a gun and shot his father. The 24-year-old man walked into Abbott Northwestern Hospital last Saturday with a gunshot wound to his arm. The man told police that his 2-year-old son had taken the gun from his mother's purse and fired it at him.

"I cannot think of the last time a 2-year-old was involved in a shooting," Lt. Amelia Huffman, a police spokeswoman, said Tuesday. "It's a pretty rare thing, thankfully."

Huffman said the 22-year-old mother was home but not in the room at the time. A 4-year-old child also was in the house, but there was no other witness to the shooting.

Police were investigating whether there was any child endangerment, since the 2-year-old apparently was able to reach a gun. No was arrested or charged.

The type of gun involved wasn't disclosed.

However, Joe Penaz, who teaches local gun safety classes at gun clubs and gun stores, said that it was possible for a small child to fire a gun if it was an automatic, which are as light as 7 ounces.

"Women seem to gravitate to small automatics," he said. Penaz said he carries an automatic that requires only 16 ounces of pressure on the trigger to fire.

Huffman said the incident underscores the importance of safety when a gun is in a household. "If you keep a firearm, keep it locked up," she said.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
p/s: kecik2 dah pandai ...

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Hina wanita bertudung

Harian Metro Online (Malaysia):
KUALA LUMPUR: Mengaibkan! Begitulah tindakan seorang pengendali laman web tidak bermoral, tergamak memanipulasikan gadis bertudung termasuk aksi seks seorang guru wanita dan pasangan dipercayai sebagai ‘pelaris’ untuk ‘memancing’ pengguna internet tempatan.

Pengendali laman web itu memaparkan gambar adegan seks berkenaan menerusi laman webnya yang mencalar imej gadis atau perempuan Melayu beragama Islam, malah lebih kronik lagi, dia mengaitkan ‘kebodohan’ gadis Melayu dan ‘kelemahan’ lelaki Melayu gagal membela nasib wanita Melayu itu.

Persoalannya, pengendali laman web itu seperti terlepas pandangan pihak berkuasa sungguhpun dengan jelas menjaja bahan lucah dan menjijikkan membabitkan wanita Melayu kepada pelayar web secara percuma.

Justeru, tidak hairan laman web itu mendapat sambutan luar biasa pengguna internet yang ‘gila seks’ sekali gus membolehkan ia sentiasa tersenarai dalam 10 daripada 15 laman web terbaik dan mendapat akses tertinggi di kalangan pengguna internet.

Lebih membimbangkan, pengendali laman web itu turut memberi restu kepada kanak-kanak bawah umur untuk melayari laman web berkenaan dengan mendakwa pemaparan adegan seks dan gambar bogel gadis Melayu itu semata-mata untuk memberi pengajaran.

“Web blog ini dibina bukan untuk memalukan kaum Melayu. Web ini untuk memberi pengajaran kepada sesiapa sahaja. Dibuka kepada semua lapisan umur. Sebarang kerosakan ke atas komputer anda kami tidak bertanggung jawab,” katanya.

Pemerhatian Harian Metro mendapati pengunjung begitu mudah mengaksesnya dan pelbagai gambar lucah membabitkan adegan seks berahi gadis Melayu bersama pasangan disajikan ketika pertama kali mengunjunginya, tanpa sekatan.

Antara kolum yang mendapat perhatian termasuk,‘Banci Seks, Seks Sebelum Kahwin Terjadi Sebab ??, Ghairah Sangat, Wajib Dilakukan, Ingin Cuba, Tak Tahu Malu, Boleh Dilakukan, Takut Pasangan Curang, Sebagai Tanda Cinta, Saja Gatal dan Halal.

Laman web bertajuk ‘Lembah Seks-Malaysia Boleh-Melayu Boleh’ itu memaklumkan paparan gambar aksi seks membabitkan pasangan kekasih adalah dianggap sebagai rujukan dan pengajaran kepada pelayar internet termasuk himpunan video klip lucah sepanjang tahun lalu dan awal tahun ini.

Pemerhatian juga menunjukkan laman web itu seperti menghina Islam dan penganutnya apabila mencampur adukkan paparan waktu solat yang diletakkan bersebelahan gambar bogel gadis Melayu dalam pelbagai aksi.

Namun, pengendali web itu seperti ‘membaling batu sembunyi tangan’ apabila berselindung di sebalik identiti palsu, biarpun mendakwa pembela gadis Melayu.

Pengendali laman web itu memaparkan dirinya sebagai wanita terbabit secara langsung dalam industri komunikasi dan media di luar negara iaitu di Bouvet Island di Lautan Atlantik Selatan.

Pemerhatian juga mendapati sambutan begitu menggalakkan disebabkan pengendali web ini memperbaharui ‘isi kandungan’ setiap hari.

Setiap gambar atau video disertakan dengan komen lucah dan merapu bertujuan ‘memancing’ pelayar internet melayarinya.

Laman web ini juga dibina dengan perancangan rapi serta memasukkan bancian pengunjung laman web itu yang menerima undian tidak kurang 2,000 setiap hari.

p/s: sapa lah punya kerja nih :-(


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"Dead" Malaysian returns home after two years

"Dead" Malaysian returns home after two years - Yahoo! News:
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A man mistakenly certified as dead following a horrific motorcycle accident two years ago was reunited with his family last week after a social worker helped to identify him through thumbprints.

S Samy Pillai, 50, was believed to have been killed in a hit-and-run accident in June 2005, after his wrecked motorcycle was found along the same stretch of road as a body mangled beyond recognition, the Star newspaper said.

But he was found to be alive, although speechless and partly paralysed by the accident, after a social worker encountered him hobbling around on crutches about 300 km from his home and took him to authorities, who identified him from his thumbprints.

Last Tuesday, Pillai's wife, K Letchumy, 42, confirmed the man was her husband, but how he spent his years away from home is a mystery. The couple have 9 children, the paper said.

"I am glad Samy Pillai has been reunited with his family who had all this while thought the unidentified body had been his," the paper quoted Andrew Raju, the social worker, as saying.

"They even conducted prayers according to Christian rites."
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Selamat pengantin baru

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Selamat pengantin baru kpd Yusri dan pasangan,
moga berbahagia hingga ke akhir hayat



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Mexico meth raid yields $205 million in U.S. cash - Los Angeles Times

Mexico meth raid yields $205 million in U.S. cash - Los Angeles Times:
MEXICO CITY — Authorities confiscated more than $200 million in U.S. currency from methamphetamine producers in one of this city's ritziest neighborhoods, they said Friday, calling it the largest drug cash seizure in history.
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Amuk - 2 Juta ( lirik + mp3 )

Berikanlah aku nafas
Dapatku menyambung nyawa
Moga ku ungkap semula masa
Masa nan lalu mengajar aku...
sederhana

Biarlah aku mencoba
Dapatku mengenal rupa
Masa ku melangkah mula masa
Dapatlah aku
Hidup.. hidup semula

Semalam sembunyi yg dulu
Kelmarin menanti hari ini
Setiap malam, menanti siang
Terlindung mentari, Gerhana sang bulan
Warna suram maya, gelora maya

Terlihat sembunyi yg dulu
Menangis menanti hari ini
Setiap masa menunggu waktu
Bersinar mentari, Bercahaya rembulan
Warna pilu maya, terlihat wajah

Kesan cinta lalu, menangis diri ini
Sesal aku meniti hidup
Berilah ku nyawa, masa merawat luka
Kembali ke arah bermula.

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Today's shot

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Google Talk Gadget

Google has just launched a gadget for Google Talk. It works similarly to the version embedded into Gmail, but it's created in Flash, so it has a richer interface. Each conversation has its own tab, so the gadget doesn't occupy too much space. It's also easier to search your contacts and to invite other people.

You can add Google Talk gadget to your Google personalize page.

You also can add it to your own website/blog.

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Megadeth - United Abominations - 2007 (tracklist + sample)

  1. Sleepwalker
  2. Washington Is Next!
  3. Never Walk Alone
  4. United Abominations
  5. Gears Of War [mp3 sample]
  6. Blessed Are The Dead
  7. Play For Blood
  8. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) (feat. Cristina Scabbia)
  9. Amerikhastan
  10. You're Dead
  11. Burnt Ice
Gears Of War lyrics
Music and Lyrics Dave Mustaine

Ethnic cleansing with no defending
These acts of genocide
A fatal ending with no surrendering
To cover up the crimes and lie

Smart bombs, precision guided armament
A more sophisticated way to end up dead
Still we search and invent such intelligent weapons
That kill each other like the Gears of War
Hoo-rah!!!

If you ride with thieves, then you die with thieves
Cross my heart and hope that you die, that you die!
When the smoke has cleared, the devil's in the mirror
And you see his warheads paint the sky, now you die!

Smart bombs, precision guided armament
A more sophisticated way to end up dead
Still we search and invent such intelligent weapons
That kill each other like the Gears of War
Hoo-rah!!!


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