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+ - Google and Universal partner for viral marketing->

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PsychosisC
PsychosisC writes "Users of Google's Personalized Home service may have noticed a discreet link "Add the Ultimate Search for Bourne agent gadget to your iGoogle page". Sorry guys, this isn't bash search utility, it's an advertisement for Bourne Ultimatum.

Google has struck a partnership with Universal Pictures to advertise the movie. From the article,

Apparently, the partnership between Universal Pictures and Google didn't involve money. It's just a way to create more awareness for Google's services.


This is not the first time Google has participated in viral marketing, but it is the first time to my knowledge that they've used the Personalized Home service to deliver an advertisement."

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Handhelds

+ - Where in the US can you get JUST a Cell Phone? 6

Submitted by arakon
arakon (97351) writes "I am looking around for a cell phone for my technically challenged mother and all she wants is just a phone, and yet there seem to be no carriers in the US that carry a plain cell phone with good reception and battery life. All of them bundle camera's, pda's, mp3 players and a kitchen sink with a battery life of 2 hours, all for the low price of $350 or more...

Having looked around, the Motorola F3 is exactly what she wants but it doesn't seem to be available in the US. If we order it online will it work on US carriers? Are there any comparable products out there with a similar feature set and price range available for US networks? I appreciate the help."
Networking

+ - Setting Up a small linux cluster

Submitted by Davemania
Davemania (580154) writes "I am working for a research group that requires to do a large amount of data analysis (each of these files could be up to 1 gig in size). We're planning on buying up to 10 pc with linux on them to do these scientific processing (matlab, etc ) but what would be the best configuration for these 10 linux boxes ? Preferably, we would like to maintain all the data on one server and send it out to the Linux box for processing automatically. What approach would be the best, clustering ? OpenMosix, Rock Cluster ? or just simply drop files into the share folder and remote desktop in ?"
Announcements

+ - CNN to Release 2008 Debate under Creative Commons

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remove office writes "After calls from several prominent bloggers and a couple of presidential candidates themselves, CNN has agreed to release the footage from its upcoming June presidential debates uncopyrighted. Senator Barack Obama was the first candidate to call for all presidential debates to be released under Creative Commons, with fellow Demcoratic hopeful John Edwards following shortly afterwards. CNN will be the first to do so with their June 3rd and 5th Democratic and Republican debates. The NBC-Microsoft co-venture MSNBC hosted the first presidential debates recently but refused to release it under Creative Commons, opting instead to post only commercial-ridden clips online in Windows Media format."

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