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An anonymous reader writes: Google seems to have finally closed google.cn (prior to any formal announcement) — google.cn is now being redirected to Google Hong-Kong (google.com.hk). Word in China is that Google will formally announce leaving china tomorrow (Tuesday).
abs0lutz3ro writes: Google stops censoring simplified Chinese search results on google.cn by redirecting users to google.com.hk, which Google maintains is entirely legal. From the article: "Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over... In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk." Seems like google.cn got served; from google.com.hk
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coondoggie writes: French space scientists said they had moved one of the key Earth-observing satellites out of its orbit with four NASA satellites to avoid potential collisions. The French satellite, known as PARASOL (Polarization and Anisotropy of Reflectances for Atmospheric Science coupled with Observations from a Lidar) was flying in a constellation of satellites known as the A Train. The A-Train satellite formation consists of NASA’s Aqua, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and Aura. The French Space Agency (CNES) said that after collecting observations synchronous with the other satellites from the A-Train for almost 5 years, PARASOL was moved to a lower orbit 2.4 miles (3.9 km) under the A Train after CNES noted PARASOL orbit tracks slowly drifting eastward over the past these past few months. [spam URL stripped]
Deathsoldier11 writes: Three of the world's leading media, technology and entertainment companies — Discovery Communications, Sony Corporation and IMAX Corporation — today announced a joint venture established to develop the first 24/7 dedicated 3D television network in the U.S. The partnership brings together three leaders with an extraordinary collection of award-winning 3D content, technology expertise, television distribution and operational strength to deliver a high-quality three-dimensional viewing experience to home television audiences. The joint venture intends to launch the network beginning in the U.S.
digmshiphter writes: "Google has finally annouced its plan to rule to known universe by creating an OS of its own called Chrome OS based on the Chrome browser. The new browser will focus on making the computer an interface between the web and the user, making speed a priority, and making the browser the main application in the OS. The official press release states, "Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.""
Slatterz writes: The mystery of black holes — where gravity is so dense not even light can escape — has entranced science fiction writers and astronomers alike for years. Interestingly, a black hole believed to be four million times the mass of Earth's sun is said to exist at the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Now, a new view of this mysterious inner region of the galaxy, including those parts shrouded in cosmic dust, has been created. The result is stunning images of our location in the universe, including the galactic core and the aforementioned black hole. Called the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL), the galaxy-atlas was created by a 125,000Kg telescope sitting in the Chilean Andes.
cin62 writes: The number of Internet scammers offering fake anti-swine flu drug Tamiflu has surpassed those selling counterfeit Viagra, reports CNN. Since the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was declared a global pandemic last month, there has been an increase in the number of Web sites and junk emails offering Tamiflu for sale. "Every Web site that used to sell Viagra is now selling Tamiflu. We are pretty sure that the same people are making the Tamiflu as are making the Viagra," said Director of Policy for the UK's Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
one-man orchestra writes: "I'm the sole programmer of a small multi-platform commercial audio program (a spectrogram editor). After over 6 months on the market, I realised that the program would never just sell itself, and that I need some real marketing done for it. Being a one-man orchestra is becoming increasingly difficult, I only can devote so much time to marketing, my skills in that department are frankly lacking and I'd much rather spend more time coding. Despite my lacklustre part-time marketing effort I still manage to make a modest living out of the sales, my logical assumption is that with someone competent taking care of that part, revenue could greatly scale up. But what's the right way to go about doing this? What type of people/company do I need to contact? What to expect? What to look out for?"
Hugh Pickens writes: "BBC reports that uSocial, a social media marketing company based in Australia, has launched a paid service to find followers for Twitter users for a fee of $87 for a block of 1,000. The company finds potential followers by searching through Twitter to discover areas of common interest to match people more closely. uSocial then send these potential followers a message, alerting them that there is someone on Twitter they might want to follow and the potential follower then decides whether or not to follow that person. "A woman who runs yoga classes is one of our clients," says Leon Hill, chief executive of uSocial,. "So are some religious organizations including one man that just wants to get the word out about God. Twitter started as a way for just friends to keep in touch, but as with any social media site once they get big, every business or marketer jumps on the bandwagon. It's an excellent marketing medium." Some commentators have expressed concerns that this sort of practice could lead to an increase in "Twitter spam", as users are bombarded with irrelevant tweets. "As a Twitter user, I only want to follow people whose tweets I like, and only expect to be followed by people who find my tweets worth the time," writes Harry McCracken, a technology expert. "I know that I'd rather have fifty engaged followers than 5,000 whose attention I had to pay for.""
BBCWatcher writes: Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports that the London Stock Exchange is abandoning its Microsoft Windows-based trading platform: "Anyone who was ever fool enough to believe that Microsoft software was good enough to be used for a mission-critical operation had their face slapped this September when the LSE's Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day.... Sources at the LSE tell me to this day that the problem was with TradElect.... Sources...tell me that TradElect's failure was the final straw for [the ex-CEO's] tenure. The new CEO, Xavier Rolet, is reported to have immediately decided to put an end to TradElect. TradElect runs on HP ProLiant servers running, in turn, Windows Server 2003. The TradElect software itself is a custom blend of C# and.NET programs, which was created by Microsoft and Accenture, the global consulting firm. On the back-end, it relied on Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Its goal was to maintain sub-ten millisecond response times, real-time system speeds, for stock trades. It never, ever came close to achieving these performance goals."