Around the globe, 2007 is on track to be a year of extreme weather

Just read this article on cnn.com and as I myself live in south Asia region (Pakistan) I must say that south Asia has clearly seen the effect of unusual weather patterns this year.2 cyclones in Arabian Sea when normally a one is rarity. Few rains and extreme heat in north of country (Pakistan) and floods in south. This article describes many other scenarios occurring throughout the world due to change in global temperatures world wide.

“Extreme weather has plagued the globe this year, a U.N. agency says, causing some of the highest temperatures on record.

The World Meteorological Organization said “global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880,” according to the United Nations.

WMO said temperatures were 1.89 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than average for January and 1.37 degrees C (2.45 degrees F) higher than average for April.”

Full Article at Cnn.com

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iGoogle

I just configured my own iGoogle homepage and its really amazing stuff. It’s a wonderful concept. Customization options are wonderful. Really good if you are an office going person and want to read some blogs or visit some news sites before starting your days work. Do have a look at

http://www.google.com/ig

Google Buys DoubleClick for $3 Billion

Search engine giant Google has agreed to buy web advertising network Doubleclick in a $3.1bn (£1.6bn) deal.

The cash buyout, the biggest in Google’s history, will allow the company to tighten its grip on the advertising market.

Doubleclick helps link up advertising agencies, marketers and web site publishers hoping to put ads online.

In recent years, Google has been expanding into print, radio, video, mobile and TV ad markets.

News of the deal comes just six months after Google paid $1.65bn for video sharing website YouTube. ”

Source and full article at BBC

Microsoft Confronts Google on Copyright

Microsoft is set to launch a blistering attack on rival Google Tuesday for what the software giant argues is the Web-search leader’s “cavalier” approach to copyright protection. 

In prepared remarks to be delivered to the Association of American Publishers, Microsoft Associate General Counsel Thomas Rubin argues that Google’s move into new-media markets has come at the expense of publishers of books, videos and software.

The Microsoft attorney’s comments echo arguments at the heart of a 16-month-old copyright lawsuit against Google brought by five major book publishers and organized by the Association of American Publishers, an industry trade group.

“Companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the backs of other people’s content, are raking in billions through advertising revenue and IPOs,” says Rubin, who oversees copyright and trade secret law at Microsoft.

“Google takes the position that everything may be freely copied unless the copyright owner notifies Google and tells it to stop,” said Rubin, noting that Microsoft takes the position of seeking the copyright owner’s consent before they copy.

Competition is heating up this year between Google, the world’s dominant provider of Web-search services, and software giant Microsoft, which recently entered the Web-search market.

At the same time, Google has recently expanded into the business software market with a set of Web-based subscription services it sees as a major revenue generator which could chip away at Microsoft’s 15-year dominance of computer software.

Rubin invokes criticism that Google has faced since its acquisition late last year of YouTube, which has come under fire from several major media companies for allowing widespread copyright infringement of professionally produced video.

“In essence, Google is saying to you and to other copyright owners: ‘Trust us – you’re protected. We’ll keep the digital copies secure, we’ll only show snippets, we won’t harm you, we’ll promote you,”‘ Rubin argues in his speech.

 

Source and Full Article

An Inconvenient Truth Wins Oscar for Best Documentry

“An Inconvenient Truth,” the documentary that turned former vice president Al Gore’s power-point presentation on global warming into an engaging and entertaining film, won the Oscar Sunday night. Sunday, Gore used the Oscar win not to further his political career but to boost his campaign to find solutions for global warming and other environmental problems.

“My fellow Americans,” Gore said to laughter from the crowd. “People all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis. It’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started with the possible will to act. That’s a renewable resource. Let’s renew it.”

Earlier in the evening, Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage to unveil a series of efforts the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took to make this year’s awards more environmentally friendly. Pressed by DiCaprio about any other major announcement he might like to make, the former vice president pulled out a statement.

“My fellow Americans, I’m going to take this opportunity right here and now, to formally announce my intentions to …” Gore said before the orchestra broke in and he walked off, arm-in-arm and laughing, with DiCaprio.

Backstage, Gore put speculation to rest, saying “I do not have plans to become a candidate for office again.”

Instead, Gore said he was dedicating all his efforts to pressuring governments to act on climate-crisis issues. “It is the overriding world challenge of our time,” Gore said. “I really hope the decision by the academy to honor the work by director Davis Guggenheim and these producers will convince people who did not go see it before to see the movie and learn about the climate crisis and become a part of the solution.”

Source and full Details Here

An Inconvenient Truth

Last night i saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth“, A movie based on the reasons, consequences and solution of global warming. Movie revolves around a slide show presentation by Al Gore which he has presented in more than 1000 places worldwide during the past few years.

Movie also highlights Al Gore personnel efforts as US senator to solve this issue and the attitude of present US administration towards the issue. But the movie mostly portrays true facts and is an excellent effort to create a sense of awareness among the general public.

The authenticity of the facts in the movie is described on wikipedia in such remarks

“The Associated Press contacted more than 100 top climate researchers and questioned them about the film’s veracity. Because this was at the time before the film’s general release many of those surveyed had neither seen the movie nor read the book, but all 19 climate scientists who had done so said that Gore conveyed the science correctly. The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, chaired by Sen. Jim Inhofe, a global warming skeptic, issued a press release criticizing this article. In hofe’s statement that “global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” appears in the film.”

Movie is extremely informative and a must see.

For full details about the movie visit wikipedia or climatecrisis.net

Intel 45nm chips are here

Intel has produced what are believed to be the industry’s first fully functional static random access memory (SRAM) chips using 45-nanometer (nm) process technology, our next-generation, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing process.

Achieving this milestone means Intel is on track to manufacture chips with this technology in 2007 using 300mm wafers, and continues the company’s focus on pushing the limits of Moore’s Law, by introducing a new process generation every two years.

You can listen to a recorded interview with Intel senior fellow Mark Bohr on our new 45nm breakthrough by clicking the “Manufacturing” channel at http://intel.feedroom.com.

for full details visit

http://www.intel.com/technology/silicon/new_45nm_s…

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20…