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Cornerstone investors for Hutchison Whampoa Ports listing in Singapore

Capital Research will invest US$634 million in the offering, according to the term sheet. Paulson & Co., managed by John Paulson, will buy a US$350 million stake and Lone Pine Capital LCC will invest US$186 million, it said.

Jenkin Hui and family, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, Cathay Life Insurance Co. and Metropolitan Financial Services will each invest US$100 million, and Ally Holding Ltd. will buy a US$50 million stake.

Hutchison rose 1.6% to HK$91.45 ($14.9) at 3:02 p.m. in Hong Kong trading. The company, which also invests in real estate, oil and gas, drugstores and mobile-phone services, has jumped 15% this year, outperforming the benchmark Hang Seng Index’s 1.4% gain.

Source [via]

Hutchison ports unit set for $7.41b IPO, SE Asia’s biggest

WRITTEN BY THOMSON REUTERS
MONDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2011 19:14

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing’s ports unit is looking to raise as much as $5.8 billion in its Singapore IPO, seeking to cash in on a recovery in global trade and provide investors with access to China’s booming infrastructure business.

The listing, Southeast Asia’s biggest ever, comes at a time when sea-borne trade in Asia is swelling and global container shipping firms are putting more ships and resources to serve Asian routes from Europe and North America.

The capital-raising could provide additional ammunition for Li, Asia’s richest man, who is looking to make a big play on UK power assets through his Cheung Kong Infrastructure (CKI) (1038.HK) unit.

The deal has attracted big names including Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings (TEM.UL), U.S. hedge fund manager Paulson & Co and Cathay Life Insurance, who will be putting in US$1.6 billion as Co as cornerstone investors, according to the preliminary prospectus.

T…

Gmail bug wiped out 150,000 or 0.08 percent Gmail inboxes

A still unknown bug in Google Gmail is seeing 150,000 or 0.08 percent of Google Mail userbase inboxes wiped out completely.

According to a Google engineer
Accounts that are affected are currently fully disabled. We're in the process of changing this to be a Gmail only disable so you should regain access to other Google services soon. This will also mean email to these accounts stops bouncing and gets queued up for later delivery instead.
The Google Apps Status page shows Google Mail's status as being disrupted.

McDonalds 1-for-1 on Mar 1

If you like Mac, print out the above coupon and get 1-for-1 on 1 Mar (tml). Only ala carte burgers, nuggets and wings.

Excerpts from Warren Buffett's Berkshire annual letter

The following are some of the excerpts from billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett's Berkshire 27-pages long annual letter to his shareholders.

DO READ ON for there are many lessons to be learnt from him!

On America's future

Money will always flow toward opportunity, and there is an abundance of that in America.

Don’t let that reality (uncertainty) spook you. Throughout my lifetime, politicians and pundits have constantly moaned about terrifying problems facing America. Yet our citizens now live an astonishing six times better than when I was born. The prophets of doom have overlooked the all-important factor that is certain: Human potential is far from exhausted, and the American system for unleashing that potential – a system that has worked wonders for over two centuries despite frequent interruptions for recessions and even a Civil War – remains alive and effective.

We are not natively smarter than we were when our country was founded nor do we work harder. But look aroun…

What is "Gerrymandering"?

According to the Wikipedia,

Gerrymandering is a practice of political corruption that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan, incumbent-protected, and neutral districts. The resulting district is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to control inflation as police appease protesters

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to curb inflation and punish abuse of power in an online forum as Chinese police blanketed Beijing and Shanghai to head off planned protests inspired by revolts in the Middle East.

Yes, this "copycat" non-violence style protests had spread across the Africa to Middle East, from Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Jordan, Iran and Oman. I really do hope it will not spread further and put more strain to global economy, bringing prices of necessities even higher.

ASP.NET - ColumnSpan Attribute of Footer Row in GridView

This article attempts to provide tutorial on how to get the footer of a GridView to be displayed as a SINGLE cell i.e. setting the ColumnSpan property to match the number of columns. The trick is to use the OnRowCreated method.

Design code
<asp:GridView ID="gvResults" ShowHeader="true" ShowFooter="true" runat="server" OnRowCreated="gvResults_RowCreated" ....> ... <Columns> ... <asp:TemplateField ...> <ItemTemplate> ... </ItemTemplate> <FooterTemplate> </FooterTemplate> </asp:TemplateField> </Columns> </asp:GridView>
Code-behind code (VB.NET)
Protected Sub gvResults_RowCreated(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs) Handles gvResults.RowCreated If e.Row.RowType = DataControlRowType.Footer Then Dim m As Integer = e.Row.Cells.Count For i As Integer = m - 1 To 1 Step -1 …

Amazon Kindle: New Features Available for Your Kindle - Firmware 3.1 Update

Amazon released a firmware 3.1 upgrade to Kindle owners that will be delivered via a Wi-Fi connection. To receive the update, please turn your wireless on and connect to an available Wi-Fi network (learn how to set up Wi-Fi on your Kindle). The software update will automatically download in the background and install when your Kindle goes into sleep mode. The update should take less than 10 minutes to complete. If a Wi-Fi connection is not available or you would prefer to transfer the update via USB, please view these instructions.

New Features Included in Free Software Update:

1. Real Page Numbers

Many titles in the Kindle Store now include real page numbers, making it easy to reference and cite passages and read alongside someone reading the print book in a book club or class. Page numbers will also be available on our free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" Kindle apps in the coming months. As with all of Kindle's features, we want you to lose yourself in the author's wor…

New words in Oxford Dictionaries Online. Woot!

The following are newly additions to the Oxford Dictionary. Updated quarterly, the Oxford Dictionary Online features a growing number of tech terms.

Just to list a few out of the hundreds:

bloggable
suitable or sufficiently interesting as a topic for a blog

clickjacking
the malicious practice of manipulating a website user's activity by concealing hyperlinks beneath legitimate clickable content, thereby causing the user to perform actions of which they are unaware

cyberbullying
the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature

cybersecurity
the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this

fnarr fnarr
used to represent sniggering, typically at a sexual innuendo

scareware
malicious computer programs designed to trick a user into buying and downloading unnecessary and potentially dangerous software, such as fake antivirus protection

sexti…

The plight of local Singaporean professors

A local Singaporean professor sent an email to former NTUC Income CEO Mr Tan Kin Lian to relate the sorry plight of being local professors in Singapore.

The message is originally posted here but I shall repost it here.

Dear Mr. Tan

For those who are academically inclined, one common dream is to become a university professor. For many countries in the world, this is a position worth aspiring to as professorship carries prestige and comfortable income. For Singaporeans who aspire to become professors in Singapore, it is sad to say that based on the happenings in a local university over the last few years, they found it a nightmare.

In this university, many Singaporean professors have been fired when they reach the age of around 55 (much lower than the national retirement age). Many of these professors have contributed to the development of the university for more than 20 years. And to add insult to injury, many of the university management who decided to fire them are actually foreigners…

How to extend Microsoft Word 2010 trial period?

Microsoft allows you to test drive Office 2010 free for 30 days; after that, you have to get a license and activate. Many didn't know that it is possible to increase the trial period by another 30 days, up to 5 times for a total of 180 days.

To extend, open command prompt and go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform and run OSPPREARM.exe. If you installed the 32-bit edition of Office on a 64-bit OS, replace Program Files with Program Files (x86).

Motorola sued for using Xoom

Motorola's Android powered Xoom tablet hit stores on Thursday, but is now being sued for trademark infringement. The plantiff is California-based Xoom Corp claiming that it has rights to the Xoom name.

Xoom Corp., which runs a money-transfer business, registered the xoom.com domain in 2003, and registered the Xoom trademark on December 14, 2004, according to the suit. Motorola filed an "intent-to-use" application of its own on October 26, 2010.

Xoom Corp. also says Motorola purchased the Xoom keyword for online searches, so searching "Xoom" on Google puts the official Motorola Xoom tablet Web site at the top of the results.
Motorola Sued Over Use of Xoom Name [via]

HTC Sued Over ChaCha 'Facebook Phone'

HTC just unveiled ChaCha 'Facebook Phone', which include a dedicated button that takes users directly to Facebook, is sued for trademark infringement for using the name ChaCha. The plantiff is search service ChaCha. ChaCha is a search service that debuted in 2006. Two years later, it expanded to mobile, launching a service that lets people ask questions via voice or text, and receive responses from ChaCha within minutes.

HTC Sued Over ChaCha 'Facebook Phone' [via]

Google filter away low quality search resuts

Following the release of a Google Chrome extension Personal Blocklist to facilitate blocking of sites from your search results and send the information back to Google so Google can eventually use submitted results to filter away low quality domains, thus improving search results, Google announced in a blog post that algorithm towards search rankings is updated.

This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.
Finding more high-quality sites in search [via]

Angry Birds coming soon to Windows Phone 7

In a blog post by the Microsoft, it is confirmed that highly popular smartphone mobile game Angry Birds is coming to Windows Phone 7.

Besides Angry Birds, the other games are:

Doodle JumpPlants vs ZombiesHydro Thunder GoSonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode IgeoDefense.
It’s official: Angry Birds coming soon to Windows Phone 7 [via]

Visualizing Google Android Activations

Facebook chat in Hotmail is rolled out to all

Microsoft announced Monday that Facebook chat is now available to Hotmail users worldwide, wherever Facebook has a presence according to a blog post, that's after having brought Facebook Chat available through Messenger a few weeks ago.

And while Gmail beat us to bringing their own chat into the inbox, we have now gone a step further and brought both our own chat and Facebook chat into your inbox. Starting now, we will be displaying notifications of this update in Hotmail.
Facebook chat in Hotmail now available everywhere [via]

Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office

Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office integrates with Google Docs and provides a bridge for Microsoft Office users who want to use online collaboration features without upgrading to Office 2010.

Google Cloud Connect is a free plugin that improves Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 on Windows PCs. It adds simultaneous collaboration, revision history, cloud sync, unique URLs and simple sharing to the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint applications.
However, according to a blog post by Google Operating System (unofficial Google blog),

I created a new document in Word 2010, but Google saved it as a read-only Word file in Google Docs. Apparently, the document can only be edited using Microsoft Office and not using Google's online word processor. Since you can't even open existing files from Google Docs, this software seems to be too limited. It's useful if you and all your collaborators only use Microsoft Office and Google's plugin.

Download Google Cloud Connect for …

GE: SDP's campaign to leverage on Internet

The Singapore Democratic Party will be looking to leverage on the Internet in their campaign for the coming General Election.

When contacted, the party's secretary-general Chee Soon Juan said: "We will maximise the use of the social media to help us spread our message.

GE: SDP's campaign to leverage on Internet [via]

Map of Electoral Divisions

For a more close up and detailed view of the newly drawn Singapore Parliamentary Electoral Map 2011, please refer to http://www.channelnewsasia.com/annex/2011map.pdf.

Singapore General Election - Voters Distribution

Single Member ConstituenciesSingle Member ConstituencyEstimated Number of Electors Bukit Panjang 33,035 Hong Kah North 27,691 Hougang 24,532 Joo Chiat 22,027 Mountbatten 23,712 Pioneer 25,732 Potong Pasir 17,306 Punggol East 33,261 Radin Mas 31,001 Sengkang West 26,869 Whampoa 21,615 Yuhua 23,183 4-Member Group Representation ConstituenciesGroup Representation ConstituencyEstimated Number of Electors Holland-Bukit Timah 91,559 Moulmein-Kallang 87,498 5-Member Group Representation ConstituenciesGroup Representation ConstituencyEstimated Number of Electors Aljunied 143,024 Bishan-Toa Payoh 122,416 Chua Chu Kang 158,552 East Coast 120,207 Jurong 125,214 Ma…

GE: SDA eyes Punggol East, Radin Mas, Mountbatten SMCs

The Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) has expressed interest in contesting the Punggol East, Radin Mas and Mountbatten Single Member Constituencies (SMCs).

It will also field a team in the 6-member Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, said Secretary-General Desmond Lim.

GE: SDA eyes Punggol East, Radin Mas, Mountbatten SMCs [via]

Singapore Parliamentary Electoral Map 2011

For a pictorial view of the newly drawn Singapore Parliamentary Electoral Map 2011, please refer to this link.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has accepted the recommendations of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee.

The details were released on Thursday by Parliament, and is the first step and a clear sign, that Singaporeans will be headed for the polls soon.

Going by past elections, from the release of the Boundaries report - which spells out changes to constituencies - to polling day, it can take anywhere between 17 days and nearly six months.

Political parties usually map out their election strategies after the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee report is released.

That's because, the report recommends the size and the geographical boundaries of each constituency, which will affect the activities of parties trying to woo voters.

The committee recommended changes after looking at voter population growth.

This time, the committee was tasked to create a minimum of 12 sing…

Dr Gene Sharp - The man who wrote the revolution rulebook

Dr Gene Sharp is the man credited with the strategy behind the toppling of governments from Serbia to Egypt. For decades now, people living under authoritarian regimes have made a pilgrimage to Gene Sharp for advice. Has his advice helped millions of people around the world achieve their freedom without violence.

His key Steps on the Path to Revolution:
Develop a strategy for winning freedom and a vision of the society you wantOvercome fear by small acts of resistanceUse colours and symbols to demonstrate unity of resistanceLearn from historical examples of the successes of non-violent movementsUse non-violent "weapons"Identify the dictatorship's pillars of support and develop a strategy for undermining eachUse oppressive or brutal acts by the regime as a recruiting tool for your movementIsolate or remove from the movement people who use or advocate violence
Dictators are never as strong as they tell they are
Gene Sharp: Author of the nonviolent revolution rulebook [via]

Amazon Kindle commercial

Singapore Borders Massive Clearance Sale

Admission
Public - Free Admission

Venue
Singapore Expo Hall 3A

Time
10am to 9pm

Organiser
Borders Pte Ltd

Contact Details
Tel : +65 6854 7171
Fax : +65 6235 4981
Email : skchong@borders.com.sg
Website : www.borders.com.sg

Oil prices surge 7% on Libya unrest spiking as high as $98 a barrel

Benjamin Graham: The Godfather of Value Investing's Secret Formula

Benjamin Graham, the godfather of value investing and Warren Buffett's mentor, has a secret formula on value investing.

The Graham Number:

Fair Value of a Stock = Square Root of (22.5) x (Earnings Per Share) x (Book Value Per Share)

The math of the Graham number is relatively straightforward. Graham believed that the price-to-earnings (P/EPS) ratio should be no more than 15. He also believed that the price-to-book value (P/BVPS) ratio should be no more than 1.5.

From that, Graham proposed that -- as a rule of thumb -- the product of the two should not be more than 22.5. In other words, (P/EPS of 15) x (P/BVPS of 1.5) = 22.5.

Read more on Graham Number here.

Google VS Facebook

Google Docs Viewer supports even more file types

Google Docs Viewer has added support for a lot more new file formats. Now, you can now use it to open Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations from Office 2007 and Office 2010, Apple Pages files, PostScript documents, Microsoft XPS documents, TrueType fonts, graphics from Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk AutoCad and SVG files.

The 12 new file types:

Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)Apple Pages (.PAGES)Adobe Illustrator (.AI)Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)PostScript (.EPS, .PS)TrueType (.TTF)XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
In Gmail, these types of attachments will now show a “View” link, and clicking on this link will bring up the Google Docs Viewer.
12 new file formats in the Google Docs Viewer [via]

Movie Studio to arrive on Google Android Honeycomb - Movie Editing on the go

Chrome extension to filter spam domains from Search Results

Google has released a new Chrome extension Personal Blocklist so you can block sites from your search results and send the information back to Google. Domains marked as not useful will be later used to improve search results.

Download Personal Blocklist extension from Chrome Web Store now.

New Chrome extension: block sites from Google’s web search results [via]

UberTwitter, Twidroyd, UberCurrent apps blocked

Twitter has blocked popular UberTwitter, Twidroyd and UberCurrent apps because they are said to have violated Twitter's API Terms of Service. This move was mentioned on Twitter's support post.

Matt Graves, a spokesman from Twitter provided additional explanation:

Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren't limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users' Tweets in order to make money.

Budget 2011 - Information

Some key links on Singapore Budget 2011.
Budget SpeechBudget Highlights$3.2 billion Grow and Share PackageCPF rate revisionRadio and TV licence fees removed permanentlyTax cutsLevy increase for foreign workersS$10 billion home upgradingBenefits for HouseholdsOne-off Benefits for Households: $3.2 Billion ‘Grow & Share’ PackageLonger-Term Social Investments to Benefit Households: $3.4 Billion as Top-upsHousehold Benefits Calculator for 2011Benefits for BusinessesOne-off Measures for BusinessesLonger Term Measures for BusinessesBusiness Benefits Calculator

Androidify to be Androidified!

Androidify, available free from Android Market, lets you take the little green Android, and turn it into yourself, your friends, your family, anyone! Just like the Android platform is open, the Android robot can now be freely customized.

How does eCPM (Effective Cost Per Thousand Impressions) work?

The Google Adsense made a blog post with a video to help us understand the concept behind eCPM (Effective Cost Per Thousand Impressions).

Effective cost per thousand impressions (eCPM) is the amount of revenue you can expect to earn from AdSense for every 1000 impressions shown on your site.
The video created by the Adsense team comes in 2 parts. In the first part of the series, AdSense optimization specialist, Matthew Carpenter Arevalo, will introduce you to the basics of how eCPM is calculated and explain how to analyze the causes behind any changes in your eCPM.


Part 2 of the video series will be made available soon.

Understanding your eCPM (effective cost per thousand impressions): Part 1 of 2 [via]

Buffett gets Medal of Freedom

Investing guru Warren Buffett was bestowed the Medal of Freedom by the U.S. President Mr Obama, the nation's highest civilian honour, for his integrity and philanthropic activities.

Buffett is “not only one of the world's richest men,” he is “one of the most-respected,” Obama said during the ceremony in the White House East Room.
Buffett gets Medal of Freedom [via]

Singapore Polytechnic Food Court 6 - Just refurbished

WOW! Singapore Polytechnic Food Court 6, located at Business and IT blocks around T20-T22, is now so different. Colourful and cheery.

Basics of Photoshop: Basic Drawing with the Pen Tool

Sony PS3 Jailbreak Code

A 40-digit jailbreak code for the Sony Playstation 3 is making the rounds on Twitter after a Sony marketing account accidentally re-tweeted the code posted by a 24-year-old software developer.

A TwitPic of the code can be found here.

How to Jailbreak Your iOS 4.2.1 Device

Nokia announced partnership with Microsoft, phasing out Symbian and MeeGo

Nokia said Friday that the company will pursue a long-term relationship with Microsoft, and make its Windows Phone 7 operating system the foundation for its mobile phones. In return, Microsoft will integrate Nokia services into its own, such as Nokia Maps with Bing and AdCenter. Microsoft will provide Nokia with developer tools, and Nokia's application and content store will be integrated into the Microsoft Marketplace, the two companies said.

Symbian and MeeGo, the two other operating systems Nokia supported, will be de-emphasized and eventually phased out

Open Letter from CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia and CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft [via]

Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world. We both are in…

Google adds 2-step verification advanced sign-in security

Google on Thursday unveiled a new, two-step Google Account sign-in process intended to provide an extra, optional layer of security. When enabled, users will have to enter their passwords as well as a separate code that will be sent to mobile devices before gaining access to products like Gmail or Google Docs.


Over the next few days, you should be able to see a new link on your Account Settings page that looks like this:


If you are not seeing the new link now, just wait patiently for the gradual roll-up.

Advanced sign-in security for your Google account [via]

Google's Interactive Doodle for Jules Verne's Birthday - Explore the Ocean

Yesterday, Google celebrated the famous Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 183rd birthday by launching an animated doodle for it. The doodle tried to capture that sense of adventure and exploration.

Using CSS3 (and with help from our resident tech wizards Marcin Wichary and Kris Hom), the doodle enables anyone to navigate the Nautilus (nearly) 20,000 leagues with the simple pull of a lever. And for those using devices with built-in accelerometers and the latest versions of Google Chrome or Firefox, it’s even simpler—just tilt your device in the direction you want to explore and the Nautilus will follow.
If you have missed the doodle, watch the video below or explore the ocean from Google's Jules Verne doodle in full view and HD.


Happy birthday from 20,000 leagues under the sea [via]

S.H.E 我愛你(劇情完整版) MV - HQ

Unseen video footage from Egypt

Across the World with the Singapore Girl

Never Chicken Out (How to deal with ... ) Videos

Laughters ...




Borders may file for bankruptcy protection in February

Borders Group, the bookstore known to many for its comfortable couches and variety of books and magazines, is likely to file for bankruptcy protection after seeing sales drop and earnings plummet. On Friday, the company disclosed that it no longer complies with New York Stock Exchange rules that require it to maintain a minimum average trading price of US$1 a share over 30 days. At current, Borders is trading at US$0.393 per share.

I feel sad for them should they really file for bankruptcy.

Is Borders heading for its final chapter? [via]

Treasury passed China as currency manipulator but said yuan is substantially undervalued

In the previous biannual treasury reports on currencies, the U.S. Treasury refrained from labeling China a currency manipulator but took a tougher line than in past years, saying the yuan is "substantially undervalued" warning "progress thus far is insufficient and that more rapid progress is needed".

Members of Congress and others have urged the Obama administration to brand China a "currency manipulator," which, under U.S. law, would trigger negotiations and possible sanctions. But like his predecessors, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has tried to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels - criticizing Chinese policy and urging them to make changes without formally invoking U.S. law.

Treasury gives China a pass on currency manipulation [via]

IKEA stores are designed like a MAZE

IKEA stores are designed like a MAZE in order to prevent customers from leaving! Why?

According to Alan Penn, director of the Virtual Reality Centre for the Built Environment at University College London, Ikea's strategy is similar to that of out-of-town retail parks - keep customers inside for as long as they can.
Why shoppers find it so hard to escape from Ikea: Flatpack furniture stores are 'designed just like a maze' [via]

Dalai Lama: Fruit for thought

Here's a question that was posed to the Dalai Lama:

Q: What thing about humanity surprises you the most?

His answer was as follows:

Man.

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn't enjoy the present.
And as a result he doesn't live in the present or the future.
And he lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.

Egyptian protesters blew up gas pipeline to Israel

Hopefully the new regime in Cairo will respect the peace treat between Egypt and Israel, and not end up forming another Islamic majority together with Iran and the rest against the Jews, thus jeopardizing peace in the Middle East.

The blow up of gas supplies to Israel must not be a prelude to an Islamic 'Earthquake' in Middle East.

Attackers blow up Egypt gas pipeline to Israel [via]

Checklist for the financially sound

An informative article on the topic of Checklist for the financially sound posted on CPF IM$avvy.

Knowing how to budgetUnderstanding the importance of “paying yourself first”Appreciate the value of investingBe aware of the importance of insurance and protectionBeing knowledgeable about different kinds of debtDifferentiating between wants and needsSetting financial targets

CloudMagic - Add search as-you-type on Gmail, Google Docs, and Contacts

CloudMagic, the previously Gmail-only add-on that significantly speeds up searching, has extended its powers to cover your Google Docs and Contacts. Find documents, spreadsheets, and people without the wait for Google to return your results.

Listed below are the Google and Google apps account services that are supported:
EmailsContactsDocumentsSpreadsheetsPresentationsForms
With CloudMagic 2.0 you can refer to other emails & docs while composing a message without opening different tab or window. Similarly you can refer to any docs or emails while working on docs.


There are plans for CloudMagic to provide future support on Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, AOL, etc.

CloudMagic is a free add-on that works with Chrome and Firefox, on Windows, Mac, and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit). Go to their download link now to get the latest CloudMagic.

Integrated Instant Search for online data – Gmail, Google Docs & Contacts [via]

Stephen Colbert poked fun on Google and Bing copying of search result drama

Few days back, Google claimed that Microsoft Bing copied Google search results. Late last year, Google had run a sting operation that it said proved Bing had been watching what people searched for on Google, selected on the sites from Google’s results, then used that information to improve Bing’s own search listings.

However, Bing denied this. Microsoft's Bing Team then hit back at Google over accusations that it stole Google search results for its Bing search engine, accusing Google of engaging in a honeypot attack and going after the Bing because it was worried about its growth. Microsoft reiterated that they do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop.

Stephen Colbert, an American political satirist, writer, comedian and television host, the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, poked fun at the drama this week. Watch him on the video below:

Jess Lee Kar Wei (李佳薇) won Superstar Avenue (超級星光大道)

Jess Lee Kar Wei (李佳薇) has made Malaysia proud by winning the seventh season of Taiwan's wildly popular singing competition reality TV show "One Million Star" (also known as "Superstar Avenue" 超級星光大道).

One of the comments found on a YouTube video reads:

李佳薇不要回来这马来西亚发展。。。除非妳只想出新年"合集"。­。
has garnered 69 likes so far.

Malaysian wins Taiwan talent show [via]

超級星光大道 20110130 李佳薇 - 回家

Google Chrome 9.0 - Several new features

Google Chrome has released its latest stable version - 9.0. In it, there are several features and I shall list a few that are worth a try in my opinion.

1. WebGL

WebGL is a new technology which brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser.


The chrome team has put up a few demos that illustrate the use of WebGL - among them, Body Browser, WebGL Aquarium and WebGL Music Visualizer catch my attention.

2. Google Instant

With Chrome Instant (a.k.a. Google Instant), web pages that you frequently visit will begin loading as soon as you start typing the URL. It's disabled by default, so you need to enable it by checking "Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing" in the Options dialog.

3. Cloud Print

Cloud Print allows you to print from devices that can't communicate directly with printers. The first two applications that use Cloud Print are the mobile versions of Gmail and Google Docs. Like Instant, it is disabled by default. To enable it, go to Options > Und…

Mona Lisa identity debate again

Researchers from Italy have discovered the disputed identity of the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Silvano Vinceti, chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage, said the Florence-born Renaissance artist's male apprentice and possible lover Salai was the main inspiration for the picture. This is after having found similarities with the Mona Lisa's nose and mouth against earlier portraits, and close examination revealed an L for Leonardo and an S for Salai.

However, the claim was immediately disputed by experts at the Louvre in Paris, where the painting is on display.

The debate goes on again and again, possibly forever.

Official Blogger Android app

Finally! Blogger is playing catch up with times by releasing a mobile app for Android. With the app, blogging on-the-go is a possibility.

However, Blogger's Android app is really basic and does not offer too many features. Editing of existing post is not possible. The editor offered only lets you enter text and include one or more photos. You can add some labels and geotag your posts, taking advantage of your phone's GPS. There is an option to save a post as a draft, but you won't be able to publish it from a computer because it's only saved locally.

If you are already on the new Android marketplace (market.android.com), just click on https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.blogger and then choose install would invoke an automatic installation on your Android phone. In other words, QR Code is not required anymore (but I shall provide it as below anyway).


Android Market link: Blogger's app.

Introducing Blogger Android App [via]

Microsoft Bing's reply on Google's claim of possible copying of Search Results

Microsoft's Bing Team hit back at Google over accusations that it stole Google search results for its Bing search engine, accusing Google of engaging in a honeypot attack and going after the Bing because it was worried about its growth.

We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop.
Follow this link for the complete reply from the Bing Team.

Hotmail new alias feature allows you to use multiple email addresses on one account!

The Windows Live Team announced a new feature on Hotmail that allows user to create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account. The new aliasing feature makes it easy to use a different email address and still get all the benefits of Hotmail without having to change your primary email address and online identity.

Up to five aliases can be added per year to your Hotmail account, up to fifteen aliases in total, all designed to make it a lot easier to organize different types of email and personas in one Hotmail inbox without having to give out your primary email address if you don’t want to. Just simply give out the alias email address to the right group of users.

Email aliases let you create completely different email addresses that you can use to receive email into your primary account without anyone knowing what your primary email address is.
Hotmail delivers aliases to help you manage and secure your email account [via]

Internet officially runs out of IP Addresses

The Number Resource Organization (NRO), an industry group made up of five regional Internet provider registries, announced on Feb 3 that the free pool of available IPv4 addresses is now fully depleted. It had handed out the last of the available addresses on the old system.

The future of the Internet is in IPv6. All Internet stakeholders must now take definitive action to deploy IPv6.
The old system, called IPv4, uses a system of numbers, typically separated by decimals, like 192.0.6.148. IPv4 had about 4 billion addresses (32 bits), which ran out more rapidly after mobile devices with Internet connections became commonplace. Now all new Internet addresses will use IPv6, a system that has more numbers and characters, and is said to have enough spots for 340 trillion, trillion, trillion unique IP addresses (128 bits). The two systems aren't automatically compatible with each other, however, so service providers and network operators need to upgrade systems to ensure the transition i…

Starhub: Lunar New Year All Channels FREE Access 2 Feb – 7 Feb

As reported on Starhub,
This Lunar New Year, StarHub TV customers are rewarded with a festive bonus of a 5-day FREE viewing of over 130 channels* from 2 Feb 1200hrs till 7 Feb 1200hrs.

During this Free Preview period, you can have non-stop unlimited access to a wide range of action, comedy, movies, drama, edutainment and sports programmes simply by tuning in to the respective channels.

StarHub Mobile customers with StarHub TV on Mobile supported handsets will also be able to enjoy the Free Preview of all 31 StarHub TV on Mobile channels.

Google unveiled the new Android market for the Web

Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today, Google has unveiled the Android Market website (http://market.android.com/) that lets you browse and search for great apps right from your web browser. You can also send apps directly to your Android device and install them over the air with just a few clicks—no wires needed.

And what about all those apps you’ve already purchased and downloaded? Sign in to the website with your Google account and click “My Market Account” to see all the apps you’ve purchased or downloaded. It makes managing all your apps quite easy.
Am pretty amazed that Google actually knows the maker of my phone, model and carrier.


Introducing the Android Market website [via]

Growing but Ageing Muslim Demographics

Islam is growing. But ageing and slowing. That will change the world.


A waxing crescent [via]

Google Chrome passes 10% browser market share; Internet Explorer remains top

According to a research conducted by NetMarketShare, Chrome surpassed 10% share of global browser usage for the first time in January by gaining 0.72% share month to month.


Browser Wars: Chrome Breaks 10%, Internet Explorer 8.0 Gains Big, Internet Explorer 6.0 Decline Accelerates [via]

Is Microsoft Bing copying Google search results?

Danny Sullivan wrote a blog post on Google's claims that Bing copies Google search results.

Late last year, Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings. Bing doesn’t deny this.

Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results [via]

How to add Facebook Like button on Blogger Blogspot?

How do I add Facebook Like button on Blogger Blogspot?
Changing Blogspot Template to add Facebook Like
Login to your Blogspot account

Go to Design or Layout mode

Proceed to click on Edit HTML link

In Edit Template mode, check the Expand Widget Templates checkbox to show all hidden codes

Search and look for <data:post.body/>

Insert the following code snippet right after <data:post.body/>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'> <iframe allowTransparency='true' expr:src='"http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=" + data:post.url + "&layout=standard&show_faces=false&width=100&action=like&font=arial&colorscheme=light"' frameborder='0' scrolling='no' style='border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:40px;'/> </b:if>Click on Save Template button to commit changes