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Excerpts from what the art lovers of Gujarat have to say on Karsandas Pay & Use. #KPNU #MovieReview #GujaratiFilm #NowInCinemas Proud to be an active part of this novel film.

Excerpts from what the art lovers of Gujarat have to say on Karsandas Pay & Use. #KPNU #MovieReview #GujaratiFilm #NowInCinemas Proud to be an active part of this novel film.

Excerpts from what the art lovers of Gujarat have to say on Karsandas Pay & Use. #KPNU #MovieReview #GujaratiFilm #NowInCinemas Proud to be an active part of this novel film.

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... Sling and swing is the name of the game in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ... Activision and Beenox know their Spider-Man games. This marks the fourth Spider-Man adventure the developer has crafted, and we recently had the chance to go hands on with the Xbox 360 version of the game. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is due out for 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U on April 29 – just in time for the movie, which hits theaters on May 2.

... Sling and swing is the name of the game in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ... Activision and Beenox know their Spider-Man games. This marks the fourth Spider-Man adventure the developer has crafted, and we recently had the chance to go hands on with the Xbox 360 version of the game. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is due out for 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U on April 29 – just in time for the movie, which hits theaters on May 2.

... Sling and swing is the name of the game in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ... Activision and Beenox know their Spider-Man games. This marks the fourth Spider-Man adventure the developer has crafted, and we recently had the chance to go hands on with the Xbox 360 version of the game. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is due out for 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U on April 29 – just in time for the movie, which hits theaters on May 2.

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EIGHT devices in one! Lucid Design has come up with something that we are generally accustomed to think of as some extraterrestrial tech or some Sci-Fi movie flick. LifeHub by Lucid Design is in its truest sense, the confluence of multiple technologies that marks the beginning of a new era and annihilates many other technologies. Amazingly, this one compact gadget boasts the abilities of seven different devices. LifeHub includes eight, yes EIGHT, devices in one! A projector, a Bluetooth speaker, a wallet, a key, a headset, a smartphone and a watch in one! Your desire to own LifeHub will be greater than your desire to own an iPhone!

EIGHT devices in one! Lucid Design has come up with something that we are generally accustomed to think of as some extraterrestrial tech or some Sci-Fi movie flick. LifeHub by Lucid Design is in its truest sense, the confluence of multiple technologies that marks the beginning of a new era and annihilates many other technologies. Amazingly, this one compact gadget boasts the abilities of seven different devices. LifeHub includes eight, yes EIGHT, devices in one! A projector, a Bluetooth speaker, a wallet, a key, a headset, a smartphone and a watch in one! Your desire to own LifeHub will be greater than your desire to own an iPhone!

EIGHT devices in one! Lucid Design has come up with something that we are generally accustomed to think of as some extraterrestrial tech or some Sci-Fi movie flick. LifeHub by Lucid Design is in its truest sense, the confluence of multiple technologies that marks the beginning of a new era and annihilates many other technologies. Amazingly, this one compact gadget boasts the abilities of seven different devices. LifeHub includes eight, yes EIGHT, devices in one! A projector, a Bluetooth speaker, a wallet, a key, a headset, a smartphone and a watch in one! Your desire to own LifeHub will be greater than your desire to own an iPhone!

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:: iStabilizer Dolly lets you capture movies in a steady manner :: iStabilizer, the name behind universal lightweight and compact tripods that are used by plenty of people worldwide who want to create their own home videos without professional equipment and yet with the end result looking steady, this is where the iStabilizer Dolly comes in handy. This innovative camera dolly from iStabilizer will transform shaky and amateur travel videos, YouTube clips, blog post, time-lapse and panning shots, into smooth stunning works of art.

:: iStabilizer Dolly lets you capture movies in a steady manner :: iStabilizer, the name behind universal lightweight and compact tripods that are used by plenty of people worldwide who want to create their own home videos without professional equipment and yet with the end result looking steady, this is where the iStabilizer Dolly comes in handy. This innovative camera dolly from iStabilizer will transform shaky and amateur travel videos, YouTube clips, blog post, time-lapse and panning shots, into smooth stunning works of art.

:: iStabilizer Dolly lets you capture movies in a steady manner :: iStabilizer, the name behind universal lightweight and compact tripods that are used by plenty of people worldwide who want to create their own home videos without professional equipment and yet with the end result looking steady, this is where the iStabilizer Dolly comes in handy. This innovative camera dolly from iStabilizer will transform shaky and amateur travel videos, YouTube clips, blog post, time-lapse and panning shots, into smooth stunning works of art.

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:: D-Link MovieNite Plus announced :: D-Link has just announced its latest peripheral – the MovieNite Plus, also known as the DSM-312 if model .Movies are not the only thing you can stream, as the D-Link MovieNite Plus also does music as well – not to mention content from VUDU, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and in due time, Hulu Plus. You can also turn your TV into a digital photo album with the MovieNite Plus working in tandem with Picasa, letting you share memories in HD quality.

:: D-Link MovieNite Plus announced :: D-Link has just announced its latest peripheral – the MovieNite Plus, also known as the DSM-312 if model .Movies are not the only thing you can stream, as the D-Link MovieNite Plus also does music as well – not to mention content from VUDU, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and in due time, Hulu Plus. You can also turn your TV into a digital photo album with the MovieNite Plus working in tandem with Picasa, letting you share memories in HD quality.

:: D-Link MovieNite Plus announced :: D-Link has just announced its latest peripheral – the MovieNite Plus, also known as the DSM-312 if model .Movies are not the only thing you can stream, as the D-Link MovieNite Plus also does music as well – not to mention content from VUDU, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and in due time, Hulu Plus. You can also turn your TV into a digital photo album with the MovieNite Plus working in tandem with Picasa, letting you share memories in HD quality.

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:: YouTube Auto Converting Uploaded Short 1080p Movies To 3D :: Today YouTube is expanding their 3D service to now include any short videos that are uploaded. So rather than having to click a button to convert your short movie into 3D. YouTube will now automatically convert 1080p short movies directly to 3D as they are uploaded. The new service will make it easier for YouTube users to now view movies in 3D by simply clicking on the “Gear” icon within the YouTube player to view it in glorious 3D. But don’t forget you will need to be wearing a pair of 3D glasses. YouTube explains: To give you more dimension on 3D, here’s some background how the conversion technology works at YouTube. Since last September we’ve been constantly improving the underlying technology, which now uses several techniques: We use a combination of video characteristics such as color, spatial layout and motion to estimate a depth map for each frame of a monoscopic video sequence. We use machine learning from the growing number of true 3D videos on YouTube to learn video depth characteristics and apply them in depth estimation. The generated depth map and the original monoscopic frame create a stereo 3D left-right pair, that a stereo display system needs to display a video as 3D..

:: YouTube Auto Converting Uploaded Short 1080p Movies To 3D :: Today YouTube is expanding their 3D service to now include any short videos that are uploaded. So rather than having to click a button to convert your short movie into 3D. YouTube will now automatically convert 1080p short movies directly to 3D as they are uploaded. The new service will make it easier for YouTube users to now view movies in 3D by simply clicking on the “Gear” icon within the YouTube player to view it in glorious 3D. But don’t forget you will need to be wearing a pair of 3D glasses. YouTube explains: To give you more dimension on 3D, here’s some background how the conversion technology works at YouTube. Since last September we’ve been constantly improving the underlying technology, which now uses several techniques: We use a combination of video characteristics such as color, spatial layout and motion to estimate a depth map for each frame of a monoscopic video sequence. We use machine learning from the growing number of true 3D videos on YouTube to learn video depth characteristics and apply them in depth estimation. The generated depth map and the original monoscopic frame create a stereo 3D left-right pair, that a stereo display system needs to display a video as 3D..

:: YouTube Auto Converting Uploaded Short 1080p Movies To 3D :: Today YouTube is expanding their 3D service to now include any short videos that are uploaded. So rather than having to click a button to convert your short movie into 3D. YouTube will now automatically convert 1080p short movies directly to 3D as they are uploaded. The new service will make it easier for YouTube users to now view movies in 3D by simply clicking on the “Gear” icon within the YouTube player to view it in glorious 3D. But don’t forget you will need to be wearing a pair of 3D glasses. YouTube explains: To give you more dimension on 3D, here’s some background how the conversion technology works at YouTube. Since last September we’ve been constantly improving the underlying technology, which now uses several techniques: We use a combination of video characteristics such as color, spatial layout and motion to estimate a depth map for each frame of a monoscopic video sequence. We use machine learning from the growing number of true 3D videos on YouTube to learn video depth characteristics and apply them in depth estimation. The generated depth map and the original monoscopic frame create a stereo 3D left-right pair, that a stereo display system needs to display a video as 3D..

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:: Steve Jobs honoured at the 54th Grammy Awards :: The Trustees Awards at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony which recognise contributions to the music industry in areas other than performance, were awarded to band leader Dave Bartholomew, jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder and Apple impresario Steve Jobs. The Grammys honoured Jobs citing the late Apple boss' advancements that "transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books."Grammy organisers called him a "creative visionary" for Apple Inc. innovations that include the iPod, iPhone and iPad. "Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him," said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services at Apple."He told us that music shaped his life. It made him who he was. Everyone who knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and the Beatles had on him." The ceremony, already a somber event because many of the recipients recently passed away or weren't healthy enough to attend, was further marred when those in attendance learned Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon. Source:- ibnlive.in

:: Steve Jobs honoured at the 54th Grammy Awards :: The Trustees Awards at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony which recognise contributions to the music industry in areas other than performance, were awarded to band leader Dave Bartholomew, jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder and Apple impresario Steve Jobs. The Grammys honoured Jobs citing the late Apple boss' advancements that "transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books."Grammy organisers called him a "creative visionary" for Apple Inc. innovations that include the iPod, iPhone and iPad. "Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him," said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services at Apple."He told us that music shaped his life. It made him who he was. Everyone who knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and the Beatles had on him." The ceremony, already a somber event because many of the recipients recently passed away or weren't healthy enough to attend, was further marred when those in attendance learned Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon. Source:- ibnlive.in

:: Steve Jobs honoured at the 54th Grammy Awards :: The Trustees Awards at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony which recognise contributions to the music industry in areas other than performance, were awarded to band leader Dave Bartholomew, jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder and Apple impresario Steve Jobs. The Grammys honoured Jobs citing the late Apple boss' advancements that "transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books."Grammy organisers called him a "creative visionary" for Apple Inc. innovations that include the iPod, iPhone and iPad. "Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him," said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software and services at Apple."He told us that music shaped his life. It made him who he was. Everyone who knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and the Beatles had on him." The ceremony, already a somber event because many of the recipients recently passed away or weren't healthy enough to attend, was further marred when those in attendance learned Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon. Source:- ibnlive.in

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:: All that happened on Internet Blackout Day :: January 18 - Internet Blackout Day - is a date that will live in ignorance, as the world's largest encyclopaedia Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of the English version of the website. Wikipedia joined other big and small websites in a protest against pending US legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content. Wikipedia and other proponents of a free Internet believe that if Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are passed it "will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States." It is the first time the English site has been blacked out. Wikipedia's Italian site came down once briefly in protest to an Internet censorship bill put forward by the Berlusconi government. The bill did not advance. The decision was reached after polling the community of contributors, but dissenters say political advocacy undermines the site's mission as a neutral source. However, it's not complete: the block could be bypassed by changing browser settings to disable JavaScript, or by using the version of the site designed for cellphone screens. Unlike Wikipedia, Google didn't black out its entire website but only its logo, reminiscent of the doodles that the search engine giant puts up to commemorate special occasions. Google also directed users to a page titled "End Piracy, Not Liberty" that put together information on why SOPA and the PIPA are wrong and users could also add their names to a petition against the bills. "Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet," said a Google spokeswoman. The legislation being debated in the US Congress target foreign websites that violate copyrights online by banning US companies from providing them with advertising, payment or other Internet services. The Internet companies are concerned that the legislation, if passed, could be used to target legitimate sites where users share content. US payment processors and advertisers would have to end service to foreign websites that copyright holders say are infringing their rights, or be liable to be sued. Search engines and Internet companies would be banned from providing links to infringing sites. Critics of the proposed legislation argue that the proposals would stifle Internet innovation and online freedom, a key driver of US and global economic growth. The White House raised concerns over the weekend, pledging to work with Congress to battle piracy and counterfeiting while defending free expression, privacy and innovation in the Internet. The administration signalled it might use its veto power, if necessary. With public sentiment on the bill shifting in recent weeks and an implicit veto threat now emerging from the White House, Congressional staffers are resigning themselves to writing replacement language or possibly entirely new bills. Three key section of the existing legislation seem likely to remain. They comprise provisions aimed at getting search engines to disable links to foreign infringing sites; provisions that cut off advertising services to those sites; and provisions that cut off payment processing. But critical provisions that would require Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications and Comcast Corp. to cut off infringing sites through a technology known as DNS blocking are now likely to be eliminated. Critics have said that such measures would only encourage people to navigate the web in riskier ways, with modified browsers or other tweaks that could lead to their Internet sessions getting hijacked by scammers. Lawmakers had already been coming around to the realisation they would have to hold back on the DNS-blocking provisions. Supporters of the bills include movie and music companies such as Walt Disney, content providers such as the National Football League and News Corp., pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, and the US Chamber of Commerce. They argue the bills' sweeping provisions are necessary to shutter the burgeoning numbers of foreign-based cybercrime sites that sell counterfeit goods, pirated software or fake pharmaceuticals, or stream copyrighted content like music and movies. Reddit.com shut down its social news service for 12 hours. Other sites made their views clear without cutting off surfers. Wordpress, one of the world's most popular blogging platforms, also put its weight behind the protests by blacking out the homepage of Wordpress.org. Thousands of Wordpress-powered blogs also joined in using one of the many SOPA Blackout plugins made available by developers. Local listings site Craiglist took a middle route, changing its local home pages to a black screen directing users to an anti-legislation page. After 10 seconds, a link to the main site appears on the home page, but some surfers missed that and were fooled into thinking the whole site was blacked out. Topics related to the Internet Blackout Day dominated the top Twitter trends on Wednesday, but the protest did not get Twitter itself getting involved in a direct role. "Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish," Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted, but he followed up with a Tweet stating the company will continue to take an active role in opposing the bills. That position of criticising the bills, but sitting out the blackout is echoed by many big tech companies, including several who wrote to Congress in November to complain about the legislation, such as AOL Inc, eBay Inc, Mozilla and Zynga Inc. "We are not adjusting the consumer experience on our properties tomorrow, but we will be helping to drive awareness of key issues around these bills to our users," said Tekedra Mawakana, senior vice president for public policy at AOL. In November, a number of technology companies wrote to key lawmakers expressing opposition to the bill, including eBay, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Mozilla. Supporters of the bill were quick to attack the protests. "This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts," said Lamar Smith, chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee and a sponsor of SOPA. "Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy." Former US senator Chris Dodd, who now chairs the Motion Picture Association of America, labelled the blackout a "gimmick" and called for its supporters to "stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy." Internet Blackout Day got thousands of websites to participate and generated public discussion and succeeded in attracting the attention of lawmakers and industry leaders backing the bills. Source:- ibnlive.com

:: All that happened on Internet Blackout Day :: January 18 - Internet Blackout Day - is a date that will live in ignorance, as the world's largest encyclopaedia Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of the English version of the website. Wikipedia joined other big and small websites in a protest against pending US legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content. Wikipedia and other proponents of a free Internet believe that if Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are passed it "will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States." It is the first time the English site has been blacked out. Wikipedia's Italian site came down once briefly in protest to an Internet censorship bill put forward by the Berlusconi government. The bill did not advance. The decision was reached after polling the community of contributors, but dissenters say political advocacy undermines the site's mission as a neutral source. However, it's not complete: the block could be bypassed by changing browser settings to disable JavaScript, or by using the version of the site designed for cellphone screens. Unlike Wikipedia, Google didn't black out its entire website but only its logo, reminiscent of the doodles that the search engine giant puts up to commemorate special occasions. Google also directed users to a page titled "End Piracy, Not Liberty" that put together information on why SOPA and the PIPA are wrong and users could also add their names to a petition against the bills. "Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet," said a Google spokeswoman. The legislation being debated in the US Congress target foreign websites that violate copyrights online by banning US companies from providing them with advertising, payment or other Internet services. The Internet companies are concerned that the legislation, if passed, could be used to target legitimate sites where users share content. US payment processors and advertisers would have to end service to foreign websites that copyright holders say are infringing their rights, or be liable to be sued. Search engines and Internet companies would be banned from providing links to infringing sites. Critics of the proposed legislation argue that the proposals would stifle Internet innovation and online freedom, a key driver of US and global economic growth. The White House raised concerns over the weekend, pledging to work with Congress to battle piracy and counterfeiting while defending free expression, privacy and innovation in the Internet. The administration signalled it might use its veto power, if necessary. With public sentiment on the bill shifting in recent weeks and an implicit veto threat now emerging from the White House, Congressional staffers are resigning themselves to writing replacement language or possibly entirely new bills. Three key section of the existing legislation seem likely to remain. They comprise provisions aimed at getting search engines to disable links to foreign infringing sites; provisions that cut off advertising services to those sites; and provisions that cut off payment processing. But critical provisions that would require Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications and Comcast Corp. to cut off infringing sites through a technology known as DNS blocking are now likely to be eliminated. Critics have said that such measures would only encourage people to navigate the web in riskier ways, with modified browsers or other tweaks that could lead to their Internet sessions getting hijacked by scammers. Lawmakers had already been coming around to the realisation they would have to hold back on the DNS-blocking provisions. Supporters of the bills include movie and music companies such as Walt Disney, content providers such as the National Football League and News Corp., pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, and the US Chamber of Commerce. They argue the bills' sweeping provisions are necessary to shutter the burgeoning numbers of foreign-based cybercrime sites that sell counterfeit goods, pirated software or fake pharmaceuticals, or stream copyrighted content like music and movies. Reddit.com shut down its social news service for 12 hours. Other sites made their views clear without cutting off surfers. Wordpress, one of the world's most popular blogging platforms, also put its weight behind the protests by blacking out the homepage of Wordpress.org. Thousands of Wordpress-powered blogs also joined in using one of the many SOPA Blackout plugins made available by developers. Local listings site Craiglist took a middle route, changing its local home pages to a black screen directing users to an anti-legislation page. After 10 seconds, a link to the main site appears on the home page, but some surfers missed that and were fooled into thinking the whole site was blacked out. Topics related to the Internet Blackout Day dominated the top Twitter trends on Wednesday, but the protest did not get Twitter itself getting involved in a direct role. "Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish," Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted, but he followed up with a Tweet stating the company will continue to take an active role in opposing the bills. That position of criticising the bills, but sitting out the blackout is echoed by many big tech companies, including several who wrote to Congress in November to complain about the legislation, such as AOL Inc, eBay Inc, Mozilla and Zynga Inc. "We are not adjusting the consumer experience on our properties tomorrow, but we will be helping to drive awareness of key issues around these bills to our users," said Tekedra Mawakana, senior vice president for public policy at AOL. In November, a number of technology companies wrote to key lawmakers expressing opposition to the bill, including eBay, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Mozilla. Supporters of the bill were quick to attack the protests. "This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts," said Lamar Smith, chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee and a sponsor of SOPA. "Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy." Former US senator Chris Dodd, who now chairs the Motion Picture Association of America, labelled the blackout a "gimmick" and called for its supporters to "stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy." Internet Blackout Day got thousands of websites to participate and generated public discussion and succeeded in attracting the attention of lawmakers and industry leaders backing the bills. Source:- ibnlive.com

:: All that happened on Internet Blackout Day :: January 18 - Internet Blackout Day - is a date that will live in ignorance, as the world's largest encyclopaedia Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of the English version of the website. Wikipedia joined other big and small websites in a protest against pending US legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content. Wikipedia and other proponents of a free Internet believe that if Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are passed it "will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States." It is the first time the English site has been blacked out. Wikipedia's Italian site came down once briefly in protest to an Internet censorship bill put forward by the Berlusconi government. The bill did not advance. The decision was reached after polling the community of contributors, but dissenters say political advocacy undermines the site's mission as a neutral source. However, it's not complete: the block could be bypassed by changing browser settings to disable JavaScript, or by using the version of the site designed for cellphone screens. Unlike Wikipedia, Google didn't black out its entire website but only its logo, reminiscent of the doodles that the search engine giant puts up to commemorate special occasions. Google also directed users to a page titled "End Piracy, Not Liberty" that put together information on why SOPA and the PIPA are wrong and users could also add their names to a petition against the bills. "Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet," said a Google spokeswoman. The legislation being debated in the US Congress target foreign websites that violate copyrights online by banning US companies from providing them with advertising, payment or other Internet services. The Internet companies are concerned that the legislation, if passed, could be used to target legitimate sites where users share content. US payment processors and advertisers would have to end service to foreign websites that copyright holders say are infringing their rights, or be liable to be sued. Search engines and Internet companies would be banned from providing links to infringing sites. Critics of the proposed legislation argue that the proposals would stifle Internet innovation and online freedom, a key driver of US and global economic growth. The White House raised concerns over the weekend, pledging to work with Congress to battle piracy and counterfeiting while defending free expression, privacy and innovation in the Internet. The administration signalled it might use its veto power, if necessary. With public sentiment on the bill shifting in recent weeks and an implicit veto threat now emerging from the White House, Congressional staffers are resigning themselves to writing replacement language or possibly entirely new bills. Three key section of the existing legislation seem likely to remain. They comprise provisions aimed at getting search engines to disable links to foreign infringing sites; provisions that cut off advertising services to those sites; and provisions that cut off payment processing. But critical provisions that would require Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications and Comcast Corp. to cut off infringing sites through a technology known as DNS blocking are now likely to be eliminated. Critics have said that such measures would only encourage people to navigate the web in riskier ways, with modified browsers or other tweaks that could lead to their Internet sessions getting hijacked by scammers. Lawmakers had already been coming around to the realisation they would have to hold back on the DNS-blocking provisions. Supporters of the bills include movie and music companies such as Walt Disney, content providers such as the National Football League and News Corp., pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, and the US Chamber of Commerce. They argue the bills' sweeping provisions are necessary to shutter the burgeoning numbers of foreign-based cybercrime sites that sell counterfeit goods, pirated software or fake pharmaceuticals, or stream copyrighted content like music and movies. Reddit.com shut down its social news service for 12 hours. Other sites made their views clear without cutting off surfers. Wordpress, one of the world's most popular blogging platforms, also put its weight behind the protests by blacking out the homepage of Wordpress.org. Thousands of Wordpress-powered blogs also joined in using one of the many SOPA Blackout plugins made available by developers. Local listings site Craiglist took a middle route, changing its local home pages to a black screen directing users to an anti-legislation page. After 10 seconds, a link to the main site appears on the home page, but some surfers missed that and were fooled into thinking the whole site was blacked out. Topics related to the Internet Blackout Day dominated the top Twitter trends on Wednesday, but the protest did not get Twitter itself getting involved in a direct role. "Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish," Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted, but he followed up with a Tweet stating the company will continue to take an active role in opposing the bills. That position of criticising the bills, but sitting out the blackout is echoed by many big tech companies, including several who wrote to Congress in November to complain about the legislation, such as AOL Inc, eBay Inc, Mozilla and Zynga Inc. "We are not adjusting the consumer experience on our properties tomorrow, but we will be helping to drive awareness of key issues around these bills to our users," said Tekedra Mawakana, senior vice president for public policy at AOL. In November, a number of technology companies wrote to key lawmakers expressing opposition to the bill, including eBay, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Mozilla. Supporters of the bill were quick to attack the protests. "This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts," said Lamar Smith, chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee and a sponsor of SOPA. "Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy." Former US senator Chris Dodd, who now chairs the Motion Picture Association of America, labelled the blackout a "gimmick" and called for its supporters to "stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy." Internet Blackout Day got thousands of websites to participate and generated public discussion and succeeded in attracting the attention of lawmakers and industry leaders backing the bills. Source:- ibnlive.com

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:: Crazy Tech Predictions for 2012:: 1. Facebook Buys Digg :- Facebook’s 2012 will look a lot like its 2011: More growth, more change. Still, it hasn’t quite broken through on the content curation and voting side of things. With all the frictionless sharing people will be doing, they may no longer think about accumulating “likes.” Digg started using Facebook’s OpenGraph in 2011, which makes it easy to share what you’re reading on Digg to Facebook. As I see it, this is simply the first step on the road to a much deeper relationship. When Facebook buys Digg next year, users will get the ability to “Digg” not only profile pages, but people. That’s right, you could really “Digg” someone on Facebook. It’s so 1976, but also so cool. 2.Scientists and Hollywood Develop New Way to End Movies :- 3D has pretty much flopped, and it’s getting tougher and tougher to get movie-goers into theaters. Scientists will partner with Hollywood studios to unveil a new technology known as “Fresh Ends.” Using CGI, Hollywood script writers, voice and context recognition and logic algorithms, Fresh Ends technology will generate new endings for some of the world’s most popular films. These slightly rewritten movies will be re-released to theaters — just like the 3D rereleases — and are expected to add 15- to 20% additional box office returns to each film. For now, Fresh Ends only works with movies shot digitally. 3.Apple Intros a 5-inch Tablet Phone Hybrid :- Sorry, no iPhone 5 or iPad 3. Unable to decide whether it should deliver a 7-inch iPad 3 or a 4.5-inch iPhone 5,Apple comes down squarely in the middle with a giant handheld that, naturally, makes calls and is almost large enough to be a usable tablet. The hidden bonus? It’s also a fully functional HDTV. Apple, however, will remain mum for most of the year on whether or not it plans on actually delivering a larger Apple iTV. 4.Google+ Takes Center Stage :- Virtually unchanged for more than a decade, Google’s search page undergoes a subtle, yet important transformation. The search giant places a “+” sign right next to the “Google” Logo. But the change is more than logo-deep. If you hit your own “+” sign on your keyboard before typing in your search query, all results will feature Google+ search results on top. If you hit “+” twice, your search query can be used to launch a new Google+ post. You’ll still have to select which circles you want to share your search query with. Rumors will swirl throughout 2012 that Google wants to rename the entire company “Google+".