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Remember Sabeer Bhatia, the co founder of Hotmail, the first ever web based email service. Now he is back with another service called Live Documentswhich has all the features of Microsoft Office 2007 and is available for free online.

Live Documents is a fully featured online office suite whose functionality is equivalent to that of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It has been developed using Java and Flash and allows users to access and edit there documents using any browser from anywhere and from any platform. The interface is flash based and offers the users a rich visual experience in doing there task.

It will also be available as a standalone desktop application which will wrap around the existing Microsoft Office and will add some collaborative capabilities to it. Your Microsoft Office wont be a standalone application anymore as it will enable users to share there documents online which can be edited by several users at the same time. It will also have several security and access control for better management.The Live Documents desktop client will also ensure offline access to documents – a feature which is not there in current office online applications.

Users can work online as well offline based on what they like and there work will be synchronized between online and offline versions. Live Documents is currently available in preview mode on an invitation basis. You can register for an invite here. Though i dont think it will have the same success as that of Hotmail, it is still a good product to look forward too. Wonder what Microsoft will be thinking? Will they purchase it too like in case of hotmail?

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A few months ago, while surfing the net and trying to open Orkut i got a strange message on my computer screen which said “Orkut is banned you fool, The administrators didnt write this program guess who did?? MUHAHAHA!!” and the browser closed. I didnt think it was a virus as i had AVG installed on my system and i had faith in it. I tried it on different machines which were part of the Local Area Network and each gave the same message while opening Orkut and Youtube. Each machine had AVG or Norton installed. I ran an Antivirus scan and it also didnt detect any virus or spyware. I decided to search on the net for this problem and thats when i discovered that my computer was infected with the W32.USBWorm virus which displayed such messages while opening Orkut and Youtube. Here are a few simple steps which you can follow to remove this virus if this has infected your system too.

* Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and go to processes tab

* Locate svchost.exe under the image name. There will be many processes by that name but look for the ones which have your username under the username. Just kill these processes by pressing Del key.Only kill those which have your username under the username and leave the rest
* Open the run command and type C:\heap41a and press enter. This is a hidden folder. Delete all the contents of this folder
* Open the registry by typing regedit in the run box
* Search for heap41a in the registry by using the find command
* You will get something like this “[winlogon] C:\heap41a\svchost.exe C:\heap(some number)\std.txt“. Just delete the entries by pressing the del key
* Close the registry editor

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California (AP) — It’s hard to believe Google Inc. actually looked vulnerable just two months ago. The Internet search leader’s stock had plummeted 45 percent from its peak. And its two biggest rivals, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., appeared poised to combine forces and launch a double-barreled attack.

But as Google holds its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, the company looks stronger than ever. Its stock is hot again and Microsoft has scrapped its plans to buy Yahoo, with Google playing the spoiler’s role.

Google is winning again. What a surprise,” said Canaccord Adams analyst Colin Gillis. “If you want to invest in the Internet space, where else do you want to be but Google?”

More investors have been coming to that conclusion since last month, when Google’s stellar first-quarter results cast aside concerns that the drooping U.S. economy would depress the online advertising spending that generates most of the company’s profit.

Google shares have surged 29 percent since the first-quarter report, regaining a little more than half of the $100 billion in shareholder wealth that evaporated as the stock plunged from an all-time high of $747 last November to a 52-week low of $412 in mid-March.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Yahoo are again trying to figure out how to lessen Google’s dominance of Internet search and advertising.

Microsoft hoped to throw Google for a loop by buying Yahoo for $47.5 billion. Unnerved by the threat, Google worked behind the scenes with Yahoo to thwart Microsoft’s unsolicited takeover attempt.

The counterattack now has Yahoo considering a deal that would allow Google to sell some of the ads displayed alongside the search results on Yahoo’s Web site. The alliance, which has already been tested in a two-week trial, will likely hinge on whether the two companies can persuade antitrust regulators the partnership wouldn’t undermine competition in the ad market.

Even if a Google-Yahoo pact isn’t consummated, the threat of it helped drive Microsoft away from Yahoo for now. Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer cited Yahoo’s negotiations with Google as one of the major reasons the Redmond, Washington-based company decided to abandon its takeover attempt.

Yahoo is considering the Google deal because it believes its rival’s superior ad-serving technology will boost its profits. But by acknowledging the shortcomings of its own ad system, Yahoo could end up driving even more business to Google even if their partnership doesn’t pan out.

Google is still in the driver’s seat either way,” said analyst Martin Pyykkonen of Global Crown Capital.

Perhaps Google’s only glaring weakness is its dependence on those ubiquitous ad links that appear alongside search results and other content on thousands of Web sites. They have generated virtually all of the $42 billion in revenue that has poured into the company’s coffers since 2003, even though Google has invested billions to build software applications for businesses and an array of other products.

Google wants to sell more visual advertising through its two biggest acquisitions — video-sharing site YouTube and DoubleClick, which specializes in the Internet’s equivalent of billboards.

The DoubleClick deal, completed for $3.2 billion in March, represents the first time that Google will have to absorb hundreds of new employees into its work force. The acquisition also prompted Google to make the first mass layoffs in its nearly 10-year history. At least 300 of DoubleClick‘s 1,500 workers are expected to lose their jobs, and the number could rise in the months ahead.

Google also has been losing some of its top talent to rising Internet star Facebook Inc., which runs an online hangout with about 70 million users worldwide.

Sheryl Sandberg, formerly Google’s vice president of global online sales, became Facebook’s chief operating officer in March. This week Elliot Schrage, Google’s head of communications, announced he is taking a similar job at Facebook. Google also has seen a couple of top engineers move to Facebook.

But Google’s challenges are outweighed by its opportunities.

Besides developing more ad avenues on the Internet, Google is extending its reach into television, radio and mobile phones. In its latest push into the mobile market, Google on Wednesday disclosed a $400 million investment into a new high-speed network being developed by Clearwire and Sprint Nextel.

Google’s success and bold ambitions figure to make its shareholder event a congenial affair, much like the three previous meetings that the Mountain View-based company has held since going public in August 2004.

Meanwhile, Yahoo is girding for what’s likely to be the most contentious meeting in its 12-year history as public company. The meeting, scheduled for July 3, will provide a forum for Yahoo’s angry shareholders to excoriate — and possibly oust — the company’s board for its handling of the Microsoft bid.

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NASA extends Saturn mission

NASA says it is extending the international Cassini mission that is touring Saturn and its moons for another two years.

The space agency announced the extension Tuesday. Since 2004, the unmanned probe has beamed back about 140,000 images. Its prime mission is slated to end in July.

The agency says the $160 million extension will allow Cassini to make 60 more revolutions around the ringed planet and fly by its largest moon, Titan, and four other satellites.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is funded by NASA and the European and Italian space agencies. Its original cost was $3.3 billion including $2.6 billion from the United States.

The mission is studying Saturn’s rings, atmosphere, storms and moons.

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Information Technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is “the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware.” IT deals with the use of electronic computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit, and securely retrieve information.

Today, the term information technology has ballooned to encompass many aspects of computing and technology, and the term is more recognizable than ever before. The information technology umbrella can be quite large, covering many fields. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. A few of the duties that IT professionals perform may include data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as the management and administration of entire systems. When computer and communications technologies are combined, the result is information technology, or “infotech“. Information Technology (IT) is a general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, communicate, and/or disseminate information. Presumably, when speaking of Information Technology (IT) as a whole, it is noted that the use of computers and information are associated.

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