Cuil – A New competetor to Google

September 5, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Cuil, a brand new search engine logoCuil, a brand new search engine, launched recently, is pitched as the world’s latest, largest and fastest search engine. At the time of launch itself, Cuil claims to have 120 billion pages or three times the volume of Google Index.

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Cuil has been founded by the husband-wife duo of Stanford professor Tom Costello and former Google search architect Anna Patterson. Originally called Cuill (Irish for knowledge), pronounced as cool, has now been named Cuil. Summary of Cuil’s features as claimed by Cuil: •cuil search engine Biggest Internet search engine—Cuil has indexed 120 billion Web pages, 3x more than any other search engine • Organized results—Cuil’s magazine-style layout separates results by subject and allows further search by concept or category • Different results—Unlike other search engines, Cuil ranks results by the content on each page, not its popularity • Complete privacy protection—Cuil does not keep any personally identifiable information on users or their search histories Cuil does have some interesting feature to offer. A search for dogs, for example, will return category results for “water dogs,” “crossbreed”, “cocker spaniel” and so on. Some of these related terms do not include the term “dog”. Similarly by clicking on New York, one would get tabbed results for recommended refinements like New York Times, New York City, New York Yankees and so on. Cuil works to understand how words are related to get more relevant results and it tries to categorize and file a web page, even if the category name doesn’t appear on the site.

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Will Cuil overtake Google? Though Cuil has the potential to compete with Google, in it’s present form, it lacks certain important features that we have become used to in Google, like the advanced search for one. In Google, you can create queries to search by file types, restrict your search to a particular website and stuff like that. Cuil lacks any kind of advance search at present. But, Cuil will probably come up with similar or even better features in the future. Anyway, you can expect some good competition in the coming days. Remember, it took Google quite some time to surpass Alta Vista and Yahoo in the search wars.

Google indexes its registry file-have a look at it

April 17, 2008 at 3:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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GoogleGoogle indexes something on their own site which should not be indexed at the first moment. Out of just curiosity, I typed to find out what happens and I saw a 404 – Page not found custom error page. But wait, the error page also showed some suggested URLs. The first one was something which should not be indexed. Some Google Registry file at

The registry file had a few lines written specifically for Internet Explorer:

REGEDIT4 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main] "Use Search Asst"="no" "Search Page"="" "Search Bar"="" [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL] ""="" "provider"="gogl" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search] "SearchAssistant"=""


The second suggested URL made me learn a new link to the Official Google Blog. Its

Anybody knows what the registry file means?

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Virgle by Virgin and Google

April 17, 2008 at 3:34 am | Posted in internet, nivash | Leave a comment
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VirgleThe Adventure of Many Lifetimes – Yet another hotshot Aprils Fools’ Day prank by Google! I knew they were up to fooling people the moment I started reading the pages but believe me, someone who doesn’t know about Google’s April Fools’ Day pranks would definitely fall into the prank.

They even made an Application Form for people who are interested in the project (Dhuh!) and this is what it shows when you click on the Submit button after filling up the form:

Okay, let’s just get this over with quickly, like ripping off a medical adhesive: you did not do well on this test. You are not, by all available evidence, well suited to be a Virgle Pioneer, or any sort space explorer, really, or for that matter, any profession which requires leaving behind your creature comforts, your nice warm bed, your lovely wardrobe, your gourmet meals, your high-end home theater, your friends and family — oh man, what have we gotten ourselves into here? We’re kind of freaking out ourselves, actually. Help! We changed our minds! We don’t want to go! [Clicks heels.] There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home! There’s no place like — [ Long silence. ] Hello. Still there? We’re sorry about that unpleasantness with our previous reviewer. We can assure you, you tested just fine and would make a fine Pioneer; all you have to do is submit your video here.

LOL! You should take a look at how Richard Branson, Larry Page and Sergey Brin talk so nicely and seriously about “Project Virgle” in the video.

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India’s Savers Turn to Investing

April 15, 2008 at 5:20 am | Posted in business, insurance, nivash | 1 Comment
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Its time to turn around the stock market and earn a piece of money from share market.Read this story of a guy in BHOPAL, India —– Twenty-six-year-old science graduate Kranti Pawar is the son of a farmer and makes a living by hiring out a machine that digs irrigation channels.  Business is booming, he says, and so are his material aspirations. He wants  an air-conditioned car and a flat-screen plasma TV soon. But his bank account is not up to the task.

So in January, he invested the equivalent of about $1,000 in mutual funds for the first time, joining a new trend in an Indian middle class that has traditionally put its money in safe but slowly expanding bank accounts. Better, many people are saying now, to go for mutual funds, which have produced returns as high as 35 percent over the past two years.

But within a month of his investment, the long-climbing Indian stock market started going south, reflecting slumps around the world.

“My father said I should be content with what I get” from savings accounts, said Pawar, recalling his parent’s dictate against mutual funds. But he was young and willing to take risks to get rich. So far, it hasn’t paid off. Since January, the Indian stock market has fallen by about 23 percent, and equity mutual funds are down about 28 percent.

“As the proverb goes,” he observed, ” ‘As soon as I shaved my head, it hailed.’ I am a little worried, but I am not getting out because India is bound to grow and this fall is temporary.” He is staying in even though he has to duck his father’s frequent “I told you so.”

Pawar is among hundreds of thousands of Indians who are nervously watching their investments after giving in to the fast-buck lure of equity mutual funds, a nascent Indian industry that grew by 45 percent last year, or about 40 million accounts.

For five years, the funds did well, helped along by an economy growing at nearly 8 percent a year, more jobs, higher incomes, falling interest rates paid by bank accounts, a dizzying climb of capital markets and a nation where two-thirds of the population is younger than 35.

India’s total assets under management grew 772 percent between 2004 and 2007 but dipped about 3 percent in the past three months.

There have been few panic withdrawals so far, but the number of new investors has slowed. Mutual fund companies are rushing to counsel nervous investors against selling and telling them to learn to live with risk.

Indians have traditionally been good at saving. A 2007 joint study by the National Council for Applied Economic Research and the insurance company Max New York Life found that about 81 percent of Indian households did so regularly, with more than half keeping their surplus income in bank accounts and a third simply stashing cash savings at home.

“Traditionally, you were looked down upon in India if you wanted to get rich quick. But that mind-set is now changing,” said A.P. Kurian, chairman of the Association of Mutual Funds in India. “Indians now want to climb the ladder of life quickly, and there is nothing wrong with it. This is the way the world lives.”

A report by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. says India’s asset management industry is growing faster than those of developed economies such as the United States and Britain and emerging markets such as Brazil.

“It is hard to ignore the phenomenon of mutual funds with so many TV programs and newspaper columns on the subject. There is an explosion of interest, and this is just the beginning,” said Awadesh Singh, regional manager for Ski Retail Capital in the central Indian city of Bhopal. His customers, who include the new investor Pawar, get message alerts on their cellphones every two weeks about the value of their investments.

India’s first mutual fund company, the government-guaranteed Unit Trust of India (UTI), started in 1963. But it was only in 1993 that the government here allowed private companies into the industry. In 1996, officials drafted a strict and elaborate regulatory mechanism that governs the industry, including requirements for full disclosure of net asset worth and detailed offering documents.

But the real boom began only five years ago, when the industry launched an all-out campaign to wean the Indian middle class away from conservative, risk-averse savings. Between 2004 and 2007, television advertisements for mutual fund companies grew fivefold, according to TAM Media Research. The ads are governed by a long list of rules that include disclosure of risk factors and a ban on the use of celebrity promoters.

“In 2004, the mutual funds phenomenon was restricted to the top 10 Indian cities, but now it has expanded its presence and penetration in the markets of 30 Indian cities,” said Ashu Suyash, country head for Fidelity Fund Management, which started its Indian mutual funds division in 2005 and now has 1.5 million investors. “Mutual funds are now replacing investments in government bonds and deposits that were earlier considered safe.”

Although the markets have now steadied somewhat, the slowdown remains a challenge for people like Pawar. He is watching the slump anxiously. He recently sent an instruction to his agent: “Don’t send me bad news text message alerts every fortnight. Send me a message only when there is good news again.”

Be honest with life insurance companies

April 15, 2008 at 5:06 am | Posted in insurance, nivash | Leave a comment
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Be honest with life insurance companies.Yeah it is a must because it can cause heavy loss at a time of needs which people always dont expect.The insurance business in India isn’t just growing, but also becoming more sophisticated in terms of product offerings. To help readers keep ahead of developments in this business, Mint features a Q&A on insurance every Monday.
I purchased an endowment life insurance policy from a private life insurance company two years ago. I had to undergo a medical test, but I didn’t disclose that I was a chain smoker. I had also stated my parents were in good health, though my mother had high BP and had had a mild heart attack. If any claims arise in the future, say 15-20 years down the line, can the insurance company reject them, saying I withheld information?
All life insurance companies follow the principle of good faith, that is, the insured must disclose all medical facts required for policy issuance. In case the

insured hides a fact which is material to the assumption of risk by the insurers, and it comes to light at a later date, the life insurance company may cancel the policy or reject the claim, depending on the circumstances.

I would like to clarify here that disclosing medical facts may have the impact of changing your premium amount but may not make you ineligible for life insurance. So, it is advisable to disclose your current health status and family medical history with complete honesty to avoid problems in the future.
I am 39, and earn Rs35,000 per month. I have five life insurance (endowment) policies worth Rs5.6 lakh, with an annual premium of Rs32,000. Can the existing policies cover my insurance requirement?
The concept of human life value (HLV) can help in deciding the life cover an individual should opt for. The HLV of a person at your age should be around 15-20 times the annual earnings. This is a thumb rule internationally. Basically, the sum insured should be equal to an amount which, if invested, should fetch a regular income for dependants so they can maintain a lifestyle they’re used to.
The life insurance plans taken by you are endowment (savings in nature). I would recommend you take a pure term policy which will cost you around Rs8,500 per annum and will give you a cover of close to Rs15 lakh for 25 years. Assuming that you have kid(s), then you also need to invest in an insurance plan with a savings component which can cater to the needs of the child, or education, as and when required.
Readers are welcome to write in with their queries to The questions will be answered by senior executives from leading insurance firms.
This week’s expert is Rajesh Relan, managing director, MetLife.

Bharti Airtel and Google join hands for Gphone Mobile Operating System

April 15, 2008 at 4:07 am | Posted in internet, nivash, technology | 5 Comments
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Gphone will be soon in INDIA.Gonna beat all the mobile service soon.

Airtel and Google logo Bharti  Airtel and Google Inc’s join hands to work on Google Phone (Gphone). This initiative is expected to be announced soon by search giant Google with handsets that will operate the system.

It has come to be known that the much-talked about GPhone is in actual fact a operating system for mobile phones and not a mobile phone as previously thought.

Mobile companies like Samsung and Motorola are likely to give orders for handsets specially pre-loaded with the Gphone OS. Google said that Finnish giant Nokia is not their partner in this.

The Gphone that will power Google’s mobile operating system has been is built on open source Linux technology.

With the introduction of GPhone, it is expected that the users may start using cheaper alternatives with ease that will be able to operate various other applications for connectivity and content.

In this aggressive business the attention is now moving to application-rich content accessed via mobile phones. Now, independent software developers will work with Google and together they plan to engage in recreation of tempting their customers.

Pay your ICICI Prudential Life Premium via Airtel Mobile Phone

April 15, 2008 at 4:01 am | Posted in insurance, nivash | Leave a comment
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A right move by ICICI Prudential .Now you can pay your premium by your Airtel phones.Cool facility for the customers.ICICI is very good in customer satisfaction.

Airtel mChek and ICICI Prudential life logos ICICI has now made payments for its ICICI prudential customers easy. Customers can now pay their premiums through their mobile phones from wherever they are and at any time.

The company has joined hands with the mChek, a Visa certified secure and simple system which helps the customers to pay their premium payments by sending a text message of the card number to the company, which then processes the payment.

This is the first life insurance company in India which allows its policy holders to make their payments via mobile phones. Initially this service has been made available only to Airtel users across the country.

Anita Pai, Executive Vice President, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance commented, “At ICICI Prudential customer-first is one of our core philosophies, which guides us to introduce innovative, yet simple products and services that meet the customer needs and delight them by increasing their convenience.”

She further added, “Our partnership with mChek is yet another step in the direction of making customer interactions convenient and effortless. Through the launch of this unique service we are pleased to set another new trend in the life insurance segment.”

Sanjay Swamy, CEO, mChek stated, “mChek was conceived with the objective of providing Anytime Anywhere convenience in payments, to mobile phone users. We are pleased to extend our service portfolio to include insurance premiums by working with an industry leader like ICICI Prudential Life.”

Visa and Mastercards are accepted by this service. All transaction application meets stringent, international standards of security and customers are safe by their unique mChek PIN.

Also, encrypted end-to-end with 3DES encryption ensures banking-grade security from the convenience of a mobile phone.

what do you think of the it is an usefull or useless.

Buy a LG Mobile Phone and get Free Insurance for Your Handset

April 15, 2008 at 3:54 am | Posted in insurance, nivash | Leave a comment
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There is a special offer for the LG buyers .Found to be a LG Mobiles offering Insurance If you are planning to buy a LG mobile in the near future, then you will be happy  to find out that there will be a free insurance scheme that you can avail of for mobile theft. LG Electronics has joined hands with United India Insurance Co. Ltd and is now offering its in India a Mobile Theft Insurance Plan without having to pay anything additional.

Any LG GSM phones purchased on or after 1st April 2008 can avail of the additional insurance scheme. There have been several requests by mobile users and finally their requests are answered by LG.

Anil Arora, Business Group Head, LGEIL said, “Loss of mobile due to theft is a major concern for handset buyers. Customers stretch their budget to purchase latest handsets, and cannot afford to lose them. LG Mobile Theft Insurance plan would provide a perfect solution to this. We not only guarantee for providing the best phones in the market but also guarantee to safeguard customer’s interest in case of mobile theft.”

To avail the free insurance scheme, the mobile user has to follow a few simple steps:

  • The claim form would have to be filled duly.
  • Attach a copy of the bill given at the time of purchase and it should include IMEI number of the LG phone.
  • Lodge a FIR under Section 379 IPC for handset theft and attach a copy with the claim  form
  • The documents would have to be mailed to the insurance company via registered post.
  • It is always advisable that the mobile user blocks the SIM card from the mobile network provider and to add in documents of proof, the mobile user also has to lodge a FIR within 24 hours of the theft. Certain LG GSM mobile phones feature LG’s Anti Theft Mobile Tracker (ATMT) and this enables one to track their  stolen mobile phone, as soon as another SIM card is inserted.

    However if the  ATMT fails to track the handset, then LG will pay back the current market value of the phone and the claim settlement will be done directly by the insurace company within 15 days of receipt of the claim as per the insurance.

    How to Successfully Market Yourself as a Car Insurance Agent

    April 15, 2008 at 2:24 am | Posted in insurance, nivash | Leave a comment

    I wonder some times how this guys being a insurance agent and earning a hell a lot of money.After reading this article in the net i found it great easy to make money using the insurance companies that too in part time.

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    April 14, 2008

    Becoming a successful car insurance agent has a lot to do with the marketing plan that you have in place. If this is something that you take seriously, you will find that your business is growing at a higher pace than ever before. Of course, if you think that marketing is for the birds, you will find it difficult to get your business off the ground.

    The question is: how can you successfully market yourself as a car insurance agent? Believe it or not, this is not as hard as some agents make it out to be. The first thing that you need to do is take a strong look at what you have done in the past. This will give you an idea of if what you have been doing is working, and what you can change in the future.

    With the help of the internet, any car insurance agent should be able to implement a successful marketing plan.

    First things first, you can set up a website with which potential consumers can find information on you, your services, and how to get in touch. This will go a long way in increasing the number of people that you reach.

    Additionally, you can also market your car insurance services by purchasing leads online. This is not marketing in a traditional sense, but once you purchase leads you will then be able to turn your attention more towards the marketing side of things. More and more agents are buying leads because it allows them to skip over the difficult task of locating them on their own.

    The better you are at marketing yourself, the more car insurance policies you will sell.

    For a limited time, is offering $200 worth of free leads to agents who setup and activate an account.

    Go to learn more.

    “Compulsory car insurance good idea – Clark”-Quite late

    April 14, 2008 at 5:07 pm | Posted in insurance, nivash | Leave a comment
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    Some countries made the Car and vechicle insurance a must when buying a car quite a long back time.But some country it is now only coming into prevelance.Prime Minister Helen Clark says compulsory third-party insurance for all drivers is a good idea.

    The Government will decide before the election whether to introduce compulsory third-party insurance in a bid to crackdown on boyracers.

    It announced last year it was putting together a discussion paper to gauge public opinion on the issue.

    Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven yesterday said that paper would be out in the next few weeks.

    The consultation would be completed in time to allow Cabinet to make a decision before the election.

    Helen Clark today said the idea was a good one, but it needed to be tested against the public’s views.

    “I’m personally inclined to think that idea has a lot of merit, but it’s got to be properly explored,” she said on NewstalkZB.

    Insurance companies have criticised the proposal, saying it would be hard to enforce as the worst drivers had already been refused insurance and many drove without a license.

    But Mr Duynhoven yesterday said he had been getting extremely positive feedback over the idea.

    “I’ve had just a large number of people phoning in, writing in, just bowling up to me in the street,” he told NZPA.

    “These are people I’ve never seen or met before coming up to me and saying ‘we’ve got to do that’.

    “So it’s got very good feedback. But we want to get people’s ideas formally, of course.

    New Zealand was one of the only developed countries not to have such legislation and he was confident of convincing his Cabinet colleagues of its merits, he said.

    The cost of uninsured motorists was between $53 million and $85m a year.

    Under a compulsory scheme, young, novice and accident prone drivers paid higher premiums.

    Steeper premiums on higher performance vehicles could encourage drivers to opt for less powerful vehicles, Mr Duynhoven said.

    He expected the discussion document to be out in the “next few weeks”.

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