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Bugs in Google Disables 150,000 Gmail Accounts


Google, we have a problem. About 150,000 Gmail account holders woke up to a nightmare this morning, with all their e-mail, attachments and Google Chat logs gone. What happened?

Google explains that “less than 0.08%” of all Gmail users were affected by the bug, which completely reset accounts, even down to the detail offering a welcome message to those users when they first logged on today. They, and especially visitors to the Gmail Help Forum, were not amused.

But there’s good news here. The way Google is explaining it on its Apps Status Dashboard: “Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users may be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts.”

In an earlier message, Google wrote, “For those Gmail users reporting missing messages, our engineers are working to restore them as soon as possible.” So maybe this is not so bad after all. As long as Google restores the messages, all we had was a big scare. Will Google restore all the messages? We’ve contacted a Google spokesperson, and will let you know when we hear back.

Meanwhile, I’m going to back up all of my Gmail forthwith. But wait a minute -– how do you back up Gmail? Here:

 

 

 

 

This is a free application for Mac, PC and Linux called Gmail Backup. I gave it a try and it’s easy to use. After a quick download, you just give it your credentials and it begins downloading all your e-mails, backing them up securely no matter what Google decides to do. After 30 minutes, it had downloaded 2.4% of my e-mails, so this is not going to take forever. It’s probably time well spent.

 


PayPal Lifts Ban on Fundraising Account for WikiLeaks


PayPal has lifted its ban on the account of Courage to Resist, an organization that has raised a substantial portion of the funds needed for the legal defense of Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old former U.S. army private accused of leaking classified U.S. information to WikiLeaks in 2010.

In a blog post, PayPal declared that the original suspension had nothing to do with the organization’s support of Bradley Manning. Rather, the account had been suspended because it had failed to comply with a stated policy that requires non-profits to link a bank account to their PayPal account.

“Upon review, and as part of our normal business procedures, we have decided to lift the temporary restriction placed on their account because we have sufficient information to meet our statutory ‘Know Your Customer’ obligations. The Courage to Resist PayPal account is now fully operational,” Anuj Nayar, PayPal’s director of communications, wrote.

The explanation was posted in response to a widely circulated blog post on the Bradley Manning Support Network’s website Thursday, which accused the payment service of suspending the account because of its fundraising efforts on Manning’s behalf.

Manning has been held in solitary confinement in Quantico, Virginia, since June 2010, and is not expected to face court martial until October 2011. His legal defense is estimated to cost more than $100,000.

The ban on WikiLeaks’s PayPal account remains in place.

 


Google Launches Cloud Connect Plugin- Sync Microsoft Office Documents with Google Apps Account


Google has made the Cloud Connect plugin available to all Microsoft Office users and the tool lets you take the most important step in transitioning from desktop to cloud – sync MS office files with your Google apps account.

Lately, most of my work related documents are stored in the cloud, though  I use desktop software for creation. And in few instances, Internet serves as a data source (and desktop as storage for offline reading, like RSS feed reader)

what I need is better sync and have resorted to desktop more than cloud. Having said that, my source of data will still be on the cloud, but I will be using more of desktop and syncing software.

Google Cloud plugin provides the much needed sync service (works with MS office products only) that syncs your files with your Google apps account and over a period of time, build more trust in Cloud.

 


LG Optimus Pad


LG Optimus Pad is the European cousin of the T-Mobile G-Slate tablet. It has a 8.9 inches display, positioning it right between the iPad’s 9.7″ and the Galaxy Tab’s 7″ screens. In terms of raw power, the LG Optimus Pad will utilize NVIDIA’s one and only Tegra 2 chipset, which fares quite decently, at least judging by our personal impressions with the Optimus 2X. What’s more interesting in this device however is its ability to capture 3D content with the two 5MP sensors found on its back. Unfortunately, users won’t be able to watch glasses-free 3D on the LG Optimus Pad’s 8.9-inch screen. 3D video watching will be done by either using glasses on the tablet’s screen, or by streaming the signal via HDMI 1.4 to a compatible 3D TV or monitor (again, for use with glasses). When it comes to software, LG has chosen to stick with stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb.


Developer Preview of Google Chrome Web Store Now Available in India


Google has finally opened up the developer preview of the Chrome web store to India (and 14 more countries).

Starting today, when you upload an app via the developer dashboard, you’ll have the option of selecting from the following sixteen countries to list your app: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. If you are using Chrome Web Store Payments to charge for your app, you will also be able to set the app price for each country although if you’re not based in the United States you will not be able to complete your merchant account sign up just yet (this will be enabled soon).

 


Orkut Is Giving Free Movie Tickets In Return For a Comment


From the Orkut blog

For Orkut users in Mumbai, we are giving away tickets to the latest movie releases on the 19th and 20th of February at PVR Juhu and Mulund.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Be in Mumbai on Feb 19 and Feb 20
  2. Log onto www.orkut.com/boxoffice
  3. Post a comment, a funny story or a movie review
  4. Get an email/scrap from us telling you the day, date and time of the movie and instructions on how you can pick up your free tickets!
  5. Pick up your tickets from the movie cinema at least 30 minutes before the show

 


Obama to Meet With Zuckerberg & Other Tech Execs During San Francisco Trip


U.S. President Barack Obama is paying a visit to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbuerg and a roster of other technology executives during a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

On Thursday, February 17, Obama is slated to sit down with Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs at a private dinner during his overnight trip to the West Coast. President Obama will not be making any public appearances in the San Francisco area.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, “The focus of the discussion is innovation and job creation, and these are representatives of businesses… who know a lot about private sector job growth.

 


Apple iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab


Feature Apple iPad Samsung Galaxy Tab
Operating System iOS 4 Android 2.2
Display 9.7″ 1024×768 (132ppi) LED backlit LCD 7″ 1024×600 (170ppi) transflective TFT
Internal Storage 16GB 32GB 64GB 16GB 32GB
External storage N/A microSD up to 32GB
Camera N/A Rear: 3.0 Megapixel (AF), LED flash
Front: 1.3 Megapixel
Network (3G) 7.2 Mbps UMTS/HSDPA(850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE(850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Data only
7.2 Mbps UMTS/HSDPA(900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Data and voice
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) Bluetooth 3.0
Battery 25Wh (~6610mAh) lithium-polymer 4000 mAh (14.8Wh at 3.7V)
Processor 1GHz Apple A4, Samsung Hummingbird core 1GHz Samsung-Intrinsity, Hummingbird Core
RAM 256MiB 512MiB
Graphics PowerVR SGX535 PowerVR SGX540
Weight (3G) 730 grams 380 grams

 


Apple Now The Most Valuable Tech Company By $100 Billion


Apple as the most valuable tech company would be short-lived, let’s look at where we are today. As of market close this afternoon, Apple is now a full $100 billion past Microsoft.

Yes, Apple is the most valuable tech company in the world by $100 billion dollars.

 


Monster : New Browser under development!


Dear all

I am developing a new web browser which is named as monster. It will be an open source project developed in vb.net. It will be integrated with a proxy server called ‘Medusa’ which helps to visit blocked by your college/school network admin or even by your ISP.

I will update here regarding the developments.

Thanks and regards

Anoop


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