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Google Helps Promote Indian Elections

India’s 15th general election is fast approaching, and Google’s determined to help anyone wanting to either participate in or monitor the event.  The search giant launched the Google India Elections Centre in both English and Hindi to facilitate the spread of information.

Google India Launches Sharing Through Noticeboards

Google India has introduced a Firefox extension in Google Labs called Google Noticeboard, which is designed to help people access and share info over the Internet via public digital noticeboards.

The application is aimed at communities with access to shared computers. They can use the noticeboards to exchange messages related to community announcements, social interactions, etc.

Messages on noticeboards are publicly accessible. They can consist of text, or can be voice-based.

The Social Networking Landscape in India and Europe
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comScore released a couple of interesting reports today. The first involves the social networking landscape in Europe. According to comScore, France in particular had a big year when it comes to social networking, growing by 45% with Facebook as the leading network.

Google Rides the Internet Bus to India
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Today, Google launched an initiative called the Internet Bus Project, designed to show off  all the Internet has to offer to cities in Tamil Nadu, India. The purpose is to introduce people that are not familiar with the Internet to the education, information, communication, and entertainment it has to offer.

MySpace Lets Users Watch New Movie Premeires for Free
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MySpace users in India have been offered the chance to watch new movies before they premeire in the country. The program is called MySpace’s Black Curtain Screenings.

Election To Impact Indian Outsourcing?
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Reports have been surfacing since last night’s election that while overall, India seems to have embraced the election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States, there have been some worries among the country’s people due to Obama’s position on outsourcing.

Google Grabs 1 Billion Searches In India
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Google sites received the majority of searches conducted in India according to a study of the online search market from comScore.

Google sites in India had more than 1 billion searches conducted in June, representing 81 percent of the market. Yahoo sites ranked a distant second with 117 million searches accounting for 9.4 percent. Ask Network landed in the third spot with 24 million searches representing 1.9 percent of the market.

Google Defamation Suit Sparks Blogging Controversy

The Wired Blog Network, revealed the mystery behind the Google defamation law suit in India.

Orkut Captures Indian Developers’ Interest

Many American software developers hang on Facebook’s every word.  MySpace gets a fair amount of attention, too.  But Orkut is popular in other parts of the world, and it turns out that Indian developers are much more interested in it than in any potential competitor.

Yahoo Tries Glue Pages In India
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Anyone who’s ever found traditional search results to be a little one-dimensional should be glad to hear that Yahoo’s addressing the issue.  Something called Glue Pages Beta slaps together normal search results, Google Blog Search results, Yahoo Answers results, HowStuffWorks articles, Wikipedia entries, Flickr images, and YouTube videos all in one place.

YouTube Rolled Out In India

YouTube has launched a localized version of its site in India.

The India YouTube will feature regional and localized content with a search hompage that focuses on videos and links related to India. The content uploaded by users in India would appear as top favorite videos and recommended content on the site.

"We are very excited to bring a local version of YouTube to India considering the passion of users here for music and entertainment." said Steve Chen, CTO and co-founder of YouTube.

MySpace Proud Of Overseas Progress
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If you thought MySpace was an American phenomenon, you thought wrong.  The company wants you to know that it’s been successful in all sorts of countries, and is continuing to expand throughout the world.

Yahoo Launching Research Lab In India

If, in its effort to simplify and streamline, you were expecting Yahoo to shut down some overseas operations, you may still be right.  Serious cuts shouldn’t take place in India, however – Yahoo is creating a new research lab in this country.

Google.org, Partners Create Indian Investment Company
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Its current designation – we won’t call it a name – lacks imagination, to say the least.  But Google.org, the Soros Economic Development Fund, and Omidyar Network have created an entity that should be of great help to small- to medium-sized Indian businesses.

Who Knew? Yahoo Continuing To Hire

In the midst of an absolute flood of them, we’ve got another trickle of firings to report: 40 people were let go by Yahoo India.  The truly strange part, though, is that Yahoo India is still looking to add over 500 new employees.

Countries Getting Internet Back After Cable Cutting
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We’re still waiting to hear what caused damage to several underwater Internet cables; it’s likely to be either especially interesting (in an apocalyptic, WWIII sense) or completely mundane (think rusty old anchors).  But either way, affected nations are getting their access back.

Expect Egyptian and Indian Traffic to Tank

Webmasters who target Indian, Egyptian, and/or Middle Eastern users may see a considerable drop in traffic from those countries over the next week and a half to two weeks. An undersea cable network was somehow cut, causing massive Internet blackouts in the area.

Reuters reports that what severed the underwater cables is yet unknown, but as much as 70 percent of Egypt’s network was affected, and a 50-60 percent drop in bandwidth in India.

India’s Mobile Market Growing Stronger

The U.S. search market appears to be pretty much wrapped up.  Neither Yahoo nor Google is especially strong in mobile matters, though, and the fight becomes even more of a tossup in India, where mobile services are expected to assume “a high growth trajectory.”

Yahoo India Gets A Friend In Jagran Group

Dainik Jagran claims to be “India’s largest read daily with a total readership of 53.6 million readers.”  And that means a lot of eyeballs could soon see the name Yahoo, as Yahoo India has launched a site with the Jagran Group.

Google Tightens Bond With Indian VCs

Aside from the U.S., I’d say that India is probably Google’s favorite country.  Now Google’s showing it an extra bit of love by investing in two venture capital funds.

MSN Revamps MSN India Portal
MSN India re-launches with a cutting-edge new design and new options and features. One of the new options include choosing either to view a narrow or a wide layout.

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