Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Facebook to Buy WhatsApp?







Facebook has announced its largest acquisition ever, saying it would pay at least $16 billion for WhatsApp, a text messaging application with 450 million users around the world who pay little or no money for it.

Facebook will pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion worth of shares for WhatsApp. But the ultimate cost of the deal could rise to $19 billion, with WhatsApp employees and founders receiving an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units, which would vest over the next four years.


It is among the richest deals of all time for WhatsApp. With 55 employees, WhatsApp is commanding a price equivalent to $344 million an employee, or about $28 a user.
In that sense, Mr. Zuckerberg is following the successful strategy he used for Instagram, allowing the service to grow quickly before gradually adding in revenue — in Instagram’s case, from advertising.

The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies and is subject to regulatory approval. Facebook expects the deal to close later this year.





Full story: http://mashable.com/2014/02/19/facebook-whatsapp/

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Windows 9: next version of Windows? What do you expect?


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Rumors

In recent months there's been rumors swirling around that Microsoft will release next version of Windows currently known as Windows 9. Currently, Microsoft is set to roll out Update 1 for Windows 8.1 soon.

Microsoft will release the Windows 9 between May and November this year, according to rumors. In January 2014, Windows 9 was expected only in early 2015.

What People Expect 

I expect the new release Windows 9 will be cheaper for home user, at least same price with Windows 7 Home Basic. And, the interface back to "normal" as Windows 7 and successful earlier versions of windows. Just put one button on task bar  or desktop to activate and disactivate Metro launcher.

John C. Dvorak, columnist PCMag.com, in his articles "Microsoft's Must-Have List for Windows 9" list 5 his wishlist:

  1. Fix the file system.  - Develop a database-style file system that would allow for easy and super-fast searches for keywords within the structure of the file.
  2. Fix the Networking. – Can support various networking protocol and interface, without additional patch.
  3. Bring back the distraction games.  – Bring back Spider Solitaire and Pinball.
  4. Scale everything.
  5. Put back the real Start menu.-  For user convenience. 

Read full article here:  pcmag.com

Woody Leonhard, writer for "Windows 8 All-in-One for Dummies." in his article "10 must-have features for Windows 9":

  1. Put back start button
  2. Multiboot - To boot to the desktop or the Metro Start screen and configurable in control panel. ( like linux desktop)
  3. Dual monitor with Metro on the side - Can configure, one screen for normal desktop and another screen for Metro
  4. Meaningful notifications
  5. Desktop Charms that do something
  6. Metro apps at iPad standards
  7. Bring back Aero Glass feature.
  8. A Control Panel that controls
  9. Metro mute button 
  10. "Get out of hell" modal dialog
Read full article here:  infoworld.com

How about you?


Source: winbeta.org



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Google’s ‘smart contact lens’: Future Glucose Monitoring Device



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On 16 January 2014,  Google has announced that for the past 18 months, they had been working on a smart contact lens project, Google Contact Lens.

The Google Contact Lens built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. They are testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. They are also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so they are exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It’s still early days for this technology, but they have completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine their prototype.

Brian Otis and Babak Parviz are co-founder for this project. Both of them is electrical engineering faculty members at the University of Washington. Babak Parviz also one of the project leaders at Google’s Project Glass next to Google X lead Product Manager, Steve Lee, and Stanford Research Professor and founder and head of Google X, Sebastian Thrun. In 2011, Microsoft supported Babak Parviz's research into chip-enabled contact lenses that could detect diabetes-related high blood sugar levels.




Google plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this to market. These partners will use their technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor.



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Monday, February 10, 2014

Microsoft :Satya Nadella as CEO, Bill Gates As Technology Advisor





On Feb 4, 2014, Microsoft had made official announced that Satya Nadella is their new CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer. Nadella has spent 22 years at Microsoft, and was previously Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise. Nadella also takes a position on Microsoft’s Board of Directors, and founder Bill Gates will increase his involvement in the company.


Nadella is only the third person to occupy Microsoft’s CEO role in 39 years, preceded by Ballmer who filled the role between January 2000 and January 2014 and Gates, who led the company between 1975 and 2000.

Along that news, another big change in the executive ranks: Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role as chairman of the board and is taking a new role as “Founder and Technology Advisor”. Microsoft terms the change as a “step up” from his previous job, in that it will see Gates once again taking a more active role in the company.



Microsoft notes that Gates “will devote more time to the company, supporting Nadella in shaping technology and product direction.”  and he will remain a part of the board of directors.

As part of the new leadership succession there have been reports as recently  that Gates would take a more active product role in the company, including spending at least one day at week at Microsoft, but spending less time involved with administrative work.

For the last several years, Gates has put a lot of time, effort and money into philanthropic ventures with his wife Melinda and related investments. He has also built up a portfolio of investments focusing on areas like sustainable energy and medical technology.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Top 10 Highest Prices Paid for Domain Names


Domain Names

 1. VacationRentals.com  Price : $35 million  Transaction Year: 2007
Vacation rentals is the renting out of a furnished apartment or house on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. The term vacation rental is mainly used in the US. Wikipedia

2. PrivateJet.com Price: 30.18 million  Transaction Year: 2012
Atlanta based Nations Luxury Transportation, LLC acquired the domain name http://www.PrivateJet.com, from privately held Don't Look Media.com, a leading intellectual property holding company, for $30.18 million in cash and stock.

Nations Luxury Transportation is an aggregator of business models that service the luxury consumer. By rolling private jet charter, limousine and catering services into one unit, the group has managed to do what few others have done in the industry and that is to create a truly seamless end-to-end experience for the consumer. At a lower entry point to other jet card programs, the Nations Luxury Transportation group’s “Carbon Fiber is the New Black” concept, (an actual carbon fiber all access card to nationwide jet charter flights at cost) has completely eliminated broker fees and other superfluous surcharges for members.

 3. Insure.com  Price : $16 million Transaction Year: 2009
Insure.com provides a comprehensive array of information on life, health, auto, and home insurance. They offer a vast library of originally authored insurance articles and decision-making tools that are not available from any other single source.

Insure.com has been independently verified as the “No. 1 most-cited independent consumer insurance website” by News Group International, which examined media citations of Insure.com vs. competitors. Media citations include news websites, TV and radio.

4. Sex.com Price: $14 million Transaction Year: October 2010
Sex.com allows you to gather, organize and share all the free porn you find on the web! People create pinboards to bookmark all their favorite porn videos & pictures. You can pin porn from anywhere on the web and add it to one of your pinboards. You also get to browse pinboards created by other users! Pinboard surfing is a great way to discover new pictures, videos, porn sites and pornstars from people who share your taste. (18SX)

5. Fund.com  Price: £9.99 million Transaction Year: 2008
Fund.com Inc. (OTC Pink: FNDM) is a publicly traded Internet company operating in the financial services, product development, licensing and publishing sectors, based in New York City, New York. The company serves the needs of financial institutions, investors and the general consumer seeking information regarding investment fund options, including hedge funds, mutual funds, exchange-traded fund (ETFs), index funds, etc. Fund.com considers itself the sole company comprehensively focusing on the fund market for all potential investors.

In March 2008, Clek Media announced that it had brokered the sale of the domain name “Fund.com” for nearly $10,000,000 in an all-cash transaction, to the company Fund.com Inc. Fund.com Inc never put out a press release on the transaction. Currently the website is labeled as "Under construction" and register under Directnic.com

6. Porn.com  Price: $9.5 million Transaction Year: 2007
Porn.com is free mega site.  This website is not available in Malaysia as it violates the National law. ( 18SX )

7. Fb.com Price: $8.5 million Transaction Year: 2010
Facebook acquired the domain from the American Farm Bureau Federation, which uses fb.org as its primary domain.

The last high-profile domain purchase by Facebook was for Facebook.com, all the way back when it was known as TheFacebook. The company paid $200,000 in August 2005 to acquire the domain, 42.5 times less than what Facebook spent to acquire fb.com. While the Facebook.com purchase was expensive for the company back then, it’s an investment that has clearly paid off. Clearly the company’s hoping that fb.com will fall in the same camp.

8. Business.com Price: $7.5 million Transaction Year: 1999
Business.com is a business advertising network which offers various performance marketing products, including pay per lead and pay per click services, directory listings, and display advertising.

The domain name was purchased from Marc Ostrofsky by Winebaum's eCompanies Ventures for a then record $7.5 million. This represented a tidy profit over the $150,000 price tag of the domain in 1997, also a record in its own time. Wikipedia

9. Diamond.com Price: $7.5 million Transaction Year: 2006
Online diamond and jewelry retailer Ice.com bought the domain from Odimo Inc. and both parties agreed that the $7.5 million was for the domain name and associated intellectual property only. Ice.com paid another $2 million for Odimo's jewelry inventory.

10. Beer.com Price: $7 million Transaction Year:2004
Interbrew acquired the domain beer.com from Andrew Miller and Michael "Zappy" Zapolin the year after they had acquired it for $80.000. Timing is everything. There are some conflicting reports saying that they got the $7 million in stock, which was later claimed to be only $2 million. Currently, the domain domain is featuring for resale on www.aftermarket.com.



Other Highest Prices Paid for Domain Names

  •     Casino.com 2003 $5.5 million
  •     Slots.com 2010 for $5.5 million
  •     Toys.com: Toys 'R' Us by auction for $5.1 million in 2009
  •     Asseenontv.com 2000 for $5.1 million
  •     iCloud.com by Apple for $4.5 million in April 2011
  •     GiftCard.com by CardLab for $4 million in October 2012
  •     Yp.com by YellowPages.com for $3.8 million in November 2008
  •     AltaVista.com for $3.3 million in August 1998
  •     Candy.com for $3.0 million in June 2009
  •     Loans.com by Bank of America for $3.0 million in February 2000
  •     Investing.com by Fusion Media Limited for $2.45 million in December 2012


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_domain_names