Samsung Bada Mobile OS Screenshot Leaks

1 week after Samsung's official Bada OS presentation first set of screeshot leaks over the internet.The new OS is a definite looker and you can really tell it’s based on Samsung’s current non-smartphone TouchWiz UI.

Web URL Are Becoming Shorter,Google Ready To Use It


As the number of websites are increasing rapidly Short URLs are becoming more and more a part of the daily life on the Internet – especially with microblogs such as Twitter where every character counts. Google, trying to be all things on the Internet as always, launched their own. And so did Facebook.
Bit.ly on the other hand are expanding their services with bit.ly Pro. It’s getting quite crowded in the short URL busines.
For now, Google’s URL shortner, called goo.gl, works only with the Google Toolbar and Feedburner. It is possible it will open up and work as a regular URL shortner – Google do like to know which links get clicked. If people like it, then it’s quite possible that goo.gl will become just another facet of Google’s services available to the public at large.

Facebook on the other hand uses theirs, fb.me, for just its mobile interface and its not clear if they’ll get into the URL shortening game seriously.
All this should be making bit.ly and (the likes) quite nervous. It scored big when it became the default link shortener for Twitter. And Google (among others) already include live search results from Twitter. All this amounts to 2.1 billion links shortened. That’s billion! The previous year they did just 11.8 million. If you want to calculate the YoY growth in percents, be my guest.
But bit.ly are countering Google’s and Facebook’s entry into their business by offering a Pro service. This bit.ly Pro service allows you to create short URLs that start with a domain of your choosing. It’s a beta for now but it could become very popular.
For example, New York Times uses nyti.ms. The benefit of this is that a nyti.ms link will take you to the NY Times page, while a generic short URL is a lot more ambiguous. There are efforts to weed out short URLs, which point to malware, but still personalized links will always be safer to click.
To finish off the short URL topic, here is a benchmark of some of the most popular URL shorteners. Because as everyone on the Internet knows, benchmarks make all arguments better. 


 It’s a bit dated and doesn’t include goo.gl and fb.me (which are limited to specific apps anyway), but it’s still interesting – for example it shows that is.gd is the fastest, while ow.ly is the most reliable. Also, it’s a good baseline for subsequent tests, so we can see how much individual services have improved (or gotten worse). 
Source:
http://blog.gsmarena.com/google-launches-url-shortner-bit-ly-takes-it-like-a-pro/
Original Post By Google:
Making URLs shorter for Google Toolbar and FeedBurner

This(14 Dec 2009) morning, we launched updated versions of the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner that offer a new URL shortening service from Google called the Google URL Shortener. We mentioned our URL shortener as a feature in both announcements, so we wanted to say a little more about how this product works and why we're offering it.
People share a lot of links online. This is particularly true as microblogging services such as Twitter have grown in popularity. If you're not familiar with them, URL shorteners basically squeeze a long URL into fewer characters to make it easier to share with others. With character limits in tweets, status updates and other modes of short form publishing, a shorter URL leaves more room to say what's on your mind — and that's why people use them.

First, we think people who use the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner will benefit from a shortener that is easily accessible — making it faster and easier to share, post and email links. Second, we've built this on Google's global infrastructure to offer the following benefits:
  • Stability: Google's scalable, multi-datacenter infrastructure provides great uptime and a reliable service to our users.
  • Security: As we do with web search, shortened URLs are automatically checked to detect sites that may be malicious and warn users when the short URL resolves to such sites.
  • Speed: At Google we like fast products and we've worked hard to ensure this service is quick. We'll continue to iterate and improve the speed of Google Url Shortener.
Google URL shortener is not a stand-alone service; you can't use it to shorten links directly. Currently, Google URL Shortener is only available from the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner. If the service proves useful, we may eventually make it available for a wider audience in the future.

We're excited about enabling this functionality — try it for Toolbar and FeedBurner!



Microsoft Ends Official Support For Windows XP SP2 & Win 2000 in July 2010


Extended Official Support by Microsoft for Windows XP SP2, Windows 2000, and Windows 2000 Server will finally end on July 13, 2010. After this day, Microsoft will no longer provide individual support or security updates for any of the three operating systems, and there will be no more service packs released for Windows 2000. Users running XP who wish to continue with updates will have to either upgrade to Windows Vista/7 or the latest service pack (SP3). If Microsoft decides to release a fourth service pack for Windows XP, support for SP3 will not end until two years after the next release or the end of the product’s lifecycle (probably the latter as a fourth service pack is unlikely).
Microsoft offers three stages of support, starting with Mainstream Support, followed by Extended Support, and then finally Self-Help Online Support. Mainstream support ended for Windows XP on 14 April 2009, and in July, XP SP2 will enter into the Self-Help Online Support stage. Every version of Windows XP will be affected except for Embedded.
Considering that XP still commands a strong majority of the market, its end should help boost the popularity of Windows Vista and 7, especially considering that Microsoft is urging all of its customers toward the upgrade, offering several resources to help stubborn consumers switch to the new release of the Windows client (such as the End-of-Support Solution Center).
The move should help to boost the computer economy and spur sales as many computers (especially those running Win2K) will also require hardware upgrades or an entirely new system as the components could very well be approaching archaic. As such, Windows 7 sales may also be improved as there’s almost no reason for a consumer to choose Vista in the purchase of a new computer when Windows 7 is readily available.
For users not yet willing to upgrade, Service Pack 3 for Windows XP can be found here.
Source:
http://windows7news.com/2009/12/08/support-ends-in-july-for-xp-sp2-and-win2k/
 
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