Friday, March 14, 2008

Google officially acquires DoubleClick.Net

Recently, during a HOT discussion about Privacy and and Google, I LOUDLY said, Google is the biggest thief of personal information. After I said that, immediately it striked my mind, that last year they were trying to take over one of the the dirtiest spy site I have seen so far i.e. I was stunned.. when I came to know that it has not happened yet and I fetl..Oh Great... we all are safe..but naah just two days back it has already occurred. We are already doomed. Check out the link here on official Google blog.

Here is the text I could find, written in white fonts when I pressed CTRL+A on that page.[Between the lines for non-techies]
I'm pleased to share the news that we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick today. Although it's been nearly a year since we announced our intention to acquire DoubleClick last April, we are no less excited today about the benefits that the combination of our two companies will bring to the online advertising market.[And a lot of revenue to us and millions of web users will be doomed. BTW, We wont let M$ take Y! it is matter of future of Internet and blah blah blah and lot more blah here. For me the message reads like : we will steal your privacy information using DoubleClick.Net's existing tools that is ok, that is the future we want to give you. Seriously, that funny blog post reminded me of school days when Jr. High kids were used to crib about Sr. High guys as they could not stand a single chance in anything against them :D]

Because we have been waiting for regulatory approval for our acquisition, we've been limited by law in the extent to which we could conduct detailed integration planning to map our way forward. That work will begin in earnest now. Although we don’t have detailed plans to announce today, we will communicate regularly with you about our progress in integrating our two companies.[We had to wait to outsmart the law and find some loophole in the system so that we can carry on our evil plans]
Wanted to write a lot more here..but then... dont I have a life? :D...Laterz...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Microsoft DreamSpark

In a recent past, it seems, Microsoft is going towards controlled Openness, while they are not 100% open source, there has been a lot of movement on Open Source. Let it be the sharing with their Application Protocols or let it be the sharing of important code-knowledge of Vista Internals to Anti-Virus developers around the world, add OOXML to it too. One more exciting movement, it is not being open-source though, it is VERY important for all wanna-be Microsoft Developers in Student community across the world.
It is no other than...Microsoft DreamSpark(Literally its gonna spark a lot of dreams in some students out there.. I AM SO DAMN SURE...)
According to the official site of Microsoft DreamSpark "Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge."

DreamSpark is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career.

Who can get this right now?
We are kicking this off in 11 countries/regions, giving DreamSpark to millions of students in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.[
Unfortunately India is not in the list as of now, somehow I feel we will be the very next one to get it, only problem is we DO NOT have a single nation-wide Student Information System]
If you are not residing in one of the countries listed keep checking back, we will be adding more countries throughout the year.

Does that mean that I might not get in?
Possibly, if you are not residing in one of the countries listed, not attending an accredited university or not a member of one of the student organizations that we're connected with. But keep checking back, as we're working on adding more ways to verify your student status all the time.

Apart from attracting more and more students/universities to Microsoft platform I am damn sure this is yet another Sweet Microsoft moves that will give deep impact to the freetards out there. Now think from an average student's mind set. Risk-Free, world class, 100% legal software development product, an AWESOME Server OS and a next generation Database system. Ofcourse following this will come large events, worldwide contest/s to attract more and more student wannabe-developers to Microsoft platform and one dream I have been seeing since a long time, [Kicking freetards and their free-tarts out of the colleges/universities] might come true. Put freetard and other goodies in a same arena where Students learn and see the difference between the two at the same time and see who comes out as a clear winner. I know it will take time.. but you know... one thing .. Microsoft is best at.. Chasing the goal with unmatched Passion. :)

Any thoughts? This post started a furious discussion here