Facebook is Banned in india

Facebook is blocked in India by Some ISP from 12 March,2012. It is shocking that now you can’t access to Facebook  if you live in India.

Facebook banned in india
Facebook banned in india

The banned was done due to postings of obscene and objectionable content in Facebook by Indians which is not acceptable by Indian politicians.

Update: Facebook was blocked due to some DNS changes.

Earlier also Delhi high court  has ordered Facebook and Google to censor content or they will censor Facebook and Google.

Some of the Indian ISP which blocked Facebook.

  • Mtnl
  • Bsnl
  • Tikona
  • Reliance
  • Airtel

This is really bad with Indians as few people are trying to take away our freedom of expression.

Update: There was some changes made to DNS by Indian ISP, so Facebook was blocked but it seems that it is now working properly.

Tip: If you are still unable to access  Facebook then do the following

  1. Open “Run” by Pressing windows+R button or from Stat menu.
  2. Type CMD and then press enter to open Command Prompt.
  3. Now you have to flush you DNS and renew it. SO type one by one following into command prompt.

ipconfig/flushdns
ipconfig/release
ipconfig/renew

Now you are able access to it.If not then restart your pc or change your DNS to open DNS or Google Public DNS.

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“Preview Pane”, a new Feature in Gmail Labs

Gmail has introduced a new Gmail lab feature called as Preview Pane from which you can preview your messages before reading it full. On activating Preview Pane feature you can switch to preview from default list views. This feature may be familiar to you if use Gmail via mobile app or your tablet pc.

Preview pane new feature in gmail lab

What is the benefit of Preview pane?

You can quickly preview your messages though Preview Pane like you may also read in Microsoft outlook. You have option to switch to either Vertical Preview pane or horizontal preview pane just like yahoo mails, by selecting vertical or horizontal split from drop down menu present over to top right.

How to Activate Preview Pane in Gmail?

To  activate Preview pane go to Gmail setting and click “Labs” now scroll down to “Preview Pane”  and enable it and hit save changes present at the bottom.

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After enabling it you can see a drop down menu at top right from which you can switch to list views or Previews.Vertical or horizontal pane in gmail

How to change Delay time in making conservation as read?

By default delay time in making conservation is of 3 seconds but you can change it in Gmail general setting. Go to mail setting > General >Preview pane and change delay time.

 

change delay time in gamil fro previw pane

 

Did you like Google’s new lab “Preview Pane” feature? Please share your view on this new move from Google.

Block sites from Google search result by New Chrome Extension

With the release of new Chrome extension Personal Blocklist (by Google)  you can now block websites from search results with a new experimental Google Chrome extension that attempts to find and block the content farm websites.

The personal blocklist extension will transmit to Google the patterns that you choose to block. When you choose to block or unblock a pattern, the extension will also transmit to Google the URL of the web page on which the blocked or unblocked search results are displayed.

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If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.

When you block a site with the extension, you won’t see results from that domain again in your Google search results. You can always revoke a blocked site at the bottom of the search results, so it’s easy to undo blocks.

This Google Chrome extension is centered around suppressing the content farms, websites that create low-quality content that rely on search for traffic.

You can download and try new extension from here.

Gmail introduces two improvements to contact groups

Gmail introduces two improvements to contact groups to save your time when you’re writing messages to multiple people at once. For example, if you create a “Family” group, instead of addressing an email to your mom, dad, sister and brother, you can just start typing “Family” and Gmail will complete the rest.

1.  First change

Let’s say you have a list of coworkers you think you’ll want to contact again in the future. Now, you can paste that list into the Add to group menu when viewing your “Coworkers” group to populate or extend it.

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2.  Second change

Second, they’ve added the ability to specify which one of your contact’s email addresses you want to use in a given group. So, for example, you can now use your friend’s personal address in your “Poker Buddies” group and that same friend’s work address in your “Coworkers” group.

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Google Claims Bing Copying Google Search Results.

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Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, and then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings.

Bing doesn’t deny Google’s claim. Indeed, the statement that Stefan Weitz, director of Microsoft’s Bing search engine, emailed Danny Sullivan yesterday as he worked on this article seems to confirm the allegation:

Here’s the thing: This is an embarrassment for Microsoft, but it’s actually pretty smart. Yes, it’s just the latest case of “oh, man, Microsoft can’t come up with anything on its own, can it?”

As you might imagine, we use multiple signals and approaches when we think about ranking, but like the rest of the players in this industry, we’re not going to go deep and detailed in how we do it. Clearly, the overarching goal is to do a better job determining the intent of the search, so we can guess at the best and most relevant answer to a given query.

Opt-in programs like the [Bing] toolbar help us with click stream data, one of many input signals we and other search engines use to help rank sites. This “Google experiment” seems like a hack to confuse and manipulate some of these signals.

For the purpose of the operation, Google created some esoteric searches which it rigged to display specific pages in the search results in its own search engine. Then it told 20 of its engineers to go home and run the searches on their laptops using Internet Explorer with the “Suggested Sites” and Bing toolbar enabled. After two weeks or so, Google discovered the searches were producing the same results on Bing.

Google, the dominant search engine, said Microsoft is using Internet Explorer 8 features to track what Google users are searching for, then copying those search results on its own search engine.

On a company blog, Google said it wants Microsoft to stop the practice.

Microsoft acknowledged it uses IE8 and a Bing toolbar to track user information but said it’s just one factor in determining Bing search results. Harry Shum, a corporate vice president for search at Microsoft, referred to Google’s sting as a “spy-novelesque stunt.”

The allegations were first reported Tuesday by the site searchengineland.com. Later, Shum and Google principal engineer Matt Cutts argued over them on stage Tuesday at the Farsight 2011 conference in San Francisco. Their appearance, for a scheduled discussion on the future of search, was webcast.

“It’s almost like a mapmaker that inserts a fake street and sees if that street gets copied or if a Yellow Pages inserts a fake number,” Cutts said.

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Shum did not deny that the Bing toolbar or IE8 features track data, adding that all search operations track customer behavior.

“We learn from our customers,” Shum said.

“We have been very clear we use customer data. My understanding is other search engines also use a similar thing.”

Cutts countered, “I’m not sure users realize that by installing the Bing bar or installing suggested sites on IE8 that those results are encrypted and sent to Microsoft.”

Shum then criticized Google about online spam, saying, “I think Google, as an industry leader, would be responsible for a lot of spam we receive.”

Google has been hit with privacy complaints that it tracks what people search for. By saying Microsoft is using its browser tools to track users; Google appeared to be trying to paint Microsoft and Bing with the same brush.

Microsoft also posted a blog item, from Shum that said: “To be clear, we learn from all of our customers. What we saw in today’s story was a spy-novelesque stunt to generate extreme outliers in tail query ranking. It was a creative tactic by a competitor, and we’ll take it as a backhanded compliment. But it doesn’t accurately portray how we use opt-in customer data as one of many inputs to help improve our user experience.”

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