China to surpass U.S. on Internet users

January 24, 2007

China’s online population grew by 23.4 percent last year to 137 million people, about 10 percent of its 1.3 billion population, the China Internet Network Information Center reported on its Web site. “We believe it will take two years at most for China to overtake the United States,” the official China Daily newspaper quoted an official of the agency, Wang Enhai, as saying.

Site – http://news.yahoo.com


National Priorities Project

January 11, 2007

According to the National Priorities Project (NPP), $378 billion has already been spent or allocated for the Iraq war – despite the Bush administration’s promise that this conflict would cost $50 billion. NPP Research Director testified at a congressional forum, $378 billion could pay for the following: health care coverage for all uninsured children during this entire war; four-year scholarships to a public university for all of this and next year’s graduating seniors; hire more than 6 million teachers; build 700 new elementary schools in each state; every american could get free gas for a year; construction of 500,000 affordable housing units; the Coast Guard’s estimate on funds needed for port security; tripling the energy conservation budget in the US Department of Energy; and reducing this year’s budget deficit by half.

Site – http://nationalpriorities.org


22nd Century Technology

January 9, 2007

Ever wonder what the world is going to be like in the future? Will people routinely live to see their 250th birthdays? Will personal computers be smarter than us? (Or more personable?) Will machines shrink so small they can make repairs inside a human cell? Science fantasy or futuristic nightmare? 22nd Century takes you to the forefront of technology and hears from people on the cusp of a scientific revolution.

Site – http://www.pbs.org


Apple iPhone

January 9, 2007

Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple’s history — and that’s saying a lot — the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: “iPhone,” the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it’d been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J’s eye (comments, Cisco?).

Site – http://www.engadget.com


Web 3.0

January 4, 2007

The Third-Generation Web is Coming, Web 3.0, expected to debut in 2007, will be more connected, open, and intelligent, with semantic Web technologies, distributed databases, natural language processing, machine learning, machine reasoning, and autonomous agents.

Site – http://www.kurzweilai.net