Shuffle in New Colors


Written on 2:42 PM by nitesh

To make the smallest ipod shuffle look more as a fashion accessory Apple has come up with four new colors of shuffle:

  • Pink
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Blue
apart from existing silver. The color change is done to keep the momentum of the sales high after the holiday season in which record number of ipods were sold. The price of the shuffle is kept the same at $79.

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India aala re : Tata-Corus Now


Written on 12:28 PM by nitesh

Quashing all the media conjectures regarding CSN taking over the Corus, Tata bought corus paying a hefty sum of 608pence per share. As expected both the bidders maintained a cautious approach in the bidding and the whole process continued till decided 9 rounds . Tata ultimately won the battle after CSN backed off after bidding till 603p. Tata raised the offer to 608p and corus was ours. This is a big victory for Indian industry, a giant leap by India i will modify Armstrong words ( One step for man, one giant leap for mankind.) to One step by Tata, one giant leap for the India.

Nobody has expected that Tata would pay such a hefty price for the corus , but sources say that the Tata's bidding process was boosted by impressive quarterly results announced yesterday.

Now we have to see how the synergies between the two companies having total capacity of 19 millions tonnes go.

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Battle for Corus Today


Written on 9:59 AM by nitesh

Today is the grand finale of the biggest reality show i.e Who will buy Corus !!! CSN (Companhia Siderurgica Nacional) or TATA. Who needs to watch Big Brother or Big Boss when you have far bigger and fascinating dramas to watch for in real life. The bidding process for the Corus will start today at 10.00pm IST and will close at 8.00 am . There are maximum of 9 rounds and in each bid there should be a minimum jump of 5pence per share. If by any chance there is tie the result will be certainly declared by 1st Feb.
Both the bidders have previously termed their respective offers - 500 pence a share by Tata and 515 pence bid by CSN - as fair valuation for Corus while promising no job cuts after the deal. Tatas will have to make an offer of 520 to stay in the bidding process otherwise the battle will be over before even starting.

Bigger segment of media is favouring the Brazilian CSN as its present bid is higher then the Tatas and there are rumours that CSN is so interested in Corus that it can go till 600p per share. But we cannot take Tatas easily , Tatas have not yet showed their cards there may be a surprise coming. British media are comparing Tatas with Shilpa Shetty who calmly won the Big Bro reality show. It's like a poker game , the earlier you reveal your cards more the chances that the rival will go for the kill. The auction process that could take the final bid to anything above $11 billion and the winner will become the 5th largest steel player in the world.

Isn't the whole process exciting !!

The auction process is very much like a thriller hindi movie in which there are two heroes wooing for the female actor and in the climax another hero comes up and go away with the actress. The possiblity of a 3rd surprise bidder cannot be ruled out. Investor bankers are working overtime to finalize the bidding strategies , Tata board will meet today for the quarterly results but the main agenda will be Corus. Tata is represented by Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro and NM Rothschild, while CSN is advised by Lazard and Goldman Sachs.

The battle is now not limited to companies only, all the industry in the three countries is eagerly watching it. Such battle will become a routine in coming years as BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations' hunger is increasing and the day is not far when we will see companies from these countries bidding for US giants and eventually winning them.

There is one more angle also , the bidder who feels they are losing should try to increase the bid to a very high amount so that the winner will have to pay a heavy price for the Corus , then the loser can bid for Tata-Corus of CSN-Corus after 4-5 years. The battle will be far from over on Feb 1st.

Next soap coming is Kaun Jitega Hutch. Last few finalist in the show are Reliance , Vodaphone , Orascom , Essar , Hindujas , Maxim . Though some are small companies but they will play the spoil sport .

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Written on 5:59 PM by nitesh

There are thousands of sites on web2.0 what if you get a directory of all this, Go2Web2.0 is a nice directory of all web2.0 sites . In it all the web2.0 sites are listed with their unique logos. Click on a logo and you will be presented with site information in the sidebar , Simply click on the logo again and you will be taken to the chosen site.

Logos can be sorted in alphabetical order or by date added. There is filtering option using which we can filter sites related to 3d, ajax, blogging etc. If your favorite site is not listed, you can submit is for approval to the directory. They even have a RSS feed for all the Web 2.0 junkies wanting up to the minute updates. So check it out and ready to spend hours

Daiict 100 FM


Written on 7:16 PM by nitesh

Other day I was browsing through the and found out this video of FM at ISB.
After watching the video it brought me alive the memories of the 100FM which we used to have in college . It started in 2nd year and I became an RJ after 6 months ( we bunch of friends decided to give it a go) , It used to be a lot of fun because we went there with a purpose of to enjoy ourselves not with the prupose of making others laugh. Show timings was 11.00pm to 12.00 midnight which is normally the prime time in college. Me with my friends go there in the Radio room , on our way we used to collect as many of friends to join use, till reaching the radio room we were normally 6-8 budding RJ's , ready for the show. As we donot follow the practice of preparing for the show so dk and chakku would open 2-3 mails of PJ's forwarded by people , this would start long comments like ' arj kiya hai ' ................................... waah waah what ever the PJ be but waah was said with full josh and vigour . We were lucky to have a great actor amongs us dk who can do mimicary of any artist , using his talent we would start a mock interview with nana , sharukh etc . Sachin would do his normal ulti-sidhi acts , don't get angry with me sachin. And out main targets during the shows used to be changu mangu , i would not reveal the details. These kind of fun filled activities widen your mind , let you think from some other perspective. Gone are those days.........

Though I have embd the ibnlive video still (the video might not show up) Video Link .

iPhone In iPod Out ??


Written on 5:14 PM by nitesh

"Today we're introducing three revolutionary products," Jobs said moments before unveiling the device. "A new iPod, a phone and an internet communicator. These are not three separate devices -- we call it the iPhone."
Steve Jobs finally put an end to the months of speculations .

Nobody guessed the design of the ipone right , there is no button touch and use, wide screen ipod. As expected from Apple sleek and slim . iPhone is awsome combination of phone , music device ipod with touch screen and blackberry like internet communication device. But does it mean days of ipod are numbered when Apple will launch iPhone Nano and iPhone Shuffle in near future . I feel may be in america days are numbered but there are other markets to be captured like India and China.

And since we can use any song as ringtone so who will pay some dollars to use xyz song as ringtone , another implication is days of ringtones companies are numbered.

So Nokia and Motorola start reducing your prices

The iPhone will be available in June exclusively from Cingular Wireless, at a price of $500 for a 4-GB model and $600 for an 8-GB model with a two-year service contract.

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ChaCha : Search engine powered by human intelligence.


Written on 10:21 AM by nitesh

Here is another search engine battling out to lower google's share in the market. ChaCha is different from the other search engines out there like google, snap in a unique way. The engine has two options for searching :
  • simple searching
  • searching with real time guide.

When we search with a guide our query is sent to a person who is skilled/knowledgable in that particular field so that we can get the results we want . Our query is sent out to the thousands of guides out there and any one picks up our query if it is meaningful not words like 'jkads'.

When a guide is selected we can chat with the guide. Guide will talk to us for as long as we like. ChaCha indexes all the questions that are asked and associates them with the search engines and resources used by Guides, and the links visited by the users, ChaCha knows where to look and what the best human-approved resources are for each question or topic.

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Google best company to work in USA


Written on 9:16 AM by nitesh

When one can enjoy gourmet meals , do laundry , get an oil massage , play , swim while in office who would like to to go home from office. This is what happens to the employees of the google. Google made its debut at the number one position on the Fortune 10th 100 best companies to work for. With just 8 years into existence google has got hundreds of people eying to work at the company , google receives 1300 resumes a day. Google will surpass $10 billion in sales for 2006.

Today's workplace is better in these respects according to

  • It's more flexible.
  • It's more of a learning environment.
  • It's more diverse in terms of female and minority representation.
  • It's more supportive of employees raising a family.
  • It's more democratic in terms of employee stock ownership.
  • It's more open in terms of communication upwards and downwards.
  • It's more fun: parties and celebrations galore.

Other Software companies in the lsit are Cisco(11), Yahoo(44), Microsoft(50), strange point is there is no Apple.

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