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Times are Tough , Mac is On Sale

Steve Jobs has started cutting price on Macs. 

15.4″ MacBook Pro Glossy Screen – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, 2GB Memory, 120GB Hard Drive Notebook is selling at $1299 , when the list price is $1999. (See here). Where as Macbook Air is selling for $1,149.99 (Reg $1794). Apple store managers, meanwhile, are offering to match any advertised price — a policy they quietly followed in the past but now openly acknowledge.

Apple has posted a  teaser for a one-day Black Friday shopping event that promises unspecified bargains for shoppers.

 Come back to the Apple Online Store the day after Thanksgiving for a special one-day-only holiday shopping event. You’ll find dozens of great iPod, iPhone, and Mac gift ideas.

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AIG execs went on $500K retreat within days of bailout

After the bailout of AIG last month, the United States government effectively bought an 80% share in the company. That should have caused a fundamental change, you would think, in how the company was spending funds on compensation, bonuses and benefits.

But it doesn’t look like that’s what happened. The committee learned that shortly after the bailout went through, executives from AIG’s major U.S. life insurance subsidiary, AIG American General, held a week-long conference at an exclusive resort in California.

The resort is called the St. Regis Monarch Beach. … It’s very impressive. This is an exclusive resort. The rooms start, gentlemen, at $425 a night. Some are more than $1,200 a night. AIG spent nearly $500,000 in a single week at the at this hotel. Now, this was right after the bailout.Some of the charges  shareholders who are now U.S. taxpayers had to pay. Check this out.

AIG spent $200,000 for hotel rooms, and almost $150,000 for catered banquets. AIG spent  $23,000 at the hotel spa and another $1,400 at the salon. They were getting their manicures, their facials, their pedicures and their massages while the American people were were footing the bill. And they spent another $10,000 for leisure dining.

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Google Project – 10 to the power 100th

Robert Collier (don’t know who he is) once said “A single idea / the sudden flash of a thought / may be worth a million dollars.” Well , Google has just proved this to be true . Infact Google is offering 10 Million Dollars for that “Single Idea”  which can change the world by helping as many people as possible. 

Google has recently launched project 10100 (pronounced “Project 10 to the 100th”). Here is how it works

1. Send in your idea before October 20th

2. Selection of one hundred ideas will be put forward with, the public, to choose twenty semi-finalists. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas.

3.  Google will bring those ideas to life.

Criteria:

  • Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
  • Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea’s impact last?

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PHOTO IN THE NEWS: DNA-Based Neanderthal Face Unveiled

September 17, 2008—Meet Wilma—named for the redheaded Flintstones character—the first model of a Neanderthal based in part on ancient DNA evidence.

Artists and scientists created Wilma (shown in a photo released yesterday) using analysis of DNA from 43,000-year-old bones that had been cannibalized. Announced in October 2007, the findings had suggested that at least some Neanderthals would have had red hair, pale skin, and possibly freckles.

Created for an October 2008 National Geographic magazine article, Wilma has a skeleton made from replicas of pelvis and skull bones from Neanderthal females. Copies of male Neanderthal bones—resized to female dimensions—filled in the gaps.

(The National Geographic Society owns both National Geographic News and National Geographic magazine.)

“For the first time, anthropologists can go beyond fossils and peer into the actual genes of an extinct species of human,” said National Geographic’s senior science editor, Jamie Shreeve, who oversaw the project.

“We saw an opportunity to literally embody this new science in a full-size Neanderthal female, reconstructed using the latest information from genetics, fossil evidence, and archaeology.”

For more on Neanderthals, watch Neanderthal Code, airing Sunday, September 21, on the National Geographic Channel.

—David Braun

Reconstruction by Kennis & Kennis, photograph by Joe McNally/NGS

 

 

 

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Im a PC , I Say Fish???

Finally Microsoft has released a new ad. The guy in the end actually says “I am a PC go FISH” or do they mean something else??? 

We will have to wait and see what Apple has to say next.

Watch this old ad from Apple as well (Featuring Gisele)

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