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25/10/2010

#yn-atlantic-banner img { display:block; }Google's Growing Problem With 'Creepy' PR

WASHINGTON, DC – Is Eric Schmidt losing his PR acumen? For years, the Google CEO's optimism and foresight dazzled the press. But recently, his remarks to journalists have led to(and in one case, an). In a recent discussion at The Atlantic's Washington Ideas Forum, Schmidt invited further criticism, saying "Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it." Is Schmidt just facing an unlucky string of gaffes or is his company simply becoming more difficult to defend?

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It Seems Like Google's Ambition Knows No Bounds, writes at PC World: "Schmidt's vision sees an even deeper integration with computers surfacing pertinent information to you automatically and unprompted...It remains to be seen whether people are ready for an even deeper integration with Google services and for computer's to start telling us what to do. Hopefully our digital overlord Google will always be a benevolent dictator."

He Just Makes Things Sound a Lot Creepier Than They Are, writesat Business Insider: "The Atlantic has posted video of the full interview in which Eric talked about 'the creepy line', and it is chock full of unsettling sound bytes. In particular, he had the following to say on privacy:

"With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."

That sounds absolutely terrifying. And it's too bad. Eric is clearly extremely bright and has a lot of interesting things to say in this interview about technology, the rise of China, the role of lobbyists in crafting legislation, and more. He's just not very good at choosing his words.

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Mnemonic for remembering that Google CEO Schmidt is an Eric, not Erik: the 'c' is for 'creepy'.less than a minute ago via John Grubergruber

22/10/2010

Myanmar unveils new national flag

YANGON, Myanmar – Military-ruled Myanmar unveiled a new national flag on Thursday, just two weeks before an election that the government calls a major step in a transition to democracy but critics say is a sham.

Government offices replaced the old standard with the new one at exactly 3 p.m. At a fire station in central Yangon, blue-uniformed officers lined up at attention during a replacement ceremony. In the capital Naypyitaw, Prime Minister Thein Sein led a flag-hoisting ceremony at the junta's headquarters, state television showed.

The new flag has horizontal stripes of yellow, green and red with a big white star in the middle.

The announcement of the new flag was made on state television just prior to the ceremonies, which were supposed to take place simultaneously all over the country.

The 2008 constitution pushed through by the military called for fresh national symbols, including a new flag whose colors of yellow, green and red would stand for solidarity, peace and tranquility, and courage and decisiveness. Still, the abrupt release of the new flag came as surprise.

"We received the instruction to bring down the old flag and to fly the new flag at 3 p.m.," said an education officer in Pathein township in Irrawaddy Division, who added that shortly before the ceremony his office still had not received its replacement. He declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

The peculiar timing suggested the influence of soothsayers and numerology, both immensely popular in Myanmar. The date was 21 — 2 plus 1 equals 3 — the time was 3:00 and the year was 2010, whose digits add up to three.

Added together they equal nine, an auspicious number is several Asian cultures, but especially Myanmar, which for a time in the late 1980s had bank notes in denominations of 45 and 90 kyats — numbers divisible by nine — reflecting the superstitious beliefs of the country's then-strongman, Gen. Ne Win.

The Nov. 7 election is the first since 1990, when the National League for Democracy party of detained Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory but was not allowed to take power. Critics of the junta charge that the new constitution and new election laws are written to ensure that the military continues to be the country's dominant political force.

A yellow, green and red flag was used during the Japanese occupation in 1943-1945, though the emblem in the center then was a dancing peacock. A fighting peacock is a symbol used by the country's democratic opposition, including Suu Kyi's now-disbanded party.

The flag being replaced — introduced by the socialist government of Ne Win in 1974 — has a red field with a blue rectangle in the left corner bearing a cog wheel and a rice plant encircled by 14 stars representing the country's seven regions and seven states.

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20/10/2010

Looking for Great Halloween Party Music? These New Recordings are Guaranteed to Give You One Hell of a Time

Go beyond the usually cheesy Halloween fare with these high quality recordings of dance music and scary sounds:"Dance and Party Music to Die For" from Monster's Halloween Party and "Going Gaga for the Lady Zombie" from Halloween Music Freaks.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 12, 2010

An essential ingredient for a memorable Halloween party is having great music and scary sounds to play. Two recordings just released: “Dance and Party Music to Die For”and “Going Gaga for the Lady Zombie”, provide movie soundtrack quality tracks, that are guaranteed to provide hours of fun for your very special event.

"Dance and Party Music to Die For" from ,comes with hot new dance tracks such as the remixes of the "Halloween Theme" by John Carpenter, and the breathtaking "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana, both mixed by the very talented Tom Rossi.The album also includes frightening sound effect tracks mixed with rocking music such asthe aptly named Chainsaw Massacre and Satanic Sacrifice. Previous releases from Monster’s Halloween Party have been on the top 10 charts on iTunes during the Halloween season.

The album titled “Going Gaga for the Lady Zombie” byincludes tracks such as the wild and rocking "The Howling" (werewolves transformed by the full moon on the prowl), the terrifying "Zombie Hospital" (the undead wreaking havoc) and "Wicked Witches Waltzing Around The Cauldron" (freaky witches dancing and laughing as they make mischief).

Turn off the lights and listen to the track "Horror in the Sanitarium," an insane track with sounds to spook you and perhaps drive you mad!

Both albums will help you scare up another great time for the whole family!

Albums are available at iTunes or Amazon.com or atand

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