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Boost expected by Freeview after deal with Prime broadcaster Sky

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A breakthrough deal between Prime broadcaster Sky, Freeview and Kordia has been successful, which means that Freeview subscribers can tune in to Prime Television from today.
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With this deal, Freeview satellite and HD subscribers would be able to watch popular TV shows, including Flight of the Conchords and Top Gear, as well as the delayed broadcasts of sports matches such as All Blacks games.

From quite sometime now, Freeview has been pushing for the inclusion of Prime in its line-up, while claiming that Prime's absence had limited the take-up of the free-to-air service.
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A deal had been avoided by Sky till now since it believes claiming it would not be economic to put Prime on Freeview.

With the recent development, more people should be lured on to Freeview and digital television.
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According to Freeview general manager Sam Irvine, "A number of people out there have been waiting for Prime to join Freeview. There's also still a large number of people on analogue TV it's still about 40 per cent of people so now is a great time for them to move, all the major channels are on digital for free."
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Already, over 250,000 homes have switched to Freeview.

Mr. Irvine said that Sky would stand to benefit from the arrangement.
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He said, "We've always believed that Prime should be there as Freeview is a free-to-air digital platform they're missing out on viewers by not being there."

He concluded: "Sky would help Freeview cover its administration and marketing costs as part of the deal, but he would not confirm this would cost Sky $350,000 over three years, as previously reported by The Dominion Post."
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Netscape founder Andreessen backing new browser startup - RockMelt

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According to The New York Times' Thursday report, citing unnamed people 'in the know,' Netscape founder - now developer-turned-financier - Marc Andreessen is backing a new browser startup, RockMelt!
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Andreessen was the brain behind the Netscape browser - a browser that helped millions of users access the Internet in the 1990s; but later lost the browser and Web server market to Microsoft's Internet Explorer packaged with the Windows operating system! And now, Andreessen is backing a new browser probably because it might chip away part of Internet Explorer's market share!
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Moreover, going by the newspaper report, Andreessen has an earlier association with the co-founders of RockMelt - Eric Vishria and Tim Howes- both of whom are former Opsware executives. Incidentally, it was Andreessen who co-founded Opsware, and later sold it to Hewlett-Packard. Howes has also worked with Andreessen at Netscape.

Though the site of RockMelt, which will be a browser to be built 'from a scratch,' does not disclose much detail about its technology, it does allow people to tender their e-mail to keep pace with the browser's future updates.
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Andreessen had, some time back, told the Times that with Web fast becoming a network of complex Web sites, a new browser is needed to effectively deliver services to end users. In addition, with Andreessen being a Facebook board member, the RockMelt browser reportedly would be a singular 'social networking browser'!
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Pear Analytics: Twitter most commonly used for “pointless babble”

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According to a recent study by marketing intelligence firm Pear Analytics, the most common use for Twitter is for "pointless babble," followed by conversations between people; with the third most-used purpose of Twitter being "pass-along value" - as tweets become re-tweets (RT)!
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The two-week study - supposedly following an argument between Pear Analytics' employees about the purposes for which Twitter is actually being used - sampled 200 random tweets per day from the US; thereby reaching a total of 2,000 tweets sampled.

Statistically speaking, the study revealed that while almost 40 percent of the tweets were about some "pointless babble"; 37 percent were parts of conversations; and 12 percent comprised re-tweets or "pass along value." Furthermore, nearly 5 percent of the tweets pertained to self-promotion; and 3 percent each were related to news and spam.
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Saying that Pear Analytics "will be conducting this same study every quarter to identify other trends in usage," CEO Ryan Kelly added that the firm was interested in noticing whether there would be a change in use of the popular microblogging site for news, or will it continue to be a source of personal messages.

Though the report said it had not expected the "conversational category would be as high as it was, or self-promotion to be as low as it was," it stopped short of making any predictions for future Twitter usage.
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BT to launch 40mbps broadband service in Glasgow

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BT has revealed its plans to provide Glasgow with superfast fibre-optic broadband as soon as this autumn, making it the first city to have the next-generation service.

The telecoms giant has confirmed that over 15,000 homes plus businesses in Hillington, Crookston and Cardonald will receive fibre to the cabinet capable of delivering speeds of up to 40Mbps.
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BT may increase the speed of the service to 60Mbps in future.

It may be noted here that ambitious BT has plans to bring up to 40% of the UK households under the next-generation service by 2012.
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Openreach, network business arm of BT will put-in 56 new street cabinets.

Speaking on the topic, Bob Downes, a big shot at Openreach, said, "The race to get super-fast broadband into Glasgow is well and truly underway."
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It should be noted here that Glasgow has got the opportunity after London objected over the service, citing aesthetic issues.
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Dairy plummets, takes along producer output prices!

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It has been forwarded by Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) that a fall of 0.7% was noticed in producer's output prices, while input prices remained unchanged.

While the main contributors to the output index fall were lower prices for exported dairy products, such as whole milk powder, cheese, and butter; the largest downward contribution to the index in the latest quarter was made by the dairy product manufacturing index, with a fall of 19.9 percent.
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If the inputs index is considered, then the most significant downward contribution was made by a 6.7 percent fall in the sheet and fabricated metal product manufacturing index.

SNZ said: "Lower prices for raw materials, the rise of the New Zealand dollar and lower demand due to worsening economic conditions, were cited as the main drivers of that fall. Electricity generation and supply rose in both the outputs (up 11 per cent) and inputs (up 10.4 per cent) indexes in the latest quarter."
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The prices were mainly increased due to higher spot market prices in the winter season, while higher prices for natural gas, used in the generation of electricity, also contributed to the rise in the inputs price index.

A rise by 2.1 percent was noted in the PPI (producers' price index) in the year to June, while the PPI inputs index dropped 1.2 percent - marking the first annual fall in the inputs index since March 2004.
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Dubai Taxi Corporation launches passenger survey

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The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) at the Roads and Transport Authority has started a passenger survey to find the satisfaction level of the public, regarding services and facilities being offered by the corporation in the city.

Passengers can directly interact with DTC CEO Abdul Aziz Al Malek through chat for any suggestion and feedback regarding the services at 'Speakers' Corner'.
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Al Malek said: "This campaign is a tool to gauge the opinion of customers who will be able to debate and comment on several matters related to DTC." The corporation, through personal interaction and questionnaires, will gather different ideas from the public, know their viewpoint, and use their feedback for further improvement in the quality of services.

The campaign, launched at Wafi and Modesh City, will continue throughout the year, covering different places in Dubai, such as hospitals, malls, hotels and Dubai International Airport terminals.
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Mr. Malek, seeking valuable feedbacks from public, said: "Such dialogue will enable several questions to be asked in an open and free environment.

This interactive method is believed to be highly effective in probing customer opinion as it provides a platform for producing new concepts and information."
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World Market Review and Indian Stock Market Analysis by Nirmal Bang

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U.S. stocks retreated, pushing the S&P 500 index down the most in six weeks, as investors speculated the global economy isn’t expanding fast enough to justify the steepest equity market rally in seven decades.

U.S. stocks staged their fastest advance since the Great Depression after falling to a 12?year low on March 9, rising as much as 50% over five months on signs the global recession is easing. Speculation that growth in China would spur demand for raw materials helped send the Reuters Jefferies/CRB Commodity Price Index up 32%.
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China’s Shanghai Composite Index sank 5.8 % yesterday, the steepest slump since Nov. 18, after Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. reported profit that trailed projections and the government reported a 10th straight monthly decline in foreign investment. Yunnan Copper Industry Co. said there are “no clear signs” of a recovery after posting a first?half loss.
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Commodity producers retreated as investors speculated that a rally in riskier assets has outpaced prospects for economic growth. The CRB index of 19 raw materials fell 1.6 %.

China’s benchmark stock index, the world’s worst performer this month, may fall another 10 % as bank lending slows, said Andy Xie, a former Morgan Stanley chief Asian economist.
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“The current correction is reflecting the tightening in lending,” said Xie, who correctly predicted in April 2007 that China’s equities would tumble. “We’ve seen the peak of this market cycle, though there’s likely to be a bounce as the government seeks to stabilize the market.”

Today morning Most Asian stocks fell, led by commodity companies, after metals prices slumped amid concern the global economic recovery will fail to meet investors’ expectations. A measure of six metals, including copper and zinc, traded on the London Metal Exchange fell 2.7 % yesterday to the lowest level in a week. Copper futures in New York dropped 2.3 %, while oil sank 1.1 %.
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a weather bureau official said that revival in India’s monsoon rains is helping ease dry weather that’s caused drought in a third of the nation’s districts and dented sowing of rice and sugar cane. Uttar Pradesh, the country’s biggest cane grower, Madhya Pradesh, the largest soybeans producer, and Bihar, a top grower of rice and corn, received “good rain” over the past few days, said Ajit Tyagi, director general of the India Meteorological Department, from New Delhi today. Monsoon rain may be similar to 2002, when showers were 19.2 % below average and the nation faced its worst drought in 12 years, Tyagi said last week.
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