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After many rounds of testing and nearly a year of painstaking development, Yahoo introduced a thoroughly overhauled home page on Tuesday. A major step in the struggling company’s efforts to remake itself for users, advertisers and investors.

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Yahoo users will be able pick My Favorites apps from a list of more than 65 apps. They will also be able to create new apps for sites that are not included in that list. Yahoo promises that it will soon make it easy for users to keep PC and mobile selections in sync.

Other features of the new home page include more personalized news and “status” updates from various social networks like Facebook and MySpace.

Yahoo.com had 114 million visitors in the United States in June, 17 percent more than a year earlier, according to comScore. By comparison, MyYahoo grew 32 percent to 23 million users in the past year, and iGoogle, Google’s version of a dashboard, grew 32 percent to just under 10 million users.
The new home page, which inside Yahoo has been known as Metro, will not be imposed on users automatically — at least not yet. Mr. Bhat called it an “opt-in beta,” meaning that users would have to click on a link to select the new design. The beta part, of course, means the design is still subject to change. The new home page will be available in the United States on Tuesday, and in France, Britain and India later in the week, with other countries to follow next month.

Yahoo.com had 114 million visitors in the United States in June, 17 percent more than a year earlier, according to comScore. By comparison, MyYahoo grew 32 percent to 23 million users in the past year, and iGoogle, Google’s version of a dashboard, grew 32 percent to just under 10 million users.

The new home page, which inside Yahoo has been known as Metro, will not be imposed on users automatically — at least not yet. Mr. Bhat called it an “opt-in beta,” meaning that users would have to click on a link to select the new design. The beta part, of course, means the design is still subject to change. The new home page will be available in the United States on Tuesday, and in France, Britain and India later in the week, with other countries to follow next month.

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It’s true! You can have a Free Blog and Google will pay you for allowing them to run Ads on your blog. You make money every time someone clicks an Ad, even if they don’t buy anything.

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You can have your own blogs, created with very little “techie” knowledge in less than 5 hours of work, each on a specific self-help topic. With your own blog or blogs you can add as many many articles, courses, and ebooks, Free and add new FREE stuff almost everyday to attract loyal readers. For the most part, once you get past the learning curve, it’s fairly easy to do. Don’t let your age stand in your way. Bloggers run the gamut of age and gender. I am doing this since a couple of years! You can do this too.

What is a Blog?

A blog is your own address in cyberspace where you can post your comments, ideas, plans, loves, hassles, or pet peeves to share with the world – and – the world will talk back to you!

What could your blog be about?

For example: I told my friend that she should start a blog after developing some idea. She does this for a living in Vermont and knows all the inside information. She did it and now has people seeking out her insight. Get the idea? You choose what your blog topic is.

Go on line to find helpful Free resources, that’s right, FREE RESOURCES to get you started. Blogs are free from WordPress.com and Blogger, just to mention two, but there are a lot many. You can learn a lot about the technical stuff by joining Google Groups, for example. Bloggers ask each other questions and learn together and learn from experienced bloggers who teach you how to avoid making mistakes. It cuts down the learning curve significantly! Yes, it’s free, too.

Once you build your blog, make sure you add plenty of content. Content is articles by you, or others, that will draw the Search Engines to your blog. A Search Engine got you here didn’t it?

If this sounds too complicated, don’t worry, be happy! Start a blog! Remember – it’s totally Free.

Today marks Windows Live Messenger’s tenth anniversary. The client has 330 million users that send 9.4 billion messages per day.

wlm-logo10 years ago today, MSN Messenger version 1.0 was released to the world. A decade later, we’re at Windows Live Messenger version 2009. Despite the different name, it’s still run on the same IM network which just so happens to be the world’s most popular. To celebrate, Microsoft has a website in the US and in the UK where it is offering an anniversary gift pack with free themes and emoticons for download. The software giant has also put together a five-minute video for the tenth anniversary of Messenger:

In anticipation of the anniversary, Microsoft revealed earlier this month that Windows Live Messenger had 330 million active users. Today, the software giant is throwing a few more numbers out: users login to Windows Live Messenger on average three times a day. More interestingly though, Redmond says there are on average 9.4 billion messages sent per day, meaning 290 billion messages sent every month, via Windows Live Messenger.

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Sure, you can get a relatively compact camera with a nice built-in 10x, 15x, or even 20x optical zoom, but where’s the fun in that? This new so-called Avatar Digital Binocular Sports camera, however, will never be saddled with labels like “boring” or “practical.” It’s big selling point, as you can see, is 21x optical zoom that gets further bolstered by a blinding 40x digital zoom, all of which apparently must be managed without such niceties as auto focus. On the business end of the equation is a 2-megapixel camera with a 2.5-inch LCD, which just so happens to also double as a full-fledged media player with a curiously familiar-looking interface. The best news? It’s available to order right now for just $128, or even less if you buy ’em in bulk. Never to early to start that holiday shopping.

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The average cost of yearly tuition at a private, four-year college in the US this year was $25,143, and for public schools, students could expect to pay $6,585 on average for the 2008-09 school year, according to the College Board. What that means is that for many people, college is out of reach financially. But what if social media tools would allow the cost of an education to drop nearly all the way down to zero?

Of course, quality education will always have costs involved — professors and other experts need to be compensated for their time and efforts. However, social media can drastically reduce much of the overhead involved with higher education — such as administrative costs and even the campus itself.

Here are few Online Institutions

1. The University of the People

The school is a one hundred percent online institution, and utilizes open source courseware and peer-to-peer learning to deliver information to students without charging tuition. There are some costs, however. Students must pay an application fee (though the idea is to accept everyone who applies that has a high school diploma and speaks English), and when they’re ready, students must pay to take tests, which they are required to pass in order to continue their education.

Right now, the University only teaches two courses, information technology and business administration.

2. A College Education for Free: OpenCourseWare

In April 2001 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) proposed something unheard of in the pages of the New York Times. They said that they would begin putting their entire course catalog — some 2,000 courses — online, for free, over the course of an ambitious ten year initiative at the cost of up to $100 million.

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Of course, OpenCourseWare isn’t free — or even cheap. Stanford estimates that the cost of putting courses online runs between $10,000 and $15,000 per course — and courses with video content cost twice that. However, beyond the initial outlay to get the courses created and put online, the price of delivering them to the public is only the cost of bandwidth, which is close to free.

3. A Redical Idea: Free Textbooks

The average cost of textbooks and supplies for a college student attending a four-year college in the US is $1,077. But what if textbooks were free? What if printed course materials were made open and available online at no charge? How would that change the game?

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Flat World Knowledge, which offers free, CC-licensed textbooks and study materials, but charges a fee for paper copies. The Flat World Knowledge books are written by expert authors that have been vetted by the company and generally have advanced degrees, are professors, or have practical experience in their field. The books are licensed under the same permissive Creative Commons license as the OpenCourseWare materials.

Deriving Conclusion

The marginal cost of education is being driven toward zero due to social media and innovative approaches to online learning. That’s because the nature of information is such that it can be created once at cost and distributed and consumed over and over again for free.

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I know my readers love both pets and wild animals, so I’m pretty sure you’re going to love this video tribute to pets playing with wild animals. Who says they can’t all get along in the animal kingdom?

Watch and Enjoy 🙂

1. Puppies play with lion cubs

2. Dog, cheetah and jaguar play together

3. Adorable raccoon video, with a guest appearance by a Beagle

4. Dog pals around with a fawn

5. Deer gives a cat a thorough tongue bath

So, which one did u like 🙂

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Female domestic cats tend to preferentially use their right front paw while male cats more often rely upon their left front paw, according to a new study that suggests the sex of a cat determines how its brain will be wired.

The findings also add to a growing body of evidence that male animals tend to be left-handed, or in this case left-pawed, more often than females. While 90 percent of all humans are right-handed, of the remaining southpaws, more tend to be men.

The differences are even clearer among cats.

“Our results suggest that there are two distinct populations of paw preference in the cat that cluster very strongly around the animals’ sex,” Deborah Wells, who led the study.

Wells, a senior lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast School of Psychology, and co-author Sarah Millsopp examined the paw use of 42 domestic cats. Each cat repeatedly completed three play-like tasks while at home with their owners.


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