Andhra assembly congratulates Tendulkar on ODI double ton

The Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly Thursday unanimously passed a resolution congratulating Sachin Tendulkar for scoring the first ever double century in one-day internationals (ODIs).

Amid thumping of desks by members, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah moved a resolution in the assembly congratulating Tendulkar on behalf of the entire house for achieving the feat. He hoped that the little master would bring more laurels to the nation.

Leader of Opposition and Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu and leaders of all parties also hailed the unbeaten 200 scored by Tendulkar against South Africa in the second ODI at Gwalior Wednesday. They said the batting genius did India proud through his double ton.

Speaker N. Kirankumar Reddy conveyed his best wishes to Tendulkar.

‘Cricket is a gentleman’s game and Sachin Tendulkar is a true gentleman. He is a role model for all. We hope that he will continue playing cricket for few more years and set new records,’ he said.

LG launches `Ice Cream’ phone in India

NEW DELHI: Korean major LG’s `Ice Cream’ phone has come to India. The company has announced the launch of its latest clamshell handset, KF350, also known as the `Ice Cream’ phone, in India.

LG KF350 is targeted at the fairer sex and has been launched to mark the International Women’s Day (falling on March 8).

KF350 has a 2.2-inch QVGA, TFT display capable of displaying 262K colors. It also comes with an external LED Matrix display that can display the time and other notifications.

The mobile phone’s other features include a 3 megapixel camera, QVGA video recording, FM Radio and a full-fledged music player. There’s 25MB of internal memory that can be increased to 2GB using a microSD card. Connectivity options include WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML browser, Bluetooth and microUSB. EDGE over GPRS is also supported.

The 800 mAH battery phone supports a 5-hour talk time and a standby time of up to 350 hours.

Priced at Rs 7,949, LG KF350 is available in White-rosy, Blue and Pistachio colors.

Yahoo partners with Twitter

Yahoo Inc plans to integrate Twitter into its collection of websites, as the company seeks to enhance the appeal of its online properties with popular social networking features.

The partnership will allow web surfers to view the short, 140-character messages created by Twitter users, dubbed Tweets, directly within Yahoo sites as well as to publish their own Twitter messages without leaving Yahoo.

The move, which Yahoo announced late on Tuesday, comes a couple of months after Yahoo announced a similar deal with Facebook, the world’s No.1 social networking site.

Earlier this month, Google Inc unveiled a new service dubbed Google Buzz that replicated many of the social networking features that have made services like Twitter and Facebook Internet success stories.

Facebook and Twitter – which said on Monday that users of its service generate more than 50 million Tweets every day – pose an increasing threat to established Internet giants like Yahoo and Google whose businesses depend on selling online ads to large audiences.

In January, Facebook overtook Yahoo to become the second most visited website in the United States, according to a recent report by web analytics firm Compete. A separate study by comScore showed Yahoo maintaining its No.2 rank with roughly 164 million unique U.S. visitors, while Facebook was the No.4 site with 112 visitors, behind third-ranked Microsoft Corp.

Yahoo said that beginning on Tuesday its Internet search engine results will display up-to-the-second Tweets about various topics, matching the so-called “real time search” capabilities that Google and Microsoft announced in their own respective deals with Twitter last year.

Yahoo also plans to display a live stream of Tweets within other online properties including its email service and sites devoted to sports, entertainment and finance later this year.

Yahoo executives said that the company was looking at ways to make Twitter messages relevant to each property, such as by customizing the selection of messages that appear alongside an article about a particular sporting event, for example.

“We believe that the content and context side of things is very unique,” Yahoo Vice President of Communities Jim Stoneham told Reuters in an interview.

Yahoo would not comment on any financial terms involved in the deal with Twitter.

According to some media reports, Microsoft and Google paid a combined $25 million for the right to include Twitter data in their search results.

British media heaps praise on Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar’s stupendous feat of becoming the first cricketer to score a double century in one-dayer was on Thursday hailed by the British media, which described the little master as the “finest batsman” ever.

“Tendulkar underlined his sensational class with a double century in Gwalior. To have reached such a landmark, with a single in the final over, only serves to underline his class and add to the legacy that already surrounds arguably the finest batsman to have played the game,” BBC Sports said.

“His innings, the 46th one—day century of his career, was typified by wristy strokes, trademark boundary shots and, above all, stamina as he batted through the entire innings,” the report read.

Meanwhile, The Times tried to anticipate whether the Indian can complete a century of centuries in international cricket by the end of this year.

“All kneel down and praise whatever god you fancy for the mighty Sachin Tendulkar. This could just be turning into the greatest year of his international career, more than 20 years after it began,” the report said.

“Tendulkar now has 93 hundreds in international cricket — 47 in Tests and 46 in ODIs — which is 25 more than the next best man, Ricky Ponting. At the age of 36 and in such great form, he could reach 100 hundreds by the end of the year,” it added.

Genes decide how well you recognise faces

 

Scientists found that identical twins were twice as similar to each other in terms of their ability to recognise faces, compared to non-identical twins.

 Your genes might have something to do with face recognition, says a new study.

Scientists found that identical twins were twice as similar to each other in terms of their ability to recognise faces, compared to non-identical C.

They also found that the genetic effects that allow people to recognise faces are linked to a highly specific mechanism in the brain, unrelated to the organ’s ability to recognise words or abstract art.

“Face recognition is a skill that we depend on daily and considerable variability exists in the ability to recognise faces,” said Brad Duchaine from the University College London (UCL).

“Our results show that genetic differences are responsible for the great majority of the difference in face recognition ability between people,” added Duchaine, study co-author.

The study consisted of 164 identical twins, who share all their genes, and 125 non-identical same-sex twins, who share 50 percent of their genes.

All the participants took the Cambridge Face Memory Test, which measures the ability to learn six faces and then recognise them in novel poses and lighting, said a UCL release.

These findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Indian businessmen urged to invest in Britain

Sir Richard Stagg, British High Commissioner to India interacts with the students of Asian College of Journalism

 Britain’s recession is as much an opportunity as a threat for foreign investors, according to British High Commissioner Sir Richard Stagg, who encouraged Indian businessmen to go global with their companies and pitched Britain as the best place to start.

Sir Richard, who was addressing a gathering of businessmen here organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry Chennai and U.K. Trade and Investment, pointed out that the fact that nearly 600 companies had already invested in the U.K. signalled how attractive an environment the U.K. is.

He admitted that the U.K.’s challenge was to maintain its position as the biggest inward investment market in Europe and concluded by saying that Britain saw the arrival of investment from India as “critical” to the U.K.’s growth.

Gayathri Sriram, Chairperson, CII Chennai zone, stressed the potential for Indian businesses to invest in the U.K. beyond the traditional interest in manufacturing, including infotainment, e-publishing and green industries. Guests were treated to a region-by-region analysis of the U.K.’s strengths by Paul Grey, Head of UKTI at the British High Commission in New Delhi.

Deputy High Commissioner Mike Nithavrianakis laid stresson the flexibility of the labour market and the lack of barriers to business. He also mentioned opportunities for contracts for small and medium enterprises in the London 2012 Olympics.

India is the second-largest foreign investor in the U.K. and improving foreign direct investment flows into the U.K. is hot on the British government’s agenda. The meeting comes just two weeks after Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Business Secretary Peter Mandelson agreed to increase the flow of FDI between India and Britain.

On Monday, a Global Investment Conference in London saw 250 chief executives from businesses across the world addressed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who announced a new investors’ charter setting out his government’s commitments

Indian-American invents home power plant

BREAKTHROUGH: K.R. Sridhar, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy, holds up a stack of fuel cells.

 In a breakthrough, an Indian-American rocket scientist has invented a mini electricity device, which could replace expensive power houses and transmission lines.

Christened the ‘Bloom Box,’ it would be unveiled by K.R. Sridhar in the Silicon Valley, a preview of which was given at the CBS’s popular show ‘60 Minutes’ last weekend.

“It is just like a laptop of the power sector,” the CBS reported.

Mr. Sridhar formed a company, Bloom Energy, which raised some $400 million from venture capitalists of the Silicon Valley at a time when it is tough to get money due to economic recession.

Among its board of directors is the former U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell, who joined it last year.

Mr. Sridhar, who was a rocket scientist and served as adviser to NASA, says that in 10 years or so the ‘Bloom Box’ for residential areas would be available at $3,000 (less than Rs.1.5 lakh) to produce electricity in a small home round the clock.

Having earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, earlier he was a Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as well as Director of the Space Technologies Laboratory (STL) at the University of Arizona.