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Global Weekly Equity News Update by Eqpulse 30th Jul – 5th Aug

Global Weekly Equity News Update

by Eqpulse

  1. International

  2. eqpulse
    LinkedIn shares set to gain on revenue beat, outlook raise: LinkedIn Corp shares were set to open around 9% high… http://bit.ly/RhfHAb


    Fri, Aug 03 2012 06:04:21
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  3. AEXjournaal
    #stock today Stocks surge on jobs data, Europe news to extend weekly winning streak: U.S. stocks surged Friday, … http://bit.ly/OTrQuc


    Sun, Aug 05 2012 00:17:42
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  4. eqpulse
    FIIs raise exposure to Indian aviation stocks like Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet: Overseas inves… http://bit.ly/RCH5Er


    Sun, Aug 05 2012 00:12:11
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  5. How To Invest Like Warren Buffett


    Fri, Apr 27 2012 10:53:00
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  6. Sensex, Nifty, Movers & Shakers

  7. eqpulse
    Markets Live: Sensex dented by ECB’s Draghi, drought: The Sensex was dented in Friday’s trade by ECB’s Draghi a… http://bit.ly/QGWO7P


    Fri, Aug 03 2012 00:02:32
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  8. eqpulse
    Surprise package: Cummins India: Cummins India, which has underperformed other capital goods stocks since April … http://bit.ly/QGLwAm


    Thu, Aug 02 2012 22:49:10
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  9. eqpulse
    Symphony gains 20% after strong results in Q4: Shares of Symphony, evaporative air cooling solutions provider, … http://bit.ly/QdBGXd


    Wed, Aug 01 2012 03:44:22
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  10. eqpulse
    Small investors find merit in beaten-down mid-caps like KFA, Suzlon Energy, Lanco Infra and others: Beaten-down … http://bit.ly/Puviq7


    Wed, Aug 01 2012 13:27:11
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  11. abpnewstv
    Mumbai: Body of Raj Travels owner Lalit Sheth found at Dadar beach. He jumped from Bandra-Worli sea link. Police suspect a case of suicide.


    Wed, Aug 01 2012 05:37:48
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  12. eqpulse
    Buy selectively in the capital goods segment, stocks like BHEL, L&T down due to economic slowdown: Many stocks i… http://bit.ly/R7ZU6x


    Wed, Aug 01 2012 06:08:37
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  13. ReutersIndia
    Best pictures from the week http://reut.rs/NZsd3K


    Sat, Aug 04 2012 22:30:12
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  14. Nasdaq


    Sat, Jul 28 2012 17:00:00
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  15. WSJ
    New York has almost 50,000 theater and dance performances a year. How it compares to Paris, London, Tokyo: http://on.wsj.com/N8LMG3


    Sat, Aug 04 2012 20:10:43
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  16. eqpulse
    Sebi imposes Rs 4 lakh fine on two brokerage firms: Market watchdog Sebi has imposed penalties of Rs 2 lakh eac… http://bit.ly/QxNt29


    Thu, Aug 02 2012 02:22:51
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  17. Commodities

  18. GoldMarket
    Latest Commentary: In The News Today: Gold to Rally Above $1,900 by End 2012: HSBC Published: Friday, 3 Aug 20… http://bit.ly/OS98mG


    Sat, Aug 04 2012 15:08:20
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  19. ETCommodities
    Gold falls for third day, sheds Rs 100; silver recovers http://ecoti.ms/SZ4iOZ


    Sat, Aug 04 2012 02:55:25
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  20. ETCommodities
    Oil jumps on US jobs rise, Brent hits 10-week high http://ecoti.ms/x3b9nY

    Fri, Aug 03 2012 14:25:19
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  21. Forex News

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    Analyse de la paire GBP/USD suite à la sortie de la news GBP- Official Bank Rate du 02/08/12
    http://tinyurl.com/9uk4yyg http://pic.twitter.com/zPf51gqd


    Sun, Aug 05 2012 01:10:33
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  23. NASDAQUpdate
    Forex: USD/JPY trades at 78.57 after US data release http://sns.mx/CgjMy1


    Fri, Aug 03 2012 07:31:48
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Google’s Secret Weapon: MapReduce

Google’s stock is now down more than 50% year to date but the Google guys don’t seem to be concerned. Here’s why — and why it is critically important to your business:The revolutionary product can greatly increase the profitability and valuation of the company in the times to come.Google Inc. (GOOG-Nasdaq)     
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Most people think the reason is because Google dominates search. But Google is building a new secret weapon that has more to do with the brain than search. The effort is called MapReduce, a simple yet powerful software program that enables Google to use the Internet to think.

MapReduce does what our brains do all the time: It categorizes (Maps) key pieces of information, distributes it across its server farm of PCs, and then eliminates (Reduces) irrelevant data (computers–unlike MapReduce and the brain–soak in everything). Google now uses MapReduce for over 10,000 programs, ranging from the processing of satellite imagery, language processing and responding to popular queries. It is now processing roughly 100,000 functions daily and digesting 20 petabytes of data each day.

Does this sound like the perfect computer? Think again. This is not even your typical computer: one that is stable, logical, and failsafe. Instead, it is error prone, strapped together with Velcro (literally) and unreliable. Or as one Senior Vice President at Google recently said, “Nobody builds servers as unreliable as we do.” But it is the same paradox that makes the brain work, wherein its seeming imperfections are what make MapReduce (and the brain) so powerful.

As the inventors of MapReduce noted in a recent paper, “It has been used across a wide range of domains within Google including: large-scale machine learning problems; clustering problems…; extracting data to produce reports of popular queries; extracting properties of Web pages for new experiments and products…; processing of satellite imagery data; language model processing for statistical machine translation, and; large-scale graph computation.” Or in other words, the tasks Google performs are similar to the functions performed by the brain: learning, categorization, vision and language.

If all this sounds a bit more like human thought than computing, it should. We often fail to see just how powerful Google really is and how much it behaves like a brain, if for no other reason than we interact with Google through its homepage. As Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, points out, “While it presents itself as a web interface to most people, Google could just as well present itself as a programmable interface, which means that you can start writing software that gets information through the eyes, so to speak, of Google. That creates a vocabulary, if you like, that programmable systems can use in order to take advantage of what Google is capable of doing with its gigantic database.”

Even Google’s harshest critics no longer dismiss the value of MapReduce or the power of the computing cloud. In a recent New York Times article, Bill Gates “acknowledged that MapReduce was a significant technology, but he asserted that Microsoft was building its own parallel processing software…” In a somewhat circuitous compliment, Gates said: “They did MapReduce; but we have this thing, called Dryad, that’s better.”

What’s happening is that MapReduce is opening the door to the analysis of vast amounts of information–from terabytes of data on the voting habits of Americans, to the fluctuations of billions of individual airline fares, to scores of terabytes of health data. This will change the landscape of virtually everything we do. “The biggest challenge of the Petrabyte Age won’t be storing all the data,” Wired magazine noted recently, “but figuring out how to make sense of it.” Making sense of it: That is where the brain behind the Internet is now heading.

Google Profits From Typo Squatting, Report Charges

 Google Inc (GOOG: Nasdaq)

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Google is profiting from millions of typo-squatting websites that earn advertising from Google’s Adsense advertising program, Harvard University professor Ben Edelman says.

In a report published Monday, Edelman says Google profits from typo-squatting websites that run ads using Google’s Adsense — which, ironically, are often bought by the owners of the legitimate sites web surfers were trying to visit.

“This is one of the unsavory ways we all end up paying Google,” Edelman says in an interview. “Users don’t have to write Google a check to receive Google’s services. But, one way or another, Google manages to get users’ money.”

Typo-squatting sites are found at domains that have one letter different from legitimate, trademarked domains — bankofdamerica.com, for instance, as depicted in the screenshot above, which has a “d” in the URL.

Typo-squatting has been around since the beginning of the web, but until recently, typo-squatters had limited means of profiting from surfers’ bad spelling or clumsy typing. But using Google’s Adsense for Domains (AFD) program, typo-squatters fill their sites with sponsored links that often point to the legitimate domain. If a misdirected surfer hits a sponsored link, the legitimate domain owner ends up paying the typo-squatter for that referral, and Google as well.

The typo-squatter Bankofdamerica.com, for example, has a sponsored link to the real Bank of America website. Typo-squatting, Edelman says, is illegal.

“There sure are a lot of these sites, in the millions,” Edelman said. “The overall majority show Google ads.”

Google reported net income of $1.25 billion for the quarter ending June 30 on revenue of $5.37 billion. Advertising generates about 99 percent of Google’s revenue, according to its financial statement.

Google says in a court filing that it has “no reason to know” whether a domain in its advertising program “could infringe a valid trademark.”

Edelman, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and an advisor to McAfee, says there are as many as 80,000 domains “typo-squatting” on the United States’ top 2,000 websites alone, including MySpace, FaceBook and Craigslist.

Edelman’s report, published in the McAfee Security Journal (.pdf), shows that there are as many as 251 typo-squatted domains associated with Bank of America alone, and there are as many as 327 typo-squatted domains feeding off the cartoonnetwork.com site.

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Edelman and other lawyers have filed a class action lawsuit representing domain owners who claim the Google Adsense for Domains (AFD) program is assisting in violating trademarks. A hearing is scheduled for as early as next month in which Edelman will ask an Illinois federal judge to allow the case against Google to proceed.

The Mountain View, California, company did not respond for comment on how much revenue is generated via typo-squatting.

But Google attorney Maria Moran says Edelman’s allegations are “misguided,” and that Google is doing nothing illegal because it “merely distributes third-party advertisements.”

Google is immune from liability, she adds. “Google’s sweeping trademark protection policies provide that Google will immediately remove any allegedly infringing domains from its AFD program at the request of the trademark holder.”

Edelman, however, said Google is attempting to confuse two laws: the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The DMCA “safe harbor” provision protects sites from claims that they host copyright infringing material if that material was put there by users and if the sites remove material upon notice from copyright holders. Google relies on the safe harbor provisions to avoid liability for videos posted on its YouTube site, for example.

But Edelman says Google is wrong to try to invoke a notification safe harbor as a defense to typo-squatting. 

“There is no similar safe harbor doctrine as to trademark infringement or typo-squatting,” Edelman says.

The law simply says, “do not typo-squat. Do not register, traffic in or use infringing domain names or confusingly similar names of trademarks,” Edelman says, referring to the Anti-cybersquatting Çonsumer Protection Act of 1999.

Google says in response to the lawsuit that it “has no way to know — and no reason to know — whether a given domain in the AFD program could infringe a valid trademark,” Google’s Moran writes. “And even if Google did somehow have the ability to pluck out those domains which could infringe a valid trademark, Google has no way to know who has registered the domain, be it an infringer, a licensee of the trademark owner or the trademark owner itself.”