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Google United Negro College Fund Scholarship

Deadline to Apply: April 16, 2010

Google is proud to support the work of the United Negro College Fund and together, we are committed to encouraging the innovators of the future to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders.
The Google UNCF Scholarship Program provides scholarships and networking retreats for students in computer science. Scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year and be invited to attend the all-expenses-paid Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, in the Spring of 2011. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science.
Who can apply?
Applicants must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:
  • Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related field (such as Software Engineering)
  • Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in their current program
  • Entering their senior year of undergraduate study or enrolled in a graduate program in the 2010-2011 academic year at a university in the United States
Deadline to apply: April 16, 2010
–google student blog

Google launches a nexus web store

Google  announced a new Google hosted web store where you can easily purchase selected mobile Android devices and service plans online. 

The first phone will be selling through this new web store is the Nexus One — a convergence point for mobile technology, apps and the Internet. Nexus One, manufactured by HTC, is an exemplar of what’s possible on mobile devices through Android — when cool apps meet a fast, bright and connected computer that fits in your pocket. It’s the first in what we expect to be a series of products which we will bring to market with our operator and hardware partners and sell through our online store.
So head to to check out the store and take a full tour of the new Nexus One.

2010 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for First Years

Dr.Anita Borg (1949-2003) devoted her life to revolutionizing the way we
think about technology and dismantling the barriers that keep women and
minorities from entering the computing and technology fields. In honor
of Anita’s vision, Google is proud to announce the launch of the 2010
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for First Years.

Google hopes to encourage aspiring female students to excel in technology and
become active role models and leaders in the field by offering
scholarship opportunities for students. the Google Anita Borg Memorial
Scholarship for First Years will award students entering their first
year in university and pursuing their studies in computer science.

Recipients of the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for First Years will each
receive a $10,000 award for the 2010-2011 academic year and be invited
to attend the Google FUSE networking retreat in Summer 2011.
Who can apply?

Applicants must be high school seniors and meet the following eligibility criteria:

* Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a
university in the U.S. for the 2010–2011 academic year. International
students are eligible to apply as long as they intend to be enrolled at
a local university;

* Intend to be enrolled in or accepted for
enrollment in a baccalaureate Computer Science, Computer Engineering,
Software Engineering or related program;

* Able to demonstrate a commitment to and passion for computer science and technology

For complete details, please visit us at

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2010

Nobel laureate Venkataraman failed IIT entrance

At a public lecture at the IISc in Bangalore, Venkataraman Ramakrishnan who won the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 2009 recalled that he appeared for the IIT entrance test and in the reputed CMC (Christian Medical College), Vellore but did not get a single seat.

Ramakrishnan also recalled that years later, in 1981, after his post-doctoral, he could not initially find a job even though he had put in 50 applications in different universities (overseas) without success. He remembered his journey from Baroda where he went to school and college before moving to Ohio University for his Ph.D. He shifted to Baroda from Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu when he was three.
“My parents were somewhat old-fashioned; they did not believe in coaching classes (in preparation for entrance test),” Ramakrishnan told a packed J N Tata Auditorium, where many could not even enter because it was crowded. They (his parents) thought coaching classes were “nonsense”.

Also, giving an explanation for not qualifying the entrance tests for the medical college, he said that those days, there were only a small number of seats for men.


Canonical’s Shuttleworth: We’ll Have New CEO In 2010

The big news in the Ubuntu world this week is Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement that he’ll be stepping down as CEO of Canonical and transitioning the CEO crown to Canonical insider Jane Silber.  Here’s the news, with some thoughts on what this means for Ubuntu and Canonical.

As Shuttleworth explained on his website, Jane Silber, who has served as COO of Canonical since its early days, will take over many of the formal responsibilities of running Canonical and managing its business.  This change will allow Shuttleworth to concentrate on “design and quality” of the company’s products.

According to Canonical’s blog, Shuttleworth’s transition out of the CEO chair will be complete by March 2010. Canonical promises that the move will involve no change in the direction or mission of Canonical, and is intended to better align Shuttleworth’s skills and passions with his tasks.

What it means

By all indications, there’s every reason to believe that this development will entail no fundamental changes for Ubuntu or any other of Canonical’s projects.  They should continue marching forward unaltered.

Moreover, Shuttleworth’s decision to focus on developing new products and software rather than managing Canonical’s business will likely prove to be in the interests of the Ubuntu community.  Shuttleworth, who made his fortune developing encryption software and entered the free-software world as a contributor to Debian, has never been as much of a manager as a developer. Putting Silber in his place as CEO in order for Shuttleworth to focus on what he does best–designing and writing code–will not hurt.

full story here

Google Internet Bus is roaming all over India

Over the last 10 months, the Google Internet Bus has traveled to 60 towns across 4 states, giving many people their first-ever experience of the Internet. The overwhelming response  receive from the people of each state continues to inspire and encourage  efforts to engage with local communities and build local advocacy for this powerful medium.
Over 20 days focus will be on four themes – education, information, communication and entertainment.
The bus will use interactive content in two languages – English and Malayalam – to highlight how people can use the Internet in their daily lives. What’s more, our Google Map maker team will also be joining us to help people map their own cities in Kerala.

Aditya Birla BPO to hire 3,000 people

The BPO venture of Aditya Birla group, Adity a Birla Minacs, plans to add 3,000 employees in the coming six months, according to a report in a financial daily.

This will increase the company’s overall headcount by 25%, which currently has a total strength of 12,500.

The move comes in line with the company setting itself a revenue target of $1 billion by 2013, up from $360 million currently.

The report quotes company’s CEO Deepak Patel saying, “We plan to up the headcount because of the growth projections for the next fiscal (2010-11).”