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MLAs want iPad3

64GB iPad2 for MLAs and Aakash tablet for students? Well, the government hasn’t stopped at this and Congress MLAs in Karnataka are now demanding the better version of iPad2, i.e. iPad3.

The MLAs’ demand comes in the wake of their counterparts in the legislative council receiving an iPad2 last month. More than Rs 35.17 lakh was spent to buy the 64GB gadgets, each worth Rs 46,900, for 75 MLCs. Buying iPads for the 225 MLAs will cost more than Rs 1.05 crore.[source]

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Post the Indian government decision to prosecute Google, Facebook and Yahoo for allegedly promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration, Google India has told the Delhi High Court that blocking them was not an option as a democratic India does not have a “totalitarian” regime like China.
“The issue relates to a constitutional issue of freedom of speech and expression and suppressing it was not possible as the right to freedom of speech in democratic India separates us from a totalitarian regime like China,” advocate N K Kaul, appearing for Google India, told Justice Suresh Kait.[source]

“Google and Facebook told the Delhi high court that there was no way in which they can stop an individual from posting anything on their profile online. They asserted that the social networking sites do respect a person’s freedom of speech and expression.

Putting forth the argument on behalf of Google, senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul said, “It’s easy for people to say you can use filters. If we were to block the word sex, for instance, all data on ration cards, passports etc will get blocked in one go, as the word sex figures in all this data, so what wrong we are doing if this word is being used by any individual? It is difficult to analyse as to in what sense the word is being used.” [source]

“Every click on a Google- owned website gets it revenue on the content. Google India is wrong in stating that it is just an ad-collection subsidiary of Google Inc. The memorandum of association of Google India shows it is in the business of production of software, Internet products, computer-aided design, analysis, selling Internet search, engineering platforms and solutions. Thus it is not only in the business of advertising, as it states”

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Reliance 3G Tab’ New Offering

The 500 MB free data bundle every month for three months (worth Rs. 1,050) will be available to all new Reliance 3G Tab prepaid and postpaid customers, which will enable them to enjoy Internet, email on the go, social networking, entertainment, and a host of other services on Reliance’s 3G network.

  • Free International voice calls to over 230 countries
  • 500 MB free data usage every month for 3 months
  • 2 month free subscription for Movies and Videos download on BigFlix+

The Reliance 3G Tab comes with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with Android 2.3 OS. Bundled with attractive data plans, the sleek and light weight (389g) tablet with dual camera is a unique and compelling proposition in the Indian tablet market and has found wide appeal among the Indian consumers. The Reliance 3G Tab is pre-loaded with 15 most popular applications to provide information services (browsing, navigation maps and search), communication services (email, blog, SMS, and MMS), entertainment services (music, video, and games), and social networking services (Facebook, Twitter, and Orkut) and access to thousands of applications provided through the Android Market.[source]

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