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NewsReel [Oct 1st]: No Youtube, Facebook in Kashmir. Microsoft proposes hike in H1B Visa fee

Censored: No Facebook, YouTube in Kashmir: The Indian government has has blocked Facebook and YouTube in Kashmir. ISPs have blocked social networking sites like Facebook and Youtube and GPRS has also been blocked. Read here. How about blocking oxygen and water too?

Microsoft proposes revised fees for H1B visa, green card: In a proposal that will hit Indian IT companies the most, US software giant Microsoft Corporation has suggested a whopping fee of $10,000 (over Rs 5 lakh) for a new category of H-1B visas and $15,000 (more than Rs 7.5 lakh) for permanent residency or Green Card. Read more hereHere’s a proposal: How about going after all those clever tax maneuvering MNCs do?

BSNL announces unlimited call schemes for CDMA users for Oct: State-run telecom major BSNL today announced a number of promotional schemes for its customers, including unlimited calls for its CDMA users on any network, for this month to mark its 12th anniversary celebration. Read hereCheers to BSNL.

Reliance Communications introduces All Share Postpaid Plan. Read hereIts probably like the family plan that Tata Docomo launched sometime back.

70 per cent of security breaches using Pen Drives: Indian Army: An easy-to-carry storage device, Pen drives are responsible for over 70 per cent of security breaches and are a major threat in defense forces, the Army officials said. Read hereBradley manning would have something to say.

Scientists develop world’s first ‘biological Internet’: Bio-engineers are harnessing the key attibutes of a virus, M13, such as its ability to package and broadcast arbitrary DNA strands, to create the first biological internet or ‘Bi-Fi.’ Read here. Cyborgs anyone?

Internet has potential to realise Gandhi’s dream says author Sudheendra Kulkarni, the author of “Music of the Spinning Wheel: Mahatma Gandhi’s Manifesto for the Internet Age.” Read more here. Nice move!

WishTel to launch tablet PC at Rs.10,500: Tablet PC manufacturer WishTel along with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) is launching a triple play 7 inch tablet PC, IRA Icon, at Rs.10,500, targeting the tech-savvy masses. Read more here. We are losing count of tablets here.

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