India gets ready to block Facebook and Google

The controversial battle between the Indian government and two of the biggest companies in the world at present, Facebook and Google, which has been dragging on since the close of 2011 has taken a new turn today, with the Delhi High Court today suggesting that it won’t hesitate one bit in blocking internet access to both the biggies, just like China did.

The warning came from Justice Suresh Kait who said if both these companies want to remain in India’s good books then they need to get rid of all the “derogatory, offensive and objectionable” material from their web pages else, “Like China, we will block all such websites.”

Former additional solicitor general Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Google India, said: “No human interference is possible, and moreover, it can’t be feasible to check such incidents. Billions of people across the globe, post their articles on the website. Yes, they may be defamatory, obscene but cannot be checked,” he said.

Interesting…

More coverage: HT

Mock Thy Rival: Samsung gets into Apple’s face with new TV commercial featuring the same actress Apple used in their iPhone 4S ad (videos)

After battling it out for almost the entire 2011, Samsung and Apple’s war just won’t cease even on the last day of the year, throwing up a new controversy to welcome 2012 on a bitter note between them.

Apparently, Samsung has cast the same little girl that Apple used for an iPhone 4S advert, for their own TV commercial, sparking of a huge debate whether Samsung has at least one person left with an original idea or no.

Obviously, it could all just be a coincidence as well weighing up the girl’s acting skills. But then, given the recent unrest between the two tech giants, which reached new levels of sourness worldwide towards the end of 2011, many believe this is just another move by the Korean company to mock its bitter rivals from Cupertino, California.

Or, seeing it in lighter vein, we can blame Apple for this controversy for they forgot to patent the little girl 😛 [ah! me and my sad jokes].

Anyway, here are the two videos in question:

Apple [iPhone 4S commercial]

Samsung [Galaxy Tab 8.9 commercial]

Via TNW

Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos deliberate Red Card (video)

This new controversy seems to be the next big thing to rock world football. While Real Madrid easily beat Ajax 4-0 in the Champions League group stage match on Tuesday night, the match was marred with controversy when Real duo Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos appeared to have been instructed to get themselves sent off purposely by master tactician Jose Mourinho. UEFA is currently investigating the matter. You can witness the controversy yourself in the video below (watch it now before the video is removed).

The Tiger is back!

Tiger Woods will return at The Masters

Tiger Woods is making his comeback at The Masters between April 8-11 – and that is official from the man himself.

Just 25 days after the world number one said he might not play this year, he has decided he will be ready to play again at Augusta.

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played,” he said in a statement today.

“I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment.

“Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.”

The world number one added: “When I finally got into a position to think about competitive golf again, it became apparent to me that The Masters would be the earliest I could play.

“I called both Joe Lewis and Arnold Palmer and expressed my regrets for not attending the Tavistock Cup (next Monday and Tuesday) and the Arnold Palmer Invitational (from March 25-28).

“I again want to thank them both for their support and their understanding. Those are fantastic tournaments and I look forward to competing in them again.

“I would also like to thank the Augusta National members and staff for their support. I have deep appreciation for everything that they do to create a wonderful event for the benefit of the game.”

Woods last played on November 15, winning the Australian Masters in Melbourne and taking his total of professional victories to 92.

The 34-year-old was involved in controversy there when he threw his driver in anger and it bounced into the crowd.

Twelve days later came the car crash outside his home which put him first into hospital and then into hiding as a sex scandal erupted.

Woods admitted to “transgressions” on his website, then used the same forum to announce he was taking an indefinite break from the game to try to save his marriage.

It was not until February 19 that he finally made a public appearance.

It was merely to read a statement rather than answer questions, however, and only towards the end of his 13-minute guilt-ridden, apology-laden address to family and friends at the headquarters of the PGA Tour did he actually mention his career.

“I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don’t know when that day will be,” he said.

“I don’t rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behaviour more respectful of the game.”

Not ruling out that it would be this year hinted that his lay-off would go on for many months at least, yet within days there was speculation that he was gearing up for a comeback much sooner than that.

Making the first major of the season – an event Woods has won four times – his first tournament back will not please everybody because of the massive focus on him that cannot be avoided.

World number two Steve Stricker said at the weekend: “Whenever he comes back it’s going to draw a lot of attention to that tournament.

“I don’t know if Augusta would like that to happen, you know? To turn it into ‘Tiger’s Comeback Tournament’ instead of the Masters tournament, itself.

“Hopefully, he comes back before then. You’d think, as a player, being gone for so long, he’d want to come back before.”

Following the death of his father Earl in 2006, Woods returned for the United States Open a month later. He missed the halfway cut, but a month after that won The Open at Hoylake.

Courtesy: Espnstar

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