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The Internet made a lot of things possible that were never possible before, two of the more prominent being the nationwide garage sale and the “sharing” of music.

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In India, the Union Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications Minister Dayanidhi Maran has announced at a press conference after launching Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd’s (BSNL) broadband Internet services that low-cost computers would be launched across the country in June 2005, in a move to make computers affordable to the rural masses.

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Yahoo and Chinese Web portal Sina have agreed to set up an online auction service in China, in an effort to ride the wave of the country’s growing e-commerce market.

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UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) launches an Internet discussion forum on virtual universities and transnational education. The discussion that will take place from 19 January to 20 February 2004 will be based on the study “The Virtual University: Models and messages / Lessons from case studies” that IIEP published in 2003.

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In the wake of coming general election in Bihar, one of the Indian states, will be connected with polling booths through landlines or mobile phones following an Election Commission directive to ensure free and fair assembly elections. The assembly polls will be held in three phases beginning Feb 3.

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Microsoft Research’s Bangalore centre is the third overseas research facility after one in Cambridge, started 1996, and another in Beijing started the next year. Daniel T Ling, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research has commented that a small group of outstanding people that they have put together in Bangalore will focus on research that might have an impact on the lives of Indians in the villages and

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In India, the National Commission for Women (NCW) task force on ‘Technological Empowerment of Women in Agriculture’ has suggested that technological advances in agriculture should benefit all, regardless of sex and social status. They also emphasise on modifying available equipment to suit the needs of women.

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The Economist’s Intelligence unit along with computer giant IBM’s Institute for Business Value published the global e-ready list for the fourth consecutive year. Here India has secured its last year’s position at 46. This puts it in the third tier.

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Often students from low-income families do not have enough access to the latest technology. The FIU Weekend Academy was designed to provide students from North Miami high schools with the tools to support their creativity in a high-tech environment.

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