News file from 1st nov 2010


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News file from 1st nov 2010

  1. 1. Submitted By: Karan Kapoor
  2. 2.  A rocket carrying an Earth-observation satellite for civilian and military use has launched from California's Central Coast.  The payload was the last part of a four-satellite system called COSMO-SkyMed that uses radar to create images for defense and scientific purposes, mainly in the Mediterranean region.  The satellite system was developed under an agreement between the Italian Space Agency and Italy's defense ministry.
  3. 3.  Microsoft launched its Xbox 360 motion-sensing controller Kinect on Thursday with a Times Square extravaganza.  Kinect, which went on sale at more than 30,000 US stores on Thursday, uses a 3D camera and motion recognition software to let people play videogames using natural body movements and voice commands instead of hand-held controllers.  The Kinect hits the market on the heels of Sony PlayStation 3 Move motion controllers which IDC estimates will sell between 2.0 million and 2.25 million units by the end of the year.
  4. 4.  A four-gigabyte Xbox 360 console that includes the Kinect and "Kinect Adventures" sells for 299 dollars.  Seventeen Kinect games are currently available ranging from dance, exercise and sports titles to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which lets people portray the fictional young wizard.  The Kinect is to go on sale in Europe on November 20 and in Japan on November 20.
  5. 5.  China and France have joined forces to push for reform of the global monetary system when France takes the helm of the G20 economic grouping next week.  They reached a "true convergence of views" on France's reform plans in talks between President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao in the Mediterranean city of Nice,  There is a true convergence of views between China and France on the aims to be achieved and the route and means necessary to achieve this reform
  6. 6.  The Shiv Nadar-promoted HCL Group and multinational distributor of IT products, Ingram Micro, are in talks to buy a controlling stake in Bangalore-based software firm, Sonata Software  Sonata is a mid-sized software provider focused on offshore software services and domestic software products distribution and implementation  Sonata’s domestic business competes with the likes of Wipro in India. “With some customers, such as IBM, HCL Infosystems does not have tier one status
  7. 7.  Sonata shares have surged in recent weeks on rumours that Wipro and Oracle Financial Services Software are interested in buying the company.  Sonata posted a net profit of Rs 95 crore on revenues of Rs 1,381 crore in fiscal 2010.
  8. 8.  Take-out pizza chain hiring. o Aged over 18, o no experience required. o Uniform provided. o Salary: $31,000 an hour.  As part of a series of events commemorating the 25th anniversary of its arrival in Japan, Domino's Pizza Japan is set to hire one lucky person at the rate of 2,500,000 yen ($31,030) for an hour's worth of work in December.