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Google Search displays virtual keyboards in 35 languages, including Hindi


Google has integrated a virtual or on-screen keyboard into Google Search in 35 languages, including Hindi, Persian and Malayalam, that will allow users to type directly in their local language script. According to Google, if one uses Google Search in any of the supporting languages, he would see a small keyboard icon next to the search field, on both the Google homepage and search results page.

“Clicking on that keyboard icon brings up a virtual keyboard in your language. You can input text by either clicking on the on-screen keyboard or pressing the corresponding key,” Manish Bhargava, product manager, Google Internationalisation, has said. “We hope virtual keyboards help you find information more easily — especially those of you who speak/type/read in non-Latin scripts.”

AOL sells instant messaging company ICQ for $187.5 million !

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

 AOL has sold the instant messaging company ICQ to Russian investment company DST (Digital Sky Technologies) for $187.5 million. AOL had acquired the Israeli startup in June 1998 for $407 million. The sale is apparently part of AOL’s new CEO Tim Armstrong’s decision to sell all internet holdings that are not in line with the company’s strategy. AOL, the internet company spun off from Time Warner, has reported a decline of 58 per cent in its net income at $34.7 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010, as compared to $82.7 million for the first quarter of 2009. Revenues fell by 23 per cent from $864.0 million in the first quarter of 2009 to $664.3 million in the first quarter of 2010. According to AOL, its first-quarter profit dropped on declining advertising sales.