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Is Google Poised for a New Push into the Information Industry?

Leigh Watson Healy, Google as Publisher: Is Google Poised for a New Push into the Information Industry? Outsell, May 2007. The report is not OA and not even close (it costs $1,295). But the thesis is interesting. From the press release:

by Peter Suber

A new Outsell, Inc. report on Google’s technology reveals that Google can enter the publishing industry at any time with the “flip of a switch.”

“News publishers and providers, book and magazine publishers, and directory providers are all in Google’s line of fire,” said Leigh Watson Healy, Chief Analyst, Outsell.

[The report]…looks at how Google’s technical infrastructure, patents and agile development processes give the company the readiness to enter the publishing segment, whether accidentally or intentionally. A unique feature of the report is a comprehensive list of Google’s publishing-related patents, which can be “powered up” under the right circumstances. Google has also assembled technologies that extend along the entire spectrum of publishing’s core functions—-from content acquisition to e-commerce and royalty payments.

According to Stephen E. Arnold, GGReport’s technology analyst, “Pundits focus on Google’s search and advertising business. Google has developed powerful content acquisition and publishing tools under the radar of most Wall Street analysts and publishers. Combined with Google’s Checkout, a payment system similar to eBay’s, Google can become a one-stop shop and disintermediate anyone between the author or content creator and the buyer.”

The Outsell report analyzes:

  • Google’s content creation engine.
  • The cost and automation advantages of Google’s “intelligent” publishing system over a traditional publisher’s operation—which represent formidable barriers to entry.
  • Essential actions for existing publishers and information providers that want to remain competitive should Google make a move, such as quickly adopting an agile publishing platform.

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Jayawardene to lead Asia

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene will lead Asia in three one-day internationals against Africa for the Afro-Asia Cup in India next month, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) said on Friday.

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who missed the World Cup due to injury, has been included in the 14-member squad that also features axed India spinner Harbhajan Singh.

The one-dayers, which have been granted official status by the International Cricket Council, will be played in Bangalore (6 June) and Chennai (9 and 10 June).

The series will be preceded by a Twenty-20 match between the reserve players of the two continents in Bangalore on 5 June, ACC chief executive Ashraful Haq told reporters.

Asia’s one-day squad features five Sri Lankans who reached the World Cup final in the Caribbean: Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga and Upul Tharanga.

Two other Sri Lankan stars, Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan, were not available for the series due to commitments in English county cricket, Haq said.

The squad includes five Indians in Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan. Indian captain Rahul Dravid opted out due to personal seasons, Haq said.

Pakistan will be represented by Mohammad Yousuf, Mohammad Asif and Akhtar while Mohammad Rafique is the lone player from Bangladesh which qualified for the second round of the World Cup.

The Asian squad was picked by the ACC’s four man selection panel of Chetan Chauhan (India), Mohsin Khan (Pakistan), Lalith Kaluperuma (Sri Lanka) and Abdul Farooque (Bangladesh).

Former India all-rounder Roger Binny was nominated coach of the continental team.

Africa will be captained by South Africa’s Graeme Smith, Haq said. The inaugural Afro-Asia Cup, which was played in South Africa in 2005, ended at 1-1 with the third match rained off.

Asia’s one-day squad: Mahela Jayawardene (SRI-capt), Sanath Jayasuriya (SRI), Sachin Tendulkar (IND), Virender Sehwag (IND), Mohammad Yousuf (PAK), Yuvraj Singh (IND), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND), Harbhajan Singh (IND), Chaminda Vaas (SRI), Shoaib Akhtar (PAK), Lasith Malinga (SRI), Mohammad Rafique (BAN), Mohammad Asif (PAK), Upul Tharanga (SRI).

Asia’s Twenty-20 team: Shoaib Malik (PAK-capt), Tamim Iqbal (BAN), Imran Nazir (PAK), Mohammad Ashraful (BAN), Tillekeratne Dilshan (SRI), Shahid Afridi (PAK), Kamran Akmal (PAK), Abdur Razzak (BAN), Farveez Maharoof (SRI), Mashrafe Mortaza (BAN), Munaf Patel (IND)

AFP

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Sri Lanka Cricketers Reception at President’s House

The politicos were up to it again. They flocked to where the cricketers were in droves, this time at President’s House on Tuesday evening where President Mahinda Rajapaksa hosted the team for a felicitation after the World Cup.

Some of the politicians were attired in casual wear that even the players were unsure of the people who came up to chat with them.

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Jayasuriya to sign up for Lashings

London, May 1 (IANS) Fresh from the World Cup, three Sri Lankan players – Russel Arnold, Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya – have committed their immediate futures to Lashings World XI, the Kent-based Harlem Globetrotters of cricket.

Alongside the players who have become the backbone of the club are team manager Alvin Kallicharran, captain Richie Richardson, vice-captain Chris Harris and Rashid Latif. Also new to the squad is South Africa’s Hashim Amla.

All four players will be heading for Britain this summer to join the Lashings squad for the start of their season.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the world’s most exciting players to Lashings for the 2007 season. For the past 11 years, we have continued to strive to provide our audiences with some of the biggest names in world cricket, right here in the UK,” said David Folb, Lashings World XI chairman.

“Our aim is to inspire and entertain cricket fans of all ages, keeping the passion for the game alive. All our players are of equal value to us but we are delighted that from the youngest players at our school fixtures to the oldest armchair fan, everyone will be able to get close to some of big names they have been watching on TV throughout the World Cup,” he said.

The first fixture on Lashings World XI busy schedule is against Sedburgh School, Kendall, Cumbria May 25. This year, Lashings will be appearing at more venues across Britain than ever before, including – for the first time in the club’s history – a game in Northern Ireland.

The squad: Richie Richardson (WI), Henry Olonga (Zim), Chris Harris (NZ), Russel Arnold, Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya (all SL), Nantie Hayward, Hashim Amla (both SA), Greg Blewett (Aus), Rashid Latif (Pak), Alvin Kallicharran (WI), Phil DeFreitas (Eng)

Indo-Asian News Service
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The moment the cricketing world has been waiting for has dawned

Incidentally this is a repeat of the 1996 final when these two teams met in Lahore and the Lankans carried away the trophy.

Will history repeat itself? Well your guess is good as mine.

What happened in Lahore is now just a memory and what matters is how the teams will play today.

Man to man there is little to choose between the two teams.

And the team that will climb the podium and hold aloft the trophy for the cricketing world to see, would be the team that is not overawed by the occasion, riding the pressure and playing the better cricket.

Here, not only in the other Caribbean Islands, they all want Sri Lanka to win the final. The Aussies are anathema to them.

Firstly to the wicket and viewing it from the Crozier Stand where the media box is housed, it looks devoid of grass and seems to be a good one to bat.

The side aiming for 250 and over should hold the advantage.

‘As for the Lankans every member of the team is fit and well and available for selection.

We have still not decided on the playing eleven’, said manager Michael Tissera.

The Sri Lankans cotton wooled Lasith Malinga, Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitheran when they last played the Aussies hoping to unleash them against the opponents today.

However Muralitharan is the one the Aussies batsmen fear most. His ‘doosra’ – the one that goes the other way – spits venom at the batsmen and it is instant death to those who cannot read the delivery.

However the Australian supporters who are here in their numbers are sure to try and unsettle him by chanting ‘chuncker’, ‘chucker’ or ‘No ball’ even time he begins bowling.

That’s how cowardly the Aussies are. But Muralitharan is made of different stuff and the shouts should inspire him.

When the Lankans bat, it is paramount that Sanath Jayasuriya gets back into run making. He has the temperament for the big occasion and there is no doubt that the Aussies would be targeting him, for if they allow him to cut loose, then they will have to chase a lot of leather.

Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, skipper Mahela Jayawardena, Chamara Silva, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold and Chaminda Vaas are all capable of making runs and must do it.

In Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitheran and Chaminda Vaas are three match winning bowlers, with Jayasuriya and Dilshan for support.

The Lankans will target opener Matthew Hayden who is enjoying a harvest of runs with three centuries already in the bank, and skipper Ricky Ponting.

The Lankans know that if they can get these two early, then they can run through the rest of the Kangaroos batting.

Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait and Glen McGrath have all proved how good they are. If the early Lankan batsmen don’t gift them wickets, they could be frustrated.

The sides have some of the best fielders in the world and this aspect could play a big role if a team is to win.

Aussies are a bit jittery, knowing that they have still not had a bad day so far. And all Sri Lankans and their supporters are confident that today will be the day.

Kensington Oval, Barbados, Friday Courtesy:Daily News

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Its all yours Sri Lanka ~ICC World cup 2007~

Get to-gether & pray for it !

 

Lankan team needs it.

 

Now or never !

Sri Lankan Patriots Congratulate Lankan Cricketers

"….neither terror, nor undue & coerced influence of irrational internationals could defeat us."

The Los Angeles- based Sri Lankan Patriots, a leading West Coast expatriate organization that actively engages in upholding Sri Lankan sovereignty and opposing the LTTE lobby, said the national cricket team’s conduct and achievements mirrored the nation’s axiom of playing by the rules while resisting overshadowing international pressures.

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Captains Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka and Ricky Ponting of Australia pose for photographers with the Cricket World Cup trophy in Barbados April 26, 2007 (photo by: Tim Wimborne/REUTERS)

"…Never shall we be overcome through terror or undue and coerced influence of irrational internationals that aspire to bring our nation under their wing," the group said in a congratulatory message to the team which stormed in to the coveted world cricket cup finals to be played against Australia on Saturday the 28 th April, in the island of Barbados in the Caribbean islands of West Indies.

Earlier, on Friday 20th April the organization demonstrated in front of the Amnesty International’s (AI) office in LA against the AI’s intended ball campaign to discredit the Sri Lankan government’s alleged poor human rights record, amidst a fierce confrontation with the LTTE, one of world’s deadliest terror organizations.

Full text of the message

Press release

The "Sri Lankan Patriots" of California, USA congratulate Mahela Jayawardana and the rest of our national cricket team for their splendid achievement in reaching the finals of the 2007 World Cup. The team has exemplified the great heights that can be reached through hard work, determination, and the will to succeed.

They have brought our nation great pride by the cohesive effort invested in the long journey to success and are a symbol of the national amity, brotherhood and the determination of our Sri Lankan people to succeed as a true nation. Discipline and humility are among their most noteworthy virtues. They have shown the international organizations, which insisted on obedience to even errant umpires, that they can obey and win by the rules.As exemplified by our cricketers, we can also accept defeat and uphold the letter and spirit of the rules, if the opponent is worthy of victory.

However, never shall we be overcome through terror or undue and coerced influence of irrational internationals that aspire to bring our nation under their wing.

Congratulations once again cricketers, we are with you in your victory and defeat, for your journey personifies that of our nation’s arduous path towards progress.

We wish you success.

Sri Lankan Patriots of California

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Sri Lanka one step to the pinnacle of World cricket

Lanka Page joins millions of Lankans in whishing Mahela Jayawardena and his men all success in the final hurdle to reach the pinnacle of World cricket.

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting – till the end –
We are the champions –
We are the champions
‘Cause we are the champions – of the world cup 2007
Go! Lanka! Go!

Jayawardene inspires Sri Lanka to the final

Mahela Jayawardene produced an innings of pure class, a rare gem, when it was most needed as Sri Lanka claimed their rightful place in the final of the 2007 World Cup, brushing aside New Zealand, who have reached the semifinals five times and never gone further. The 81-run win was Mahela’s baby, but Upul Tharanga played his part, as did Muttiah Muralitharan, who picked up 4 for 43 and spun New Zealand out for only 208.

The progress of Jayawardene’s innings was not unlike the shaping of a diamond. It was raw to begin with – carefully negotiated dot-balls, as he reached 17 off 47 balls, and, as the right environment was created slowly but surely, 23 runs came off as many balls; then, as the carbon crystal was almost worth its weight in carats, Jayawardene applied immense heat and pressure, carting 60 off 30 balls; finally, when the stone was done he cut and polished his gem, taking 15 off 5 balls, and left it out there for the world to admire.

Even Stephen Fleming, Jayawardene’s opposite number, and a captain known to take on and target his counterparts, was moved enough to walk up and congratulate him immediately after Sri Lanka had ended on 289 for 5. The manner in which he built his innings, never once doubting what was best for himself as batsman or the team as captain, harked back to the mindset of Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain, Arjuna Ranatunga. But the purity of his strokeplay, oozing class, not one shot played in anger, barely a desperate run scrambled, was reminiscent of that stylist, Aravinda de Silva.

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A chance now or never?

Cricket fans in Sri Lanka are anxiously awaiting Sri Lanka’s performance in the last stages of the World Cup cricket tournament.

By T. B. Rahaman

Sri Lanka did well to reach the semi-final and should be able to defeat New Zealand today and reach the final.

However, the question often asked is who will win the World Cup? For obvious reasons Sri Lankan cricket fans will say that Sri Lanka will become the champions, but how realistic can it be?

According to present form Australia should become the champions for the third time. The way they have performed up to date, they have defeated their opponents very impressively. They have applied tremendous pressure on their opponents by scoring heavily whenever they batted first or reached the target with many overs to spare.

They have done this against every opponent and like in the previous two Cup finals it could be an anti climax.

In the final in England, Australia met little resistance from Pakistan and in South Africa India just could not take the fight to the Aussies.

According to past results, no team has won the World Cup three times in a row. Even when the West Indies were favoured to win it the third time they lost to a lowly placed Indian team in the final in 1983.

However, this is the best opportunity for Sri Lanka to come out on top this time. They can easily overcome New Zealand as the Kiwis are quite weak against spin.

The Australians too can be considered weak when facing spin and Sri Lanka is the most feared team in this World Cup when it comes to facing their spin attack.

Whatever is said about the resting of the three main bowlers in the Super Eights game against Australia, Sri Lanka made a very wise decision. This ploy will bring its desired results should Australia reach the final.

The ICC too criticised Sri Lanka for resting their three main bowlers in the game against Australia. May be because the ICC chief executive officer is an Australian and perhaps frustrated that the Australians could not face these bowlers before the important game in the final.

This is if Australia can beat South Africa in the other semi-final to be played tomorrow.

Nevertheless, for Sri Lanka to win in the last two games, they must improve on their strike rate when batting. They must make full use of the deliveries that stray outside the off stumps. The square cut and the pull shot are the most potent scoring strokes and it has been noticed that the Sri Lankan batsmen are not exploiting these deliveries preferring to instead leave them alone.

Having watched the Australians so far, they swung their bats at these deliveries and obtained a lot of runs. This is why they would always score over 300 runs every time they take first lease of the wicket.

Sri Lanka did this at the group matches against Bangladesh and even against India. This is why India, semi-finalists last time around, had to leave the tournament this time.

Sri Lanka should aim to score over 330 runs should they bat first in the final. Thereafter they possess a versatile attack to restrict any opposition team from reaching such a good total.

Besides, this is the best opportunity for Sri Lanka to win this time around as the pitches too favour Sri Lanka’s style of play. via Wijeya Newspapers

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