Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wikipedia is new Online News King

The free online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia has notched up the top spot in the list of best online news and information destinations. Latest surveys praise Wiki to the skies, as the site claims to have had more than 46.8 million visitors in May 2007. Right behind it is Weather Channel – more than ten million visitors away!

Users love this site because of its feature of real time editing, wherein a news story is presented as an article laden with facts, within few minutes of breaking out. Take the Virginia Tech Shootout incident or the launch of Apple iPhone, Wikipedia was one of the first information sources to present these stories.

And, the best part is, this is a people's forum. Common users collaborate with qualified editors to write articles. Even press reporters are now referring to this site for their stories. Indeed, it is happy time for news mongers!

Friday, July 6, 2007

LAND ROVERing the markets!

Land Rover is considering launching a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle in an attempt to shed its image as one of the worst polluters in the car industry. The news comes as regulatory and consumer pressure grows on carmakers to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Land Rover is already taking steps to lower emissions from its existing line-up and runs one of the car industry's largest carbon-offsetting programmes. But its smallest vehicle, the Freelander compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), emits 194g of CO2 per km compared with a target of an average of 140g per km being proposed by the European Union by 2008.

Geoff Polites, who runs Land Rover and sister marque Jaguar, told the Financial Times: "Part of the process will include downsizing and smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles."

Land Rover and Jaguar's parent company Ford is "reviewing options" for the brands, which is widely expected to lead to a sale.