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Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., announced that two of its Web sites are winners of the 2008 Codie Awards from the Software and Information Industry Association.

Britannica Online School Edition was named Best Education Reference or Search Service, and the Britannica Blog took Best Corporate Blog honors at the association’s gala in San Francisco. A complete list of Codie Award winners is available at http://www.siia.net/codies/2008/winners.asp.

The Codie Awards are among the most coveted prizes in the software and digital-content industries, and Britannica’s latest victories cap a long series of Codies the company’s digital products have won since the 1990s.

“Naturally, we’re thrilled,” said Michael Ross, a senior vice president with Britannica and general manager of the company’s education division. “The Codies have enormous prestige. They’re highly competitive awards because industry leaders pick winners from hundreds of products. This year more than 1,100 excellent ones competed for the top spots.”

A comprehensive reference and learning resource for grades K-12, Britannica Online School Edition is designed for all ages, with content clustered in distinct sections for the primary, middle and upper grades. It provides students and teachers with an extensive combination of reference information and interactive learning tools. It features Encyclopaedia Britannica’s award-winning encyclopedias serving students of all ages; extensive multimedia; current periodicals; Britannica’s proprietary, editor-checked Internet guide; and a growing number of primary sources. A recent addition is the Britannica Learning Zone, a skills-based environment for children from preschool to Grade 2.

School Edition is meant to be as relevant in the classroom as it is in the library or media lab. Its contents are thoroughly aligned to all state standards and include hundreds of lesson plans and other learning materials.

The Britannica Blog is a place where writers and readers hold lively discussions on almost every topic from art to zoology. More than a hundred bloggers have contributed to the daily postings, including radio quiz show host Michael Feldman; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis; Nobel Prize winner Jody Williams; Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum; Internet experts Nicholas Carr and Clay Shirky; and sports commentator Frank Deford. The blog holds forums on special topics, such as the religion of the American Founders, Web 2.0, the cult of celebrity, the future of newspapers, and Iran.

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Tell the band to strike up “O Canada” – Ontario’s own Jayde Nicole, 22, is Playboy’s 2008 Playmate of the Year. The brunette bombshell is featured in a 10-page nude pictorial in Playboy’s June issue. Along with her title, Jayde receives $100,000 in prize money and a 2008 Cadillac CTS. She is Canada’s first Playmate of the Year since 1982 when Shannon Tweed was honored with the title. A one-hour special of the Playboy Playmate of the Year announcement will air May 18, exclusively on Playboy TV.

Jayde Nicole, Playboy's 2008 Playmate of the Year.Jayde’s intoxicating beauty and girl-next-door appeal has made her a local celebrity in her hometown of Port Perry, Ontario, about an hour outside of Toronto. Jayde owns a modeling agency called Jayde Nicole Inc. that she founded in 2005 and had been managing the day-to-day operations of the agency before catching Playboy’s eye and landing the title of Miss January 2007.

Playboy’s newest Playmate of the Year graduated with honors from Port Perry High School in 2004, and attended George Brown College in Toronto where she studied hotel and resort management.

Jayde is currently writing her own fitness and beauty book and has just finished filming a pilot for a reality television show about her life. She has also appeared in Today’s Bride magazine and on the cover of American Curves. Last year she organized her second annual charity car wash, which helped raise money for the RED campaign to help fight AIDS in Africa.

Jayde is one of four Ontario-born Playmates, including Miss April 2004 Krista Kelly (Brampton), Miss June 2003 Tailor James (Mississauga), and Miss January 1990 Peggy McIntaggart (Midland). Playboy named its first ever Playmate of the Year, Ellen Stratton, in 1960.

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Happy Birthday Spam; e-Weapon of Destruction turns 30.The first spam email is attributed to a creative marketer’s idea, dating back to 1978, 30 years ago this month. Inviting several hundred individuals to a product demonstration, Gary Thuerk used email because it was less expensive and faster than hundreds of letters or phone calls.

Three decades later, spam comprises up to 95 percent of all email, and up to 120 billion spam messages are sent each day according to various studies.

No mere annoyance, spam routinely launches viruses and worms that can wreak havoc in unprotected networks, compromise employee and customer personal data, and cost organizations millions of dollars. In fact, the FBI estimates that cyber crime costs U.S. businesses more than $67.2 billion annually. The Federal Trade Commission has declared spam to be a significant global tool in the propagation of financial crimes, and phishing email tops the Internal Revenue Service list of the 12 most serious tax scams.

Junk Mail.But this kinky, genderless, destructive personality, who turns 30 this week, is still absconding, and at large. Such finesse in it’s execution that we’re unable to get hold of this fellow, though he pops in each day, everyday.

Happy Birthday Spam! You owe me a piece of Chocolate Cake and $456.92 cents, PERIOD!

Brad Templeton has the word-to-word copy of the FIRST SPAM.

Courtesy: SECNAP Network Security and Brad Templeton.

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TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, announced that Internet Evolution, a Web 2.0 site dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet, has added exclusive access to a mobile blog – entitled “Alan Reiter’s Wireless Web World” – for readers from their wireless devices only. For access to the Internet Evolution mobile site from a wireless handset, visit: http://www.internetevolution.com/mobile/.

Alan Reiter's Wireless Web World.The blog, written by Alan Reiter, President of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing, a consulting firm that helps wireless data businesses in the United States and abroad, will cover a wide range of wireless Internet subjects, including wireless email, games, music, videos, location technologies, 3G/3.5G/4G, online applications for phones, social networking, privacy/security, mobile browsers, mobile marketing/advertising, femtocells and wireless UMPCs/MIDs/subnotebooks.

“We launched this killer blog in response to our readers’ voracious appetite for wireless access to news,” said Stephen Saunders, Internet Evolution creator and blogger. “This is the latest example of our commitment to provide our audience with critical Internet-focused information in what they select as the most effective delivery method.”

About Internet Evolution

Internet Evolution hosts more than 100 world-famous Internet experts – such as Kevin Mitnick, once the most-wanted computer hacker in the world; Dr. Lawrence Roberts, inventor of packet switching, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on telecom network architectures; Jack Uldrich, futurist, scholar, and author; Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist.com; David Weinberger, technologist and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto; Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity adviser; and Norman J. Ornstein, political scientist and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) – all of whom are addressing today’s critical socio-economic issues within its ThinkerNet blogosphere. Internet Evolution also offers broadcast-quality broadband video documentaries and interviews; investigative reports; and user-generated content facilitated via the latest Web 2.0 technology. Internet Evolution is a joint production of Light Reading, the world’s leading publishing, event and research company focusing on communications service providers and InformationWeek, the largest, most influential community of IT buyers and providers, focusing on driving and setting the agenda for business innovation powered by technology.

About TechWeb

TechWeb.TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, InformationWeek.com, bMighty.com, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

*13.3 million business decision-makers: based on # of monthly connections.

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Dr. Shan Nair was announced today as the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, presented by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC).

Dr. Shan Nair 2008 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.The awards honor Asian American entrepreneurs and executives with great achievements in business nationwide. In honor of the recipients, an awards dinner will be held May 28 at The Waldof-Astoria in New York City. The 2008 awards recognize achievements from 2007 and is the first and largest business award program for the Asian American business community.

“All this year’s award recipients have faced the challenges of running a business head-on with outstanding success. Asian Americans are a successful group of individuals and this is why our organization wants to recognize the talent among the community,” says John Wang, president of AABDC.

Dr. Shan Nair, Co-Founder of Nair & Co is an Oxford University trained Ph.D. nuclear physicist and Charter Member of TiE-Boston and has a unique blended background in high technology, software and accounting. Dr. Nair has lived in 13 countries in South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East becoming multi-lingual in the process and placing him in an excellent position to understand international issues. When the Chernobyl accident occurred, he was one of the two UK technical experts assisting the European Commission on its post-accident risk assessment.

Once the UK power generation industry was privatized in the early 1990s, he retrained as an accountant within the industry and left to found Nair and Co. He introduced and trained UK legal practices in the Law Society’ Practice Management Standards and now uses his expertise to ensure Nair’s quality standards for clients continue to reflect the Sarbanes-Oxley (SAS-70) certification requirements. Dr. Nair is also responsible for the overall development of the group’s policies, strategies and goals. He has driven the company’s strong focus on using IT to leverage business advantage.

The award program also serves as an advocacy channel for many corporations to demonstrate their support for cultural diversity by nominating distinguished Asian American executives for the program. Previous award winners include Grace Wu Vice President of Merrill Lynch; Vivek Shah, President of Digital Publishing, Business & Finance Network at Time Inc.; Sandeep Gupta, Principal of Deloitte & Touche, LLP; Grace Hwang, Director of Reporting & Analysis at Verizon Wireless; Rachel Lam, Senior Vice President of Investments & Group Managing Director at Time Warner; Nawzer Parakh, Vice President for Operations & Global Business Manufacturing Director at The Dow Chemical Company; and Ansso Wang, Assistant Vice President of Corporate and International Affairs at American International Group (AIG).

For more information about the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards visit http://www.outstanding50.com/.

About Nair & Co

Nair & Co provides businesses an integrated solution geared to making your company’s thrust to expanding business overseas less risky, stress free and more strategic in the finance, tax, HR, compliance and legal arenas. Specialized in working with the unique challenges of US-based technology companies, Nair & Co has headquarters in the UK and offices in USA, China, Japan and India and acts for nearly 700 foreign operations in over 40 countries. Nair & Co employs highly qualified international specialists as your one point of contact client service directors to support your international registration, tax, accounting, compliance, HR and payroll needs. Our unrivalled knowledge base, attention to detail and superior work ethics protect your company’s operations more effectively and save you time and money in the long run. For more information, visit http://www.nair-co.com.

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