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Microsoft is offering a deal to students on the edge of summer.

Starting May 22, students who buy a new PC for $699 or more will receive a free Xbox 360 4GB console, the software giant said in a blog post today. The offer is available to online shoppers who buy a PC from Dell.com, HP.com, or Microsoft’s online store. Those who want to head to a retail outlet can find the deal at Best Buy or Microsoft’s stores.

In order for students to get the free Xbox 360, they will need to have .edu e-mail address at the time of purchase. If they don’t have a .edu e-mail address, they can go to a retail store and present their student IDs.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 4GB console currently retails for $200. The hardware features built-in Wi-Fi and comes with a black Xbox 360 wireless controller. Those who want additional storage will need to buy a hard drive separately.

The Xbox 360 has been performing exceptionally well at retail as of late. According to research firm NPD, the software giant sold 297,000 Xbox 360 units in April and bested Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. Microsoft said that the Xbox 360 has been the best-selling console in 10 of the last 11 months.

Microsoft’s free Xbox 360 offer is valid through September 3, or while supplies last. The offer will be coming to Canada and France “soon,” Microsoft said.

Courtesy : CNET

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US President Barack Obama has hailed the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden as a “good day for America,” saying the world is now a safer and a better place.

Bin Laden was killed in a raid by US special forces on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

He is believed to have ordered the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001, as well as a number of other deadly bombings.

He topped the US “most wanted” list.

But his details on the list have now been updated with a simple banner indicating his current status: “Deceased”.

DNA tests carried out after the operation indicated with “99.9%” certainty that the man shot dead was Osama Bin Laden, US officials said.

He was buried at sea after a Muslim funeral on board an aircraft carrier in the north Arabian Sea, Pentagon officials said.

The US has put its embassies around the world on alert, warning Americans of the possibility of al-Qaeda reprisal attacks for Bin Laden’s killing.

CIA director Leon Panetta said al-Qaeda would “almost certainly” try to avenge the death of Bin Laden.

The US president’s chief counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan said that al-Qaeda, though weakened, remained a danger.

“It may be a mortally wounded tiger but it still has some life in it,” he said.

Elusive

As news of Bin Laden’s death was being digested around the world, President Obama said: “Today we are reminded that as a nation there is nothing we can’t do”.

Bin Laden, 54, approved the 9/11 attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died.

He evaded the forces of the US and its allies for almost a decade, despite a $25m (£15m) bounty on his head.

On Sunday, US forces said to be from the elite Navy Seal Team Six undertook the operation in Abbottabad, 100km (62 miles) north-east of Islamabad.

US officials said Bin Laden was shot in the head after resisting.

The compound in Abbottabad is just a few hundred metres from the Pakistan Military Academy – the country’s equivalent of West Point or Sandhurst.

The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Abbottabad says it will undoubtedly be a huge embarrassment to Pakistan that Bin Laden was found not only in the country, but also on the doorstep of the military academy.

Pakistan was only notified of the operation once US forces had left its airspace.

Mr Brennan said it was “inconceivable” that Bin Laden did not have a support system in Pakistan.

“We’re going to pursue all leads to find out exactly what type of support system and benefactors that Bin Laden might have had,” he said.

However, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said co-operation from Pakistan helped lead the Americans to Bin Laden.

Bin Laden’s body was consigned to the sea after a burial service on the USS Carl Vinson.

“The deceased’s body was washed and then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker,” a US defence official said.

“After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body eased into the sea,” the official said.

Photographs of Bin Laden’s body have not been released.

The head of the al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Sunni Islam’s most important seat of learning, condemned the decision to dispose of the body at sea.

Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb said it was an affront which ran “contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs”.

As the news spread, crowds gathered outside the White House in Washington DC and Ground Zero, in New York, chanting “USA, USA”.

In Pakistan, about 100 people took part in a protest in the western city of Quetta, burning a US flag and chanting anti-American slogans.

Mrs Clinton said the operation sent a signal to the Taliban in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“You cannot wait us out, you cannot defeat us, but you can make the choice to abandon al-Qaeda and participate in a peaceful political process,” she said.

And she said there was “no better rebuke to al-Qaeda and its heinous ideology” than the peaceful uprisings across the Arab world against authoritarian governments.

Giving more details of the raid, one senior US official said a small US team conducted the attack in about 40 minutes.

Three other men – one of Bin Laden’s sons and two couriers – and a woman, were killed in the raid, the official said.

Speaking later, Mr Brennan said that the woman who died was believed to be Bin Laden’s wife.

“She served as a shield,” he said, adding: “It was unclear is she was put there, or if she put herself there.”

He confirmed that US commandos on the raid had been ready to take the al-Qaeda leader alive, if that had been possible

News & Image Courtesy : BBC

My Blog Turns One!

Hey Folks,

I started this blog exactly one year back on 27-3-2010. Today this blog is turning one. I have posted 28 posts within the last year (Even though i started it in march, I started posting from August :p). I hope 2011 will be a great year for me. I am also planning to remove my blog from wordpress.com to my own domain which would give more versatility to my blog.

Thank you all for your support and co-operation. Keep reading!

Cheers,
Shanker

Quote of the day

Relationships of all kinds are like holding sand in your hand
Hold it loosely with an open hand, the sand remains where it is
The tighter you grasp it, the faster it trickles through your fingers

Hold your relationship loosely
with respect and freedom for the other person
it is likely to remain intact
But hold it too tightly, too possessively
then it will likely slip away.

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