e-promotion by ICICI Bank against Phishing mails !!

Kindly make a note of Phishing mails that can hack into your precious bank / Monetary accounts & fetch-out free money.


I myself had received such mailers from IDBI Bank asking for personal banking details. On the follow-up with Bank’s Top  officials over mail, it was found that the respective hacking bug was blocked & de-activated.

Here are a few Forensic Triggers mention in the web-poster of ICICI Bank, which is pretty much enlightening.

  • The email ID domain might appear to be Bank name / familiar company / friend’s ID.
  • On moving  the cursor onto the sender’s address, it would reveal mis-matching characters in the URL.
  • The padlock (Security protection) icon would be missing.
  • Generally, mailer will mention the urgent step-by-step action required in order to avoid shut-down of account.
  • It will ask for secret information like user ID, passwords, PINs, CVV number, Credit/Debit Card number, vbyv passcode details, etc.

    Money going e-line

    Phishing Mail

  Dear Customer, You must have heard of ‘Phishing’ ! It is a trap laid by fraudsters through e-mail. If you reply to the e-mail, you might be ‘phished’ of your confidential banking/credit-card details and end up losing your hard-earned money.

The way to protect yourself against phishing is to identify a phishing e-mail. If you suspect an e-mail to be a phishing attempt, forward it to antiphishing@icicibank.com, and delete from your mailbox. Do not respond to such mails.

For more details on Phishing, please click here.
ICICI Bank Ltd.
epromotion against PHISHING by icici Bank

p.s. – Original structure is modified as to suit the formatting.




Indexing (Benchmarks) industry is observing some rapid changes with ownership of few of the most eminent Index companies changing hands

After Bloomberg Indexes’ acquisition of USB Australia Bond indices this year in April 2014, now its time for Reuters’ to acquire widely used Benchmark- UBS Convertible Indices in July 2014. The UBS Convertible Indices will be re-branded as the Thomson Reuters Convertible Indices.


This is very much inline with the news of Global M&A being @ 7 year high with the re-surge in Corporate Deals. Passive products (like Indices) acquisitions is picking-up the trend in investor interest this year rather individual stocks.

Indexing industry is observing some rapid changes with ownership of few of the most eminent Index companies changing hands. Recently The London Stock Exchange Group last week agreed to buy Russell Investments for $2.7 billion in cash from Northwestern Mutual, the US insurer. Barclays PLC is also expected to solicite offers for its index assets worth ~ $400 Mn this year. Nasdaq and S&P Dow Jones Indices are apparently eyeing acquisitions to bolster their index businesses. MSCI & other companies surely wouldn’t want to be the laggards & are expected to explore index acquisitions.


UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its leading universal bank in Switzerland. Together with a client-focused Investment Bank and a strong, well-diversified Global Asset Management business, UBS will expand its premier wealth management franchise and drive further growth across the Group.


Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Thomson Reuters is a trusted, global provider of indices and index services, calculating over 10,000 different equity, fixed income and commodity indices. Thomson Reuters provides innovative indices and index-related services to the global financial community to help investors make better decisions.

2011 in review https://sohandhande.wordpress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The growth story of Social-Networking giant @Facebook !!!

Here is the interesting journey & facts about our beloved facebook featured on crunchbase.com

General Information

Website facebook.com
Blog blog.facebook.com
Twitter @facebook
Category Consumer Web
Employees 1,000
Founded 2/04
Description Social network


Total $60M
Push Pop Press, 8/11 1
Sofa, 6/11 2
Snaptu, 3/11 3
Beluga, 3/11 4
Rel8tion, 1/11 5
Pursuit, 2011 6
Zenbe, 11/10 7
drop.io, 10/10 8
Nextstop, 9/10 9 $2.5M
Chai Labs, 8/10 10 $10M
ShareGrove, 5/10 11
Divvyshot, 4/10 12
Octazen Solutions, 2/10 13
FriendFeed, 8/09 14 $47.5M
Parakey, 7/07 15

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users.

Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskowitz and Chris Hughes to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks.

The original idea for the term Facebook came from Zuckerberg’s high school (Phillips Exeter Academy). The Exeter Face Book was passed around to every student as a way for students to get to know their classmates for the following year. It was a physical paper book until Zuckerberg brought it to the internet.

With this success, Zuckerberg, Moskowitz and Hughes moved out to Palo Alto for the summer and rented a sublet. A few weeks later, Zuckerberg ran into the former cofounder of Napster, Sean Parker. Parker soon moved in to Zuckerberg’s apartment and they began working together. Parker provided the introduction to their first investor, Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and managing partner of The Founders Fund. Thiel invested $500,000 into Facebook.

With millions more users, Friendster attempted to acquire the company for $10 million in mid 2004. Facebook turned down the offer and subsequently received $12.7 million in funding from Accel Partners, at a valuation of around $100 million. Facebook continued to grow, opening up to high school students in September 2005 and adding an immensely popular photo sharing feature the next month. The next spring, Facebook received $25 million in funding from Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital, as well as previous investors Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. The pre-money valuation for this deal was about $525 million. Facebook subsequently opened up to work networks, eventually amassing over 20,000 work networks. Finally in September 2006, Facebook opened to anyone with an email address.

In the summer of 2006, Yahoo attempted to acquire the company for $1 billion dollars. Reports actually indicated that Zuckerberg made a verbal agreement to sell Facebook to Yahoo. A few days later when Yahoo’s stock price took a dive, the offer was lowered to $800 million and Zuckerberg walked away from the deal. Yahoo later offered $1 billion again, this time Zuckerberg turned Yahoo down and earned instant notoriety as the “kid” who turned down a billion. This was not the first time Zuckerberg turned down an acquisition offer; Viacom had previously unsuccessfully attempted to acquire the company for $750 million in March, 2006.

One sour note for Facebook has been the controversy with social network ConnectU. The founders of ConnectU, former classmates of Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard, allege that Zuckerberg stole their original source code for Facebook. The ordeal has gone to court, and has now been resolved.

Notwithstanding this lingering controversy, Facebook’s growth in the fall of 2007 was staggering. Over 1 million new users signed up every week, 200,000 daily, totaling over 50 million active users. Facebook received 40 billion page views a month. Long gone were the days of Facebook as a social network for college students. 11% of users are over the age of 35, and the fastest growing demographic is users over 30. Facebook has also seen huge growth internationally; 15% of the user base is in Canada. Facebook users’ passion, or addiction, to the site is unparalleled: more than half use the product every single day and users spend an average of 19 minutes a day on Facebook. Facebook is 6th most trafficked site in the US and top photo sharing site with 4.1 billion photos uploaded.

Based on these types of numbers, Microsoft invested $240 million into Facebook for 1.6 percent of the company in October 2007. This meant a valuation of over $15 billion, making Facebook the 5th most valuable US Internet company, yet with only $150 million in annual revenue. Many explained Microsoft’s decision as being solely driven by the desire to outbid Google.

Facebook’s competitors include MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, LinkedIn, Tagged, Hi5, Piczo, and Open Social.



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Above: Facebook Screenshot — #1
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  1. Facebook Buys Digital Bookmaking Service Push Pop Press (techcrunch.com) []
  2. Facebook Acquires Sofa (madebysofa.com) []
  3. Confirmed: Facebook Acquires Snaptu (For An Estimated $60 – $70 Million) (techcrunch.com) []
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  5. All Things D (emoney.allthingsd.com) []
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  7. Facebook Buys Yet Another NYC Startup — Why Doesn’t It Just Open An Engineering Office Here Already? (businessinsider.com) []
  8. Facebook Acquires Drop.io, Nabs Sam Lessin (techcrunch.com) []
  9. Facebook Acquires Social Travel Recommendation Site Nextstop (techcrunch.com) []
  10. Facebook Makes Another ‘Acq-Hire’ Chai Labs; Deal Estimated At $10 Million (paidcontent.org) []
  11. mashable.com []
  12. Facebook Acquires Divvyshot to Improve Facebook Photos (techcrunch.com) []
  13. techcrunch.com []
  14. Facebook Acquires FriendFeed (techcrunch.com) []
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  19. Jim Breyer: Extra $500 Million Round For Facebook A “Total Fiction” (techcrunch.com) []
  20. Facebook Funding (facebook.com) []
  21. Liveblogging Press Conference (techcrunch.com) []
  22. Facebook gets $60M from Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing (venturebeat.com) []
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  24. Updated: Facebook Investor Li Ka-Shing Upping Stake To $120 Million: Report (paidcontent.org) []
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  26. Facebook Takes That $200 Million Investment From The Russians At A $10 Billion Valuation. (techcrunch.com) []
  27. Elevation Invests Another $120 Million in Facebook as that IPO Looks More Distant (techcrunch.com) []
  28. Facebook Raises $1.5 Billion (prnewswire.com) []
  29. Facebook adds comments to the Mini-Feed. It’s like FriendFeed is looking in the mirror (venturebeat.com) []
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  31. The fbFund Gives Out Cash To 25 Facebook Developers (techcrunch.com) []
  32. Facebook Movie Poster Announces 500 Million Facebook Users Before Facebook Does (techcrunch.com) []
  33. By the way, Facebook for iPhone has 57.8 million monthly active users. (Versus 8,810 for the Microsoft Kin.) (businessinsider.com) []
  34. Zuckerberg Makes It Official: Facebook Hits 500 Million Members (techcrunch.com) []
  35. Facebook To Begin Giving Y Combinator Startups VIP Treatment (techcrunch.com) []
  36. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donates $100 Million To Fix Newark New Jersey Public Schools (businessinsider.com) []
  37. Facebook, KPCB Announce $250 Million Social Networking Fund (businessinsider.com) []
  38. 200 Million People Use Facebook Mobile – Up 3X From Last Year (businessinsider.com) []
  39. Facebook Acquired FB.com From The American Farm Bureau To Use Internally (techcrunch.com) []
  40. Facebook Connect: 250 million monthly users, adding 10,000 sites every day (bgr.com) []
  41. Facebook Shares Hit $28.26 Per Share, That’s a $70+ Billion Valuation (techcrunch.com) []
  42. Facebook Users Uploaded A Record 750 Million Photos Over New Year’s (techcrunch.com) []
  43. Facebook Considering A Leaseback Deal Worth As Much As $420 Million For New HQ (techcrunch.com) []
  44. Facebook Teams With Snaptu To Launch Rich App For Feature Phones (techcrunch.com) []
  45. Kevin Rose Invests In Facebook On SecondMarket (techcrunch.com) []
  46. Wow. Just… Wow: Facebook Hits Record $75 Billion Valuation On SecondMarket (techcrunch.com) []
  47. Facebook Now Has 250 Million Mobile Users (techcrunch.com) []
  48. Facebook Buys Sofa, A Software Design Team That Will Help Make Facebook More Beautiful (techcrunch.com) []
  49. Zuck Confirms That Facebook Now Has 750 Million Active Users (techcrunch.com) []
  50. GSV Capital Buys Facebook Stock At $70 Billion Valuation; Its Own Stock Pops 21 Percent (techcrunch.com) []

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WordPress widget for Publicizing Blog Posts on facebook/Twitter is just a click away.

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

WordPress has introduced this wonderful feature that enables blogger’s posts/articles to get published on Facebook & Twitter  automatically….

The idea of self-publishing itself is just amazing. In today’s SEO centric Internet arena,  this widget is goig t make the life of a blogger fetch some relief.


How does it work  huhh ??

Facebook @ Mobile

Go to your wp BLOG’s  dashboard, Settings, and Sharing you’ll see Publicize. Once you set it up, Publicize works automatically.

You can customize the message that gets sent out on the Post page.

See http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/

I came across wish list of a WordPress user (Salil Lawande), who is seeking wp team to introduce below mentioned widgets.

> Ability to tag media in the Media Library
> Albums functionality (or something close to what Picasa Web Albums)
> Sorting by month, year, title
> A graphical/visual approach to managing & deploying media (drag & drop)

Happy Blogging.

Go Blogger Go.

Picture with punchline:- Scamsters Beware, 2010 is Over!

The year 2010 was full of Scams & Frauds across the globe. The article having below picture; which is posted on a blog by Dilip Naidu sir had really caught my glare.

Make 2011 brighter more progressive!

The photo seems to be clicked in Pune city & the punchline poster mentions the courtesy of Nana Chudasam.

“Scamsters Beware, 2010 is Over!” …  Now the people wants to speculate forthcoming years to be less affected by risks of frauds & scams. The comments on Dilip Naidu Sir’s post elaborates much more insights than the article itself. I enjoyed going through the picture as well as comments & I hope you shall emphasise the worthiness of reading through them.

Courtesy: http://dilipnaidu.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/make-2011-brighter-more-progressive

Risk management as a service using Excel and GigaSpaces

Technology and Invention in Finance by Yale University Courseware

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