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Cyber Quiz



1. Lars Boilesen is the CEO of…?

2. Which ‘browser godfather’ is behind the ‘Facebook browser’ RockMelt?

3. Which online giant recently bought Quidsi, the parent company of, for about $540 million?

4. Name the technology developed by Intel and backed by Apple, expected to debut in 2011, that can carry data at 10 gigabits per second in both directions simultaneously.

5. NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is playing a role in the advertisement for which recently released video game?

6. K. Ananth Krishnan is the CTO of which IT major?

7. Which video streaming service Web site has the slogan “Anywhere, Anytime”?

8. Expand DESC, which is involved in improving the environment and driving long-term economic growth.

9. Which free-to-play social network games developer was founded in 2007 by Kristian Segerstrale, Sebastien de Halleux, Sami Lababidi and Shukri Shammas?

10. Name the former CEOs of eBay and HP who unsuccessfully contested in California elections recently.



1. Opera

2. Marc Andreessen.

3. Amazon

4. Light Peak.

5. “Call of Duty: Black Ops.”

6. TCS

7. Hulu

8. Digital Solutions Energy Campaign.

9. Playfish

10. Meg Whitman and Carly Fiona.


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1. On March 15, the silver jubilee of the first .com web domain name was celebrated. What was it?

Premium play.

2. Name the entertainer whose music videos have cumulatively carried her beyond the 1 billion online-views threshold, a first for a crooner.

3. If Apple can use the name iPhone for its smartphone, for what can Cisco use the same name?

4. In a big leap forward, how many cores will the AMD Opteron 6100 series processors soon have?

5. According to recent deposition by its CEO Eric Schmidt, how much premium did Google pay for YouTube?

6. According to the International Telecommunication Union, what is defined as “transmission capacity that is faster than primary rate Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) at 1.5 or 2.0 Megabits per second (Mbits)”?

7. What is the claim to fame of the Cray XT5-HE Opteron Six Core 2.6 GHz also called the ‘Jaguar’?

8. Which Indian State is ‘numero uno’ as regards the telephone subscriber base data?

9. With whom has Google teamed up to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes called Google TV?

10. Which very popular, free web-based, collaborative, multilingual project is readying for its first major UI overhaul by adopting a new theme called ‘Vector’?



2. Lady Gaga.

3. Its VoIP phone.

4. 12 and 8 cores.

5. $ 1 billion

6. Broadband

7. It is the fastest Supercomputer in existence.

8. Maharashtra

9. Intel and Sony.

10. Wikipedia

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Cyber Quiz



1. In the context of MP3s, what is an ‘Artifact’?

2. What prides itself with the tagline ‘A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.’?

3. Who is to be the CFO of Microsoft replacing Chris Liddell?

4. Chronologically, what was No. 1 in Webby Awards’ recently announced 10 most influential Internet moments of the decade (2000-2009)?

5. Simple. What is the extension for a compiled Java file?

6. Which US President was responsible for creating Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) from where we got the ARPANET?

7. Which consumer hardware company was founded by David Potter in 1980?

8. What term is Apple Computer CEO John Sculley said to have used for the first time to describe Apple Newton at its launch?

9. What is the nationality of Jarkko Oikarinen of the IRC fame?

10. In an episode of the sitcom ‘Friends’, which virus infects Ross’s laptop, when Chandler checks his, leading to Ross’s speech on archaeology being deleted?


1. An error, like a pop or a crackle, that an inferior encoder has created.


3. Peter Klein.

4. Craigslist moving outside San Francisco in 2000 to revamp the whole notion of classified ads.

5. .class

6. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

7. Psion.

8. PDA (Personal Digital Assistant).

9. Finnish.

10. Anna Kournikova virus.


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1. Fred Berenson, a research associate at New York University, is to write which American classic entirely in emoticons?

2. What is the term used for picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese wireless messages and webpages?

3. Which Amazon endeavour has the tagline ‘Artificial Artificial Intelligence’?

4. The medals for which sporting extravaganza is to be made from e-waste or metal from recycled TVs, computers, and keyboards?

5. Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of…?

6. What is the nationality of the company which makes the popular anti-virus AVG software?

7. ‘The Impossible Project’ is a scheme to reinvent which iconic product in the world of photography after the company ceased its manufacture?

8. Who has launched a mission for kids called ‘Mission: 10,000 Rockets’?

9. Google’s proposed new service that will deliver e-books to anyone with a Web browser is to be called…?

10. Which co-founder of Sun Microsystems remarked about Steve Ballmer “[Bill] Gates is over the top, but Ballmer’s mad, he’s insane.”?



1. Moby Dick.

2. Emoji.

3. The Amazon Mechanical Turk, a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence.

4. Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

5. Facebook.

6. Czech.

7. Polaroid instant film.

8. Bing.

9. Google Editions.

10. Bill Joy.

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1. What post does Chris Beard hold in Mozilla Labs?

2. In what way is the contribution of Armas Clifford “Mike” Markkula Jr. important in the history of Apple?

3. Name the Toronto-based company that won a permanent injunction that prohibited Microsoft from selling or importing to the US any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML?

4. One more on MS. Which product while being tested internally was codenamed Kumo?

5. Connect Uncia uncia (or Panthera uncial) to Mac OS X 10.6?

6. What is Google Caffeine?

7. Who is the largest shareholder in Lenovo with about 27.17 per cent?

8. Which was the first text in the ambitious Project Gutenberg launched in 1971?

9. How did Jeremy Jaynes and his sister Jessica DeGroot achieve infamy in 2005?

10. Name the not-much-heard-of scientist, an early discoverer of electromagnetism, whose birthday was doodled by Google on August 14.


1. Chief Innovation Officer.

2. He is the American entrepreneur and an angel investor who provided early critical funding for Apple.

3. i4i.

4. Bing.

5. The scientific name for snow leopard is Uncia uncia and snow leopard is the codename for Apple’s latest OS.

6. It’s a new next-generation architecture for Google’s Web search.

7. Chinese Academy of Sciences, a government agency.

8. The US Declaration of Independence.

9. They were the first to be convicted for spam. Jeremy was sentenced to nine years in prison while Jessica was fined $7,500.

10. Hans Christian Ørsted.

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Cyber Quest



1. Tim Morse is the new CFO of…?

2. Which Google honcho made this comment on Bing’s launch: “It’s not the first entry for Microsoft. They do this about once a year!”

3. To which ‘vendor’ must pay $51 million to settle a lawsuit which claimed Amazon violated an agreement by allowing other vendors to market similar products on its site?

4. What is the ‘noble’ purpose of Microsoft’s ‘’ site?

5. According to ‘global market share statistics’ provided by Net Applications, which is the fourth most used OS now after Windows, Mac and Linux?

6. Name the Indian, Microsoft’s vice-president in charge of Startup Business Accelerator program, who is quitting after 19 years at the software giant?

7. Which Java software framework is named after the creator’s child’s stuffed elephant?

8. Name the VC which was the initial one to fund Yahoo! in April 1995 with an initial investment of nearly $2 million.

9. Which was the first ‘mouse gesture’ and who introduced it?

10. Which browser had its genesis as a research project at Telenor, the largest Norwegian telecommunications company, in 1994?


1. Yahoo!

2. The CEO, Eric Schmidt.

3. Toys ‘R’ Us.

4. For every download of IE 8 from that site, the company will donate eight meals to ‘Feeding America’ programme.

5. The iPhone OS.

6. Sanjay Parthasarathy.

7. Hadoop

8. Sequoia Capital.

9. Called the ‘drag’, Apple used it to replace a dedicated move button on the mice shipped with Macintosh and Lisa computers.

10. Opera

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Cyber Quiz


1. The WANK Worm is considered by many to be the first major worm to have a political message. Expand WANK.

2. The world’s first touch-screen Blackberry is called…?

3. Name Yahoo’s European comparison-shopping site which it sold off recently.

4. Name the online broadcasting site in which a 19-year-old man committed suicide, egged on by viewers, leading to a big issue on the online space?

5. Brian Gladden is the CFO of…?

6. Name the second expansion to the mega-popular online game World of Warcraft, which broke the one-day PC game sales record with sales of 2.8 million copies.

7. Yahoo! has now taken to the US its experimental visual display of search results that it launched in India in May. Name it.

8. What is the capacity of Samsung’s latest solid-state drive which becomes the largest-capacity SSDs found in laptops today?

9. Name Google’s Web-based virtual environment, launched in July, that the online giant is shutting down.

10. Name the new Guns N’ Roses album that had an online debut on the band’s MySpace page on November 20.


1. Worms Against Nuclear Killers

2. Storm

3. Kelkoo


5. Dell

6. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

7. Glue Pages

8. 256GB

9. Lively

10. ‘Chinese Democracy’

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Cyber Quiz


1. In which five languages is Google Indic Transliteration available presently?

2. In which three European countries is Microsoft planning to set up research centres to improve its Internet search technology?

3. The Chief Executive Officer of Mozilla Corporation is…?

4. Name the San Francisco start-up company that created Twitter.

5. Which popular MS product was developed under the codename Odyssey?

6. In the history of Apple, for what is Jef Raskin most remembered?

7. Google, to celebrate its 10th birthday, is giving users access to which year’s version of the search engine?

8. According to a recent blog post by Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, how many hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute?

9. In the context of indexing, why was July 25, 2008, a significant date in Google’s timeline?

10. Timothy D. Cook is the COO of…?



1. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

2. Britain, France, and Germany.

3. John Lilly.

4. Obvious

5. Excel

6. Starting the Macintosh project.

7. 2001

8. 13 hours.

9. The count was 1 trillion unique URLs.

10. Apple


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Cyber Quiz


1. What is ‘Project 10 to the 100th’?

2. What is Craig Mundie’s designation at Microsoft?

3. What has Intel dubbed as the ‘dawn of 4G broadband’?

4. Which Academy Award American actress’ new Web site is called

5. PlayNow Plus is a “super-fast, high-quality music download service” from…?

6. The Orchard is the largest distributor of…?

7. Jen-Hsun Huang is the co-founder and chief executive of…?

8. Google has now decided to now allow ads linked to what ‘keyword’ from religious groups after having reached a settlement with the Christian Institute?

9. Kate McAlpine was in the news because of which YouTube video, on a current news event, that has been viewed more than 3.3 million times and triggered almost 1,000 viewer comments?

10. Which of Google’s applications was initially named Dory after the inquisitive fish from Finding Nemo?


1. It is Google’s fund for world-changing ideas as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

2. Chief research and strategy officer.

3. Its new WiMax wireless technology network in association with Sprint.

4. Gwyneth Paltrow.

5. Sony Ericsson.

6. Digital music from independent labels.

7. Nvidia

8. Abortion

9. ‘Large Hadron Rap’ on experiments in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

10. Google Moderator.

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Cyber Quiz



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1. is the newly launched personal blog of…?

2. Yahoo India’s newly launched social network for the 16-24 age group is called…?

3. Whose new tagline for many of its print ads reads ‘Life Without Walls’?

4. Mark Kingdon has replaced founder Philip Rosedale as the CEO of…?

5. As per Interbrand’s annual ranking of ‘The Best Global Brands’, name the two cyber giants in the top three.

6. WebKit programmers’ new version of their JavaScript technology is called..?

7. Which device has the following specifications: 7.5 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, 0.7 inches thick and weighs 10.3 ounces?

8. eBay has hired Deutsche Bank to handle the sale of which of Web site discovery service that it bought last year for $75 million?

9. Name the private company that specialises in IM software, which Cisco Systems has bought to bolster its own line of Internet-based communications products.

10. What is so special about the HTC Dream G1?



1. Sergey Brin

2. SpotM

3. Microsoft

4. Linden Lab (creator of Second Life).

5. IBM and Microsoft behind Coca Cola.

6. Squirrelfish Extreme.

7. Amazon’s Kindle.

8. StumbleUpon.

9. Jabber Inc.

10. It’s the first one to have Android.

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