The Portal

November 04, 2008

On the web

* A genealogy Web site is launching what it's billing as the world's largest online collection of Jewish family history records.

Ancestry.com has partnered with two organizations for the project - JewishGen, an affiliate of New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an overseas humanitarian aid organization.

The online collection, which was announced last week, features millions of historic Jewish records including Oskar Schindler's list - the names of almost 2,000 Jews saved by a German businessman who employed them. Their story was told in the Oscar-winning 1993 film.

Many of the 26 million documents are online for the first time - from photographs and immigration data to a list of people who died in Nazi concentration camps.

* From veryshortlist.com: "Forvo's a Web database with an insanely ambitious goal: to collect the proper pronunciation of every word, in every language, on the planet.

"Here's how it works: Users submit a word or a name they'd like to hear spoken in its native tongue. Don't know how to say the name of the Brazilian dance xaxado? A local named Brazguy can help! And you, too, can help, by recording an mp3 and answering someone else's query: As of this writing, there are 104,429 words in 190 languages, but only half of them have audio pronunciations." Go to forvo.com.

* Bakemeawish.com, the Web site of a New York family-run bakery, offers the Holiday Freedom Cake program. It matches a cake of a recipient with a donated cake to a soldier in the recipient's name. And its Operation Birthday Cake has given thousands of servicemen and women a birthday cake on their birthday while stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other spots around the globe. The gournet cakes cost from $15 to $75.

On satellite radio

Sirius XM Radio this month launched a channel dedicated to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin Radio will be broadcast on Sirius channel 12 and XM channel 39 and will feature Led Zeppelin music, interviews with band members and rare clips. It runs through next month.

From staff and wire reports

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