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Microsoft Deal Opens New Questions About Patents

A deal between Microsoft and Kyocera Mita, a Japanese printer manufacturer, has resulted in new questions about Microsoft's always-shaky claims of patent infringement. more>>

Firefox 3 Bruhaha Turns Blue

Firefox 3 has had it's share of troubles lately, and the most recent set — which included an article in Thursday's New York Times — took a turn for the R-rated yesterday as Mozilla's Director of Community Development described the claims in the Times article as "horseshit." more>>

Analysts Make Room For Linux Desktops

A new report on Windows Vista implementation has just been released, and analysts are interpreting it as giving a wide window for Linux in small businesses. more>>

Show us your Chumby

is a wireless Linux-based stuffed plush box that can do pretty much anything you can hack it to do. That was the promise when we wrote about it in the September issue of Linux Journal. Now it's also reality: Chumby is shipping. more>>

What could be better than advertising?

The Economist asks, Will Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking sites transform advertising? Good question, but it's the wrong one.

The right question is, Can we equip customers to become independent of sellers and their controlling intentions — Including the unwanted crap that constitutes far too much of the world's advertising? For the good of both sellers and buyers? more>>

Dell Goes Ubuntu, Again

Reports are starting to surface that Dell, which already offers Ubuntu pre-installed on it's desktop machines, will soon be certifying Ubuntu's server package for pre-installation on Dell servers. more>>

Sun Takes On Virtualisation In The Open

Sun Microsystems made the move into the virtualisation market Wednesday, with the announcement of Sun xVM, their new open source virtualisation platform. more>>

OpenDocument Foundation Goes Belly-Up

The OpenDocument Foundation went out of business this week, with nothing more than a twitter to announce it's departure. more>>

Dell To Offer OEM Support For Solaris

Former arch-rivals Dell and Sun Microsystems have come together on a deal to provide Sun's Solaris operating system on Dell machines, as well as direct customer support for the systems from Dell. more>>

XM, Sirius Merger Moving Ahead

Today was a busy day in the mergers and acquisitions market, with the news of an overwhelming vote of support for the merger of XM and Sirius balancing out the European Commission's announcement of an investigation of Google's acquisition of DoubleClick. more>>

European Union To Investigate Google Acquisition

Google's much-talked-about acquisition of DoubleClick will get extra scrutiny by the European Union, according to a decision released today by the European Commission. more>>

Green PCs Go Bye-Bye At WalMart

The low-cost Linux boxes that went on sale at WalMart stores in the U.S. last week are gone, according to the company's website. The good news is, they're not discontinued, they're sold out. more>>

OLPC Arrives...Get 'Em While They're Hot!

The much-anticipated One Laptop Per Child is finally available to order – but if you want one, you'd better get moving because they're only up for sale until November 26th! more>>

Northeastern Gives It To Google

Northeastern University has picked a patent-infringement fight, and they picked it with the big boys on the playground: Google. more>>

Android Development Off With A Bang and A Buck

Google released the development kit for it's much-discussed mobile-OS Andriod today with a contest worth $10 million. more>>

Return of the Jedi...Er, Mandriva

Last week, we reported that Microsoft — which we affectionately like to think of as "The Empire" — had struck a blow against Linux in developing countries by destroying a Nigerian deal to provide Mandriva Linux to school-children. more>>

Municipal Wi-Fi Starting To Slide

The push from cities around the country to provide city-funded wireless internet access is starting to stagnate, with plan changes in two more cities. more>>

Sony CEO Wishes For Time Travel

According to the Associated Press, Sony CEO Howard Stringer wishes he could turn back time. The comments came at a Manhattan "Captains of Industry" lecture sponsored by the 92nd Street YMCA, and related to Sony's Blu Ray DVD format. more>>

WALC2007

When you travel a lot, once in a while it just seems that you are on "The Trip from Hades", and you wonder why you travel as much as you do. more>>

Mozilla Pulls Firefox 3 Over Digg Debacle

If you were hoping to get your hands on the latest Firefox 3 Release Candidate, you're going to have to go after it old-school. more>>

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