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What does the Microsoft "partnership" with Facebook mean for users?

Here's the key fact: Facebook's users are not its customers. They're the targets to which Facebook's customers aim advertising. In old media this was no big deal. But Facebook isn't just a "medium". It's a vast walled garden where the social activity of members and visitors constantly improves the ability of advertisers to "target" both.

This is a Good Thing only if it works for everybody — including both those targeted as well as those doing the targeting. And if users are actually involved, they have some important questions: more>>

What happens to my identity-related information? How is it used, and by whom? How much control do I have over my data (or data about myself) — including what Facebook "partners" do with that data?

Someone Actually Wants SCO?

As astonishing as it sounds, someone actually wants to buy SCO, the bankrupt software company that has spent the last few years biting at the ankles of the Linux community. more>>

Red Hat Uneasy About Microsoft Patent Terms

LinuxJournal.com reported previously that Microsoft ended it's nine year battle with the European Union over it's trade practices. However, not everyone considers the resolution good news. more>>

Congress Backs Up BitTorrent

It's long been alleged that Comcast was targeting BitTorrent users by throttling their downloads. Last week, the AP reported that it had conducted tests that confirmed the company was blocking BitTorrent traffic. more>>

Help Drive Linux Drivers

Anybody who has ever tried to hook a printer up to a Linux box knows that good device drivers are in short supply. Apparently, however, the community isn't very good at conveying the need. more>>

Microsoft Friends Facebook

The Empire now has a new territory: social-networking giant Facebook. The deal reportedly valued Facebook at $15 billion, and ended with an investment of $240 million by Microsoft.

As a result of the partnership, Microsoft will now has an exclusive hold on Facebook's lucrative ad market, and possibly room for new Microsoft applications or Facebook software on Microsoft systems. more>>

Book Review: SugarCRM Developer’s Manual

The following is a review of the book SugarCRM Developer’s Manual: Customize and extend SugarCRM by Dr. Mark Alexander Bain. The book's publisher is Packt Publishing. more>>

Maybe UCANN school ICANN on whois

Raise your hand if you use whois every day. Even if your hand isn't up, and you just regard whois as an essential sysadmin tool, this post is for you.

Because if you're interested in keeping whois working for the those it was made for in the first place, you need to visit the battlefield where whois' future is being determined right now. That is, you must be Beowulf to the Grendel that is the Intellectual Property Community. Worse, you must confront him in the vast cave that is ICANN. more>>

Linux Survey Needs Help

Attention Linux Users! The Linux Foundation's Desktop Linux Survey needs your help!

As we previously reported, the Linux Foundation has opened the doors on the Third Annual Desktop Linux Survey. The survey, which is available until November 30, has received over 10,000 responses already! more>>

Gmail Goes IMAP

The day has finally come: Google has heard the prayers of the people! more>>

"Unlimited" Costs Verizon $1 Million

Not knowing what a word means can cause all sorts of problems, but it's not that often that one of those problems costs a million dollars. Unless you're Verizon, that is. more>>

700 MHz Auction Brings Mountains of Confusion

The FCC auction of the 700 MHz wireless spectrum is turning out to be more controversial than a Steve Ballmer speech. The auction, slated to begin January 24, 2008, has been tied up with court challenges from Verizon, confusing announcements from AT&T, and in-and-out games from Microsoft. more>>

GIMP Goes 2.4

The GIMP project announced the release of Version 2.4 today, complete with a bevy of bug fixes and new features.

Among the features of the new release are a new and improved icon set, better selection tools, scalable brushes, improvements on zoom, cropping, and color management, a red-eye removal tool, and quite a bit more. more>>

Biting The Bit

A joint raid by UK and Dutch police brought down mammoth members-only BitTorrent service OiNK yesterday, and may represent a warning to operators of similar networks. more>>

Joining The Club

Mandriva, the European Linux powerhouse, has decided to open the club doors to everyone. more>>

iSurge For Apple

The numbers are in, and they look pretty good for Apple. Reports show that Apple shipped more than 2.1 million systems, up 34% from 2006, and posted $6 billion plus in revenues.

Detailed numbers reveal that computer sales were strong, composing 62% of Apple's revenues, and that laptops are the hot item, covering 62% of computer sales. more>>

Turbolinux Goes Microsoft

Turbolinux, a major presence in the Asian Linux market, inked a deal today with Microsoft, to provide the ever-popular “patent assurances” as well as access to Live Search and a planned cross-platform login. The deal apparently centers around a plan to provide single-login functionality for both Windows and Linux, allowing a single user login to transfer between platforms. more>>

Getting Inventive With Software Patents

The dangers of software patents for free software have always been a hot issue. But with the news that Red Hat and Novell are being sued for alleged patent infringement by IP Innovation, the matter has moved from theory into practice. In fact, in the battle against software patents, it turns out that the open source world already has a rather powerful weapon in its armoury – even if it's one that few people know about. more>>

Score One For The Good Guys

Microsoft announced that it will no longer fight the European anti-trust regulators, after last month's spanking in the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg. more>>

Green No More

Trolltech, the company behind the Qtopia platform, has given up on the Greenphone, it's Linux mobile phone.

David Bialer announced that Trolltech had expended it's existing stock of the Greenphone, originally released in 2006, and would not be ordering new stock. Bialer cited developments in the Linux smartphone market as making the Greenphone obsolete. more>>

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