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Reversal on Google vs. Oracle Case, Microsoft Open Sources WSL for Linux Distro Maintainers, New Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and More

The US Court of Appeals has reversed a 2016 jury decision on Google's use of Oracle's Java APIs as fair use. The damages could amount to nearly $9 billion for Google. According to The Register, Corynne McSherry, legal director for the EFF, claims the reversal bodes ill for small software companies, saying "This entire case has been a travesty start to finish."

New Firefox Add-on Prevents Facebook Tracking, the Linux Foundation Announces the LF Deep Learning Foundation and More

News briefs for March 27, 2018. Mozilla today announced a new Facebook Container add-on for Firefox that prevents Facebook from tracking you around the web: "Facebook Container works by isolating your Facebook identity into a separate container that makes it harder for Facebook to track your visits to other websites with third-party cookies." See also the Mozilla blog for more on the story.

Linux Mint Announces New MintBox Mini 2, Mozilla Plans to Add Ad Blocking to Firefox, Slax New Version and More

News briefs for March 26, 2018. Linux Mint recently announced the new MintBox Mini 2. The new Mini is "just as small as the original MintBox Mini and the MintBox Mini Pro but with much better specifications, better performance and a few more features". The new Mini 2 has an Intel 8260 chipset, which provides WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. You can upgrade the RAM to 16GB, and the device is easy to open. The front has two USB 3.0 ports, audio and micro jacks and a microSD slot, as well as two LEDs. The MintBox Mini 2 will be around the same price as the original MintBox Mini and is expected to be available worldwide in June 2018.

Vivaldi Browser Teams with DuckDuck Go to Enable Private Search, Memory Leak Discovered in GNOME Shell and More

News briefs for March 23, 2018. The Vivaldi browser has teamed up with DuckDuck Go to offer a more private search experience. According to Jon von Tetzchner on the Vivaldi team blog, "With this update, Vivaldi becomes the first browser to enable a default Private Search, and allows you to set a default search engine exclusively for Private Window browsing. Unlike in other browsers, when you open a Private Window in Vivaldi, you will find DuckDuckGo enabled as your default search engine. When you search using DuckDuckGo, your search history is not tracked in any way."

Private Internet Access Goes Open Source, New Raspbian Image Available, Scarlett Johansson Image an Attack Vector on PostgreSQL and More

News briefs for March 16, 2018. Private Internet Access announced that it is open-sourcing its software: "We believe that the shift to open source is the right move for a privacy-focused business, and recognise that code transparency is key. We appreciate that our code may not be perfect, and we hope that the wider FOSS community will get involved, provide feedback, feature requests, bug fixes and generally help provide a greater service to the wider privacy movement." You can check out the repo on GitHub and find them at #privateinternetaccess on chat.freenode.net.

Linus Bashes CTS Labs, GNOME 3.28 Released, Project ACRN and More

News briefs for March 15, 2018. Linus Torvalds bashes CTS Labs' AMD chip report, calling it "more like stock manipulation than a security advisory", ZDNet reports. He went on to criticize the security industry for making inflammatory reports: "security people need to understand that they look like clowns because of it. The whole security industry needs to just admit that they have a lot of sh*t going on, and they should use -- and encourage -- some critical thinking."

New Raspberry Pi 3B+, Infection Monkey, Samba Password Bug, Facebook's Profilo and More

News briefs for March 14, 2018. The new Raspberry Pi 3B+ has arrived, just in time for Pi Day. New features include "a more powerful CPU, now running at 1.4 GHz on all its four cores. The ethernet port has also been updated to a Gigabit port, an oft requested feature, although due to pre-existing limitations it maxes out at about 350 megabits." See the specs and benchmarks are here, and you can get one for $35 via the Product page.

Eric Raymond's New UPS Project, Ubuntu's Bionic Beaver 18.04 Beta Released, Kernel Prepatch 4.16-rc5 and More

News briefs for March 12, 2018. Eric Raymond has started a new project after ranting about the state of the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) market, as The Register reports. The Upside project is hosted on GitLab and "is currently defining requirements and developing a specification for a 'high quality UPS that can be built from off-the-shelf parts in any reasonably well-equipped makerspace or home electronics shop'." You can read Eric's original UPS rant here.

Purism Announces Hardware Encryption, Debian for WSL, Slack Ending Support for IRC and More

News briefs for March 9, 2018. Purism announced yesterday that it's collaborating with cryptography pioneer Werner Koch "to integrate hardware encryption into the company's Librem laptops and forthcoming Librem 5 phone. By manufacturing hardware with its own software and services, Purism will include cryptography by default pushing the industry forward with unprecedented protection for end-user devices."