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Microsoft Offering Spyware For Free

The folks at Microsoft want to know what you're doing — they really, really want to know. In fact, they want to know so bad they'll give you free copies of their software if you'll let them spy on you for a while.

Seagate Doesn't Need Linux

Seagate Technology, the world's largest producer of hard disks, has decided it doesn't need Linux users — or Mac users, for that matter. The realization of this new philosophy comes with the release of Seagate's "Free Agent" series, which are apparently useless on anything but Windows.

Mozilla Speaks On Why IE Bytes

Just over a week ago, Microsoft lackey Jeff Jones came out and claimed that Firefox is less secure than Internet Explorer because Mozilla finds and fixes more bugs than Microsoft. Now Mozilla is striking back at the bugs in Microsoft's logic.

Nokia Wants To Lock Up Ogg

The open-source Ogg Theora video format is an important part of keeping video free on the web — but it won't be for long if Nokia gets its way.

It's Not A Wonderful Life For CompUSA

Ailing electronics retailer CompUSA won't be getting it's Christmas wish this year, as news came on Friday that the computer superstore will sell or close all stores by the end of the year.

BusyBox Gives Verizon The GPL Smackdown

There was a time not long ago when the GNU General Public License had never been the subject of litigation. That's no longer the case, as the BusyBox litigation machine has rolled on to a new target: Verizon.

Check Your Mail For The OLPC

If you were one of the ones who got in early for the One Laptop Per Child program's "Give One Get One" offer, keep an eye on the mailbox.

Must Microsoft Mess With Everything?

News broke from Redmond today — much to the horror of the Open Source community — that Microsoft plans to deploy Windows XP onto the One Laptop Per Child program's XO laptop in "limited field tests."

SourceForge Opens Its Open Source Marketplace

SourceForge — the online development center and revision control system popular with open source projects — has opened a new marketplace aimed at providing user support for open source projects direct from the project developers.

Real Time Linux Is Popping Up Everywhere

Real time Linux — systems that override system-wide average performace to guarantee performance for certain critical applications — seems to be popping up everywhere this week, with two major Linux vendors releasing real time systems within days of each other.

The Bleeding Continues At Motorola

The hemorrhaging of executives continued at Motorola today, with news that the company's Chief Technology Officer will be joining the CEO in departing the company.

MPAA Gets A Bit Of Their Own

The Motion Picture Association of America — one of the "Associations of America" notorious for single-minded focus on copyright enforcement — has gotten a bit of it's own poison, as it's been forced to remove software from it's website designed to detect and report file sharing by university students.

iPhone Meets iSuit

The bumpy road of the iPhone has just gotten a bit bumpier, with both Apple and AT&T being named in a new lawsuit that alleges the phone's voice-mail system infringes on another company's patents.

700 MHz Spectrum Won't Include Cable

The FCC's upcoming auction of the 700 MHz wireless spectrum has been gathering it's fair share of press, and gathered more today with the announcement that cable television behemoths Time Warner and Comcast won't participate.

Marin County Still Porn Central

Despite severing their ties with a security-challenged web host, Marin County, California's web site is still experiencing problems with porn. Links to pornographic sites and malware were discovered on the county's Transportation Authority website in early October, and reappeared periodically throughout November and into December.

To Russia With LiveJournal

Popular blogging site LiveJournal — part of the Six Apart family which includes TypePad, Vox, and MoveableType — has been bought out by SUP, a Russian media firm which has been involved with LiveJournal since late 2006.