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Submission + - Phoronix has confirmation of a GNU/Linux Steam Client (phoronix.com) 1

nukem996 writes: After initially reporting in 2010 that Valve is work on a native GNU/Linux client one has finally been confirmed! Michael Larabel recently visited Valve's Bellvue, WA based office and has been able to see it himself. Included in the article are screenshots of the client running and speculation of a release!

Submission + - Intel Launches Z77 Motherboards, Preparing for Ivy Bridge (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "In preparation for the arrival of their 3rd Generation Core processor products based on their Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel has readied a new chipset dubbed the Z77 Express. New socket 1155 Ivy Bridge processors offer 16 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 or 3.0 connectivity on-die and they feature integrated dual-channel, DDR3 memory controllers with maximum officially supported speeds of up to 1600MHz. The processors are linked to the Z77 chipset via Intel’s FDI (Flexible Display Interface) and 20Gb/s DMI 2.0 interfaces. The chipset itself is outfitted with 8 more PCIe 2.0 lanes, six ports of SATA (II and III), an integrated Gigabit MAC, and digital display outputs for up to three displays. Making its debut for the first time in an Intel chipset is also native USB 3.0 support witih four USB 3.0 and ten USB 2.0 ports built in."
The Internet

Like Democracy, the Web Needs To Be Defended 108

climenole tips a great article by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in Scientific American. Quoting: "The Web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because it was built on egalitarian principles and because thousands of individuals, universities and companies have worked, both independently and together as part of the World Wide Web Consortium, to expand its capabilities based on those principles. The Web as we know it, however, is being threatened in different ways. Some of its most successful inhabitants have begun to chip away at its principles. Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the Web. Wireless Internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals. Governments — totalitarian and democratic alike — are monitoring people's online habits, endangering important human rights. If we, the Web's users, allow these and other trends to proceed unchecked, the Web could be broken into fragmented islands. We could lose the freedom to connect with whichever Web sites we want."

Lizard Previously Unknown To Science Found On Vietnam Menu 133

eldavojohn writes "A lizard long served on the menu in the Mekong Delta has recently caught the attention of scientists when it was noted that all animals in the species appeared identical as well as female. The species appears to be a hybrid of two other species (like a mule or liger). But the curious thing is that this hybrid isn't sterile — it reproduces asexually. The species, known for some time in Vietnam, has now officially been named Leiolepis ngovantrii."

Submission + - Wikileaks releases their cache of US Iraq War Docs (guardian.co.uk) 3

Caelesto writes: Today around 21:00 GMT, Wikileaks declared an end to their media embargo of over 400,000 Iraq War documents after Al Jazeera released their story 30 minutes ahead of schedule. These documents, which have been kept under wraps by Wikileaks for months, may reveal tortures and murders ignored by coalition forces during the fighting and occupation in Iraq. The pentagon maintained that releasing these documents represented a danger to US troops, but already dozens of news outlets are scrambling to report on what could be a devastating blow to the US Armed Force's already tattered image.

Submission + - Adobe releases new 64-bit Flash plugin for Linux (adobe.com) 1

TheDarkener writes: Adobe seems to have made an about face regarding their support for native 64-bit Linux support for Flash today, and released a new preview Flash plugin named "Square". This includes a native 64-bit version for Linux, which I have verified works on my Debian Lenny LTSP server by simply copying libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins — with sound (which I was never able to figure out with running the 32-bit version with nspluginwrapper and pulseaudio).

Submission + - Sony Sued Over Linux Removal On PS3 (examiner.com)

zepo1a writes: Snip from article: "Court files reveal that Sony will appear in court on August 25th and September 1st, 2010 to face the charges brought against them. In a http://ia331218.us.archive.org/2/items/gov.uscourts.cand.226894/gov.uscourts.cand.226894.1.0.pdf seventeen page long case file, everything is carefully documented about the feature being touted as a key component of the PS3 and why it was unlawful to remove the feature from current PS3 units. In the case filing, the plaintiffs claims the removal of the 'OS' feature causes them to lose money and that Sony changed the system settings and more.

Submission + - Nokia announces new king of phones (nokia.com)

hallucinogen writes: The Finnish mobile giant has announced a new king of phones. Basically specifications wise it beats everything out there in everything (and it's not even intended to be a flagship model as its price is mere 370€). Nokia N8 will be the first of few Symbian^3 devices as Symbian^4 is set to follow early next year.

Submission + - AMD Phenom II X6, 6-Cores On A Budget (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "AMD is officially launching two six-core processors today, the Phenom II X6 1090T and the Phenom II X6 1055T. Although the new Phenom II X6 has two more cores than previous Phenom II X4 processors, the executions cores themselves are largely unchanged. However, with this new generation of processors, AMD is introducing a new feature dubbed Turbo Core. AMD's Turbo Core technology automatically increases the frequency of three active CPU cores by up to 500MHz, while inactive cores remained idle. Tests show the Phenom II X6 1090T performing in roughly on par with the Core i7 870 and Core i7 975, depending on the app, but the chip will retail for hundreds less."

Submission + - Google Chrome OS Rumored to Launch Next Week (washingtonpost.com)

Pasquina writes: An early version of Google Chrome OS is said to be launched next week. I'm sure we've all heard the same story before, but this time the Washington Post has picked up on it. They are aiming for the netbook market first, but will surely rival Windows and MacOS in the future.

Submission + - Microsoft to release Windows 7 Tool Source Code (technet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has confirmed the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool did in fact use GPL code and has agreed to release the source code under terms of GPLv2. In a statement, Microsoft said creation of the tool had been contracted out to a third party and apologised for not noticing the GPL code during a code review.

Submission + - Google OS Announced 12

shystershep writes: "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

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