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+ - Google Launches Mobile Platform->

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Placid
Placid writes "The BBC website has an article detailing Google's release of their mobile/cell phone 'software stack'. The platform is designed to "speed up the process of making mobile services.". From the article:

The firm is working with four mobile manufacturers — Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG — but a Google branded phone was not announced.
[...]
Google's system will be based on computer code that can be openly distributed among programmers, allowing them to build new applications.
A development tool kit for working on the new platform will be released next week
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+ - Copyright Registrar speaks out on Fair Use

Submitted by Farwell
Farwell (666) writes "Ars Technica talked to Marybeth Peters, the US Register of Copyrights about Fair Use, and not surprisingly, her views on it won't be too popular with anyone other than Big Media. 'People don't really just want fair use, Peters says, they want to "crack a code in order to make fair use of content, but the content, for the most part, they can get in an unencrypted format. But they don't really want that."' Peters also takes aim at the convenience argument: '"Nothing says that fair use says you get to do it in the most convenient form, and the one that is preferable to you. Fair use is really about content, and you shouldn't be hacking through things to get the most convenient format."'"
Television

+ - Popular Mechanics: Top 10 HDTV Myths Explained

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monkeyboythom
monkeyboythom writes "Popular Mechanics has an article titled, "Top 10 HDTV Myths: Fact vs. Fiction, Hi-Def Style," explaining such things as the differences between 1080i and 1080p and why not all flat panel TVs are really HDTV ready. One of the biggest misnomers I've seen on some boards is this idea that HD cannot be recorded on regular DVDs. Gee, with all these myths put to rest, what's there left to argue about?"

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