writes: Well, it's finally happened — Microsoft's acquisition of Skype has just been finalized, a little more than five months after it was first announced. Under the $8.5 billion deal, Skype CEO Tony Bates will be named president of the new Skype Division of Microsoft, and will have to report directly to Steve Ballmer.
In a post on the Official Microsoft Blog today, Bates seemed unsurprisingly enthusiastic about the acquisition, describing it as a marriage of two "disruptive, innovative, software-oriented companies. Microsoft is committed to the ubiquity of the Skype experience – communication across every device and every platform will remain a primary focus," Bates wrote. "And we've only scratched the surface."
Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/14/microsoft-finalizes-acquisition-of-skype-tony-bates-shares-his/Link to Original Source
writes: Looking for a free game to play this weekend? Saving your pennies for the Big Names coming out in the next couple of months? Like a bit of old-school shooting? If the answer’s yes to any of those questions, then you may like to take a look at Alien Arena.Link to Original Source
A beautiful mind
writes: It has been long claimed by users that Firefox leaks memory, and on the other hand the developers claimed the number of leaks are minimal. It turns out both groups were right. Stuart Parmenter, one of the authors of the RAMBack extension started investigating and found out that the issue is memory fragmentation. He discovered that while loading about:blank uses 12,589,696 bytes of memory in the test he performed (image), after exercising Firefox with different websites and then clearing the caches with the help of the RAMBack extension the picture is wholly different: "Our heap is now 29,999,872 bytes! 16,118,072 of that is used (up 4,634,208 bytes from before... which caches am I forgetting to clear?). The rest, a whopping 13,881,800 bytes, is in free blocks!"Link to Original Source
writes: The BBC reports that the XO '$100 laptop' is to be sold to the American public in November. The laptop in question is a waterproof machine which can be powered by solar, foot-pump or pull-string chargers. It will be sold under a scheme called G1G1, or "Get 1 Give 1". For $399 an American consumer will be able to buy two of the laptops, with one being sent to them and the other being donated to a needy child in the Third World. But don't blink, because the program will only be open for 2 weeks.
writes: Those fun people at OpenOffice.org have released version 2.3. Loads of new features to drool over.
From the OOo site:
Available for download now, OpenOffice.org 2.3 incorporates an extensive array of new features and enhancements to all its core components, and protects users from newly discovered security vulnerabilities. It is a major release and all users should download it.
Plus: It is only with 2.3 that users can make full use of our growing extensions library.
writes: The beta of Apple's forthcoming Safari 3 web browser, which for the first time will
have Windows version, has been updated again. Safari 3.0.2 for Windows patches
vulnerabilities in the first beta version, tightens launch times and improves the quality
of text display. Among the security holes is a vulnerability that may enable an attacker
to disguise the address bar, which opens the possibility of a user being tricked into
visiting a phony site and providing confidential information, according
to security experts.