BBCWatcher writes "Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports that the London Stock Exchange is abandoning its Microsoft Windows-based trading platform: 'Anyone who was ever fool enough to believe that Microsoft software was good enough to be used for a mission-critical operation had their face slapped this September when the LSE's Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day .... Sources at the LSE tell me to this day that the problem was with TradElect ...'"
Pickens writes "Long-term activists continue to be astonished with the power and speed of Web 2.0 tools to get their message out as tens of thousands of people in cities across the country turned out Sauturday in support of same-sex marriage in one of the nation's largest displays of support for gay rights drawing huge crowds from New York to Los Angeles, and hundreds of cities in between. Amy Balliett, one of the two original organizers of the movement, has organized local demonstrations and fundraisers in the past the old-fashioned way, with fliers around town and word of mouth but a week ago she decided to form "Join the Impact" to rally people around the country and set up a Web site on Friday, November 7. By Sunday night, it was getting 50,000 hits an hour and the server crashed, "which was a bittersweet problem to have," Balliett said. On Monday morning. Balliett got a call from Wetpaint, offering to build her a new site where supporters could add their own information about protest locations and times and in four days" Join the Impact" became Wetpaint's most-visited site with over 1 million views. "When I started this company, this is what I wanted to see," said Ben Elowitz of Wetpaint. "This generation of 20- and 30-somethings is so plugged in online that they're really learning to use online as a platform for organization and activism.""
eldavojohn writes "As soon as 2009, the well known and celebrated Stephen Hawking may be reaching higher altitudes than our admiration. From the article, "Famed quadriplegic physicist Stephen Hawking confirms that he's planning to take a zero-gravity flight this year — a weightless adventure that's likely to unfold aboard a specially outfitted Boeing 727 operated by Zero Gravity Corp. Hawking made the comment in a 65th-birthday interview published today in The Telegraph, a British newspaper. "This year I'm planning a zero-gravity flight and to go into space in 2009," he said.""
Ciar&amp;#225;n Mooney writes "The Pledgebank drive to get $10,000 raised for Project Nouvaeu is almost complete and currently only needs 199 people to sign up to finish. Started by David Nielsen, heres a link to his blog explaining what he hopes will happen. If it reaches completion then thats a big plus for the Linux community, not just for Project Nouveau but who ever said that you needed big company backing to get money raised?"