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Submission + - Patent troll claims ownership of digital messaging (

An anonymous reader writes: Kootol, yet another patent troll, is going after everyone who make messaging software for violating their soon-to-be-granted patent, which claims they invented one and two way messaging in 2005. This is so mind numbingly stupid that I'm left speechless. Wouldn't e-mail mailing lists be sufficient prior art?

Submission + - Sabayon Linux 6 Review (

JimLynch writes: The last time I looked at Sabayon Linux it was up to version 5, this time around it’s version 6. Sabayon Linux is based on Gentoo and, as you may already know, Gentoo has not always been considered the easiest version of desktop Linux for non-technical users to install and use. Sabayon Linux does a pretty good job of making Gentoo available to those who simply want to install and use Gentoo without having to roll their own or otherwise deal with Gentoo’s potential headaches.

Submission + - Stop the Cloud, I want to get off! (

splitenz writes: Look, it's just the Internet, people. We don't need a new word to say that data is stored on a central server. Jason Cross can't wait for the day when "cloud" joins the dustbin of overused and meaningless technology marketing words, along with push, virtual reality, and multimedia. And he has plenty of good reasons why.

Submission + - Potential "Avatar" Gas Giant Exoplanet Discovered (

Luminary Crush writes: "A gas giant of approximately 1.5 Mj (Jupiter Mass) was discovered on October 22nd, 2010 around the binary star system HD 176051B. It's not known with certainty which component of the binary system the planet is in orbit around at this point as both stars in HD 176051B are relatively Sol-sized (1.07 and .71 solar masses). Named 176051B b, this new exoplanet orbits within the star system's habitable zone, and if mapped onto our solar system with relative distance from our Sun it would place the large planet between Earth and Mars.
While it's unlikely that such a gas giant could host life as we know it (though it's hypothesized), the location of the big planet opens up the intriguing idea of the realization of some of science fiction's famously habitable moons Pandora and Endor. Look no further than our own solar system to see moons with the potential ingredients for life — just add heat."


Motorola Sues Apple 176

rexjoec writes "Just a week after Motorola Inc. (MOT) itself became the target of legal action by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), it sued Apple Inc. (AAPL) for the alleged infringement of 18 of its patents. Motorola subsidiary, Motorola Mobility Inc. also filed patent suits against Apple in federal court in Illinois and Florida."

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