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Submission + - MySpace lays off 47% of employees (cnn.com)

tgtanman writes: CNN reports that Myspace has announced that they have laid off 500 employees, 47% of their total staff. From the article, "MySpace's management kept most of the site's developers but gutted nearly every other job role, according to a staffer who survived the cuts ... 'Today's tough but necessary changes were taken in order to provide the company with a clear path for sustained growth and profitability,' CEO Mike Jones said in a written statement.'These changes were purely driven by issues related to our legacy business, and in no way reflect the performance of the new product.' "

Submission + - South Australian Political Speach Law Backflip (adelaidenow.com.au)

therufus writes: Earlier today Slashdot reported on South Australia outlawing anonymous political speech. Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, the very man who sponsored this, has now done a backflip saying "I will immediately after the election move to repeal the law retrospectively". He goes on to say "It may be humiliating for me, but that's politics in a democracy and I'll take my lumps".

Submission + - MySQL Founder fears 'Bait and Switch' from Oracle (ostatic.com)

ruphus13 writes: Monty Widenius has been a vocal critic of the Oracle acquisition of Sun, fearing for the future of MySQL. Now that the deal is pretty much done, Monty is very skeptical on the future, especially for the Open Source version of MySQL, and fears a 'bait and switch' from Oracle. From the interview, "It's clear that Oracle is in the game for the profit and it's in their interest to get out as much money from MySQL as they can over the long term. There will be less development of the Community version of MySQL. MySQL Enterprise will over time be only available as closed source and with a different feature set than the Community version. By keeping the price very low in the beginning for MySQL Enterprise, they will have a high conversation rate as it will be much easier to move to this than to another database. This will create an efficient lock-in and make it very hard for a MySQL 'fork' to survive or get traction, as it's almost impossible to keep things compatible. When Oracle finally raises prices, most users just have to pay..."

Submission + - SPAM: iPad a threat to national networks: Gov

designperfection9 writes: Government officials warned that the rise of Apple's iPad tablet computer could prove a threat to national infrastructure. The iPad, coming next quarter, could bring wireless networks to a standstill as new users swarm wireless networks, an Obama administration official warned this week. "Apple's iPad announcement has set off a new round of reports of networks overburdened by a data flow they were not built to handle," said Phil Bellaria, director of scenario planning for the federal government's Omnibus Broadband Initiative.

Submission + - P2PNet Silenced 1

Hodejo1 writes: Kazaa's Nikki Hemming could not take down P2Pnet with her libel suit back in 2006 that tried to hold the site fiscally responsible for slanderous posts made by a reader. The irony, of course, was that P2Pnet was mostly a supporter of Kazaa, which prompted The Register's Ashlee Vance to note at the time "The sound of the pigopolists laughing is unbearable" Four years later things turned bad for P2Pnet. On January 19th El Reg reported that the site's publisher Jon Newton was fast running out of cash, blaming it "on Big Music for shutting down two advertisers and for causing his other two advertisers to scale back." Yesterday, Newton shut P2Pnet down, silencing a vocal supporter of fair use and consumer rights.
Operating Systems

Submission + - World’s Smallest Operating system 5

An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever heard of an OS which fit inside a Floppydisk ? Maybe Not. But there is.It is known as KolibriOS. KolibriOS (also known as KOS and Kolibri) is a free operating system with a monolithic preemptive, real-time kernel, video drivers, for 32-bit x86 architecture computers, developed and maintained by The KolibriOS Project Team. Its only 2.4 MB in size.

Submission + - Smart Neuroscientist Stupid in Love 2

theodp writes: The mystery man who breached security at Newark Airport last weekend, shutting down a major terminal for six hours, is a mystery no more. Haisong Jiang, a neuroscientist-in-training at Rutgers who allegedly slipped under a security ribbon inside Terminal C to share a kiss with a woman before she caught her flight, was taken into custody by Port Authority police and charged with defiant trespass. Looks like sneaking past security to steal a kiss doesn't play too well outside of Love Actually.

Submission + - Sony, IMAX, Discovery to launch 3D TV Network (pcmag.com)

adeelarshad82 writes: In a surprising endorsement for 3D display technology, Sony Corp. of America, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corp. have announced plans to form a U.S. television network entirely devoted to 3D programming. The three parties have signed a letter of intent to form the unnamed venture, which is scheduled to launch in 2012. The new network is designed as a sort of carrot to lure buyers to purchase 3D-enabled TVs.

Submission + - Magneto Movie is Dead (examiner.com)

JamieIroc writes: Director Bryan Singer talks about his return to the X-Men franchise and development of other super-hero movies such as the fate of the much anticipated Magneto movie.

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