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Submission + - HTC Finally Releases Hero Source Code (phonenews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After months of prodding by developers, HTC has finally released the long requested Android source code for the HTC Hero. This follows up on a previous recent report on Slashdot concerning device manufacturer HTC's perceived stonewalling over releasing source code for the device after repeated attempts to initially obtain source were met with vague responses, which is covered here.
Space

Submission + - New Theory Explains Periodic Mass Extinctions

i_like_spam writes: The theory that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact, the K-T extinction, is well known and supported by fossil and geological evidence. Asteroid impact theory does not apply to the other fluctuations in biodiversity, however, which follow an approximate 62 million-year cycle. As reported in Science news, a new theory seems to explain periodic mass extinctions. The new theory found that oscillations in the Sun relative to the plane of the Milky Way correlate with changes in biodiversity on Earth. The researchers suggest that an increase in the exposure of Earth to extragalatic cosmic rays causes mass extinctions. Here is the original paper describing the finding.
Microsoft

Submission + - Massachusetts adopts Open XML (networkworld.com)

willdavid writes: "By John Fontana, NetworkWorld.com: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has added Open XML to its list of approved open documents formats. Critics of Open XML adoption, such as Andy Updegrove, a lawyer, Linux Foundation board member and Massachusetts resident, said Microsoft should not be "rewarded for launching a competing, self-serving standard as a next-best defense against erosion of its dominant position." Massachusetts officials acknowledged the criticism, but said the importance of open formats could not be denied. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/080107-massa chusetts-open-xml.html?page=1"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Google wins and loses in its 700 MHz wireless bid (salon.com)

fmanjoo writes: "The FCC just handed down rules for its auction of the 700 MHz band of wireless space. My Salon story describes how Google won its bid to let people use whatever devices and applications (Skype!) on the network. But the FCC denied Google's request for the FCC to mandate that carriers lease space to other wireless companies — meaning that it's unlikely the 700 MHz band will become a true alternative to DSL and cable Internet service."

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