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+ - Oracle Sues Google for Infringing Java Patents->

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Bruce Perens
Bruce Perens writes "Oracle has brought a lawsuit against Google claiming that Google has infringed patents on the Java Language, presumably in Android. We don't have the text of the lawsuit yet. But there's a patent grant that should allow Google to use Java royalty-free. Has Google failed to meet the terms of the grant?"
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+ - Amazon Buys>

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The terms of the acquisition, which the companies announced Wednesday, were not disclosed, and Amazon said it expected the deal to close in the third quarter. .....

Woot, which is based in Carrollton, Tex., will remain there and continue to operate independently. Matt Rutledge, Woot’s chief executive, who is known for his irreverent sense of humor, explained his decision to sell to Amazon in a letter to employees.

“We think now is the right time to join with Amazon because, quite simply, every company that becomes a subsidiary gets two free downloads until the end of July, and we very much need that new thing with Trent Reznor’s wife on our iPods,” he wrote."

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Red Hat Software

+ - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta 2 released->

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Etcetera writes "Coming off the heels of Beta 1, released back in April, Red Hat has posted the next beta of their upcoming enterrprise release, including "an updated installer, new technologies and resolutions to many issues that were reported earlier in the Beta cycle." Full B2 release notes here, with updated versions of some of their other beta docs here. From their blurb: "The breadth of testing and quality of feedback that we are receiving has been impressive and we are grateful to our user community and our development partners for helping us create a solid enterprise-ready operating system capable of scaling to today's demanding workloads." Start your downloads here."
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Cellphone Radiation May Protect Brain From Alzheimers 254

Posted by kdawson
from the i-forget-why dept.
We've discussed cellphones and cancer many times. Here's a new angle: reader olddotter sends in a Reuters article suggesting that cellphone radiation may protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease. "At the end of that time, they found cellphone exposure erased a build-up of beta amyloid, a protein that serves as a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's mice showed improvement and had reversal of their brain pathology..."

C for yourself.