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Submission + - EU Upholds Giant Microsoft Fine (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The European Union's General Court has upheld most of a €900 million fine imposed on Microsoft four years ago giving a small discount to €860 million ($1080 million). The case dates back even further to EU demands that Microsoft cease abuse of its monopoly position through bundling Media Player, and open access to server APIs."
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Submission + - Spanish Basque --all government software must b open sourced and published. (h-online.com)

lsatenstein writes: The regional government of Spain's Basque Country has decreed that all software produced for Basque government agencies and public bodies should be open sourced. Joinup, the European Commission's open source web site, cites an articleSpanish language link in Spanish newspaper El Pais, saying that the only exceptions will be software that directly affects state security and a handful of projects which are being conducted in conjunction with commercial software suppliers.

Submission + - Google+ Officially Open to Teens (itproportal.com) 1

hypnosec writes: Google+ made a landmark move and opened itself to users who are over the age of 13. Google+ did not initially target the younger crowd and kept itself available only for users above the age of 18. Besides, opening up to youngsters over the age of 13 the social network also added improved safety features to keep the younger crowd protected. Now it features more rigid default settings for privacy but, they can be overridden none the less. Vice president Product management at Google+, Bradley Horowitz, in a Google+ post stated, "With Google+, we want to help teens build meaningful connections online. We also want to provide features that foster safety alongside self-expression. Today we're doing both, for everyone who’s old enough for a Google Account."

Submission + - Galaxy Tab to go on sale in Australia (brisbanetimes.com.au)

PigIronBob writes: The full bench of the Federal Court — Justices John Dowsett, Lindsay Foster and David Yates — today unanimously reversed a Federal Court judge's ruling last month that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 be banned from sale in Australia.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/tablets/samsung-tablet-ban-lifted-20111130-1o5rz.html#ixzz1fA1kqTZJ


Submission + - DARPA to Rip Up Dead Satellites, Make New Ones

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "DARPA reports that more than $300 billion worth of satellites are in the geosynchronous orbit, many retired due to failure of one component even if 90% of the satellite works just as well as the day it was launched. DARPA’s Phoenix program seeks to develop technologies to cooperatively harvest and re-use valuable components such as antennas or solar arrays from retired, nonworking satellites in GEO and demonstrate the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost. “If this program is successful, space debris becomes space resource,” says DARPA Director, Regina E. Dugan. However satellites in GEO are not designed to be disassembled or repaired, so it’s not a matter of simply removing some nuts and bolts says David Barnhart. “This requires new remote imaging and robotics technology and special tools to grip, cut, and modify complex systems." For a person operating such robotics, the complexity is similar to trying to assemble via remote control multiple Legos at the same time while looking through a telescope. "If you've got a satellite up there already, don't worry, this isn't going to be some illicit grave-robbing mission to create hordes of evil Frankensatellites," reports Dvice. "DARPA says the agency will make sure and get permission before it chops anything up for scrap.""

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