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+ - Red Hat and CentOS Partnership

Submitted by chill
chill (34294) writes "CentOS and Red Hat have announced they are forming a partnership. Some of the existing CentOS Core members are moving to take up roles at Red Hat, as a part of their sponsorship of the CentOS Project, allowing these people to work on the Project as their primary job function.

The groups will be working as part of the Open Source and Standards team to foster rapid innovation. The new initiative is going to be overseen by the new CentOS Governing Board.

CenOS has also unveiled a new website design."
Google

+ - Apple suit vs. Google over patent rates dismissed->

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chill (34294) writes "A suit by Apple claiming that Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, is seeking unreasonably high license fees for the use of patents on wireless technology has been thrown out by a judge in Madison, Wis.

Last week, Apple told the court it would pay up to $1 per device for a license to Motorola patents covering cellular and Wi-Fi technologies. Motorola Mobility was arguing for a royalty payment of 2.25 percent on each device."

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Moon

+ - 1st Video of Moon's Far Side->

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chill (34294) writes "A gravity-mapping spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed home its first video of the lunar far side — a view people on Earth never see. Because the moon is tidally locked with Earth, it only presents one face to the planet's surface (the near side). The side of the moon that faces away from Earth is the far side. Only robotic spacecraft and Apollo astronauts who orbited the moon in the 1960s and 1970s have seen the far side of the moon directly."
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Privacy

+ - Supreme Court say Warrant Required for GPS Trackin->

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chill (34294) writes "The SCOTUS ruled unanimously Monday the authorities need a probable-cause warrant from a judge to affix a GPS device to a vehicle and monitor its every move.

“We hold that the government’s installation of a GPS device on a target’s vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movements, constitutes a ‘search,’” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote.

A shorter summary is available at the Washington Post."

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KDE

+ - Qt Open Governance Model->

Submitted by chill
chill (34294) writes "Over the past year the Qt Developers have been working to sort out how they can make development of Qt even more inclusive and open. After exploring various options, they are now almost ready to go live with the new solution.

It’s taken a little longer than expected, but they are now very close to move hosting of Qt to a new domain: qt-project.org. The domain will be owned by a non-profit foundation whose only purpose is to host the infrastructure for the Qt project.

Many more details of the changes are available at Lars Knoll's blog, Daniel Kihlberg's blog as well as the Open Governance Model wiki."

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Government

+ - Private planes, private no more-> 3

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chill (34294) writes "The Department of Transportation, which used to allow anyone with a private plane to choose not to have their flight plans made available for public consumption, has decided to eliminate that option. So if you want to snoop into someone else's travel itinerary, you can do it. [Note: The filing of general aviation flight plans with air traffic control is strictly voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Their primary use is if the pilot doesn't arrive within an hour of schedule, where to start looking for the wreckage.]"
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Science

+ - Huge Underground River Below Amazon Found->

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chill (34294) writes "Researchers at the department of geophysics of the Brazil National Observatory have showed evidence of the existence of an underground river that flows 13,000 feet beneath the Amazon.

The width of the newly-named Hamza is said to be 3,700 miles long, flowing 13,000 feet below the Amazon. Both rivers flow from west to east, but the Hamza flows at only a fraction of the speed of Amazon."

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Space

+ - 'Instant cosmic classic' supernova discovered->

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chill (34294) writes "A supernova discovered yesterday is closer to Earth—approximately 21 million light-years away—than any other of its kind in a generation. Astronomers believe they caught the supernova within hours of its explosion, a rare feat made possible with a specialized survey telescope and state-of-the-art computational tools."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft To Buy Nokia Handset Business?->

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chill (34294) writes "According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has struck a deal to purchase Nokia’s mobile phone business for $19 billion.

After a dismal 2nd Quarter financial report on Tuesday caused Nokia's share price to drop to 11-year lows, the rumor sparked a brief rally.

Is Microsoft finally getting into the handset business and how will their handset partners like it?"

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The Matrix

+ - Neuromancer Movie Deal-> 1

Submitted by chill
chill (34294) writes "After years in development a film adaptation of William Gibson's seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer is finally moving forward. According to a press release, the film has secured sales from distributors at Cannes and visual effects work has already begun. Filming will begin in 2012 with locations in Canada, Istanbul, Tokyo, and London."
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+ - Britannica Mangles Entry on Irish Civil War->

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chill (34294) writes "Back in 2005 Robert McHenry, former Editor in Chief of Encyclopedia Britannica, published a critique of Wikipedia. One of his main points was the lack of reliability and citing the article on the birth of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, as an example. McHenry went on to extol the virtues of professional editors and subject-matter experts and the overall superiority of the Britannica method. It makes you wonder how they then got their article on the Irish Civil War so wrong and it survived for so long.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. apologized Wednesday for mangling the history of the Irish Civil War, a longtime screw-up detected only this year when an Internet version of the reference book was supplied to Ireland's 4,000 schools.

The original Slashdot discussion and a follow-up rebuttal article are provided for reference."
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