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Submission + - Unix co-creator Dennis Ritchie has died (

Sodel writes: Rob Pike brings us the sad news of Dennis "dmr" Ritchie's death this weekend, after a long illness. His contributions to computing, most notably through his co-creation of Unix and the C programming language, are incalculable. With his passing, the world has lost one of the pioneers of modern computing.

Submission + - Details leaked on HP's Topaz webOS-based tablet (

StoneLion writes: TabletPCReview has a roundup of the latest details and rumors about HP's promised "Topaz" tablet, which will use the webOS operating system HP picked up when it acquired Palm. Among other things, Topaz promises inductive (wireless) charging, along with wireless picture and website sharing, audio streaming, music sharing, printing, and video streaming from a video dock to VGA or HDMI out.

Submission + - Google Might Leave China Over Gmail Hack (

circletimessquare writes: "The issue has been discussed on Slashdot before: does a US company do business with regimes with poor human rights records? Specifically, does an Internet company help such a government with restrictions on freedoms? What if the company's motto is "Don't be evil"? Now the issue has come to a head with Google discovering a highly sophisticated effort emanating from China to breach the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. 'David Drummond, Google senior vice president and chief legal officer, added that the attacks "have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China." Google has further decided it is no longer willing to continue censoring its search results in Chinese Google sites, Drummond said, and over the next few weeks it will discuss with the Beijing government how it may operate "an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all," he said. "We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China," he said.' Score one for human rights, and for Google's integrity."

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