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Wikipedia

+ - Wikitravel dumps Internet Brands, Wikimedia to host fork ->

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jpatokal
jpatokal writes "Once pipped to do to Lonely Planet what Wikipedia did to Encyclopedia Britannica, Creative Commons licensed travel guide Wikitravel has languished ever since it was bought by a used car company in 2006. But the community has finally had enough: the Wikimedia Foundation has agreed in principle to host a fork, and pretty much all active users are jumping ship. Why did they do it, will the fork succeed and what's Internet Brands going to do about it?"
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Books

+ - Why E-Books Will Soon Be Obsolete->

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jpatokal (96361) writes "E-book digital rights management (DRM) gets a lot of press on Slashdot and rightly so, but the crippling brain damage of e-book formats and distribution extends much further than that. Charlie Stross recently predicted that e-readers like Kindle will be obsolete in 2-3 years, but will HTML5 and PDFs replace e-books themselves within five, and destroy the publishing industry as we know it in the process?"
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Censorship

+ - Wikipedia Sued By National Portrait Gallery-> 3

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jpatokal
jpatokal writes "The National Portrait Gallery of London is suing a Wikipedia user over his uploads of pictures of some 3,000 paintings, all 19th century or earlier and firmly in the public domain. Their claim? The photos are a "product of a painstaking exercise on the part of the photographer", and that downloading them off the NPG site is an "unlawful circumvention of technical measures". And remember, the NPG's taxpayer-funded mission is to "promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media [...] to as wide a range of visitors as possible"!"
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Red Hat Software

+ - Linux in every seat on the Airbus 380->

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jpatokal
jpatokal writes "Singapore Airlines will be rolling out the A380 "superjumbo" on October 26th, and a surprise awaits in the seat of every passenger: their personal Linux PC, running Red Hat. In addition to running the in-flight entertainment, passengers can also use a full copy of StarOffice, and there's a USB slot for importing/exporting documents or plugging in your own keyboard/mouse. Screen size is 10.6" (1280x768) in economy, 15.4" in business and a whopping 23" in first class. The system is already available on their current B777-300ER planes and will also be outfitted on the upcoming B787 Dreamliners."
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