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+ - Apple Wins Again — ITC Rules They Didn't Violate Samsung Patents->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A preliminary ruling from the International Trade Commission today found that Apple did not violate four of Samsung's patents in the design of the iPhone. "The patents in the complaint are related to 3G wireless technology, the format of data packets for high-speed transmission, and integrating functions like web surfing with mobile phone functions." The complaint was filed by Samsung in 2011, and a final confirmation is due next January. Apple has similar claims against Samsung awaiting ITC judgment; the preliminary ruling is expected in mid-October."
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Facebook

+ - Odd Things You Find In Your Facebook Data Dump->

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jfruh
jfruh writes "Taking advantage of recent EU privacy rulings that apply to Facebook because the company's international HQ is in low-tax Ireland, Loek Essers managed to download all the data Facebook holds on him, and found some weird stuff. For instance, listed under his interests are two cities — one in Poland, one in Australia — that he's never heard of."
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Games

+ - First part of Black Mesa released->

Submitted by ProbablyJoe
ProbablyJoe (1914672) writes "The long awaited Source engine remake of the Valve's original Half Life has finally been released. The initial release only includes the story up until Xen, but the developers say they'll be adding the rest of the story, along with an online multiplayer Deathmatch mode, soon. The game is available to download for free, and only requires players to install the Source SDK (included with all Source games, or a free download.

The highly anticipated release has also caused a huge amount of traffic for any servers hosting the files, with GameFront, GameUpdates, and Black Mesa's own CDN brought down within minutes of the release. The project has also been approved by Steam's Greenlight program, and will hopefully be available through Steam soon, though no timeframe has been given."

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Open Source

+ - Red Hat Fights Patent Troll With GPL->

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jfruh
jfruh writes "Red Hat is in the middle of a patent lawsuit with Twin Peaks Software, which claims that a Red Hat subsidiary is abusing a Twin Peaks filesystem lawsuit. Now, Red Hat is launching an intriguing countermeasure: the company claims that Twin Peaks' own closed source software violates the GPL because it makes use of an open source disk utility that Red Hat holds the copyright no. Is this a smart move on Red Hat's part?"
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