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+ - Sign of the apocolypse? The Pope joins Facebook->

Submitted by A.B. VerHausen
A.B. VerHausen (987921) writes "Vatican City launched a new interactive Web site today, complete with iPhone and Facebook apps. Apparently, the Pope is trying to find and connect with his followers by using social media tools to engage them. Now it's possible to friend the Pope on Facebook, but can you throw a sheep at him, too?"
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Security

+ - Spot-On Security Tips for Mac OS X Leopard

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes "Mac OS X is generally unappealing to malicious hackers. But since its popularity is bound to attract notice from the bad guys, writes Lisa Morgan for CIO.com in Spot-On Security Tips for Mac OS X Leopard, the new version of Apple's operating system sports several security features that users and IT departments should know about."
GNOME

+ - Weigh in on the OOXML issue during live debate

Submitted by lisah
lisah (987921) writes "Linux.com's Robin 'Roblimo' Miller will moderate a live debate Wednesday, December 5, between the GNOME Foundation's press officer Jeff Waugh and fair competition advocate Roy Schestowitz. Both have strong — and opposing — points of view regarding GNOME's involvement with Microsoft's OOXML standard and vehemently defend their positions, so getting them together in the same virtual room ought to prove quite interesting.

Although the broadcast will be archived as a podcast and available for free download, you can listen live as it's recorded and also call in to participate and ask questions."
Media

+ - Forbes' Dan Lyons wants to be BFF with Linux

Submitted by Anastasia Beaverhousen
Anastasia Beaverhousen (987921) writes "In what many will consider either a total change of heart (or complete BS), Forbes columnist Dan Lyons was caught on video at a recent conference professing his undying love for Linux. The words, "pry it out of my hands at gunpoint" were even used at one point. Oh, and he also let the world know that he isn't sleeping with Stallman. We can all exhale now."
Linux Business

+ - Shuttleworth Makes Up Usage Statistics on the Spot-> 2

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Dr. Smoove
Dr. Smoove writes "At one point in Mid-October, Shuttleworth says they have in excess of six million users. A little less than a year ago, in December 2006, Shuttleworth claims they have *at least* 8 million users. So either Ubuntu has lost a couple million users, or Shuttleworth pulls his numbers out of a hat."
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Software

+ - Channel Spielberg for free with Kino

Submitted by lisah
lisah (987921) writes "As people run around buying expensive video editing software like Final Cut and Premiere, they often overlook Kino, an open source — and free — tool that's just as good. According to a review at Linux.com, it may still have a few rough edges but unless you're creating the next multi-million dollar blockbuster, chance are it will suit you just fine."
The Courts

+ - GPL suit against Monsoon MM not settled after all

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lisah
lisah writes "Though it was reported yesterday that Monsoon Multimedia and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) had reached an agreement to settle their GPL differences out of court, SFLC's legal director Daniel Ravicher confirmed to Linux.com that they are only at the discussion phase of being able to work things out. Though the SFLC says letters to Monsoon requesting that they stop unlawfully distributing BusyBox code went unanswered, Monsoon chairman and COO Graham Radstone says the company, 'always intended to comply with all open source software license requirements.'"
America Online

+ - AOL pokes Flickr and YouTube with new service

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lisah
lisah writes "AOL jumped into the personal media management arena with both feet when they launched BlueString yesterday. Part Flickr, part YouTube, and part iLife, the new service lets users upload and store up to 5 GB of media for free (or up to 50 GB for $99 per year), then make movies, mashups, and even collaborate on projects with other users. For a project that's still in beta, it's already got a number of other useful features to boot. Is AOL finally shedding its 'walled garden' image? Seems so."

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