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Here Microsoft is using their Desktop monopoly to boost their online search business and (this is the illegal part) restricting their monopoly product from using someone else's online search business.

That is incorrect. IE's search field is customizable; it defaults to Live Search but I can easily use Google, Yahoo, or whatever else I want. Google's issue is with Vista's desktop search through Explorer, which is currently tied to the indexing service built into Vista. It's easy to disable that service, but there's currently no way to tie the Explorer search box to another desktop search engine. Note that this has nothing to do with online search.

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Submission + - Apple threatens lookalike iPhone skins

BillGatesLoveChild writes: It's happening again! Tremendous excitement amongst the public seems to have followed Steve Job's announcement of the new Apple iPhone. People can't wait to get their hands on one, literally, so they've been turning to lookalike "iPhone skins" for their Palm and Windows PDAs. Apple isn't happy about this, and has threatened developers with violating their look and feel. Apple even threatened journalists who have printed pictures of the screens, warning them "the icons and screenshot displayed on your website are copyrighted by Apple."

What happened to "fair use"? Has Apple learnt nothing from their failed Look and Feel Law Suit against Microsoft? Is Apple risking it's cool image by repeatedly legally threatening anyone who looks sideways at them?
The Media

Submission + - Dinosaurs, humans coexist in U.S. creation museum

jlowery writes: Yeah, yeah: flamebait. But it's not the museum I find darkly amusing, it's the following paragraph in this Reuters story.

Mocking publicity is free publicity," Looy said. Besides, U.S. media have been more respectful, mindful perhaps of a 2006 Gallup Poll showing almost half of Americans believe that humans did not evolve, but were created by God in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
I long for the days when journalists aspired to the old-fashioned ideal of being guardians of the truth. Instead, media chooses to be 'respectful' of quaint pre-19th century theologic explanations of the natural world just because half of Americans would rather be spoonfed fairy stories instead of cracking open a science book. If they did, they would soon understand how the miraculous world they live in today is due entirely to men and women applying the scientific method to understand the world around them.

While the truth may be murky at times, that does not mean that every half-baked extreme point of view has to be given equal deliberation or respect.
Software

Submission + - SecondLife Open Sources Game Client

An anonymous reader writes:
In 1993, NCSA released their liberally licensed, but proprietary, Mosaic 2.0 browser with support for inline images arguably heralding the start of the web as we know it today. In an act of either acceptance of the inevitable or simple desperation, Netscape Communications released the bulk of the Netscape Communicator code base to form the foundation of projects as Mozilla, Firefox, and Thunderbird. We are not desperate, and we welcome the inevitable with open arms. Stepping up the development of the Second Life Grid to everyone interested, I am proud to announce the availability of the Second Life client source code for you to download, inspect, compile, modify, and use within the guidelines of the GNU GPL version 2.
As of Monday, January 8 2007, the game client for Second Life has become open source.

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