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+ - The Guardian nominates 20 fighters for internet freedom->

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solferino writes "As part of their week long series on the Battle for the Internet, the Guardian newspaper has compiled a list of 20 people who they consider champions of the open internet and fighters for freedom online.

But have they picked the best twenty? If you don't agree with some of their choices or believe they have missed someone who is essential to the list, you can make your opinion known here."

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The Almighty Buck

+ - Conde Nast purchases Ars Technica->

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solferino writes "TechCrunch is reporting that Condé Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica. The site will become part of Wired Digital (Wired.com, Reddit) which in turn is under CondéNet. The acquisition price will not be disclosed, but sources say it is in the $25 million range, which is what Condé Nast paid for Wired.com in 2006. No official word yet, but the rumor is confirmed by an entry on the Wired blog."
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+ - City of Paris distributes free software on USB

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solferino writes "The Paris city government has begun distributing 220 thousand flash drives containing free software to teachers and students. The free 1GB drives come with Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice.org and some other packages. Space is also left on the drive for storage. This initiative empowers users by providing them with their own personalised free software computing environment to use on library or institutional computers."

+ - Xena: Archive software using open formats

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solferino writes "The National Archives of Australia has released Xena under GPL2. Xena detects the file format of digital objects and, where necessary, converts these objects into open formats. They define an open standard as 1) Full specification available without restriction, 2) Community developed, 3) Multiple implementations and 4) No licensing constraints. The list of file formats they detect and convert includes MS Word docs (converted to ODF). Their aim, as befits an archive, is the long term preservation of digital records."

All the simple programs have been written.