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+ - Book: Fox News PR Used Sockpuppet Accounts To Rebut Critical Blog Posts->

Submitted by toadlife
toadlife (301863) writes "NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch's World that Fox News' public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments. A former staffer told Folkenflik that they had personally used "one hundred" fake accounts to plant Fox-friendly commentary. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account."
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+ - FreeBSD based PC-BSD Gets 'Acquired'

Submitted by toadlife
toadlife (301863) writes "PC-BSD, an operating system based upon FreeBSD 6 which is targeted at the desktop is now being "acquired" by privately held San Jose, Calif.-based enterprise hardware solution provider iXystems for an undisclosed sum. The new parent company for PC-BSD is expected to help further drive and support the adoption of PC-BSD.

"Well, we acquired Intellectual Property and Copyrights related to the development of PC-BSD and associated domains as well as the brains behind the operation," Matt Olander of CTO iXystems told internetnews.com.

"You can't really "acquire an open source project", but you can fund development, provide equipment and testing, etc."

Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project explained that technically PC-BSD also had a business side to it (PC-BSD Software), which owned the name and trademarks.

"However, critical aspects such as source and such will still stay BSD licensed," Moore told internetnews.com.

IXystems expects to recognize a return on investment from its acquisition of PC-BSD by helping to increase BSD adoption, distribution, and development of both PC-BSD and FreeBSD. Olander figures more adoption should eventually increase demand for certified and tested server and storage hardware platforms.

Here is the official press release from iXystems."

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