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Facebook

+ - Facebook to share private data-> 1

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tomhudson
tomhudson writes "If you're still looking for a reason to hate Facebook, allthingsd is reporting that Facebook has agreed to share users PRIVATE data with Politico.

Most notably, the Facebook-Politico data set will include Facebook users’ private status messages and comments.

every post and comment — both public and private — by a U.S. user that mentions a presidential candidate’s name will be fed through a sentiment analysis tool

Yes, they claim it will be anonymized. We've seen that doesn't really work in real life."
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Iphone

+ - SFPD police confirm they helped Apple-> 6

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tomhudson writes "The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that "Four San Francisco police officers provided backup to two private Apple investigators who were searching for an iPhone prototype that they say was lost in a Mission District restaurant in July."

CNet has the official press release from the SFPD

September 2, 2011
11-96

SAN FRANCISCO POLICE ASSIST APPLE SECURITY
WITH THEIR LOST PROPERTY INVESTIGATION

After speaking with Apple representatives, we were given information which helped us determine what occurred. It was discovered that Apple employees called Mission Police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item. Apple had tracked the lost item to a house located in the 500 block of Anderson Street. Because the address was in the Ingleside Police district Apple employees were referred to Officers in the Ingleside district. Four SFPD Officers accompanied Apple employees to the Anderson street home. The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item. The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house.

The Apple employees did not want to make an official report of the lost item.

Somehow I doubt that the average Joe or Jane Q. Public will be given 4 police officers to use as window dressing when they want to intimidate someone."
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Android

+ - Oracle's Android claims cut by 98%->

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tomhudson writes "Groklaw is reporting Oracle Ordered to Reduce Claims Against Google From 132 to 3. In a further ruling, the judge has ordered that 129 of those claims will be permanently barred against all past and current products. Additionally, the judge has asked both sides if, in their opinion, after they have reduced the number of claims, whether a trial is still worth holding, or if the case is now moot."
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Idle

+ - Computer opens unmanned store for holiday->

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tomhudson writes "The Walkato Times in New Zealand is reporting that someone forgot to tell the computer not to unlock the supermarket on the Friday holiday. "About half of the 24 people who came into the supermarket paid for their groceries using the self-scan service. The service stopped working after alcohol was scanned, requiring a staff member to check a customer's age before the system is unlocked."

The owner, Mr Miller, was quoted as saying "I can certainly see the funny side of it... but I'd rather not have the publicity to be honest. It makes me look a bit of a dickhead."

Rather than take legal action, Mr Miller is hoping that the people who didn't pay will do the right thing."

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Google

+ - SPAM: Google Offers now competes with groupon

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tomhudson
tomhudson writes "After failing to buy groupon earlier this year for $6 billion, google has launched Google Offers.

From the new service:

What will Google offer?
Google Offers BETA is starting in Portland, Oregon. Get 50% off or more at places you’ll love.

From the log-in screen, the initial cities are Portland, New York, and San Francisco. You can let google email you when your city is included by clicking the Don't see your city on the list? link. Even if you're not in one of the listed cities, you can still get a taste of what's ahead by subscribing to one or more cities.

So much for groupon's plans to get a $20 billion dollar IPO valuation."

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Caldera

+ - Groklaw declares victory, no more articles->

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tomhudson
tomhudson writes "Pamela Jones announced that as of May 16th, she will no longer be updating groklaw

"I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16.

I know a lot of you will be unhappy to hear it, so let me briefly explain, because my decision is made and it's firm. In a simple sentence, the reason is this: the crisis SCO initiated over Linux is over, and Linux won. SCO as we knew it is no more. "

For those who have followed the SCO crach-and-burn-fest, May 16th is Red Dress Day."
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Debian

+ - Debian, openSUSE, Arch, Gentoo and Grml merge-> 2

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tomhudson
tomhudson writes "debian, arch linux, opensuse, grml, and gentoo are merging to create a new distro:

We are pleased to announce the birth of the Canterbury distribution. Canterbury is a merge of the efforts of the community distributions formerly known as Debian, Gentoo, Grml, openSUSE and Arch Linux to produce a really unified effort and be able to stand up in a combined effort against proprietary operating systems, to show off that the Free Software community is actually able to work together for a common goal instead of creating more diversity.

Canterbury will be as technologically simple as Arch, as stable as Debian, malleable as Gentoo, have a solid Live framework as Grml, and be as open minded as openSUSE..

Arch Linux developer Pierre Schmitz explained:

Arch Linux has always been about keeping its technology as simple as possible. Combining efforts into one single distribution will dramatically reduce complexity for developers, users and of course upstream projects. Canterbury will be the next evolutionary step of Linux distributions.

This will without a doubt put pressure on Ubuntu."
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Communications

+ - Voice phone use dying, replaced by chat and email->

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tomhudson
tomhudson writes "The New York Times is reporting on an interesting trend "It’s at the point where when the phone does ring — and it’s not my mom, dad, husband or baby sitter — my first thought is: “What’s happened? What’s wrong?” My second thought is: “Isn’t it weird to just call like that? Out of the blue? With no e-mailed warning?”"

About the only people who insist on using the phone nowadays seem to be incompetent managers who can't describe what they want to say in an email (or don't want to document how stupid they really sound).

Ten years from now, will we all have ditched our cell and landline contracts for email, chat, and skype-enabled wifi handsets."

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Android

+ - RMS on header files and derivative works->

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tomhudson
tomhudson writes "In this email from 2003, Richard Stallman says

"I've talked with our lawyer about one specific issue that you raised: that of using simple material from header files.

Someone recently made the claim that including a header file always makes a derivative work.

That's not the FSF's view. Our view is that just using structure definitions, typedefs, enumeration constants, macros with simple bodies, etc., is NOT enough to make a derivative work. It would take a substantial amount of code (coming from inline functions or macros with substantial bodies) to do that.

This should help end the recent FUD about the Android "clean headers"."
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Microsoft

+ - Hotmail or Notmail?->

Submitted by
tomhudson
tomhudson writes "PC Magazine reports that many Hotmail accounts have lost all their emails. Users entire email histories have apparently been lost.

Users can still log in sans issue. However, they arrive at empty inboxes: No custom folders, no messages in "Sent" or "Deleted," nothing. As one might expect, the abruptness (and unexpectedness) of the purge has left some of Hotmail's long-time users a bit in the dark

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Google

+ - Linux distro dissatisfaction trends plotted-> 3

Submitted by
tomhudson
tomhudson writes "Earlier this month, slashdot ran a story using Google Insight to track linux distribution popularity. This showed that Ubuntu was more popular in search queries. Now, by extending the same methodology, we can see that Ubuntu also has the highest rate of user dissatisfaction — more than all the top distros combined. This year's trend is not complete, but it's a safe bet that it will continue to lead the pack."
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Java

+ - Java developers slag new JavaVerified process->

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tomhudson
tomhudson writes "Cell phone app developers using JavaME say the "new streamlined" process is still uncompetitive compared to other platforms.

As one poster writes, "after reading the pdf, it quickly dawned on me that old anti-developer ethos of java verified is here to stay ... The other platforms ranging from Apple to Android to Blackberry are extremely developer friendly. And they have got the mindshare despite Java ME’s market share dominance globally, Android costs 25 bucks and it offers a marketplace for apps. Apple costs 99 bucks and it offers a marketplace for apps. Blackberry is free (there are also paid memberships where they help sell and market your products to enterprise customers)and it offers a marketplace for apps. That’s the competition for java verified, and there’s no Java ME marketplace. There are of course app stores that have a hodgepodge of apps that also contain Java ME, but that is a fragmented market."

Or another poster: " I can’t see many people really biting on this. Seems like yet another scam to extort money from developers for a broken and dying platform. Java is not really the application development platform of the future anymore – that ship has sailed. With Java now in Oracle’s hands, the impetus to continue to with the language will fade faster than it is now.""

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