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Books

Submission + - Amazon Provokes Big-Time Ebook Rights Fight (fictioncircus.com)

Miracle Jones writes: "The biggest NYC agent (Andrew "The Jackal" Wylie) and the biggest NYC publishing house (Germany's Bertelsmann Corporation, also known as "Random House") are no longer doing business together, at odds because of a big-time fight about electronic rights. Last week, Wylie started its own ebook publishing company called Odyssey Editions in order to distribute backlist books exclusively to the Amazon Kindle. Random House, calling Wylie direct competition, has declared they will no longer buy books from the agency. Either way, Amazon wins."
Microsoft

MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want 453

jangel writes "While its strategy for mobile devices might be a mess, Microsoft has announced something we'll all benefit from. The company's patented design for battery contacts will allow users of portable devices — digital cameras, flashlights, remote controls, toys, you name it — to insert their batteries in any direction. Compatible with AA and AAA cells, among others, the 'InstaLoad' technology does not require special electronics or circuitry, the company claims."

Submission + - Google is wardriving (outflux.net) 1

extremescholar writes: I saw this while reading Planet Debian, acccording to Kees Cook:

So, a while back, Google started providing location services. This seemed pretty cool, but I kind of ignored it until recently when I was playing with my Android’s location API. With the GPS off, and no cell towers visible (my basement gets terrible cell service), my phone knew within about 500 feet of where it actually was. All I was connected to was my wifi.

Bottom line: it seems that Google, among other methods, is likely wardriving while photographing for Street View. They are now able to pinpoint wifi access points if they happened to see it while driving through your city.

I’m really rather astonished that no one is freaking out about this; I’m a bit unnerved. I implemented the location-of-your-wifi API quickly, so I could terrify myself further. You can do lookups via my location website too, if you want.

Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."
Software

Submission + - Skype For Asterisk

extremescholar writes: The folks over at Digium are now selling

Skype For Asterisk Single Channel

for $66.00 USD each. According to the description:

Skype For Asterisk is an add-on channel driver for Asterisk based systems. Adding Skype for Asterisk to any Asterisk server enables complete access to the Skype network, including low cost PSTN access and free calling to over 440+ million Skype users.

It can be bought at their store here.

Linux Business

Submission + - Skype For Asterisk beta software

extremescholar writes: On the Digium site, the last mention of Skype for Asterisk is in the Skype For Asterisk Update. At the end, there is a note stating that

We are pleased to announce the open beta of Skype For Asterisk is ready to begin and we look forward to you participation. To obtain your copy of the software, please visit Digium's web store and purchase (for zero dollars) the Skype For Asterisk product... The beta version of software and license keys will only be available for download through August 7th. License keys will expire on August 31st.

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