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Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Apple's European partners for iPhone

shilly writes: The Grauniad is reporting that Apple in on the verge of choosing its European partners. It looks like O2 / Telefonica for the UK and Spain, T-Mobile for Germany, and Orange / France Telecome for the French. Retailers apparently lost out to the operators in their bid for direct sales.
Power

Submission + - New flat screens less efficient than the old CRT (bbc.co.uk)

Alioth writes: "The BBC is reporting that our new gadgets are considerably less efficent than the old. The common opinion is our old analogue CRT televisions were huge energy sinks, and the flat screens replacing them much more efficient, but this is being wiped out by buying much larger flat screen TVs that use up to three times more power than an older CRT television. The same article shows in a graph how the larger flat screens use more power than a same-sized CRT. I think I'll keep my big (high quality) Sony CRT for quite a bit longer."
Linux Business

Submission + - Why the Dell/Ubuntu deal Won't Improve Linux's Mar (earthweb.com)

jammag writes: This article from Datamation, Why the Dell/Linux Deal Won't Improve Linux's Market Share, talks about Dell's lack of free phone support for Ubuntu, and other problems that will hamper the release. The number of offerings is also limited — then there's a Microsoft competitive angle (Dell is beholden to the Redmond mother ship) that doesn't help.
Google

Submission + - Google defends privacy record, gets help

netbuzz writes: "Having been accused by a watchdog group of being the worst thing to happen to personal privacy since mom read your diary, Google is rising up to defend itself. Matt Cutts, the head of Google's Webspam team, waxes indignant on his blog. And industry watcher Danny Sullivan says Google and Cutts have a legitimate beef.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1608 7"
Portables

Submission + - Asus announces $189-Laptop

rustalot42684 writes: Asus has revealed a reference design for a $189 laptop, called the 3ePC at Computex. The laptop is running a custom version of Linux, has 512 MB of RAM, a 2GB solid-state drive, and an unknown processor. It will also come with 'an office suite compatible with MS Office', though Asus refused to confirm if this meant OpenOffice. There will also be a $299 version, but it unclear what the difference between the two will be.
OS X

Submission + - ZFS on Mac announced by Sun CEO

An anonymous reader writes: Mac Rumors reports Sun CEO Schwartz announced that

In fact, this week you'll see that Apple is announcing at their Worldwide Developer Conference that ZFS has become the file system in Mac OS 10.
They have a link to the video as well. On StorageMojo Robin says

Jonathan is wrong, of course, but it was sweet of him to say it
Sources that have seen the latest candidate builds tell me that if ZFS is in there it is pretty well hidden. I'll stick to my prediction that Apple, as with HFS+, will put ZFS on OS X Server first before bringing it out later for the great unwashed.
I guess we'll know more next week.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - ZFS To Become Default File System In Leopard (macrumors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Posted on macrumors.com:
Perhaps overcome with excitement (and forgetting that Apple doesn't like such pre-emptive disclosures), Sun's Jonathan Schwartz announced today at Sun event in Washington D.C. that Apple would be making ZFS "the file system" in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard (video link, requires RealPlayer).

Quote: In fact, this week you'll see that Apple is announcing at their Worldwide Developer Conference that ZFS has become the file system in Mac OS 10. Rumors of Apple's interest in ZFS began in April 2006, when an OpenSolaris mailing list revealed that Apple had contacted Sun regarding porting ZFS to OS 10. The file system later began making appearances in Leopard builds.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Treating Downloads Like Drug Deals

theodp writes: "Gigi B. Sohn takes a look at recent DOJ proposals on digital copyright protection, which she says put violators in the same league as terrorists and criminals. Seeing criminals everywhere, the DOJ calls for seizures of computers for 'attempted copyright infringement' and even enlisting the Border Patrol to crack down on the importing of 'sounds and images of a live musical performance.' What's next? Withholding funding from universities that don't police their networks?"
Businesses

Submission + - Dell IS offering complete hardware support

somegeekynick writes: According to this DesktopLinux.com article, a Dell spokesperson has stated that, "Due to an ordering system glitch during the weekend, we inadvertently removed extended warranty and CompleteCare options from our 'configurator.' We're working to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible and those options will be reinstated this afternoon [June 5]. If customers ordered systems when extended warranties weren't available, they will have the option of upgrading at the original price. There will be more details on that program soon."
GNOME

Submission + - Linus' patch is in Metacity 2.19.8 (gnome.org)

deadowl writes: Linus Torvalds' patch is in Metacity 2.19.8, an unstable release of Metacity. Hopefully it will stay around. Apparently the release is mostly about cleaning up RTL (right to left text) support. I guess that's good for those who go by Hebrew or Arabic. Still, Linus' patch for configuration of titlebar actions is what makes this release an eye-catcher because of what happened earlier this year.
Microsoft

Submission + - Schools ordered to drop MS Office from Macs

Repton writes: "Microsoft has asked the Education Ministry to pay a licence fee for all copies of Microsoft Office being used on Macintoshes in New Zealand schools. The Ministry doesn't think this is cost-effective, and so it is asking schools to remove Microsoft Office from any Macs they have. Education Minister Steve Maharey suggets schools use NeoOffice instead, but some schools aren't impressed, saying that NeoOffice may be buggy."
Privacy

Submission + - 14-yr-old girl's self portrait stolen for porn DVD

titaniumdoughnut writes: "14 year old girl's self portrait stolen from Flickr and used as cover for porn DVD "Body Magic." TVX Films refuses to acknowledge infringement, claiming to have purchased the image from an unknown stock company and business partner of 25 years, and later blames girl (now 17) for putting her photo on Flickr in the first place. U.S. lawyers requesting £50,000 to take up case.

From TVX Films agent: "I'M SURE BY THE END OF THE MONTH YOUR FACE WILL BE HISTORY ... WE HAVE FURTHER CHECKED OUT YOUR NAME AND ITS NOT LIKE IT'S A HOUSE WHOLE NAME. ACTUALLY, REMOVING YOUR IMAGE WILL HELP IMPROVE THE SELL OF THE DVD..... SO FAR IT BOMBED ... AS FOR COMPSENSATION;YOUR SILLY!"

The DVD continues to be sold and marketed with the photo in question attached. DVD info claims that all models featured are over 18."

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