in journalism parlance this is called "reheating a press release".
in extremely slow days, the journalist, in this case a slash dot editor, just gets a press release that are sent to newspapers in troves every day, and publish as an original article.
nowadays you can see the same paragraphs in several tech sites and blogs because they all just reheat the same press release.
it's exactly the kind of thing that makes regular news suck, and what made slash dot meaningful in the past. now that this reached here, we all can leave.