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Businesses

Submission + - CompUSA to Close All Stores 1

An anonymous reader writes: Mexican telephone and retail magnate Carlos Slim, in a rare defeat, will exit the U.S. consumer electronics market, shutting the last 100 CompUSA Inc. stores after sinking about $2 billion into the business. Gordon Brothers Group, a Boston-based retail store liquidator, will oversee a piecemeal sale of the Dallas-based business, the company said in a statement. Financial terms were not disclosed. Stores will remain open through year-end under the supervision of Gordon Brothers, which will also negotiate the sale of real estate and other assets. Two law firms were hired to represent creditors, CompUSA said.
Portables

Submission + - New: DIY Linux Cellphone Components (softpedia.com)

Rac3r5 writes: "I came across this news release via: Linux Devices. "Portola Valley, Calif., July 10, 2007 — Gumstix, Inc, today announced its integrated, open source cellular communications platform: the Goliath(TM)[PDF] line of expansion boards. The Goliath-vx board provides GPRS/EDGE function while the Goliath-GPS-vx board combines GPRS/EDGE and GPS. Each Goliath board attaches to a gumstix(TM) motherboard (verdex only) using a 60-pin connector and includes audio, LCD, touch screen, USB host, 3D-accelerometer, and battery management. General availability is planned for late July and the company will begin taking pre-orders at gumstix.com starting on 16 July."

I have been interested in designing my own cell phone for a while now and this seems like an interesting opportunity. Do any /.'ers know of any online DIY club that is working on designing their own cell phone? This seems like a good combination for OpenMoko"

XBox (Games)

Submission + - New Wing Commander Manual?! (wcnews.com)

Bandit writes: "Remember the good old days of video game manuals being pretend spellbooks or spaceship operating manuals? Electronic Arts has gone an obscure extra mile and released a full 64-page 'continuity' manual for their upcoming XBLA shooter, Wing Commander Arena. It's a futuristic magazine done in an early-90s style, full of fake advertisements, fictional travel guides, pilot interviews and the like... suggesting that somebody out there remembers the good old days of Origin Systems! You can find it as a free PDF download here."
Biotech

Submission + - Boeing Helping to Develop Algae-based Jet-Fuel (stuff.co.nz)

jon_cooper writes: Air New Zealand, Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation and Boeing are working together to develop and test a bio-fuel derived from algae. Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation began operating in May last year after it met a request from the local council to deal with excess algae on sewage ponds. Boeing's Dave Daggett was reported this year as saying algae ponds totalling 34,000 square kilometres could produce enough fuel to reduce the net CO2 footprint for all of aviation to zero.
Software

Submission + - Democracy Player is dead, long live Miro (last100.com)

MrSpin writes: "Democracy Player has relaunched today as Miro. Developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation, Miro aims to make online video "as easy as watching TV", while at the same time ensuring that the new medium remains accessible to everyone, through its support for open standards. The open-source application combines a media player and library, content guide, video search engine, as well as podcast and BitTorrent clients. But why the name change? According to last100, who have published a full review and guide to Miro: "When Democracy Player launched back in February 2006, the feedback received was that the name evoked different, yet equally negative responses. For many Americans it conjured up an image of yet another left wing media project, and to the rest of the world it was, rather bizarrely, being associated with the policies of the Bush administration. In contrast, the new name is purposely abstract.""

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