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The Internet

Breaking Open Facebook With FOSS 147

NewsCloud writes "Since last December, Facebook has grown from 12 to 47 million users and third-party developers have launched more than 6,000 applications with its API. While privacy advocates have been concerned about Google for the past several years, most of us are just beginning to comprehend Facebook's growing impact on who, when, what and how we connect with friends. Microsoft's recent $240 million investment in the company gives it all the capital it needs for further growth. Last August, Wired published two unusual stories describing how consumers might link together a variety of third-party services to emulate Facebook, and ultimately calling on the open-source software community to build alternatives to the service. Inspired in part by Wired, I've posted some ideas describing what would be needed for an open source architecture for social networking."
Google

Submission + - Google phone platform due out in mid 2008 (macworld.com)

dnormant writes: Google will come out in mid-2008 with a mobile phone platform that incorporates a variety of Google online services and lets outside developers create applications, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The goal is to make Google applications and services as easily accessible on mobile phones as PCs, so that the company can extend its advertising business to cell phones and other wireless devices. Google may announce its mobile platform within weeks, according to the Journal.

Enlightenment

Submission + - Original MST3K cast annouces new project (cinematictitanic.com)

Tempis writes: "It's going to be powered by the original cast of MST3K! Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein and yours truly (Joel), along with some friends who came along later to make the show great: the beloved Frank Conniff and the scathingly brilliant Mary Jo Pehl."
Microsoft

Submission + - Windows Server share growing at Linux expense? (itwire.com)

WirePosted writes: "An IDC report on new x86 server shipments in the US has created waves of joy at Redmond and howls of protest in open source circles. According to IDC, Windows is now growing its server market share at the expense of Linux, which has picked all the low hanging Unix fruit."
The Internet

Submission + - Make a viral video, lose your job

Raul654 writes: "Philip de Vellis, the author of the Hilary Clinton viral video was outed today on the Huffington Post. The company he works for, Blue State Digital, has now fired him as a result. Said Vellis: "I made the 'Vote Different' ad because I wanted to express my feelings about the Democratic primary, and because I wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process.""
Announcements

Submission + - Slashdot on Facebook

admsteiner writes: It seems weird that, with millions of Slashdot users pouring into the site daily, the Facebook group has a mere 150 members. What's the deal? Many Slashdot users no doubt use Facebook. And of course our favorite website should have similar popularity on today's most popular social networking site. The group is called, aptly enough, 'Slashdot Users' and can be found at http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=2204681522.
Education

Submission + - A Meeting with Jim Stone, DMCA Enforcer

EverStoned writes: "After receiving some copyright violation warnings from various notifying agencies, forwarded to me by Boston University, my school account was shut down. To get it back, I had to have a talk with Jim Stone, self-proclaimed "DMCA Enforcer." I think I might have been the first person to ever disagree with him.
It was interesting to me to see what he, a cop and a lawyer, thought of various copyright issues. He seems completely oblivious to the importance of the issue in relation to free human society, and cares only about it from a financial aspect. He claims that there are people like him in every school, so have any slashdotters in other universities ever dealt with these so called "DMCA Enforcers"?"
Music

Gifted Children Find Heavy Metal Comforting 585

An anonymous reader writes "The Daily Telegraph is reporting that intelligent teenagers often listen to heavy metal music to cope with the pressures associated with being talented, according to research. Researchers found that, far from being a sign of delinquency and poor academic ability, many adolescent "metalheads" are extremely bright and often use the music to help them deal with the stresses and strains of being gifted social outsiders."
Input Devices

Submission + - Optimus Keyboard's Price Off The Charts

Edis Krad writes: The Optimus Keyboard project blog has a recent update on the keyboard's release date, pre-order date and pricing. According to this post, it is planned to start shipping on late November / early December 2007, and they will start taking pre-orders later this month. Unfortunately, the price seems to be way over what they originally claimed (the price of a good mobile phone). At USD 1,490, it seems to be a very expensive geek toy. Personally, I rather use a 5 bucks, generic USB keyboard and buy me a very nice screen which I, ultimately, look at longer than I look at the keyboard.

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