Bellum Aeternus writes: According to ars technica, Microsoft has opened the source code to the.NET Framework libraries under a read-only reference license. Developers who want to check out the source code need only upgrade to the newly released Visual Studio 2008 to gain access to it. The article cites a Microsoft blog entry that states that Microsoft tried to address the concerns of some over the potential impact of viewing the source. It has made a small change to the license to specifically call out that the license does not apply to users developing software for a non-Windows platform that has "the same or substantially the same features or functionality" as the.NET Framework.
Bellum Aeternus writes: "Looks like the Universal Music Group of Vivendi is considering abandoning iTunes and the million of iPod owners that purchase music every year. Universal Music Group of Vivendi is demanding greater control and pricing power before it'll sign a new contract with Jobs and co. Who's more persuasive Steve Jobs or the world's biggest music corporation?"
Bellum Aeternus writes: From Blizzard's website: "StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.
"Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company's world-renowned gaming service, with several enhancements and new features to make StarCraft II the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game."