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Submission + - Microsoft finalizes Skype acquisition ( 1

suraj.sun writes: Well, it's finally happened — Microsoft's acquisition of Skype has just been finalized, a little more than five months after it was first announced. Under the $8.5 billion deal, Skype CEO Tony Bates will be named president of the new Skype Division of Microsoft, and will have to report directly to Steve Ballmer.

In a post on the Official Microsoft Blog today, Bates seemed unsurprisingly enthusiastic about the acquisition, describing it as a marriage of two "disruptive, innovative, software-oriented companies. Microsoft is committed to the ubiquity of the Skype experience – communication across every device and every platform will remain a primary focus," Bates wrote. "And we've only scratched the surface."


First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Free Linux FPS Alien Arena boosted to 7.56 (

dotarray writes: Looking for a free game to play this weekend? Saving your pennies for the Big Names coming out in the next couple of months? Like a bit of old-school shooting? If the answer’s yes to any of those questions, then you may like to take a look at Alien Arena.

Submission + - Subversion 1.7 released this week (

vinnyjames writes: "The Apache Subversion (SVN) open source version control system is out with its 1.7 release today. The new SVN 1.7 release adds new features such as HTTPv2 and WC-NG that improve performance and make version control more efficient for developers.

Available on a variety of different platforms at"


Submission + - Demonoid shut down by the CRIA...for good.

AnarchyAo writes: "As early as this morning, upon loading you're presented with the following:

"The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."

If there were any doubts of Demonoid and there problems with the CRIA, now it's impossible to see the kind of pressures they've been under since there site was last taken offline by the CRIA this past September 26th ("

Submission + - Firefox Memory Hogging Is Due to Fragmentation (

A beautiful mind writes: It has been long claimed by users that Firefox leaks memory, and on the other hand the developers claimed the number of leaks are minimal. It turns out both groups were right. Stuart Parmenter, one of the authors of the RAMBack extension started investigating and found out that the issue is memory fragmentation. He discovered that while loading about:blank uses 12,589,696 bytes of memory in the test he performed (image), after exercising Firefox with different websites and then clearing the caches with the help of the RAMBack extension the picture is wholly different: "Our heap is now 29,999,872 bytes! 16,118,072 of that is used (up 4,634,208 bytes from before... which caches am I forgetting to clear?). The rest, a whopping 13,881,800 bytes, is in free blocks!"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Apple issues warning on iPhone unlocking

daveschroeder writes: "Today Apple issued a statement which says, "Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed." This does not include "hacking" the phone to install third party applications or ringtones, only unlocking the phone. This is because unlocking changes the baseband radio firmware, which is expected to be updated along with the next iPhone update to address other issues. Apple adds, "This has nothing to do with proactively disabling a phone that is unlocked or hacked. It's unfortunate that some of these programs have caused damage to the iPhone software, but Apple cannot be responsible for...those consequences." While unlocking a phone is legal for an end user under a current DMCA exemption, the vendor is under no obligation to guarantee the phone will remain as such when official software updates are applied; many users of unlocked handsets simply never update the phone, but the iPhone is in a different category. It is likely that since the current unlocking mechanisms use a broader buffer overflow condition, this will also be fixed in the next software update.

Note to editors: the already-submitted story in the firehose is remarkably incorrect (has NOTHING to do with "hacking", just unlocking), so please don't accept it."

Submission + - '$100 laptop' to be sold to public

GiantHaystacks writes: The BBC reports that the XO '$100 laptop' is to be sold to the American public in November. The laptop in question is a waterproof machine which can be powered by solar, foot-pump or pull-string chargers. It will be sold under a scheme called G1G1, or "Get 1 Give 1". For $399 an American consumer will be able to buy two of the laptops, with one being sent to them and the other being donated to a needy child in the Third World. But don't blink, because the program will only be open for 2 weeks.

Submission + -

WibbleOnMars writes: Those fun people at have released version 2.3. Loads of new features to drool over.
From the OOo site: 2.3
Available for download now, 2.3 incorporates an extensive array of new features and enhancements to all its core components, and protects users from newly discovered security vulnerabilities. It is a major release and all users should download it.
Plus: It is only with 2.3 that users can make full use of our growing extensions library.
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia gets state funding in Germany (

tmk writes: "How can the Wikipedia be improved? The German government started today a project to train experts to contribute to Wikipedia. The goal is to write or improve several hundret articles about renewable ressources in the Internet encyclopaedia. The project ist funded by the German Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection. The German chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation is hiring a Wikipedian to coordinate the efforts."

Submission + - OSC threatten BBC over Microsoft tie-in (

FireFury03 writes: "After the BBC Trust approved the BBC's development of a Windows-only video-on-demand service in April, the Open Source Consortium is threatening the BBC with a complaint to the European Commission, since it gives Microsoft an unfair advantage and is not in the public interest. They have also complained to the regulator (Ofcom) and the BBC Trust comparing the situation to the BBC only making programmes that can only be watched on one particular brand of television.

As a licence fee payer, I feel that I should have the right to withhold a portion of my licence fee since the BBC obviously feels it appropriate to artificially restrict the content and therefore prevent a proportion of licence fee payers from legitimately accessing it. It is also interesting to note from the article that the BBC seems to consider supporting only Windows and Mac to be "platform agnostic", with no mention of other operating systems."


Submission + - More bugs found in Safari for Windows beta

Robert writes: The beta of Apple's forthcoming Safari 3 web browser, which for the first time will have Windows version, has been updated again. Safari 3.0.2 for Windows patches vulnerabilities in the first beta version, tightens launch times and improves the quality of text display. Among the security holes is a vulnerability that may enable an attacker to disguise the address bar, which opens the possibility of a user being tricked into visiting a phony site and providing confidential information, according to security experts.

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