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Submission + - PDF to Become an Open ISO Standard

An anonymous reader writes: Linux-Watch reports that Adobe has released the full PDF 1.7 specification to AIIM (the Association for Information and Image Management), with the intention that AIIM will begin converting PDF into an open, ISO standard. Interestingly, Adobe's announcement comes one day prior to the public release of both Vista and Office 2007, both of which implement XPS, once described as a PDF killer.

Submission + - Microsoft retracts Patent

Anonymous Coward writes: "Here is something you don't see very often, if ever, and it was done by Microsoft, nonetheless: they have retracted a patent application. The story was first brought to light by Slashdot on Saturday. Today, Jane Prey of Microsoft announced on the SIGCSE (Special Interest in Computer Science Education) mailing list: "Many thanks to the members of the community that brought this to my attention — and here's the latest. The patent application was a mistake and one that should not have happened. To fix this, Microsoft will be removing the patent application. Our sincere apologies to Michael Kölling and the BlueJ community. Jane Prey.""

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