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Submission + - Sveasoft Domain Dissappears

mache writes: After an absence of forum postings by sole owner and head developer James Ewing since early September, the Sveasoft domain now points to a GoDaddy.com parking notification — http://www.sveasoft.com/ . While subscribers were increasingly concerned about Ewing's absence, this new development increases the gravity of the situation and concern for the future of the Talisman firmware release. Sveasoft develops Wi-Fi router firmware for selected Linux-based routers including ones from ASUS, Belkin, Buffalo Technology, Linksys, and Netgear. For more information about Sveasoft visit the wiki at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sveasoft.

Submission + - Microsoft 'Invents' Game-Over Software Licensing

theodp writes: Microsoft's Open Value Subscription offering didn't get the warmest reception from Slashdot fans. Nor did the follow-up announcement of Albany, a planned MS-Office Subscription Service. Now comes word from the USPTO that Microsoft feels it deserves a patent for its 'invention' of 'Time-Based Licensing', which aims to make the traditional pay-once perpetual license model a thing of the past. Hey, if your customers were waiting nine years between OS upgrades, you'd try touting a three-year lease with a balloon buy-out payment, too!

Submission + - Major MMO Publishers Sued for Patent Infringement (maximumpc.com) 1

GameboyRMH writes: Maximum PC reports that major MMO publishers (Blizzard, Turbine, SOE, NCSoft, and Jagex) are being sued by Paltalk, which holds a patent on "sharing data among many connected computers so that all users see the same digital environment" — a patent that would seem to apply to any multiplayer game played between multiple systems, at the very least. Paltalk has already received an out-of-court settlement from Microsoft earlier this year in relation to a lawsuit over the Halo games.

If Microsoft can't fend off Paltalk's legal attacks, the odds don't look good for their latest group of targets.

Submission + - Wikimedia Italia sued for 20,000,000 Euros (wikipedia.org)

Sbisolo writes: Wikimedia Italia, the Italian chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, has been sued for 20,000,000 â together with its former president, Frieda Brioschi by Antonio and Giampaolo Angelucci (a father and son), allegedly because of some edits made to the Italian Wikipedia's Antonio Angelucci article, which they claim were defamatory to the reputation of both men.

More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Gianfranco/Wikimedia_Italia_sued_for_20,000,000_%E2%82%AC
In italian: http://punto-informatico.it/2708336/PI/News/wikimedia-italia-accusa-20-milioni-euro.aspx

Submission + - Lawyer demands jury stops Googling (itwire.com) 1

coomaria writes: So lawyers want to get juries to sign, on threat of prison, that they won't Google the case they are hearing. Apparently it could influence their decision, and only lawyers are allowed to do that, right?
The Military

Submission + - SOCOM wants psywar websites targeted at U.K. (725.be) 1

Agent725 writes: "The secretive US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has offered arms globocorp General Dynamics a contract of $10m to set up a network of psychological-warfare "influence websites". The websites should support the Global War On Terror. France and Britain are specifically included as "targeted regions".

A psychological operation (PSYOP) is the dissemination of information to foreign audiences. According to SOCOM: ...the dissemination of truthful information to foreign audiences in support of US policy. The activities are not forms of force, but are force multipliers that use nonviolent means in often violent environments. They rely on logic, fear, desire or other mental factors. The ultimate objective of US military psychological operations is to convince enemy, neutral, and friendly nations and forces to take action favorable to the United States.

So, who will spot these websites first? Give a hoot!"

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