Elektroschock writes: Charles Schulz of LibreOffice praises Microsoft Ribbon and announces the creation of a LibreOffice interface innovation team led by Christoph Noack, a 'renaissance' of the OpenOffice.org Renaissance project.
Elektroschock writes: The European Parliament is fed up with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations. They want to talk up the Digital Chapter with Washington before an agreement gets finalised in the rounds following the Sidney technical meeting: digital market, internet freedom in the world, net neutrality, the right of privacy, common standards, transparency and the rule of law in relation to ACTA. The European Parliament is capable to deny consent, and EU members also represent a blocking majority to the agreement.
Elektroschock writes: In an unprecedented move with respect to other forks Oracle asks the founders of the Document Foundation and LibreOffice to leave the OpenOffice.org Community Council. Apparently there is a conflict of interest which concerns the Oracle employees.
Elektroschock writes: The second Wikileaks public spokes person, "Daniel Schmitt", told German news magazine DER SPIEGEL he left Wikileaks. He revealed his real name was Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a extremely unique name in Germany. Anke Domscheit-Berg is a German Microsoft open data lobbyist who commented on the usefulness of the Wikileaks project (German radio) in the past. Wikileaks incidents like the EU Open Source Strategy "leaks" or the pulled Microsoft Cryptome files case come to our mind. Apparently the US software company pulls more strings behind the scenes than observers previously suspected.
Elektroschock writes: The European legislature has decided to support the open document format as to advance electronic business. It asks the European Commission take concrete steps to support the adoption of ODF 1.2 and its spread. Open Document is an open standard implemented in the latest incarnations of Microsoft Office, Open Office, Google Docs, Abiword and many other products.
Elektroschock writes: A geocentrism conference makes a strong statement: Gallileo was wrong. They know it but they are hiding it. Friends of the hollow earth hypothesis will be excited to see Gallileo debunked.
Elektroschock writes: The European Union Commission wants to lower the barrier what qualifies as an 'open standard or specification'. This week an EU high-level minister conference would take in Malmö. Advocacy groups pressure for stronger proposals to overcome dependencies and promote true interoperability. Also Microsoft promotes open interoperability with eclipse.