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Submission + - Google's Death at Indiana U. Highly Exaggerated?

msmoriarty writes: Looks like earlier reports of Indiana University dropping Google in favor of people-driven ChaCha search (as featured in this Slashdot item from Saturday) weren't exactly accurate. This afternoon the university's Vice President of Technology Brad Wheeler told a reporter from that Google isn't going anywhere — at least not yet. From the article:

"...the deal with ChaCha is not an exclusive one, but one involving a variety of technologies, including ChaCha and Google. Reports have stated that IU planned to drop Google entirely from its technology repertoire; this is not the case, as the university continues to run searches off its Google Search Appliances, and a decision has not yet been made as to whether Google will be dropped from the mix or not.

Wheeler indicated that the university will likely reevaluate the use of Google Search Appliances in about a year when its current licenses expire.

Submission + - MSNBC caves in to pressure from China 1

An anonymous reader writes: Two days ago I found a news story about recent arrests of protesters in China via searching for "Tibet" on MSNBC. Today I went back to look at it again, and there is no evidence such a story ever existed on MSNBC, yet the story is easily found on other news sites:

Never mind whether you care about the Tibet issue, this apparent quiet censorship by Microsoft/NBC, no doubt as a result of China's constant pressure to paint a happy picture for the Olympics makes MSNBC a sham as a news organization. Maybe it's a bad idea for a media outlet to be in bed with a large US corporation that sees China as a huge growth market? Ya think?

Amusingly, I also just noticed you also cannot create a Hotmail account with the phrase "tibet" in it.

Submission + - Team to Use PS3,YDL in DARPA Urban Challenge

fistfullast33l writes: "While the PS3's Linux distribution has taken some hits for running inside a hypervisor that limits access to some hardware, the Axion Racing team has announced they will be using a PS3 running Yellow Dog Linux in their entry for the DARPA Urban Challenge in November 2007. "We felt having cars drive themselves was getting a little too easy, so we threw the Sony PlayStation into our bag of tricks," joked Bill Kehaly, Axion Racing's team leader. The PS3 will be in charge of examining information from an RGB road finding camera, and will be utilizing the Cell processor's multithreading capabilities to do so."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Man Goes Through Vasectomy to Get iPhone (

An anonymous reader writes: Weird, weird, weird! A Gizmodo reader called Mr. Johnson (yes, apparently it's his name) underwent a vasectomy to get an Apple iPhone, following wife's orders after a roadtrip with his kids to Boise, Colorado. But fear not, dear readers-with-your-manly-parts-still-intact, because his amazing tale of heroic Apple fandom doesn't include any Bobbit-style genital violence. Keep reading to know why and the — strange — happy finish.

Submission + - BitTorrent 6.0 beta closed source, Windows only

makomk writes: The BitTorrent (Mainline) 6.0 beta has been released, and it's a rebranded version of uTorrent. Unfortunately, it's also closed source and Windows-only. (Apparently, BitTorrent Inc always planned that the next version of Mainline would be closed-source, even before they decided to base it on uTorrent.) It also comes with a mysterious content delivery system called BitTorrent DNA, which appears to consist of a single invisible background task, dna.exe.

Does the original, open source BitTorrent client have a future, or is it time for its users to switch to one of the many other BitTorrent clients?

Submission + - NeoOffice Accepting Feature-Specific Donations

Eon writes: The NeoOffice project recently announced that it will be accepting donations towards specific features. For those who aren't familiar with it, NeoOffice is the port of to Mac OS X that aims to be more Mac-like and does not require X11 (unlike the official OS X version of OOo). The open source project has a limited number of developers, so the New Features Program will allow users to do more than request features only to see their requests be denied due to lack of resources. Each candidate new feature has an estimated cost, and if that dollar amount is met in donations by 14 June, 2007 then work will begin on the feature immediately. If the amount is not met, all donations towards it will be refunded, so the program is completely risk-free to those who donate. They are currently accepting donations towards support for the native OS X spellchecker, and the native OS X address book. There is also a forum where anyone can propose a new feature to add to the list. Is this the future of donations to open source projects? Have other projects tried similar programs? (Coral Cache links to 1, 2, and 3 above).

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