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Privacy

Submission + - Are the Pirates in the Vanguard of a New Politics? (computerworlduk.com)

E5Rebel writes: "The Swedish Pirate Party has secured a seat in the European Parliament. Its vote, 7.1% of the Swedish,suggests that there is something deeper going on here than a few bored voters choosing a joke party. The Pirate Party has just three basic policy areas. It wants to "fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected." Whether it is software, pharmaceuticals or just the right to live your life as you please, this is a breakthrough."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Is Buying Their Way Into Spanish Schools (opensourcereleasefeed.com)

volume4 writes: "HispaLinux is up in arms about the Spanish Goverment's announcement that Microsoft will be powering computers in their education system instead of Open Source and Linux after a, seemingly successful, paid for experiment run in schools in Aragon. Paul Brown, editor-in-chief, speaks his mind about the situation and why he believes there is more to the deal then meets the eye."
Data Storage

Submission + - Seagate's Hard Drive Woes Continue

cjjjer writes: "Back in January /. reported about Seagate's Hard Drive Fiasco and how it was a possible PR nightmare. Well things are getting worse, the community forum on Seagate's site has been a battle field of war cry's from flashing issues to problems with drives dropping out of RAID configurations after being flashed with "fixed" firmware. Of course there is the possibility of a class action suit being brought up against Seagate."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple To Hit 1 Billionth App Store Downloads (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "If there is any doubt as to the popularity of iPhone Apps, then the fact that Apple is about to mark the one-billionth iPhone app download should put any potential skepticism to rest. Apple estimates that over 929-million apps have been downloaded since the App Store first launched less than a year ago, on July 10, 2008. This means that from the beginning of the App Store's launch until now, an average of about 3.39-million apps per day have been downloaded; but as app downloads have been steadily increasing over time, the actual number of apps being downloaded now is at an even far-greater pace than that--which is estimated at over 5.1 million app downloads per day. Regardless of your perspective of the App store, the numbers don't lie and they're pretty amazing actually."

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