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Submission + - From litigation hell (SCO LOOSES) (

WillRobinson writes: Being reported in the Salt Lake Tribune and of course where we all been watching at Groklaw SCO's stock had dropped to a penny, guess they will sue the justice system for their drop in stock price. A federal jury Tuesday found that Novell Inc., and not The SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix computer operating systems used by many businesses. The decision ends a long-running legal battle between the two companies and between Lindon-based SCO and IBM. It also likely means the end of SCO, which already is teetering in bankruptcy court. Lawyers for SCO had contended Novell owed it millions of dollars for lost sales revenue and that it was due punitive damages on top of that. SCO claimed it lost as much as $215 million as a result of Novell's actions, which stretch back to 2003. After a three-week trial and closing arguments from each side before presiding Judge Ted Stewart, the jury filed out of the courtroom to begin deliberations Friday. The jury went home 4½ hours later and reconvened this morning.

Submission + - Way cleared for 'Hobbit' movie.

WillRobinson writes: From the Halls of Halla: Being reported by Ruters comes the news that a settlement has been approved, allowing the filming of the Hobbit.

Financial terms of the settlement were not released, but the author's son, Christopher Tolkien, said in a statement that as a result of the agreement, "New Line may now proceed with its proposed films of 'The Hobbit.'"


Submission + - Google PageRank Mentor Dies

WillRobinson writes: Being reported by the Guardian UK and many other sites is the accidental drowning of Rajeev Motwani who was a mentor to Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were PhD students at Stanford university.

Rajeev could not swim. His body was found in the pool of his home in Atherton, California, on Friday. Rajeev was 47 years old.

Sergey Brin blog was updated with his thoughts on it one of them was "Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it.

Submission + - Judge Kimble Rules on SCO vs Novell

WillRobinson writes: Being reported at Groklaw is the full account of the ruling. But in a nutshell SCO breached its fiduciary duty to Novell, converted funds, and so it has to pay. They will not receive the bazillions of dollars they were suing for, but instead pay Novell some money $2,547,817 plus interest probably. SCO had no right to enter into the Sun agreement, but it did have the right to enter into the Microsoft and other SCOsource agreements.
The Courts

Submission + - Patent Trolls File Suite on Redhat Linux

WillRobinson writes: Being reported over at Groklaw a patent holding company has filed suite against Redhat. Over multiple desktops patents. To us this is obvious, to the courts, well we will see, this may be what Ballmer was talking about in previously posted discussions here on Slashdot. IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state.

Submission + - Microsoft OOXML Maryland desires Input from YOU (

WillRobinson writes: While there is more information at, the state of Maryland is requesting, and actually reading emails about Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML specification (now Ecma 376) being proposed as an addition to their list of usable "open standards". I'm hearing that they are reading the emails and will take them seriously. If this is an issue you care about, you need to let them know how you feel in polite and informative emails before July 20th, 2007. They have received only 50 email's to date. I am very sure the slashdot effect, will set a new record.

Submission + - Hans Risers Wife's Lover

WillRobinson writes: A former lover of the missing wife of Linux programmer and accused spouse killer Hans Reiser has confessed to killing eight people unrelated to the case, prosecutors informed the defense last week. More about this at The trial starts on Monday.
Operating Systems

Submission + - SCO vs Novell to go first! IBM on back burner

WillRobinson writes: Judge Dale Kimball has affirmed judge Brooke Wells order throwing out most of SCO's claims against IBM, and in addition has put the whole case on the back burner till after the SCO vs Novell case is finished. You can read all the good stuff at groklaw

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