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Submission + - Iranian Programmer Sentenced to Death (

An anonymous reader writes: Even with SOPA/PIPA, we forget how good we have it. An Iranian citizen has been sentenced to death for developing a piece of software that ended up running on a porn site. His crime? Insulting the sanctity of Islam. The worst part? He didn’t even know that the porn site was using his software.

Submission + - An Open-Source, Reverse-Engineered Mali GPU Driver (

An anonymous reader writes: Next month at FOSDEM there will be an announcement of a fully open-source and reverse-engineered ARM Mali graphics driver for Android / Linux. This driver, according to Phoronix, is said to support OpenGL ES and other functionality from reverse engineering the official ARM Linux driver. Will this mark a change for open-source graphics drivers on ARM, just as the Radeon did for x86 Linux?

Submission + - Wikileaks to sue Visa/Mastercard (

An anonymous reader writes: After 6 months of financial blockade by Visa and Mastercard, during which they claim to have lost over $15,000,000 in donations, Wikileaks and Datacell are filing a complaint against the two financial giants, with plans to litigate should the block not be lifted. Wikileaks stated, "On June 9th a the law firms Bender von Haller Dragested in Denmark and Reykjavik Law Firm in Iceland acting on behalf of DataCell and WikiLeaks told the companies that if the blockade is not removed they will be litigated in Denmark and a request for prosecution will be filed with the EU Commission." It has also been repeatedly noted that both financial companies still allow financial transactions by the Ku Klux Klan.


Mozilla Pitches Firefox 3.1 Alpha For July Release 257

An anonymous reader writes "Just a week after Mozilla shipped Firefox 3.0, the open-source developer has proposed ship dates for the next version that, if approved, would produce an alpha release next month and a final no later than early 2009. According to a draft schedule discussed at a recent meeting, Mozilla wants to have the first Firefox 3.1 developer preview ready by July, then move to a beta by August. The schedule slates final code delivery in the last quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2009. A month ago, when Mozilla first started discussing Firefox 3.1 internally, Mike Schroepfer, the company's vice president of engineering, said the upgrade's target ship date was the end of 2008. If Mozilla holds to that plan, Firefox 3.1 would be its first fast-track update. Firefox 3.0, for instance, launched approximately 20 months after its predecessor, Firefox 2.0."

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