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Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

Submission + - There are now more cell phones in the U.S. than pe (

zacharye writes: For the first time, the number of wireless devices connecting to cellular networks in the United States and its territories over the past six months has surpassed the country’s total population. A semi-annual survey conducted by the CTIA found that wireless subscriber connections now total 327.6 million while the population of the U.S. and its territories is now 315.5 million people. This means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. in now 103.9% according to the CTIA, marking the first time that wireless penetration has surpassed 100% in the U.S...

Submission + - Punchcards to iPads: The history of input devices (

MrSeb writes: "As we glide our fingers over the screens of our smartphones and tablets, or chatter to our computer instead of typing at it, it is easy to forget how far input devices have evolved since the first automated computing devices were introduced just over a century ago. After all, from the invention of the printing press in 1440 until the innovation of the paperback, and more recently the e-book, reading changed very little. From punchcards to Palm Graffiti to iPads, and whole lot more in between, ExtremeTech has compiled a history of every significant computer input device that is sure to bring back memories."

Submission + - Connecting Blood System Reverses Aging in Mice (

TechRev_AL writes: Fans of vampire fiction may be interested in the latest research to come out of Harvard University. A team led by Amy Wagers, a researcher at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Joslin Diabetes Center. connected the blood circulatory system of two mice and found that this reversed signs of aging in the older animal. As animals age the circulatory system reflects this decline--the number of blood-forming stem cells, which reside in bone marrow and generate all types of blood cells, increases. But, by connected the two mice, Wagers and colleagues found that the number of blood stems cells dropped, and the cells regained their regenerative powers.

Submission + - SPAM: It Is No Good Paying For Useless Software 'Vista A 1

yachtsman writes: Vista Antispyware 2010 is a tricky security application program that aims at computers running Vista Operating Systems. Vista Antispyware 2010 is installed onto target computers by using Trojans. Vista Antispyware 2010 generates a number of pop-ups, system scanners and warning alerts to frighten victims to buy it for fixing malware infections. VistaAntispyware 2010 was basically designed to hack users by persuading them to pay for a worthless program for removing fictitious computer parasites.
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Submission + - SPAM: And the Best Linux Desktop Distro of all is...

itwbennett writes: Whether you just want an OS that runs reliably, one that's easy to use, or one that loaths proprietary software as much as you do, there's a Linux desktop distro for you. And blogger Steven Vaughan-Nichols has compiled a handy guide to help you find it. You don't have to chant 'awk, grep, sed at a shell command prompt' to use Linux today, says Vaughan-Nichols (unless, of course, you want to ... there's a Linux distro for that too.)
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