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Submission + - US Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide (

westlake writes: In a ruling that is the court's most important expansion of marriage rights in the United States since its landmark 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that struck down state laws barring interracial marriages, the US Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
In the background of an unexpectedly liberal turn in Court, as seen by conservatives, is the growing power and influence of "the technocrat," by which they mean the dominant economic forces of the 21st century, Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.


Submission + - Apple Steps Up in Lodsys Lawsuits (

TwiztidK writes: Nine days after Lodsys sued seven little app developers in the Eastern District of Texas, Apple filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings.

If the court grants Apple's motion to participate as an intervenor, Apple has already submitted its answer to the complaint, and its counterclaim.

Lodsys can oppose Apple's motion to intervene. That may happen, but I believe Apple is fairly likely to be admitted as an intervenor.


Submission + - Apple tells Lodsys to shove it (

An anonymous reader writes: In what is undoubtedly a huge relief to iOS developers, Apple today issued an official response to Lodsys CEO Mark Small explaining in extreme detail that Apple’s license to Lodsys’ patents extends out to developers. Crafted by Apple’s General Counsel Bruce Sewell, the letter is quite aggressive in its tone and will hopefully scare off any other patent trolls looking to make a quick buck by targeting small developers without the resources to adequately defend themselves from what are often overly broad, if not downright inapplicable, patents.
Software 3.0 Is Officially Here 284

SNate writes "After a grinding three-year development cycle, the team has finally squeezed out a new release. New features include support for the controversial Microsoft OOXML file format, multi-page views in Writer, and PDF import via an extension. Linux Format has an overview of the new release, asking the question: is it really worth the 3.0 label?"

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