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Submission + - Vizio releases TV with Google Chromecast built in (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s approach to Cast is similar to Android. Though subject to some licensing constraints Cast is fairly open for use by hardware makers and Google’s related business models aren’t tied to producing hardware. There would be little impact on Google’s revenues if after establishing Google Cast as a standard Google exited the $35 Chromecast business and left it to consumer product manufacturers.
Software

Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps 132

mrspoonsi writes One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don't. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store's iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps. "Before you develop your app, it's important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps," explains Apple on a new webpage called "Common App Rejections." Rejections include: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected; Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations or use names or icons similar to other Apps will be rejected.

Submission + - Operation Justice For Rehtaeh (ibtimes.co.uk)

murray_420 writes: Anonymous has vowed to release the names of 4 teens who participated and photographed the rape of 15 year old, Rehtaeh Parsons. Local law enforcement feels this is more of a "Community Issue" than a criminal case.

Submission + - Judge Slams Apple-Motorola Suit As 'Business Strategy' (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: Faced with an Apple vs. Motorola lawsuit that involves 180 claims and counterclaims across 12 patents, a judge in Florida has thrown up his hands and accused both companies of acting in bad faith. Claiming the parties' were engaged in 'obstreperous and cantankerous conduct', he said that the lawsuit was part of 'a business strategy that appears to have no end.'
Privacy

US and EU Clash Over Whois Data 67

itwbennett writes "ICANN wants to store more data (including credit card information) about domain name registrations in its Whois database, wants to hold on to that data for two years after registration ends, and wants to force registrant contact information to be re-verified annually — moves that are applauded by David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. The E.U.'s Article 29 Working Group is markedly less enthusiastic, saying ICANN's plans trample on citizens' right to privacy."
Canada

Submission + - Open Source could be half the solution to the Quebec's student protests. (ledevoir.com) 2

HommeDeJava writes: "Today, three professionnal associations which are promoting Open Source software join their voices to claim that use of Open Source software could cover half the increase of tuition fees and put and end to the student's crisis in Québec. (http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/351050/logiciels-libres)

Since more than 100 days Québec, about 150,000 students, roughly one-third of Quebec's post-secondary student population, are boycotting their courses and manifesting against increasing tuition fees and political corruption.
( http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Quebec+student+protests+what+keeping+them+motivated/6684697/story.html)

At the same time, the Charest Liberal government's has announced it will upgrade Microsoft licenses for about 1.4 billion dollars. (http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-quebecoise/201203/30/01-4511088-quebec-doit-reduire-sa-dependance-a-microsoft-dit-le-pq.php)"

Businesses

The Humble Indie Bundle 290

supersloshy writes "Last year, 2D Boy, the developers of the popular independent game World of Goo, had a pay-what-you-want birthday sale with curious results. For the next seven days, Wolfire Games is attempting the same kind of sale, but with some new twists. Wolfire Games' Humble Indie Bundle contains five independent games (World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, and Penumbra) with no DRM and they are all cross-platform. In addition to directly supporting the developers of these five games, part of the money also goes to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Child's Play Charity. No matter how much you spend, you also get to choose who your money goes to (charity only, developers only, evenly, or custom)."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft 'update' breaks Office 2008 for Mac (channelregister.co.uk)

yumyum writes: A week ago the MS Office 2008 install on my MacBook Pro notified me that there was an update available, Service Pack 2. I dutifully granted it permission to do its business and update my MS Office 2008 stuff. However, today I found out that I could not open a PowerPoint presentation. The message I got was that perhaps the file was corrupted. Other files exhibited the same behavior. Checking online, I found this article letting me know that I was not alone in my problem. In it there is a link to a MS help topic that mentions some, frankly, stupid workarounds for those of us afflicted by this "cannot open" issue, and a faint glimmer of hope that sometime in August there will be a fix for what MS broke. So, for those of you contemplating installing MS Office 2008 Service Pack 2, two words: DON'T

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