networkBoy writes: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just announced that Microsoft has become a completely open source company. It means that you can now grab all software like Windows and Microsoft Office for free and get your hands on their source code as well. Nadella added that the company is looking to expand its cloud business and planning to try out “new” things very soon.
networkBoy writes: Boffins at ORNL have discovered a simple and cheap catalyst that can take CO2 dissolved in solution with water and at room temperature convert it to ethanol with 60%+ yields. They envision it as a way to store surplus power from green energy plants and then burning it to fill in lulls in supply.
networkBoy writes: Wil Wheaton attacked Google after he discovered that anyone wanting to click on the "like" button on the video-sharing site is shepherded into Google+ – the company's latest attempt at trying to out-Facebook Facebook.
networkBoy writes: ISO has ratified the latest C++ standard, C++11. It brings C++ into managed language territory (the story compares it to Java and.NET). Among the improvements is better support for concurrency and multithreading. Automatic garbage collection was set to be part of the standard but was cut.