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Spam

Submission + - Spamhaus loses to E360 and David Linhardt. (ericgoldman.org) 1

www.sorehands.com writes: "Back in 2006, e360Insight and David Linhardt obtained an $11.7M against Spamhaus. (See http://slashdot.org/story/06/10/22/0339211/Judge-Rules-In-Favor-Of-Spamhaus)

Since then the judgment had been appealed, and reduced to $27,002. This judgment was appealed, again. The appeals court entered a judgment against Spamhaus, in the amount of $3.

If oral arguments for the latest appeal did not go well for e360Insight, see http://slashdot.org/story/06/10/22/0339211/Judge-Rules-In-Favor-Of-Spamhaus .

The appeals court found in e360's favor, in the amount of $3.00. See http://blog.ericgoldman.org/
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Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Dilutes Open Source, Coins Open Surface (muktware.com)

sfcrazy writes: Now, Microsoft is coining yet another term to further confuse users — Open Surface. Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft, Gianugo Rabellino, said at Oscon 2011 that customer don't care about the underlying platform as long as the APIs, protocols and standards for the cloud are open. That's when he threw the term 'open surface'.
Cellphones

FSF's "Defective By Design" Targets Apple Genius Bars 838

mjasay writes "At OSCON this year, MySQL's Brian Aker made this bold statement: 'Microsoft is irrelevant ... We're more worried about Apple.' The Free Software Foundation appears to have caught the hint, and has turned its attention to all-things-Apple with a 'denial of service' attack on the Apple Genius Bars. The idea is to completely book all Genius Bars and then ask the 'geniuses,' over and over again, a few questions about Apple's proprietary ways (while, apparently, real customers with support issues are left to flounder). Lost in this anti-Apple fervor, however, is the Free Software Foundation's complete and conscious failure to protect the web. Richard Stallman has long felt that software that doesn't sit on his desktop doesn't affect his freedom, but isn't the opposite true? Why is the FSF focused on Apple when the bigger concern should be Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, and other web players, a point made by Tim O'Reilly recently at OSCON?" Defective by Design is just one of many FSF projects, remember; it hardly seems fair to say that the FSF has been ignoring the implications of software as a service.

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