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Submission + - Apple censoring Single Payer advocacy App for the ( 1

ourcraft writes: "Apple store censored and prevented an iphone app that allows people to advocate for single payer healthcare.
"PALO ALTO, CA â"Apple, Inc. has censored an iPhone application promoting health insurance reform in the United States. iSinglePayer, an iPhone application that advocates for single-payer health care reform was rejected from the App Store by Apple because it is âoepolitically charged.â The application displays charts and bullet points about single-payer health care systems, and it allows users to call members of congress. iSinglePayer even calculates your local congressperson using GPS, and displays the amount of money donated to each congressperson from the health sector."
This is awful! This evil. This is just about the end of the line for apple arrogantly, stupidly, fascisticly thinking they can control our lives. And yes I mean fascist. They want to prevent you from using the tools they sell you from acting like a citizen? Yep thats fascism. Your phone wont let talk about politics. SHAME on Apple"


Submission + - Obama Licences under Creative Commons

ourcraft writes: In an amazing, inspiring and wonderfully delightful example of "getting it" Obama has moved to open discussions on, and move toward a more open and transparent government.

Toward a 21st century government
Monday, December 1, 2008 06:35pm EST

President-elect Obama has championed the creation of a more open, transparent, and participatory government. To that end, adopted a new copyright policy this weekend. In an effort to create a vibrant and open public conversation about the Obama-Biden Transition Project, all website content now falls under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

"Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by the Obama-Biden Transition project. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License."

Submission + - yahoo-msn-used-root-out-tibetan-rioters-china (

OurBigBrotherisHelpingTheirBigBrother writes: The complicity of Yahoo and MSM in Chinese crackdown. This from the story: "Yahoo China pasted a "most wanted" poster across its homepage today in aid of the police's witch-hunt for 24 Tibetans accused of taking part in the recent riots. MSN China made the same move, although it didn't go as far as publishing the list on its homepage. The "most wanted" poster has been published on several Chinese portals like and It reads "The Chinese police have issued a warrant for the arrest of suspected rioters in Tibet" and offers rewards for web users who are willing to help. Along with the text are photos of Tibetans taken during the riots. Of the 24 on the list, two have already been caught."

Submission + - Microsoft hit with $1.52 billion patent suit damag

ourcraft writes: Microsoft hit with $1.52 billion patent suit damages. t_verdict_dc_4

NEW YORK (Reuters) — A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT — news) infringed audio patents held by Alcatel-Lucent (ALU.PA) (NYSE:ALU — news) and should pay $1.52 billion in damages, Microsoft said on Thursday.

Microsoft said it plans to first ask the trial judge to knock down the ruling and will appeal if necessary. It said the verdict is unsupported by the law or the facts.

Alcatel-Lucent had accused the world's biggest software maker of infringing patents related to standards used for playing computer music, or MP3, files.

Submission + - Stodgy Canadian newspaper polls Firefox use

ourcraft writes: The Globe and Mail, stodgy Canadian national newspaper recently asked readers of their online version "Microsoft just launched a version of Internet Explorer that incorporates new features that were made popular by other browsers such as Opera and Firefox. Which browser do you use the most?" The answer surprised me. 50% said Firefox, 41 % said IE. The link to the Globe&Mail online poll is here.

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