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Submission + - Unitary Software Patent challenged at the Belgian Constitutional Court (esoma.org)

zoobab writes: The Unitary Patent for Europe is being challenged at the Belgian Constitutional Court. One of the plaintiffs, Benjamin Henrion, is a fifteen-year campaigner against software patents in Europe. He says: "The Unitary Patent is the third major attempt to legalize software patents in Europe. The captive European Patent Court will become the Eastern District of Texas when it comes to software patent disputes in Europe. As happened in America, the concentration of power will force up legal costs, punish small European companies, and benefit large patent holders."

Submission + - Building a new spy-proof Internet - the Edge Net (theedg.es)

pieterh writes: The Edge Net lives safely at the edge of the Internet, on our smart phones. It uses mobile WiFi hotspots to create "cells" for exchanging news and content. Cells talk to cells, asynchronously, covering neighborhoods, and cities. The Edge Net doesn't exist yet. This project is about building it. The fundraiser project raised $1,700 in its first day.
Patents

Submission + - RedHat celebrates AMQP/1.0 release with new patent (uspto.gov) 6

pieterh writes: "One day before the "Advanced Message Queuing Protocol" AMQP/1.0 becomes an OASIS standard, Red Hat secures
patent number 8,301,595, for accessing an LDAP server over AMQP. In January 2008 I provided to the AMQP Working Group, including Red Hat, the Digest-AMQP spec, "a way to integrate WWW servers and LDAP servers over an AMQP network." Here's the GitHub repository. Red Hat's patent 8,301,595 was filed two and a half years later, on June 14, 2010. In 2009 I wrote about another Red Hat patent on AMQP. That time, Red Hat said required patents would be made available royalty-free, but then as now, the patent was not on the standard but of a common use around it."

Privacy

Submission + - The Pirate Party wins 2 seats in EU parliament

while(true) writes: The Swedish Pirate Party has secured around 7% of the country's votes in the election to the European Union parliament. This means it likely has enough votes to claim 2 seats in the parliament. The Swedish Pirate Party has as it's only agenda "to fundamentally reform copyright law, get rid of the patent system, and ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are respected".
Republicans

Submission + - McCain advised by software patent campaigner

Elektroschock writes: "The campaign of Presidential Candidate John McCain was recently represented by Ray L. Gifford in the field of software patent policy, the former president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF), a notorious lobby group for tobacco, software patents and against open source. A few month ago lobbyists from the DCI group had to leave McCain's campaign team because they did not only lobby for software patents also but also for the Burma regime."
Supercomputing

Submission + - 0MQ for Java does 1.4M msg/s, 35usec latency (zeromq.org)

pieterh writes: "The team making the GPL-licensed ØMQ message transfer system have released a Java API which lets applications exchange up to 1.4M messages per second across 1Gb Ethernet. By comparison, conventional messaging does 2,500 to 4,000 (larger) messages per second. This is the same software which hit 9.5M messages/second on 16-core boxes. ØMQ is a new breed of open source messaging middleware that aims to be the "Fastest. Messaging. Ever." It sits in a space dominated by big players like IBM and TIBCO. Can an open source team beat the largest firms and make a faster, better product?"
Government

Submission + - Ecuador Migrates to FOSS and Open Standards (digistan.org)

pieterh writes: "The Digital Standards Organization is reporting that "Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa Delgado signed a decree ordering that the software used by public administrations in the country be free software (and implicitly based on open standards)." The story has also broken in Spanish on Estandares Abiertos. Ecuador also voted against Microsoft's OOXML."
Patents

Submission + - End of FFII anti-software patent campaign group?

An anonymous reader writes: The FFII, famous for fighting the 2005 CII (software patent) directive seems to be in crisis. The president, Mr Pieter Hintjens, has stepped down and the board seems split, with the treasurer and founder of the FFII, Mr Hartmut Pilch, calling for the resignation of the new president, Mr Alberto Barrionuevo. Previously, another board member also resigned. The FFII's finances are 'currently under scrutiny by the tax office' as far back as 2003. Could this be the start of the end of grass roots activism against software patents in Europe?
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft will vote on Open XML

Elektroschock writes: "Rui Seabra reveals that the national standard organisation of Portugal plans to sent Microsoft as head of its ISO delegation to the Ballot Resolution meeting in Geneve. The Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) will work on amendments to the Open XML standard (DIS 29500) as put forward by ECMA International. The meeting will be held behind closed doors and last 5 days. While Microsoft would get privileged access and voting rights other interested stakeholders for instance Portuguese SMEs and software develoeprs are excluded from participation and review. The head of the delegation will exercise all voting rights for the nation, here Portugal. All national ISO members need to submit their list of delegates to ISO until Dec 11."

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