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Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge (notepad-plus-plus.org)

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

Submission + - Google should be broken up, say European MPs

mrspoonsi writes: The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours is own services in search results. Politicians have no power to enforce a break-up, but the landmark vote sends a clear message to European regulators to get tough on the net giant. US politicians and trade bodies have voiced their dismay at the vote. The ultimate decision will rest with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has inherited the anti-competitive case lodged by Google's rivals in 2010. Google has around 90% market share for search in Europe. The Commission has never before ordered the break-up of any company, and many believe it is unlikely to do so now. But politicians are desperate to find a solution to the long-running anti-competitive dispute with Google.

Submission + - BlackBerry Confirms 4,500 Job Cuts, Warns of $950 Million Loss (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Today BlackBerry announced that it expects its quarterly net operating losses to be somewhere between $950 million and $995 million. It also confirmed earlier reports that it would be cutting 4,500 jobs, roughly 40% of its total workforce. 'The loss is mainly the result of a write-off of unsold BlackBerry phones, as well as $72 million in restructuring charges. The company said that it would discontinue two of the six phones it currently offers.' According to the press release BlackBerry is going to 'refocus on enterprise and prosumer market.' 'The failure of the BlackBerry 10 line of phones quickly led to speculation that the company, like Palm before it, would be broken apart and perhaps gradually disappear, at best lingering as little more than a brand name.'

Submission + - BlackBerry Says It Will Cut 40% of Workforce, Revenues to Plummet

Dawn Kawamoto writes: BlackBerry dealt a blow to its employees and investors Friday, announcing it would slash 40 percent of its workforce, with its revenues expected to fall by roughly half the level they were a year ago. The rumor mill was going fast and furious earlier this week with speculation of a 40% cut that has now turned out to be true. The company's Z10 is far from the silver bullet to turn its fortunes around. And with $2.6 billion in the bank with cash and short-term securities, it's quickly running out of time to find a buyer.

Submission + - BlackBerry Shares Plummet Following $1 Billion Loss and 4,500 Layoffs (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: BlackBerry has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2013 ahead of schedule — and not because they are better than expected. The company has announced that it expects to record a $1 billion loss mostly due to a $930-$950 million write down on unsold Z10 smartphones. The upshot is that 40% of the company's global workforce — 4,500 jobs in total — will be lost. Shares plummeted over 17% following the announcement

Submission + - Google serves Microsoft a C&D to takedown Windows Phone Youtube App 2

mystikkman writes: After years of complaining to the EU and others about Google not allowing Windows Phone access to the same Youtube API features used by the Android and iOS apps and Google's refusal to make one for Windows Phone, Microsoft recently went ahead and released their own app featuring even a download button. However, Google served a Cease and Desist on Microsoft today to immediately take down the app citing lack of ads. In response, Microsoft commented that it would be more than happy to add ads if only Google would give them access to the API and indirectly accused Google of trying to cripple Windows Phone by refusing it access to one of the most popular apps on smartphones and citing Larry Page's comments at Google I/O calling for more openness in the tech space.

Given how much of humanity's video content is locked into Youtube, looks like Google needs to append "except on Windows Phone" to their grandiose mission statement: "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful."

Submission + - Windows Phone users bloked from accessing Google maps (neowin.net)

Deviate_X writes: It’s unclear if Google is intentionally doing this or if it was an honest mistake but given that Google has stated they will not be building Windows Phone applications, is
screwing around with Windows Phone apps access to YouTube and is killing off EAS support for free Gmail accounts, it’s likely safe to say this was probably not an accident.

It’s unclear as to why Google has gone all anti-Microsoft as of recent but it may have to do with Microsoft turning the screws on Android vendors and forcing patent royalties to be paid for each device sold. Either way, the consumer is once again harmed as these two giants try to become the mobile alpha-dog.

You can still access maps via http://maps.google.co.uk/ in desktop mode, but who knows how long that will last


Submission + - Judge Blocks U.S. Sales of Samsung Nexus Products (wsj.com)

PyroMosh writes: "Apple has been granted another injunction against Samsung, their second in a week. This new ruling comes down against the Samsung Nexus phones, the prior was against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The patents in dispute involve "searching across multiple databases" and apparently voice search. Ridiculous patent fights have long ago become commonplace in this industry, but injunctions are fairly rare. How can a judge block sales of a product line over a patent that covers a concept that predates the product by decades?"

Submission + - Apple Wins Injunction Against Galaxy Nexus Smartphone (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "A California court has granted Apple an injunction against Samsung over sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphones in the U.S. The injunction was handed down on Friday afternoon by the same California court that earlier this week issued an injunction against sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. It will go into effect as soon as Apple posts a $96 million bond that will be used toward any damages sustained by Samsung if the injunction is subsequently found to be erroneously enjoined. Friday's ruling centers on U.S. Patent 8,086,604, which covers a user interface for conveniently retrieving information from a computer system. Earlier in the day, Judge Koh found Apple had not infringed U.S. Patent 7,362,867, which covers the scrambling system used in 3G cellular communications. Samsung had accused Apple of breaching the patent in its iPhone and iPad products, and the specific argument centered on the intended meaning of a single phrase in the patent: 'scrambling codes.' The court also denied requests by Apple that two claims against it covering U.S. Patents 7,456,893 and 7,577,460 be thrown out."

Submission + - RIM says Android app ecosystem is a "cesspool" (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "The former king of smartphones, RIM, has been having trouble getting its fledgling PlayBook OS off the ground, even going so far as to build a system for running Android apps on the platform. This effort hasn’t exactly turned things around for RIM, which is still seeing the PlayBook falter in the market. In fact, the high rate of Android app piracy on its platform has resulted in a large volume of complaints from developers. The solution, according to RIM VP Alec Saunders is to remove sideloading of third-party apps, which RIM is going to do in an upcoming software update. According to Saunders, RIM is making this move to avoid creating a “chaotic cesspool” like the Google Play Store. If it’s true for RIM, are Android developers suffering from excessive piracy because of sideloading on Android as well? Could Google disable sideloading and see a new renaissance for apps?"

Submission + - Flashback trojan botnet reportedly controls over 600,000 Macs and counting (arstechnica.com)

suraj.sun writes: Variations of the Flashback trojan have reportedly infected more than half a million Macs around the globe(http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/04/flashback-trojan-reportedly-controls-half-a-million-macs-and-counting.ars), according to Russian antivirus company Dr. Web. The company made an announcement on Wednesday(http://news.drweb.com/show/?i=2341) about the growing Mac botnet, first claiming 550,000 infected Macs. Later in the day, however, Dr. Web malware analyst Sorokin Ivan posted to Twitter that the count had gone up to 600,000, with 274 bots even checking in from Cupertino, CA, where Apple's headquarters are located.

ars have been covering(http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/09/mac-trojan-pretends-to-be-flash-player-installer-to-get-in-the-door.ars) the Mac Flashback trojan(http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/10/variation-on-mac-malware-disables-built-in-os-x-malware-protections.ars) since 2011, but the most recent variant from earlier this week targeted an unpatched Java vulnerability(http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/04/mac-trojan-exploits-unpatched-java-vulnerability-no-password-needed.ars) within Mac OS X. That is, it was unpatched (at the time) by Apple—Oracle had released a fix for the vulnerability in February of this year, but Apple didn't send out a fix(http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/04/apple-has-issued-a-security.ars) until earlier this week, after news began to spread about the latest Flashback variant.


Submission + - Google Literal Search, Reborn (blogspot.com) 1

icebraining writes: As Slashdotters like to point out, the new helping features of Google Search, such as auto-correcting spelling mistakes and adding synonyms and similar versions of the terms, can cause problems with certain search queries. To solve that, Google has announced on their blog that a new option called Verbatim, available under the menu "more search options", is being added to their Search product and will be available in the next few days. In addiction to the new option, Search will feature better tuned algorithms that will hopefully reduce the need to use it.

Submission + - Windows 8 will have super fast boot times (windows8update.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This post describes about yet another blog post from Steven Sinofsky where he talks about new features in Windows 8. He talks extensively about how they planned to achieve faster bootup times for the operating system.

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