solferino writes: "TechCrunch is reporting that Condé Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica. The site will become part of Wired Digital (Wired.com, Reddit) which in turn is under CondéNet. The acquisition price will not be disclosed, but sources say it is in the $25 million range, which is what Condé Nast paid for Wired.com in 2006. No official word yet, but the rumor is confirmed by an entry on the Wired blog."
solferino writes: "The Paris city government has begun distributing 220 thousand flash drives containing free software to teachers and students. The free 1GB drives come with Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice.org and some other packages. Space is also left on the drive for storage. This initiative empowers users by providing them with their own personalised free software computing environment to use on library or institutional computers."
solferino writes: "The National Archives of Australia has released Xena under GPL2. Xena detects the file format of digital objects and, where necessary, converts these objects into open formats. They define an open standard as 1) Full specification available without restriction, 2) Community developed, 3) Multiple implementations and 4) No licensing constraints. The list of file formats they detect and convert includes MS Word docs (converted to ODF). Their aim, as befits an archive, is the long term preservation of digital records."