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Best Buy charges $30 for "free" PS3 firmware upgradeview story

http://www.zdnet.com – So best Buy is charging a $30 (or $29.97 to be precise) surcharge for selling PS3 consoles with upgraded firmware. Is this just good business or a total rip off? (General)

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Fujitsu launches Australian cloud services portalview story

http://www.itwire.com – Fujitsu has launched a self-service cloud services portal for IT infrastructure, platforms and applications which the company claims will enable enterprises to match technology systems and costs directly to changing business needs. (IT news)

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PCI Compliance does give protection against data breachesview story

http://www.itwire.com – Based on a sample of 200, Verizon Business determined that those organisations suffering some kind of data breach were 50% less likely to be PCI compliant. (IT news)

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Patent System Gone Crazy: Patents on Paris Hilton’s Hair, Thanks to Maximalistsview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: New evidence which shows increased opposition to some software patents and bizarre turns taken by the patent system when lawyers are put in charge THE FFII’s president shares what he labelled “EFF letter to the US Supreme Court [PDF] about software patents and binaries as prior art” (the latter is humour). For those who missed the context of it, the EFF supports an at (General)

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Spatial data moves to mainstream focusview story

http://www.itwire.com – Next generation software is dependent on the concept of 'where,' driving the need for more accurate and available geospatial information, Spatial Industries Business Association chief executive David Hocking says. (IT news)

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Microsoft Whistleblowing Alleges That Microsoft/Jon DeVaan Engages in Political Corruption/Election Fraudview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: A senior vice president in charge of Microsoft’s cash cow (Windows Core Operating System Division) is said/claimed to be breaking the law and the FBI is approached for a federal investigation THE LAST post ended on the note that Microsoft is exploiting its newly-acquired influence in the government in order to cause legal trouble to companies which are good Linux stewards. Speaki (General)

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Microsoft Offers More Filesystem Patent Traps (While Suing Over Them Again), Red Hat’s Rob Tiller Speaksview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: Microsoft keeps using filesystems to extort money out of Linux users and Red Hat explains its latest amicus brief in Bilski WE ARE STILL preparing a post about Microsoft’s patent lawsuit against Motorola, which ought to serve as a wakeup call to Mono and Moonlight boosters. (General)

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Outercurve – Just Another Microsoft Proxy/Groupview story

http://techrights.org – Microsoft front gets another makeover Summary: CodePlex/Microsoft wolf in new sheep’s clothing; Free software luminaries are not foolish enough to fall for it In order for Microsoft to speak on behalf of its opposition (Microsoft’s CodePlex does this a lot), Microsoft must pretend to be a friend of the competition. (General)

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USPTO Receives Overwhelming Opposition to Software Patentsview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) successfully encourages many people to voice their opinion on software patents and the USPTO comes under pressure from other directions while unregistered lobbyists heckle those who drive progress THE FSF’S Brett Smith, along with other people who support the FSF’s cause, has been calling for requests to be sent to the USPTO (first mention (General)

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Microsoft’s Three Biggest Patent Trolls and Whitewashers: Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, and Traul Allenview story

http://techrights.org – Still all about monopolies Traul Allen, photo by msprague Summary: Reputation laundering follows massive patent scams spanning different areas of science and technology; identical tricks are used by 3 top Microsoft persons (with overlap between their operations) ABOUT a month ago we produced and presented a factual case to show that Microsoft is a leading producer of patent trolls. (General)