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Google is Starting to Fight Against Software Patentsview story

http://techrights.org – Photo by Joi Ito Summary: With engineers back at the helm’s top positions, Google steps further away from software patents and joins Red Hat’s opposition to them BACK when Google started defending Android from SCOracle, it did throw some hints that it would oppose software patents. Groklaw covered it thoroughly at the time. (General)

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Shock, Horror: International Chamber of Commerce Promotes Intellectual Monopoliesview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: More ICC propaganda gives patent lawyers the ammunition which they need to convince people that intellectual monopoles “drive innovation and economic growth” There is yet more propaganda from IAM (site for patent lawyers), claiming that “IP drives innovation and economic growth, new ICC report claims”. (General)

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Microsoft-run Patent Cartel Retreats Following Formal Complaint, But Why?view story

http://techrights.org – Summary: Microsoft et al. head for the door just shortly after OSI files a complaint to the German Federal Cartel Office TECHRIGHTS wishes to begin with the good news. Those patents which Novell was going to hand over to Microsoft? Well, that ain’t gonna happen on the face of it. (General)

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TechBytes Episode 24: Android, Microsoft’s President Departure, and Privacyview story

http://techrights.org – Direct download as Ogg (1:51:18, 43.3 MB) | Direct download as MP3 (51.0 MB) Summary: Tim, Gordon, and Roy struggle with coughs and connection difficulties and yet manage to produce another episode filled with news and discussion TODAY’S show covers many topics including the new Linux release, Android, Microsoft’s latest departures and failures, and of course Wikileaks. (General)

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Bill Gates Pays Millions to AllAfrica (“Largest Electronic Distributor of African News and Information Worldwide”) to Push His Agendaview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: The Gates Foundation poisons the little press that exists in Africa using another cash injection which tilts coverage and yields self-censorship THIS MORNING we wrote about Gates' use of AGRA, which he contributed to creating in order to advance his investments in Africa (seeds with patents, expanding a monopoly to more continents). (General)

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Open Source Community Harmed by Acquisitionview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: Friends and offsprings of Microsoft keep shopping for some of the pillars of the Open Source community, which also weakens the Free software community Black Duck, a proprietary software group with Microsoft roots, is slurping up a lot of open source firms, this time Olliance Group. It’s “more of a Black Ostrich [than a duck] given its size,” remarks Dr. (General)

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Now It’s Official: Banshee Included in Ubuntu by Defaultview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: Mono trap from Novell entrenched deep inside a ubiquitously-used distribution of GNU/Linux OMG!UBUNTU! not only promoted Banshee but it also jumped the gun when it claimed that the program had been added to the next Ubuntu. Well, only now is it official: he day we’ve all be waiting for has finally arrived. (General)

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Change Happens (Consensus Regarding Mono)view story

http://techrights.org – Summary: How the perception around Mono in GNU/Linux has changed despite bullying and because of persistence with the truth REAL change is hard to bring about. When companies pour millions into marketing, it is usually them who get to determine public perception, which is a multi-trillion-dollar business. (General)

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The Voice of Treasonview story

http://techrights.org – Summary: Another layer of the onion is peeled off to reveal what stinks of Microsoft lobbying MR. Florian Müller is a target because he pretended to be pro-FOSS while he was campaigning against FOSS. This has “ACT” written all over it and, for those who do not know, ACT is a confirmed Microsoft front group. (General)

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TechBytes Episode 22: Freedom Debate and Picks of the Yearview story

http://techrights.org – Direct download as Ogg (1:46:40, 32.0 MB) | Direct download as MP3 (48.8 MB) Summary: Tim, Gordon, and Roy speak about games and make their picks of the year (for 2010) TODAY’S show covers what was missed since last week’s show and OpenBytes has published the show notes with most of the topics and some corresponding links. We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subs (General)