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eWeek

In a message to the Linux Kernel Mailing List on Jan. 25, Linus Torvalds made it plain that the Linux operating system is going to stay under General Public License 2 and not migrate to GPL 3.

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Christian Science Monitor

Mike Richwalsky has an online helper who keeps him informed. It tells him when his friends post new items on their websites or new photos to sites like Flickr. It advises him on what Netflix movies he might want to rent and gives him the latest scoop

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The Windows MetaFile Backdoor? Description: Leo and I carefully examine the operation of the recently patched Windows MetaFile vulnerability. I describe exactly how it works in an effort to explain why it doesn't have the feeling of another Mi

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PC World

Added two new elements to MP3 Surround demonstration software: MP3 SX (MP3 Stereo eXtended), which enhances MP3 stereo files for multichannel playback; and Ensonido, which provides portable MP3 Surround sound using stereo headphones

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Business Week

Open-source software isn't a new phenomenon. In recent years businesses warmed to the promise of low-cost, openly available software. In fact, open-source programs have become so popular, they now pose a legitimate threat to the established softw

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Wired

No definitive link has ever been discovered showing violent video games cause violent behavior. Even so, thousands of law-enforcement officers on our streets are being told otherwise. "violent media and video games are the largest single threat

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Techtree News

Yahoo! is offering free PC-to-PC calls among Yahoo users in 180 countries. This offering will link with existing Yahoo e-mail and instant messaging features.

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Business Week

What's the newest security threat lurking on your PC? Hackers, bored with attacking Microsoft, are going after Symantec Corp., whose Norton products are the first line of defense on 50 million PCs worldwide.

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Associated Press

Initially, the great thing about Internet mapping programs was their swiftness and ease for obtaining directions, printing them and driving the course you plotted.

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Newsfactor

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning about e-mail that appears to be sent from the FBI but instead comes from hackers attempting to spread the Sober worm.

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IDG News Service

A Senate committee has approved a bill that would outlaw the practice of remotely installing software that collects a computer users' personal information without consent.

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Agence France Presse

A separate class-action lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based activist group. The EFF suit seeks to compel Sony BMG to "repair the damage" to computers caused by two sepa

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Associated Press

It's been the better part of a decade since Napster and other free song-sharing services began scaring the daylights of the music industry. And still recording companies can't find an effective anti-piracy technology to save their hides.

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The Microsoft chairman and personal-computing icon stirred up a mix of curiosity and skepticism Tuesday among the crowd of high-performance computing experts who listened to him outline the company's plans to expand into the field.

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Associated Press

The fallout from a hidden copy-protection program that Sony BMG Music Entertainment put on some CDs is only getting worse. Sony's suggested method for removing the program actually widens the security hole the original software created, researche

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A few days ago, it was discovered that some recent CD releases on the Sony/ BMG label contain a Digital Rights Management (DRM) application called XCP, which, when you play the CD on a PC, surreptitiously installs itself on that computer.

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Associated Press

Grokster Ltd., a leading developer of Internet file-sharing software popular for stealing songs and movies online, agreed to shut down operations to settle a landmark piracy case filed by Hollywood and the music industry.

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Associated Press

Software giant Microsoft Corp. said Friday it has signed a deal to scan and put online 100,000 books from the British Library. Readers will be able to search through around 25 million pages of material next year without having to visit the library in

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"The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves. No, really. In an obscure 'policy' document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decisi

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