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12:30 PM ET, November 13, 2006

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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Sun picks GPL license for Java code  —  After years of requests and debates, Sun Microsystems is ready to release Java source code under a Linux-friendly license.  —  On Monday, it plans to put the code for the programming software under the version 2 of the General Public License (GPLv2) …
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Java Is Free  —  When I took the job at Sun in early 2004, I had a long talk with John Fowler, about this blog among other things.  John said: "You might end up happier if you don't blog about open-sourcing Java."  That was then.  Today's story is simple: Unmodified GPL2 for our SE, ME, and EE code.
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
As Stallman looks on, Sun frees Java under the GPL  —  After months of speculation, Sun has officially announced it is releasing its implementations of Java technology as free software under the GNU General Public License.  Richard Stallman, creator of the GPL and founder of the Free Software Foundation …
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Free as in Java  —  The news is out that Java is free.
Nick Bradbury:
Web 3.0 Does Not Validate  —  This weekend much of the geekosphere was buzzing about the "Web 3.0" article in the NY Times, but from where I stand, Web 3.0 does not validate.  —  Apparently, Web 3.0 is the latest re-branding of the Semantic Web, a noble attempt to turn the Web of documents into a Web of data.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Web 3.0?  Maybe when we get there.  —  John Markoff just published …
Discussion: Message
Matthew Klam / New York Times:
The Online Auteurs  —  1. Some people were clowns at the kitchen table and in Mrs. Gadjodnick's third-grade class — they've been funny all their lives — and without making a big thing out of it, they've always believed that the world could use them up there on the silver screen.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Lycos seeks rebirth as "virtual living room"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lycos Inc., a U.S. Internet portal that survived the bursting of the late 1990s dot-com bubble, plans to resurrect itself as a teen broadband video channel with a built-in text chat room.  —  Having missed much of the …
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Waiting for Skype to pay off for eBay  —  BERLIN: The managers of eBay, the world's largest online auctioneer, had something else in mind in September 2005 when they decided to pay at least $2.6 billion to buy Skype, the pioneer in Internet telephone service then based in Luxembourg.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Alarm Raised for Critical Broadcom Wi-Fi Driver Flaw  —  Computer security analysts are raising the alarm for a critical vulnerability in the Broadcom wireless driver embedded in PCs from HP, Dell, Gateway and eMachines.  —  The vulnerability, which exposed as part of the MoKB …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Exploit Targets Widely Deployed Wireless Flaw
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and VoIP Blog
projects.info-pull.com:
Broadcom Wireless Driver Probe Response SSID Overflow
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
news.samba.org:
Samba Team Asks Novell to Reconsider  —  The Samba Team disapproves strongly of the actions taken by Novell on November 2nd.  —  One of the fundamental differences between the proprietary software world and the free software world is that the proprietary software world divides users by forcing …
Discussion: Open Sources and Slashdot
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft Counting on a Twist to Make Zune Shine in Shadow of iPod  —  The hoopla was still swelling around last November's debut of the Xbox 360, Microsoft's latest entry in the game-console wars, when some on its development team began turning their attention to conceiving a new product.
Discussion: Seth's Blog and Slashdot
Mark Anderson / Wired News:
A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web  —  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Internet censorship is spreading and becoming more sophisticated across the planet, even as users develop savvier ways around it, according to early results in the first-ever comprehensive global survey of internet censorship.
Gizmodo:
T-Shirt Turns Air Guitar Riffs Into Actual Sounds: The World Weeps  —  Odds are that everyone has rocked out to the sweet sounds of an air guitar on at least one occasion and now scientists have invented a t-shirt that transforms your air riffs into real ones.
Discussion: Digital World and Ubergizmo
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Start me up: The sound of Vista  —  Long process results in short Windows clip you'll hear a million times  —  SEATTLE - Some musicians spend 18 months working on a whole album.  At Microsoft Corp., that's how long it took to perfect just four seconds of sound.  —  Of course, this isn't just any four-second clip.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog, Scobleizer and Slashdot
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Customize the Embedded Google Video Player  —  If you go to Google Video, you can get a code that allows you to embed a video into your site.  Although Google doesn't mention that, the Flash player used by Google Video (googleplayer.swf) lets you customize many parameters.
James Bannan / APC:
Vista RTM cracked by pirates before release  —  Well, so much for closing piracy loopholes!  With Windows Vista and Office 2007 only just going Gold, and not even available to Microsoft beta testers, developers or volume licence subscribers, the first cracked versions have already hit the pirate boards.
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iranians outraged as Google redraws map  —  Google has provoked the wrath of Iran's notoriously suspicious authorities by appearing to question the country's sovereignty over the province of Azerbaijan in an entry on its Google Video website.  —  In a move tailor-made to wound Iranian patriotic pride …
 
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPod shuffle 2G and Radio Remote - separated at birth?
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Intel researching "carbon nanotubes" for chip design
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