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9:45 AM ET, November 13, 2006

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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.
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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 …
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) …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Web 2007 is here ... or somethin!  —  Damn, I take a few days off of blogging and the New York Times (er, John Markoff) goes and invents Web 3.0.  —  Huh?  —  I've done more than 50 interviews in the past three months and collected hundreds of business cards and I've NEVER heard anyone talking about Web 3.0.
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Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:   Web 2.0 + 1  —  I spent three days this past week at the Web 2.0 Conference in SF.
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.
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
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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
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Earth in 4D  —  Google skipped right past the third dimension and landed directly in the fourth (time) by offering historical maps on Google Earth.  Now you can travel back in time — for example, I am looking at the globe of 1790.  Don't expect detailed high resolution photography from days gone by …
Discussion: Open (finds, minds … and digg
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Google Blogoscoped:   Historical Maps on Google Earth
Reuters:
Google CEO: Free cellphones for all, if...  Schmidt says consumers would get the device without cost - provided they accepy targeted advertising.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Web search leader Google Inc.'s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers …
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: Scobleizer and Slashdot
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 …
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.
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
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.
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Nintendo's new Zelda most certainly doesn't fall flat  —  Don't mind my cranky colleague.  His childhood was bleak.  Devoid of happiness.  Mine was full of sunshine.  I played in the woods.  I climbed trees.  I played Zelda games.  —  To think one could make such a fuss over the palette …
Discussion: The Game Chair, Go Nintendo and digg
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii gameplay video (Wii Sports and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)
Discussion: Go Nintendo
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Dude, where's my cursor (Wii annoyance #1)  —  For the most part, we've been impressed with the responsiveness and stability of the Wii remote as pointing device.  The whole pointer system fails, though, when your remote hand wavers a bit and the pointer goes off the screen.
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Wii console manual reveals its secrets
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