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James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
Saturday declared 'Software Freedom Day'  —  Event aims to educate about the benefits of open source software  —  Advocates of free and open-source software have designated Saturday as Software Freedom Day and are planning events around the world to educate the public about the benefits and availability of open-source software.
Discussion: Ted's Radio Weblog
Manu Sharma / Orange Hues:
Ebay Wants to Buy Skype?  Makes Sense  —  Fred Wilson, VC at Union Square Ventures and prolific blogger at 'A VC' blog wrote about a WSJ article that speculates that Ebay might be considering buying Skype.  Fred wonders why eBay would want to do that.  The WSJ article isn't free to read …
Paul Jardine / Produktivity:
Skypebay or Bay of Skypes?
Discussion: Orange Hues
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Microsoft aims for hack-proof 360  —  Microsoft plans to make its next generation games console, the Xbox 360, as difficult as possible to hack.  —  The 360 will have security built directly into the hardware, said Xbox engineer Chris Satchell.  —  Fans have modified the first Xbox to turn …
Discussion: Kotaku, Techdirt and broadband
Mac Mini Robot  —  This is a description of a mobile robot using an Mac Mini and iSight camera for tele-operation.  The purpose of this project is to see what it is like to control to robot using the built-in visual and aural sensors before designing an agent to do the same task.
Discussion: digg and hack a day
Joris Evers /
Mozilla offers temporary fix for Firefox flaw  —  Responding to the disclosure of a serious Web browser flaw, the Mozilla Foundation offered on Friday a temporary fix to protect Firefox and Mozilla users.  —  The downloadable fix protects against attacks that take advantage of a new …
Discussion: digg, mozillaZine, and Netcraft
Mathew Honan /
Mobile makers: No immediate plans for iTunes integration  —  With the release of the ROKR from Apple, Cingular, and Motorola, iTunes came to mobile phones, allowing users to easily load music to a phone via the familiar iTunes interface.  Consumers may wonder whether, like Bluetooth and cameras …
Discussion: MobHappy
Jenstar / JenSense:
New ad category targeting added to YPN  —  Yahoo Publisher Network has added a brand new ad category targeting feature for publishers, which should help create tighter ad targeting. … Here is a screenshot (click the screenshot to view full-sized version of the page):
Discussion: Blog Tips and Feed Money
Phishing Filter in IE7  —  Hi, my name is Tariq Sharif and I am a Program Manager on the IE Security team.  One of the threats users face on the web is phishing.  Today, I want to tell you about the Phishing Filter in IE7, a new security feature designed to dynamically warn users if they visit a phishing site.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
VSLive looking for speakers  —  Wanna speak at a Visual Studio conference?  Chris Kinsman says he's looking for ASP.NET talks and that Fawcette Technical Publications has a call for papers.  —  One thing to be warned on, though, is that Fawcette is well known for not paying speakers on time (if at all).
Discussion: Backup Brain
David Perlman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Astronomers discover 2 more oddball objects  —  They could shed new light on the formation of the solar system — but don't call them planets  —  With delight and fascination, three astronomers who announced discovery of the solar system's "10th planet" in July told colleagues Thursday …
Discussion: Channel 9
Doug Young / Reuters:
China Telecom said to block Skype  —  SHANGHAI, Sept 9 - China Telecom has started blocking access to a popular Internet telephone service that is threatening its long-distance revenue, according to local media reports and Internet postings.  —  China's largest fixed-line phone carrier …

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