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Microsoft exec suggests Internet tax to pay for cyber security

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infoworld.com: Charney equates infected PCs with infected people, and suggests the equivalent of quarantines to stop malware from spreading.

Also: Cyberwar, are we being lied to?

Keep Your Cloud, I'm a Customer Not a Consumer

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linuxtoday.com/blog: The cloud hype is getting thicker and smellier every day. All the cloud excitement is coming from those who hope to profit from it, the vendors and breathless tech journalists who can't think of anything worthwhile to write about. They're working very hard to make it sound like a wonderful thing, a miracle of rare device that will transform life as we know it.

Techgage's 5th Birthday Contest

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techgage.com: Techgage has just turned five, so what better reason to celebrate? To help kill two birds with one stone, we're looking to YOU for input on what we're doing right, and what you want to see more of (or improve). As a thanks for taking our site survey, you'll be entered to have a chance at winning our custom-built gaming PC, valued at $4,200!

Heroes and Villains of Tech

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Sci/Tech

pcworld.com: Here's a look at standout good guys and bad guys -- from passionate heroes who balance profit with innovation and social responsibility to money-mad, egomaniac villains who simply cannot be trusted.

Get your damn hands off my Internet!

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dthomasdigital.com: I’m talking to you government, entertainment industry, and monopoly service providers. What happened to my really cool and interesting Internet. Well I tell you one thing that unless something is done it will be gone forever.

BBC blocks open source software from iPlayer video service

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arstechnica.com: The BBC has enabled SWF Verification for its iPlayer streaming video service. This content protection mechanism has locked out users who consume the iPlayer video content with open source software.

Dropbox - a study in what's right with open source, and wrong with windows.

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blog.seattlepi.com: Today I tried to use a piece of software named "dropbox" which allows you to share files safely on the internet. The first problem is that, like most windows software, it tells you very little about how it works.

US government rescinds 'leave internet alone' policy

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theregister.co.uk: The US government’s policy of leaving the Internet alone is over, according to his top official at the Department of Commerce.

Happy Birthday BBS

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tech.nocr.at: Just a few days ago, Feb 16 to be exact, in 1978 Ward Christensen and Randy Suess launched the first ever Bulletin Board System in Chicago.

Ubuntu One Music Store Sneak Peek

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Ubuntu

popey.com/blog: It looks like 7digital are providing the back-end for the Ubuntu One Music Store which is due to land in Ubuntu Lucid at Alpha 3 – real soon now. The screenshots below were taken by me today on my laptop.

CAD - Computer Aided Death

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Microsoft
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zdnet.co.uk/blog: There's a website called "Boycott Novell" and with a name like that you can guess the slant of the content. However, this article about MS Windows leading to loss of life left me with a really uneasy feeling.

Ubuntu One Music Store Pushed In Rhythmbox

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: One of the features that was talked about and proposed a few months back was a music store for Ubuntu. Plans were laid out for an Ubuntu One Music Store and the first packages to support this in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS are now available.

Introducing LinuxSearch.org!

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blog.dustinkirkland.com: While I know the available Ubuntu resources very well, I may not necessarily have Gentoo's bugtracker or Arch's forums at my fingertips. Thus, I created LinuxSearch.org!

Study: Ages of social network users

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royal.pingdom.com: How old is the average Twitter or Facebook user? What about all the other social network sites out there, like MySpace, LinkedIn, and so on? How is age distributed across the millions and millions of social network users out there?

Ubuntu single sign on service launched

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Ubuntu

blog.canonical.com: We are pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Ubuntu single sign on service. The goal of this service is to provide a single, central login service for all Ubuntu-related sites, thus making it more convenient for Ubuntu users and community members.

Homosapien Metacity Online Customizer

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I'm sure that at some point everyone finds a Metacity theme that they fall in love with. Except that for that one thing. You wish you could easily change it. Now using the Homosapien theme you can.

Important Change to KDE's Security Policy

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kdenews.org: Information about security vulnerabilities will no longer be published via the Dot at http://dot.kde.org.

KDE.org Relaunched for Software Compilation 4.4

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kdenews.org: The KDE web team is pleased to announce a major redesign of the KDE.org frontpage and buzz.kde.org, just in time for the pending release of our updated Workspace, Application and Development Platform compilation.

15 fantastic firsts on the Internet

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royal.pingdom.com: Trailblazers, creatives and innovators have taken the Internet to where it is today and made it an essential part of our everyday lives. We have selected a number of interesting “firsts” from the history of the Internet (and the Web) for your reading pleasure.

5 Best Websites To Learn The GIMP Photo Editor

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makeuseof.com: Are you into photo editing and image manipulation? If that’s a ‘yes’ then I’m sure you’ve heard of the GNU Image Manipulation Program, codename GIMP. So you want to learn the GIMP photo editor? Luckily there are websites.

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