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Cancel Netflix if you value freedom

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fsf.org/blogs: For the last few months, we've been raising an outcry against Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), a plan by Netflix and a block of other media and software companies to squeeze support for Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into the HTML standard.

Warning U.S. Cloud Tenants: There's a Fox in the Henhouse

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linuxadvocates.com: It's more than a bit worrisome not just for Amazon Web Services, but other Cloud ISPs as well as their customers who need to come to terms with the legality of what the disclosure of the NSA PRISM surveillance program means in pure risk management terms.

Richard Stallman becomes a Hall-of-Famer

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fsf.org: Today Free Software Foundation founder and president Richard Stallman was inducted into the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame!

debian-multimedia.org grabbed by an unknown entity

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lwn.net: The May "Bits from the Debian Project Leader" posting includes a notice that the debian-multimedia.org domain — once the site of a popular Debian package repository — has expired and been grabbed by an unknown entity.

10 years of defending Linux's legalities: Groklaw

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zdnet.com: A decade ago, SCO attacked Linux but it hadn't counted on running into a paralegal turned legal journalist named Pamela Jones and her Website Groklaw.

Digg working on a Google Reader replacement

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itwire.com: Once dead social startup Digg today announced plans for a Google Reader replacement, after conducting a massive user survey.

The End Is Nigh For the Linux Game Tome

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slashdot.org: The Linux Game Tome, one of the most important websites related to video gaming in GNU/Linux, will shut down on the 13th of April, according to a news post published on the website.

10 famous domains before they were big

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royal.pingdom: In today’s branded world, it is almost impossible to imagine a company that does not own the domain associated with their name or brand. But several of today’s famous domains had a very different use before they were big.

A swan song from this departing open source blogger

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zdnet.com: As I sign off from my duties at ZDNet, and more than 20 years following open source, I am struck with the realization that open source has, in many respects, really taken over the world.

All Internet Pages Connected in 19 Clicks or Less

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datamation.com: It's not quite 'six degrees of Kevin Bacon,' but the Web may be more closely connected that you thought.

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