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Diaspora Three Weeks Away From Unveiling

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techcrunch.com: Remember Diaspora? You’ll be forgiven if you don’t. Since they received a lot of hype as the open-source “Facebook Alternative” this past May, they’ve been quiet. But today they’ve re-emerged with some updates.

Application lists

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kmandla.wordpress: I have a brief list of sites that mention software alternatives. Some of these are explicitly aimed at life without X, while others are concerned mostly with making a transition between Windows and Linux.

planet larry needs a new home

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wonkabar.org: Alright, so in my quest to move forward with my life, I'm going to be discarding certain projects that I really haven't been making a priority. Planet Larry is one of those.

The Netflix Linux Conjecture: How Netflix snubs the Linux comunity

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Netflix has a feature that allows members to stream movies directly to their PCs. To accomplish this, they use Microsoft’s Silverlight technology. Silverlight is basically a web-application framework that provides functions similar to that of Adobe Flash.

DeviantArt’s Muro Drawing App Is Pure HTML5 Awesomeness

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webmonkey.com: The folks at DeviantArt, a website best known for hosting images of fairies and vampires created by gothy art students, have debuted a new browser-based drawing tool created entirely with web standards.

10 Websites for Puzzles, Brain Teasers and Riddles

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makeuseof.com: Riddle me this, riddle me that… So goes the popular line from one of superhero fiction’s most popular villains. And we are hooked as The Riddler plots Batman’s downfall with a riddle. That’s the hook that a good riddle delivers.

Digg, dug, buried: Linux

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blogs.computerworld: A liberal blogger has uncovered that a "group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com has just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, up-vote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives."

Is Google About to Sell the Internet Down the River?

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blogs.computerworlduk: So far, so conventional. But there is a joker in the pack in this game: Google. It's striking that the bigger the company gets, the more it moves away from its natural geek roots, and its reflexive defence of everything that is important to hackers.

Spotify 'will launch in US by end of 2010'

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telegraph.co.uk: Spotify has vehemently denied an American news report that its negotiations in the US have made no progress, saying it is “still on track to launch in 2010”.

New Kubuntu website is live!

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dohbuoy.wordpress: The Kubuntu team have remodeled their abode, with astounding results.

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