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How big are your icons?

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dedoimedo.com: What I want to talk to you about are icons linking to various social networks and sharing services, like Digg, Stumbleupon, Twitter, Facebook, and others. Sometimes, you come across sites where the icons are simple huge. Not just big. Humongous. My personal experience shows that quality of website articles is inversely proportional to the area of the icons multiplied by their number.

Internet Blackout: The final verdict

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zdnet.com.au: The Great Australian Internet Blackout campaign against mandatory ISP-level filtering has attracted twice as many websites to its cause as had pledged before it began.

Mr. Obama, Please Tear Down This Wall!

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Jon maddog Hall: Only three days after posting my blog regarding the plight of Google's Chinese customers and how their data is now at the whims of a US-based company and its conflict with the Chinese government, I read about the issues of SourceForge.net and the U.S. State Department's Export lists and how the data stored in a US-based company, sometimes created by non-U.S. based citizens, is now being controlled by U.S. State Department rules.

The Free Software Way, by Richard Fontana, Esq.

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groklaw.net: Red Hat has a new website. I thought I'd introduce you to the website's rich content by posting an article from the Law section. It's by Richard Fontana, who is Red Hat's Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel. He explains very clearly the legal rights that are implied by free, not just open source, software, and its extension to other areas, and why open source, while necessary, is not enough.

Fencing and Tollgating the Internet

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linuxtoday.com/blog: This story about yet another attempt to raise a tollgate on the Internet deserves having some extra attention called to it.

Um, What The Blank Is Going On With Sourceforge?

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penguinpetes.com: In the middle of our day-to-day Hobbit-like peaceful work in the FOSS tech field, we have all suddenly had a grenade fall in our lap. And this makes no sense.

Top 5 Most Wanted Ubuntu Weblogs for 2009

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Ubuntu

techdrivein.blogspot: A lot of Ubuntu support weblogs have sprung up in the last few years and some of them are really good. Here are 5 of the the most wanted Ubuntu weblogs for 2009.

Australia leaves the internet

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theregister.co.uk: It's Australia Day tomorrow, and the country's subjects are using it to mark a week of protests against government plans for compulsory internet censorship.

SourceForge blocks Iran, North Korea, Syria, Sudan and Cuba

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downloadsquad.com: In a move that must surely strike at the very core of open source, FOSS, and the heart of GNU crusader Richard Stallman, SourceForge has now blocked all access from by countries on the U.S. 'Foreign Assets Control sanction list'.

Also: Clarifying SourceForge.net’s denial of site access for certain persons

Red Hat launches opensource.com with Drupal

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Drupal
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blog.internetnews.com: Red Hat has just launched a new portal at opensource.com - for information and articles about open source. The site uses the Drupal open source content management system and it looks like Red Hat has been working on the site since at least October.

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