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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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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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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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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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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.

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