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Blackle - the evil environmentally friendly search engine

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seopher: When your screen is white, be it an empty word page, or the Google page, your computer consumes 74 watts, and when its black it consumes only 59 watts.

Kicking Around Open Source, Part 1: Blog Hot Spots

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Linux Insider: "Blogs allow more expansive discussions," noted Michael Goulde, senior analyst with Forrester Research, adding that the give and take of a blog and its associated comment area can make for the sophisticated collaboration necessary among open source developers. However, "they also allow more ego to show through," he said.

FLOSS community in Second Life

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Mark Shuttleworth: Catharina Bethlehem wrote to tell me about her work on the Ubuntu community in Second Life.

A glitch in the Matrix, or a hungry exploit?

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register: Sûnnet Beskerming researchers observed an interesting deviation in global network traffic over the last 24 hours, particularly for South American, Asian, and Australian networks.

Say good-bye to NewsForge

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NewsForge.com: Earlier this week we launched a revamped version of Linux.com that combines the best of NewsForge and Linux.com, along with new features such as forums and introductory material for new Linux users. Please visit Linux.com for the latest news and features.

Here comes HTML5! Duck!

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Penguin Pete: Just when we were all getting so snug and cozy in our Web 2.0 world, along comes the new HTML spec. And it's a dilly!

Say goodbye to the Internet you knew

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Rudd-O: Because your kids won’t ever know it. Don’t believe me? Here are the two major turning points, all in one week’s news:

sourceforge.net Adds Wikis to Community Toolchest

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SourceForge, Inc. today said it has teamed-up with Wikispaces to integrate wikis directly into SourceForge.net, the world’s largest repository of open source software. The addition of wiki functionality into SourceForge.net gives the community a simpler and more efficient tool to mass-author the documentation and communication necessary to support its open source projects.

rpm5.org launched

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LWN: A new site has been launched at rpm5.org; it claims to be "the home of the official RPM Package Manager (RPM) code base." This site should not be confused with rpm.org, which is the home of Red Hat's fork of RPM; rpm5 is the Jeff Johnson fork.

New Look for YouTube Player

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CyberNet: Yesterday, Google Blogoscoped noticed a new YouTube player from a video that was embedded into a blog. Some of you may have also noticed this new player over the last several days.

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