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M$ fined $9 million for patent infringement

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Microsoft has been ordered to pay $9 million for infringing a spreedsheet patent with Excel. The jury in a Californian court awarded $8.96 million to Guatemalan inventor Carlos Amado who had sued the software giant for infringing his patent.

Devil's Advocate: M$ foolish patent policy

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Company out to patent innovations that precede its existence... If large companies are to be granted patents on ideas that have been commonplace for years and are based on fundamental concepts well understood for decades, they might as well be given taxation powers. The idea that their revenues are hard won in competitive markets will be defunct, if it is not already.

EU praises M$ plan, to market test

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"I am happy that Microsoft has recognized certain principles which must underlie its implementation of the Commission's decision." Open source licensing was one of the problematic areas in negotiations between the Commission and Microsoft.

MSN site hacking went undetected for days

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Password-stealing software planted by hackers was active on Microsoft's popular MSN Web site in South Korea for days before the world's largest software company learned about the break-in and removed the computer code.

Community Debates M$'s Open-Source Agenda

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Analysts and insiders-including Linus Torvalds-say they think that Microsoft's move to start a dialogue with the open-source community shows that the company is recognizing that open source has real, lasting value.

Linux Muscles Into M$'s Space

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Is Linux a better choice for business than, say, a proprietary operating system such as Microsoft Windows? The debate, full of passion and conviction, rages on both sides of this issue.

With Linux, the uptime is high, the price is low, and the flexibility is amazing.

M$ vs. Linux: Execs Talk Detente

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Microsoft has invited Michael Tiemann, president of the Open Source Initiative, to start a constructive dialogue. Tiemann says he'll take the offer at face value but calls it an "attempt to quell an internal civil war" at Microsoft.

M$ Says MSN Site Hacked in S. Korea

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Microsoft acknowledged Thursday that hackers booby-trapped its popular MSN Web site in South Korea to try to steal passwords from visitors. The company said it was unclear how many Internet users might have been victimized.

M$ makes last ditch effort to appease EC

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Microsoft has filed its latest attempt to comply with last year's EC anti-trust ruling mere hours before the deadline set by European authorities.

Microsoft: The end of 'my' is nigh

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Ending a longstanding tradition, Microsoft Corp. plans to stop using the word "my" as the default prefix for such folders as "My Documents," "My Music," "My Pictures" and others along those lines. Starting in the next Windows version, due out next year, folders will be known simply as "Documents," "Music," and so on.

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Linux 5.11-rc4

Things continue to look fairly normal for this release: 5.11-rc4 is
solidly average in size, and nothing particularly scary stands out.

In the diff itself, the new ampere modesetting support shows up fairly
clearly - it's one of those hardware enablement things that should be
entirely invisible to people who don't have that hardware, but it does
end up being about a fifth of the whole rc4 patch.

If you ignore that oddity, the rest looks pretty normal, with random
patches all over, and a lot of it being quite small. All the usual
suspects: drivers (gpu, sound, rdma, md, networking..) arch updates
(arm64, risc-v, x86), fiesystems (ext4, nfs, btrfs), core networking,
documentation and tooling. And just random fixes.

The appended shortlog gives the details as usual..

            Linus
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