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A history lesson: How we almost lost Ogg Vorbis support on all MP3 players

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Until today (where I stumbled over an article describing the problem) I was never aware of the fact that we almost lost support for Ogg Vorbis on all MP3 players. And that would have been a pity, because quite a lot of my music is stored as Ogg Vorbis - and yes, my portable player, the IAudio U2 plays Ogg Vorbis!

Rwanda joins low-cost laptop project

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Rwanda is the eighth developing country to join the One Laptop Per Child initiative aimed at giving away inexpensive computers to all young students.

Open source personal tracking system gets first test

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An open source wireless tracking system for following people around buildings got its first public use last week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Open source, security, talent top list for '06, '07

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Security issues, open-source development and a tech talent shortage dominated software industry headlines during 2006 in New England, and the rest of the nation.

'$100 laptop' software may prove revolutionary

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Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Thailand, Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs.

Linux group wants software patents made null

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An open source advocacy group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Microsoft Corp. case asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate all software patents.

A medical open-source legal hell-hole

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To open-source or not to open-source was never in question as far as Steve Shreeve, founding CEO and largest shareholder of Medsphere Systems Corp., was concerned. So, this summer, Steve, self-proclaimed open-source software leader, and his twin-brother Scott, released the company's matured code on SourceForge under the GPL. Their reward? They were then sued for $50 million by their company.

The Top 10 Tech Stories of 2006

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Mergers, acquisitions, lawsuits, scandals, and battery recalls kept journalists busy in 2006. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service's top news stories of the year.

The year in pop culture

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It's not always about you, you know. Except in 2006, it was.

It was all about YouTube, the Internet phenomenon that felt like the final elimination of the increasingly blurry line between the providers of entertainment and the consumers. On YouTube and its multiplying online kin, you're both.

Predictions for 2007 (and how I did on 2006)

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Let's dig up my predictions for 2006 and see how I did first. So two and two, with one partial. Time for 2007.

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