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FBI Nabs Movie Pirates

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Counterfeiters sometimes bribe their way into advance screenings, so their work can hit the black market before the movies are released in theaters. This is part of a broader scheme the movie industry says robbed it of an estimated US$18 billion in global revenue in 2005.

Red Hat CEO Bemoans State Of Education, Tech Talent Pool

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Red Hat Chairman, CEO and President Matthew Szulik said his ability to find well-qualified candidates in the United States who also embrace the open-source movement's entrepreneurial values and culture of innovation is extremely limited.

Opening Up Windows

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Former head of M$ development is serving up competition in the form of Web-based applications a la Google or Yahoo!, states may open source parts of code.

Money talks as top exec walks: Screw-ups pay off

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What’s the reward for failure in Waltham these days? If you’re Jack Messman, who was ousted yesterday as boss of local software company Novell, it’s not too shabby. Several million dollars, in fact.

A sad, slightly unreal IT story

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I had to spend 9 hours in Miami, waiting for a connecting flight. So, I decided that I would pay $7.95 for a “day pass” for the Wifi connection. I asked: "You use Microsoft servers, don’t you?" This sad story becomes worse.

Can VMware's open standards moves halt Microsoft?

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Microsoft is coming -- this much virtualisation market leader VMware knows. But the company, led by Diane Greene, seems to know exactly how to stave off the software giant. But is it enough?

It's Not a Gold Watch...

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Why should Linux--as a technology, as a community--give a darn about anything Microsoft does? The story of Gates' retirement, as big as it was, wasn't about Linux or open source at all. And, try as many in the mainstream media wanted to make this about Linux, they really could not make a valid connection.

US government agencies look to efficiently convert old data

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While the federal government looks into software than can convert paper data into electronic form, some state governments see open-source software as the wave of the future, said Dennis Wells, deputy chief information officer for the Office of Information Services at the Oregon Department of Human Resources.

Losses double for SCO Group

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The SCO Group Inc.'s net loss for the fiscal second quarter more than doubled from a year ago, hampered by litigation expenses that totaled nearly $3.8 million in the quarter.

The Open Source Car - Unconventional Wisdom and Sustainability

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In this article Sir John Whitmore, columnist with the daily Telegraph motoring section, looks at a new approach to development. We all face an environmental crisis. Hybrid cars and biofuels might be interim steps in the right direction, but they are not sustainable solutions. Conventional wisdom predicts great technical problems and cost in overcoming these problems. But what about unconventional wisdom?

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