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JPEG patent challenged

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Claiming that it has found prior art on Forgent's patent, the Public Patent Foundation (PubPat) is challenging it, asking the US Patent and Trademark Office to revoke Forgent's patent.

On-Demand Internet - A Stopgap Measure

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I've been pondering the rootkit phenomenon over the past week, and the problem ends up boiling itself down to an old assertion: 24/7 connectivity is a bad thing. John C. Dvorak says to scraps Linux, Unix, Mac OS and Windows.

PalmSource acquisition finalized

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PalmSource, which owns the rights to the Palm operating system, is now in the hands of Japan's Access, executives announced late Monday, starting a new chapter for the once struggling company.

How Industry Analyst Reports Can Trick Readers

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Microsoft's "Get the Facts" advertising campaign makes the claim that Windows offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, and backs it up with reports from well-known industry analyst firms. But Linux advocates claim that the TCO of Linux is lower, and some other studies back them up. How can you separate the fact from the fiction?

Interview with Monty Widenius

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With MySQL 5 now widely available, the MySQL founder weighs in on the competition, the future of the MySQL database, and how to manage contributed code. Here’s ten questions with the co-founder and CTO of MySQL AB.

Global channel boss parts company with Novell

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Mark Hardardt, Novell's VP and general manager for partners and channels, has parted company with the software vendor.

How to Save Your Neck in a Four Easy Steps

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Say what you will about Novell CEO Jack Messman, he's no dummy. Maybe it's for the good of Novell or maybe just to save his own neck, but since early September when Blum Capital and Credit Suisse First Boston went public with their gripes that the former railroad exec was fumbling Novell's golden opportunity to be the Red Hat challenger, he has been making big conciliatory moves fast.

Google lends a hand to Microsoft Office rival

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Google is opening up yet another front in its battle with Microsoft by backing a competitor to Bill Gates' dominant Office software package.

A Window on Ourselves -- Our 2003 Selves, Anyway

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The most recent round of data spewed forth by the green eyeshades over at Census tells us how we use our computers and the Internet.

Cruising Without a Bruising

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Linux Journal's \"Señor Editor\" recounts the latest Geek Cruise's visits to resorts later trashed by Hurricane Wilma.

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