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    Linux distro 'elementary' grows up, starts paying developers by Bryan Lunduke

    The elementary OS (the beginning “e” is lowercase) team has been making some big waves lately. First a video appeared that showcased the next version of elementary (code named “Isis”) and some seriously impressive updates, including visual polish not typically found in most software (Open Source or otherwise).Then the team unveiled a large collection of paid bounties that they are making available via to help drive progress on new features and bug fixes of the popular little...

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    In France, it's now illegal to work after 6 p.m. by Colin Neagle

    UPDATE: Buzzfeed and Slate are now claiming that the Guardian report cited in this post was incorrect in its claims that the law affects 1 million employees - the new number being thrown around is 250,000 - and that the agreement doesn't enforce a 6 p.m. deadline or any specific time at all. As Buzzfeed speculated, that specific 6 p.m. time was likely an assumption based on the French labor law's limit to a 35-hour work week, which forces many to end their work day at 6 p.m.This is still among...

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    IBM's BlueMix delivers PaaS to developers large and small by Alan Shimel

    IBM's recent Pulse Conference in Las Vegas was like Christmas in February for developers. Whether working in midmarket or large enterprises, independent consultant or employee, there was something for everyone. The best part of this is that they are gifts that keep on giving as IBM continues to roll out what they announced at Pulse. I had a chance to catch up with IBM Midmarket GM, John Mason and GM of IBM Ecosystem, Sandy Carter, to discuss Pulse and how IBM is working with the developer...

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    Mozilla's Eich steps down as CEO: A sad but necessary move by Bryan Lunduke

    After 11 days on the job, Brendan Eich has stepped down as the CEO of Mozilla. At the root of his departure was his past donations to an anti-gay marriage proposition in California, and the resulting backlash from the community.I continue to have incredibly mixed feeling about this.Brendan has made some amazing contributions to Mozilla, the web, and Open Source over the last two decades. He started working on Netscape back in 1995, was the chief architect during the creation of Mozilla in 1998,...

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    Comcast vs. Google: How a potential broadband battle could impact consumers by Colin Neagle

    As Google Fiber expands its low-cost, high-speed broadband service into new markets, the ensuing competition in the U.S. internet market could cause a nationwide ripple effect of lower prices and better services.A recent Motley Fool article details how Google Fiber – which offers 5 Mbps broadband for free, 1 Gbps broadband for $70 per month, and a 1 Gbps and cable TV package (including 2 TB of DVR storage and a Nexus 7 tablet) for $120 – could impact major U.S. internet service providers (ISPs)...

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    Canonical flip-flops on Ubuntu's controversial Amazon feature by Bryan Lunduke

    I like Canonical. I really and truly do. They do their own thing, pave their own trail. They take Ubuntu and re-work it to run on TVs, phones, and tablets. Any day now I expect them to announce Ubuntu for Toasters. And that is awesome.But sometimes Canonical makes me facepalm.Case in point - the feature of Ubuntu's Unity Dash, which searches This feature, which is turned on by default, has been a fairly controversial one for quite a long time now. Back in 2012, Richard Stallman went...

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    How realistic is Facebook's plan to use drones for internet connectivity? by Colin Neagle

    It's been a little while since we've heard from Facebook’s initiative, which company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in August. The news appears to be worth the wait, involving a rig of drones and lasers that will provide internet to those without access.In a brief post published on his Facebook yesterday, Zuckerberg discussed launching solar-powered drones to distribute wireless internet access to under-served areas. In order to do so, Facebook acquired aerospace technology company...

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    Driverless vehicle already in use in Europe by Colin Neagle

    A driverless golf cart-like vehicle has hit the market and is already in use on some college campuses in Europe, including Oxford University.The all-electric Navia looks like a golf cart and, with a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour but a recommended speed of about 12 mph, is typically used as a driverless shuttle service, according to a Motherboard report. Its battery can be recharged "unaided at a docking station," according to the Navia website, and "needs no special infrastructure such as...

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    Malicious apps on Google Play store turn smartphones into Bitcoin mining rigs by Colin Neagle

    Mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies requires a lot of computing power. To obtain such power, some are releasing malicious Android apps on the Google Play store that secretly turn the device housing them into miniature rigs contributing to large-scale cryptorrency mining operation.In a company blog post, Trend Micro references earlier research conducted by G Data mobile security that uncovered a malware family known as ANDROIDOS_KAGECOIN.HBT, which had been spotted running in the...

  • Linux Tycoon

    Boycotting Mozilla isn't the best approach by Bryan Lunduke

    Brendan Eich, the newly appointed CEO of Mozilla (makers of the Firefox web browser and the new mobile phone OS, FirefoxOS), gave $1,000 to support California's Proposition 8 (the anti-gay marriage proposition) back in 2008.Some folks are upset and are now boycotting Firefox (and other Mozilla products) in protest of his appointment. Back in 2012, Eich blogged about this topic (as there was a little controversy about it back then as well) with his viewpoint – essentially that he's a nice guy...

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