Apple responds to one patent troll: Many more remain

It took long enough, but Apple has finally sent a letter to Lodsys backing its developers and telling the troll to get lost. Not in those words, exactly, but Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell's response to Lodsys leaves no doubt...

Apple's silence raises big questions about patent protection on iOS and Mac OS X

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on Apple to indemnify its developers from Lodsys — a patent troll that's alleging patent infringement on the in-app purchasing used by iOS apps. You know, the technology developed...

Is the Affero GPL unfriendly to hobbyists?

A few days ago I wrote about GNU MediaGoblin, a project that looks to provide a federated media sharing solution so users can take control of their media and still share with friends. But the licensing for GNU MediaGoblin, the Affero...

Anti-competitive Apple policies kill iOS app, company

The deadline is approaching for Apple developers to implement in-app purchases. Despite being wildly unpopular, Apple is sticking to its guns requiring developers to allow purchases via their applications — and doing serious damage...

Skype purchase highlights a weakness in "free enough" philosophy

If you're a Linux and heavy Skype user, the announcement that Microsoft is purchasing Skype no doubt sent shivers down your spine. You can relax, though: Steve Ballmer says everything will be OK. Reassuring, right?Ballmer has assured...

GNU Mediagoblin Project launches

The GNU Project is taking a shot at photo sharing. On May 2nd, the wraps came off the GNU Mediagoblin project. If successful, the GNU Mediagoblin could solve several problems that haven't been addressed well by existing photo sharing...

Is Defective by Design getting any traction at all?

What if they gave a protest, and nobody came? The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is calling May 4 the "Day Against DRM," but is it getting any traction? From the look of its 2011 wiki page, not very much.You'd think that an anti-DRM...

A tale of two distros: Slackware 13.37 and Ubuntu 11.04 released

After months of development, one of the most important Linux distributions was released today. Of course I'm talking about Slackware 13.37. Oh, and the Ubuntu Project released 11.04 today too — though by reading the press release...

Barnes & Noble comes out swinging against Microsoft: Hints Amazon is "restricted" by licensing deal

Barnes & Noble has responded to Microsoft's patent suit, and it's not backing down. According to B&N, Microsoft is "misusing these patents as part of a scheme to try to eliminate or marginalize the competition to its own...

Dropbox fends off open source file-sharing application

Dropbox is not getting much in the way of good news lately. First the company was caught out over changes to its terms of service (TOS), now the company is fending off a open source project called Dropship.According to Dan DeFelippi,...

Dropbox CTO responds to privacy concerns

Most terms of service (TOS) changes go unnoticed, but when Dropbox changed its TOS to say it'd provide files to the government people took notice. According to Dropbox's CTO, this is nothing new. But it does raise questions about...

Should Oracle be blamed for OpenOffice.org pullout?

Is Oracle getting a bad rap for admitting defeat with OpenOffice.org already? Matthew Aslett seems to think so. While Aslett is right that Sun had the ball much longer, Oracle shouldn't be held blameless either.In case you missed it,...

Six public relations lessons for open source projects

The Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit tends to focus on technical and legal sessions for industry experts — but one of the better sessions at the Summit was Press Training for Community Projects. Led by Jennifer Cloer, the...

No Beefy Miracle for Fedora

In a surprise upset, the Fedora Project has chosen "Verne" for Fedora 16's release name, beating out Beefy Miracle — despite strong support from former Fedora Project Leaders Paul Frields and Max Spevack.Despite Spevack's promise to...

How do "experts" use FOSS Documentation?

If you're involved in the FOSS community, particularly the developer community, Andrew McGrath would like to pick your brain a bit before April 14.McGrath is following a survey by Tim Lethbridge ("How Software Engineers Use...

Canonical abandons ShipIt program: free Ubuntu CDs too pricey

All good things must come to an end, including free Ubuntu CDs via Canonical's ShipIt program. Though a major factor in Ubuntu's success, Canonical is cutting costs and closing the doors on the free CD program it has sponsored since...

Google gets serious about software patents

If nothing else, you have to give Google props for being up-front about its strategy. The company announced that it would be trying to snap up Nortel's patent porfolio at a bankruptcy auction. Is this a good thing?Google is obviously...

Fedora introduces new top-level directory for runtime data

Fedora 15 will come with a lot of new features and interesting changes — including a whole new top-level directory in the form of /run for runtime data.This may sound trivial to many, but top-level directories tend to be a touchy...

Amazon's Cloud Drive: Perfect as-is

Yesterday evening, Amazon announced its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, a service that goes hand-in-hand with Amazon MP3. The only problem? Uploading to Cloud Drive requires a fairly clunky process through the Web browser. It's no...

Lawyer behind Android infringement claim has Microsoft ties

Edward J. Naughton, is out promoting the idea that Android violates the GPL over on Huffington Post. But Naughton seems to be hiding his ties to Microsoft.Compare Naughton's bio on Brown Rudnick's site and then compare to the Google...

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