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SETI@Home project ends; no E.T., but the technology continues

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Along with the Howard Stern Show, another radio endeavor involving alien life forms is going off the air this week; SETI@Home, a grid supercomputer project for detecting signs of extra terrestrial life from deep space, officially ended Dec. 15.

Science Journal: Wikipedia Pretty Accurate

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Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that relies on volunteers to pen nearly 4 million articles, is about as accurate in covering scientific topics as Encyclopedia Britannica, the journal Nature wrote in an online article published Wednesday.

'Open Source Content' Has No Quality Control

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The flap over the man who spoofed the Wikipedia with a bogus entry claiming a journalist was involved in both Kennedy assassinations and spent 13 years living in the Soviet Union is a powerful indictment of what I'm calling "open source" content.

Also: WIKIPEDIA: fitting the open source framework

A little sleuthing unmasks writer of Wikipedia prank

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It started as a joke and ended up as a shot heard round the Internet, with the joker losing his job and Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, suffering a blow to its credibility.

Open or closed: how the net will be won

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The internet is so deeply entwined with our everyday lives that it makes little sense to talk about it as some fantasy world, with its own set of laws and freedoms.

Cast Your Own Net

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Who will own intellectual property on the new internet? If Wikipedia has anything to say about it, everyone will have equal ownership in the sum of all knowledge.

LinuxQuestions.org Launches Redesigned Website

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LinuxQuestions.org is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned website. Along with the new look comes a variety of new features and sections.

Madison Avenue faces Google fears

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Google Inc.'s search for revenue beyond its wildly popular pay-per-click advertising system has everyone from publishers to phone companies unnerved by the seemingly endless scope of the Web leader's ambitions.

ICANN Reverses Course on '.XXX' Domain

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Raising the possibility that it will change course once again on a hotly debated move meant to give adult content Web sites their own Internet realm, the net's governing body has decided to shelve a plan to discuss how to create a ".xxx" domain.

Open Source Content Management Set Up

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I thought there should be a site that allows people to "test drive" many of the best systems vailable. Since there was no site like that, I started opensourceCMS.com.

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