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A happy feat for penguins

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"Penguins have always been a popular animal, but they do seem to be taking the nation by storm," says Christina Slager, curator of the penguin exhibit at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium.

What's black and white and selling everything?

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Never mind what the Chinese calendar says. This is going to be the year of the penguin, at least on Madison Avenue. Penguins have long been popular in advertising, but they have become even more so after three successful movies with penguin characters.

Nouveau pledge successful: 1k donators

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Just saw that the attempt to collect money for the free nvidia driver project is a success: over 1k people signed the promise. Together with the already existing free 3D drivers for the ATI and Intel cards and the upcoming X.Org 7.3 this could give a massive boost to graphics in general in Linux. I cross my fingers.

Gates Foundation's 'dirty secret'

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In a contradiction between its grants and its endowment holdings, a Times investigation has found, the foundation reaps vast financial gains every year from investments that contravene its good works.

A history lesson: How we almost lost Ogg Vorbis support on all MP3 players

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Until today (where I stumbled over an article describing the problem) I was never aware of the fact that we almost lost support for Ogg Vorbis on all MP3 players. And that would have been a pity, because quite a lot of my music is stored as Ogg Vorbis - and yes, my portable player, the IAudio U2 plays Ogg Vorbis!

Rwanda joins low-cost laptop project

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Rwanda is the eighth developing country to join the One Laptop Per Child initiative aimed at giving away inexpensive computers to all young students.

Open source personal tracking system gets first test

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An open source wireless tracking system for following people around buildings got its first public use last week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Open source, security, talent top list for '06, '07

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Security issues, open-source development and a tech talent shortage dominated software industry headlines during 2006 in New England, and the rest of the nation.

'$100 laptop' software may prove revolutionary

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Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Thailand, Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs.

Linux group wants software patents made null

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An open source advocacy group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Microsoft Corp. case asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate all software patents.

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