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Opposition - opposition to free software - fud, opponents in the media, negative reviews of free software, negative reviews of opponents, etc.
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Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write

http://www.h-online.com

Anyone who uses Skype has consented to the company reading everything they write. The H's associates in Germany at heise Security have now discovered that the Microsoft subsidiary does in fact make use of this privilege in practice. Shortly after sending HTTPS URLs over the instant messaging service, those URLs receive an unannounced visit from Microsoft HQ in Redmond.

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EUR 561 million fine over illegal web browser bundling

https://blogs.fsfe.org

The European Commission slapped Microsoft with a fine of EUR 561 million for breaching a 2009 settlement over the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows. Under this agreement, the company promised to display a “browser choice” screen on Windows installs in Europe, inviting users to choose other browsers in addition to the company’s own program.

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Anything but open source!

http://www.fwioo.pl

In the tender for equipment for Regional Centre for Transferring Modern Technologies in Mielec, Poland, bidders can offer any IT solution, as long as it's not based on Free and Open Source Software.

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Seven Reasons for Choosing LibreOffice over Microsoft Office

http://blog.worldlabel.com

LibreOffice is free for the download, and you can install it on as many different machines as you choose. But a free price and a free license aren’t much good if the software doesn’t have the features you want. Happily, that’s usually not a concern with LibreOffice

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Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices

http://www.softwarefreedom.org

At the beginning of December, we warned the Copyright Office that operating system vendors would use UEFI secure boot anticompetitively, by colluding with hardware partners to exclude alternative operating systems.

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The Personal Computer Is Dead (and We Need Some Angry Nerds)

http://www.law.harvard.edu

At the height of Windows's market dominance, Microsoft had no role in determining what software would and wouldn't run on its machines ... (Yet with walled gardens like iPhone rising) Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore found his iPhone app rejected because it contained "content that ridicules public figures."

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SOPA Gets Taiwanese News Animation Treatment

http://www.techdirt.com

Want to know when a bit of news has really hit the mainstream? It's when the Taiwanese company Next Media Animation does a computer generated animation of the story. ... Yup, the battle over SOPA, which they animate by showing Hollywood lobbyists seeking to attack the internet, and showing not only how tech companies teamed up to fight this, but that internet users are pushing back.

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Previous Article Barnes & Noble Blows The Lid Off Microsoft's Android Patent Squeeze

http://www.networkworld.com

B&N claims that all of these [exposed patents] are "trivial" and "insignificant" in terms of Android's use. They claim Microsoft is using these patents for minor functionality to hold Android hostage. It is not just licensing fee's either, ...

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UEFI "Secure Boot" and Microsoft Windows 8: The danger for free software

http://www.fsf.org

Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called "Secure Boot." Secure Boot is designed to protect against malware by preventing computers from loading unauthorized binary programs when booting.

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Consumers Don't Own Computers "Designed for Windows 8", and They Go to Landfills Earlier

http://blog.ofset.org

What you should be aware of and concerned about as a consumer is those machines labeled as "Designed for Windows 8". Much more so if you care about the environmental and humanitarian problems caused by e-wastes, for these machines do end up much earlier as e-wastes than the ordinary machines manufactured now.

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Microsoft, Red Hat Spar Over Secure Boot-loading Tech

http://www.pcworld.com

Is Microsoft using a next-generation computing boot-loading technology to lock out the use of Linux and other OSEs on certain computers? While Microsoft has denied malicious intent, one Red Hat developer maintains that this may be the case.

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MySQL Moves Closer to Closed

https://www.networkworld.com

Monty Widenius laments as Oracle begins the process of moving MySQL out of the light and into its proprietary dungeon. Time for a FreeSQL fork?

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European Commission buys Microsoft for 20 years without competition

https://www.computerweekly.com

Karsten Gerloff, president of lobby group Free Software Foundation Europe, said the ongoing Microsoft arrangement was a "disgrace" for the European Commission (EC).
"It's astounding that every single agreement between the Commission and Microsoft since 1993 has been concluded without a public call for tender," he said.

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Let Barnes & Noble know that the Nook is defective by design

http://www.defectivebydesign.org

Things have changed and now the Nook represents a real threat to users because of its invasive DRM, close relationship with DRM champions Adobe, and because of its use of the Android operating system -- which might lead many to think the Nook is not defective by design.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

http://www.theregister.co.uk

After measuring the IQs of exactly 101,326 users and correlating their scores with the browser they had used to access the test, "There was a clear indication ... that the subjects using any version of Internet Explorer ranked significantly lower on an average than others,"

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