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Two new projects can help free software replace Skype

http://www.fsf.org

GNU Free Call and WebRTC are both building frameworks that stand to make Skype obsolete. Skype has been in the news a lot lately: Microsoft agreed to buy the company, their network has gone down twice recently, and they're threatening to take unspecified action against developers who try to write free software to make calls on their system.

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The European Commission’s locked-in syndrome

http://blogs.fsfe.org

EC migrates to windows 7, contracts made without public call for tender. Explanations confirm lock-in as motivation which is in contradiction with European procurement Directive. A black day for Europe.

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Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing

http://fsfe.org

Fresh action in the European Commission's antitrust proceedings against Microsoft: On May 24, the European Court of Justice conducts a hearing on Microsoft's appeal against the fine. FSFE has participated in the case for a decade and will intervene on the Commission's behalf.

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Microsoft Skype

http://www.fsf.org

People who focus on minor issues are greatly exercized about the purchase of Skype by Microsoft. How will this affect the success of Skype's spyware, they ask? Was it good strategy for one or the other? Did Microsoft pay too much? How does this affect the possible success of this or that other company?

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Microsoft on supply chain anti-piracy push

http://www.itnews.com.au

Microsoft has lobbied state legislators in the US to introduce a law which would prevent a business selling goods and services if one of its (possibly foreign) suppliers was found to be using pirated Microsoft software.

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Android: Sued by Microsoft, not by Linux

http://www.itworld.com

Microsoft's attempts to bring down Android via litigation rather than innovation continued apace today, as the software giant filed another patent lawsuit against an Android client, this time top US bookstore chain Barnes & Noble, which sells the Nook e-reader.

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Ban the Microsoft "virus", government told

http://www.computerweekly.com

Microsoft web software is like a computer virus in government computer systems and must be banned, a meeting of the British Computer Society's Open Source Specialist Group heard last week. Called by Home Office lead architect Tariq Rashid, the meeting formed part of an investigation into why government open source policy has floundered.

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USDOJ opens anti-trust investigation of MPEG-LA

http://yro.slashdot.org

The Wall Street Journal reports MPEG-LA's statement to try to prevent Google's VP8 codec from spreading is the reason of the interest of the US Department of Justice.

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Microsoft Bans Open Source on Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

http://jordanopensource.org

The sale of free software on Windows Phone Marketplace has been stopped by Microsoft, which has barred applications licensed under the GNU General Public License v3 (GPLv3), Affero GPLv3, and LGPLv3 from its marketplace.

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Is the Shade Coming Down on the Windows Era?

http://www.linuxinsider.com

"Being the largest OEM of PCs on the planet and pushing GNU/Linux -- albeit a distro shrouded in non-free layers -- HP can put the last nail in the coffin of M$'s monopoly," predicted blogger Robert Pogson.

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Australia Mandates Microsoft's OOXML

http://it.slashdot.org

The Australian Government has released a policy that mandates the ECMA-376 version of Microsoft's Office Open XML standard and productivity suites that can 'read and write' the .docx format. If you're not familiar with the OOXML fiasco, take a look at http://noooxml.org/ for the sordid details.

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Open source campaigners urge investigation of Novell patent sale

http://www.out-law.com

Open Source Initiative (OSI) has asked a German competition law regulator to investigate the purchase of patents owned by Novell by CPTN, a consortium led by Microsoft and including Apple, Oracle and EMC.

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winetricks 20101222 released

http://wine-reviews.net

Dan Kegel released winetricks 20101008 today. new verbs icodecs, msnasn1, opensymbol, wmi, xmllite; removed obsolete verbs audioio, dcom98, eadm, urlmon

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Peruvian Congressman's rebuttal to Microsoft FUD in 2002

http://gnuwin.epfl.ch

A bill was proposed (and later in 2005 passed into law) that the Peruvian state was to only use free software. This incited the manager of Microsoft Peru to write a FUD laced letter to Dr Edgar David Villanueva Núñez, the man behind the bill 1609. Here's his rebuttal to that letter.

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Mono: Unsafe At Any Speed

http://www.the-source.com

So, that’s the 5 most popular (give-or-take) Mono applications for Linux. Not a single one of which doesn’t have a significant amount of references to non-ECMA namespaces.

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