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Haiti Makes Androids, Google Cuts Prices & More…

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U.S. giving up control of DNS root zone

On Friday, March 14, the U.S. announced it’ll relinquish control of the Internet’s root zone file, which contains all information about top-level domain names. According to Ars Technica, the move came as a surprise, although the United States has promised for many years that eventually the system would be put in the hands of an international body.

Currently, the Department of Commerce has [...]

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Why Not Diaspora?

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“Why we don’t all switch to Diaspora I will never understand.”

My friend Ross made this remark on Facebook Thursday as introduction to a link to a petition by Demand Progress, a progressive political action site. The petition addresses Facebook and privacy issues, making some rather disturbing accusations. Although the text is short on siting sources, the accusations still ring true. The claim is that every time something is typed into a comment box but [...]

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Cloud Based LibreOffice, Facebook Reads PMs & More…

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FOSS Week in Review

In 2013, Linux hits grand slam

Now that companies are closing-out their books on the old year, it’s becoming evident that Linux devices were a big hit in 2013.

On Friday, CNET’s Brooke Crothers reported that Chromebooks, those nifty laptops running Google’s Chrome OS that let the cloud do the heavy lifting, accounted for 21% of all laptop sales last year. As impressive as that may be, the numbers get even [...]

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Facebook Compromises With Social Fixer

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Sometimes the community can win. Hordes of people became upset when Facebook began playing hardball with Matt Kruse and the browser extension he develops. Called Social Fixer, it allows for changing the look and feel of the news feed in Facebook. Everything takes place in the browser of the user and only the user’s experience is modified. This should be a classic case of “no harm, no foul.”

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Facebook Gives ‘Social Fixer’ Ultimatum

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Things aren’t going well for Matt Kruse, the developer of the über-popular Social Fixer browser extension which gives users control over how their Facebook pages and news feeds appear to them. It works within the browser and doesn’t affect the experience of anyone on Facebook other than the user. With it, status updates can be tabbed, items can be filtered, and it allows hiding or blocking sponsored stories and other advertising that runs through the [...]

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