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Microsoft says free and open source software infringes on 235 of its patents. The real motive for Microsoft's patent volley may be the third version of the General Public License.
Today's three stories in three minutes include:GPLv3 is the real reason behind Microsoft's patent skirmish with open source software. Jeremy Allison notes the perils of the open document format wars between open source and Microsoft.
Wal-Mart will offer Skype hardware and service throughout its 1,800 stores beginning today. The move, which could be a boon for growing Skype's subscriber count, means that Wal-Mart will carry headsets, webcams and handsets designed to work with Skype.
Enterprise applications are going to increasingly come with Web 2.0 wrappers.
Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft: Free and open source software violates 235 Microsoft patents. Report: Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents.
The New York Time's Richard Siklos wrote a profile of Rupert Murdoch that including some interesting details from a News Corp. executive offsite.
This week a number of Silicon Valley pioneers and practitioners of the NewTube--next generation TV, video, formats and business models--put on suits and testified before the Congressional Telecom and Internet Subcommittee on the "Future of Video.
Prabhakar Raghavan, the head of Yahoo! Research, delivered the keynote yesterday at WWW2007.
PC makers have been getting breaks on DRAM pricing but buyers haven't seen much of break. Apparently that state of affairs is changing.