DBCDE forum reveals filter legislation not drafted

Electronic Frontiers Australia today revealed what it said was evidence that Stephen Conroy’s department was hosting a protected online forum to discuss controversial issues about the Government’s internet filter initiative, including the lack of a complete draft of the planned legislation as of several weeks ago and the possibility of making it an offence to promote methods of circumventing the filter.

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Ubuntu 10.04 hit by major bug on release day

It’s the end of April. Spring is here, and so is Ubuntu 10.04. Or at least, that’s the plan. Canonical’s rigid release schedule is awesome for many reasons — one of which is the amount of excitement it generates around each new Ubuntu release. However, I don’t think this is the kind of excitement Mr. Shuttleworth had in mind when the “fixed schedule” policy was set.

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Google Android Partnership in Trouble

Google’s Android partnership is proving a strain as one manufacturer after another chooses alternatives to Google. Samsung Electronics Co has opted to use an alternative operating system with HTC Corp likely to follow in its footsteps. Motorola Inc has a non-Google version mapping software and Verizon Wireless closed plans on the addition of Google Nexus on its network carrier. The new consensus appears as machinations to loosen Google’s stranglehold over the Industry.

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Will Android eat Apple?

Google’s first foray into mobile phones was an upsetting affair. The company whose search engine changed the world had been rumoured to be planning something equally revolutionary in a sphere dominated by the iPhone. Rumours had swirled of a phone that was free – one that would be, like most other Google products, supported by advertising.

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HP buys Palm

HP has just announced that it’s acquiring Palm to the tune of $1.2 billion, which works out to $5.70 per share of Palm common stock. The deal is planned to close by July 31, which marks the end of HP’s third fiscal quarter of the year. Current Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is “expected to remain with the company,” though it’s not said in what capacity. Press release after the break. There’ll be a call to discuss the acquisition in more detail (well, we hope in more detail) at 5PM ET, so we’ll keep you abreast as we learn more.

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