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Nokia said it will transfer 3,000 employees to Accenture by the end of 2011 and that they will work on the Symbian operating system and eventually Nokia's implementation of Microsoft's Windows Phone OS.

the Inquirer: Red Hat Linux enjoys bumper growth

Software Patents

Long analysis about why software is mathematics and why neither should be covered by patents. (I haven't read it yet, but by skimming through it looks very thorough and like a must read.)

Groklaw: Barnes & Noble Charges Microsoft with Misusing Patents to Further an Anticompetive Scheme Against Android

the Inquirer: Barnes & Noble claims Microsoft Nokia patent pact is illegal

IGDMLGD: One Click Patent Reexamination over – with claims amended and other Amazon applications rejected in light of my prior art

Google has lost a patent infringement suit which, according to Techno Lllama, could have serious consequences on Free Software in USA.

the Inquirer: Samsung countersues Apple

Ars Technica: Samsung continues barrage against Apple with new lawsuit in the US

the Inquirer: Attachmate completes its acquisition of Novell

Copyright and Other Legal Act Reforms

European Commission responds to the EU's academics that the EC still sees no problem with ACTA. I beg to differ.

In New Zeland a stricter copyright reform is planned.

Opensource.com: The FTC weighs in on patent reform

More dirty secrets revealed about ACTA this week.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the defense of copyright protections is a “categorical imperative,” and he hopes that the actions of the HADOPI will “continue its deployment on a large scale.”

Michael Geist: Wikileaks Cable Confirms Public Pressure Forced Delay of Canadian Copyright Bill in 2008

Government and Free Software Policies

the Inquirer: [UK] MP is determined to get digital policy right

OSOR: EU: Free software advocates want procurement rules improved

OSOR: DK: Study reveals financial benefits of re-using IT system elements as open source

OSOR: DE: Munich and Interior Ministry to present at LinuxTag Berlin Open Standards

17 organisations who make use of WebM founded an initiative to share patents relevant to the WebM technologies between themselves on a royalty-free basis. Things are looking up for WebM as a trully open standard, but I'm still missing an explicit patent license to end-users.

Other interesting links

Make: If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source it!

Morning Star: WSJ(4/25) Michael Dell Looks Beyond PC Business

The Next Web: South Africa’s broadband capacity set to double as West Africa Cable System lands

the H Online: Kernel comment: Perseverance pays off

Open…: Do Creatorless Creations Deserve Copyright?

TechDirt: Big Patent Holders & Big Patent Law Firms Bring Judges To Belgium For Boondoggle…

Opensource.com: Is the future of Pharma open source?

Network World: Need IPv4 addresses? Get 'em here 26th of April was World Intellectual Property Day. As its critique at the same time a World Sharing Day manifesto was written.

Razor Fast: Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project

Social Sciences Research Network: Legal, Economic and Cultural Aspects of File Sharing

Open…: The Not-So-Great Firewall of Europe

It is highly likely that the Microsoft anti-trust deal with the US government will not be prolongued and therefore expire soon.

the Register: Apple breaks location-storing silence

Ars Technica: The gadgets police use to snarf cell phone data

Ars Technica: Money flowing into "open courseware" on college campuses

Google, Microsoft, Apple and others have been questioned by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee over the use of tracking technology in mobile phones that might breach users' privacy.

the Inquirer: Microsoft admits that Windows Phone 7 collects location data

Ars Technica: Amazon responds to Apple: "app store" is generic, toss the suit The security breach of Sony's PlayStation Network was has also stirred up some electronic ink.

the Inquirer: Tomtom admits navigation data was used by police for speed traps

hook out → finished early this week, so I can have some weekend off :3

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