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The lunchtime technology newsbucket: chock full o’links

Wired's past predictions, solicitors accused, Amazon clicks it, Sony's Move move, OSS on Windows, emerging sites, and the web's real Cold War
  
  

A quick burst of links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

Wired Reread - seeing how well old copies of Wired forecast the past
Ah, those far-off days when the year 2000 and the millennium bug were ahead of us, and handheld computers were not at risk of slipping down the sofa. Or of being held in your hand, come to that.

Two solicitors accused over file-sharing 'bully tactics' | The Law Gazette
"Mark Stephens, a partner at Stephens Finers Innocent who is representing the two solicitors involved, rejected the consumer group's allegations. He said Davenport Lyons has a long tradition of protecting the rights of creators, and its methodology for handling illegal file-sharing cases conforms to industry best practice, and has been adopted in the Digital Economy Bill currently going through parliament. Stephens said it was not correct to say the solicitors' conduct was inappropriate in the manner alleged by Which?, adding that Davenport Lyons has a 100% success rate for the illegal file-sharing cases that it has taken to court." We'd like to know: how many cases has it taken to court?

Amazon.com's 1-Click patent confirmed following re-exam >> Techflash.com
Is it a software patent, or a business method patent? Either way, the USPTO reckons it stands. Until 2017, anyhow.

GDC: Sony's Motion Controller Is 'PlayStation Move' - Gamasutra
It works like a Wii-mote but looks more like a sex toy. PlayStation Eye camera also required.

Geeknet at OSBC 2010 - Port 25: The Open Source Community at Microsoft
Scott Collison from Geeknet reports on the share of open source on Windows at Geeknet (which owns SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek, Ohloh, freshmeat etc). He says: "the amount of Open Source Software (OSS) that is Windows compatible has been steadily climbing over time, from 72% in early 2005 to some 82% in late 2009."

YouTube - THE NEW DORK - Entrepreneur State of Mind
A geeky spoof of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind, from the guys behind Grasshopper.com. The lyrics and in the info panel

5 Emerging Social Media Sites to Watch in 2010 - Social Media Examiner
You mean there's more to life than Facebook and Twitter? Well, there's Foursquare...

Does HTML5 Really Beat Flash? The Surprising Results of New Tests - ReadWriteWeb
Tests at streaminglearningcenter.com confirm that Flash works better on Windows because it can't use hardware acceleration on Mac OS X.

Flash and Standards: The Cold War of the Web - A List Apart
"Until we realize the foolishness of faith in technology, we'll see the same cycle repeated," says Dan Mall

Drudge Report accused of serving malware, again - CNET News
To be precise, it looks like a "malvertising" hit - malware served up via third-party advertising systems which have been conned by the bad guys. Drudge will be a huge target, which potentially means thousands affected. ""This will be a problem (for sites) as long as JavaScript and Active Content, like Flash ads, are allowed" on sites, said Mary Landesman, a senior security researcher at ScanSafe." Quickly solved then..

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