New story! Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun”

It's been two years since filmmakers making a documentary about the song "Happy Birthday" filed a lawsuit claiming that the song shouldn't be under copyright. Now, they have filed what they say is "proverbial smoking-gun evidence" that should cause the judge to rule in their favor.

The "smoking gun" is a 1927 version of the "Happy Birthday" lyrics, predating Warner/Chappell's 1935 copyright by eight years. That 1927 songbook, along with other versions located through the plaintiffs' investigations, "conclusively prove that any copyright that may have existed for the song itself... expired decades ago."

New story! 3.5-inch SBC runs Yocto on Braswell and 6 Watts

Aaeon’s Yocto Linux ready, 3.5-inch “GENE-BSW5″ SBC offers Intel Braswell CPUs, dual GbE ports, six serial ports, and mini-PCIe, SATA, and mSATA expansion. The Yocto Linux ready GENE-BSW5 is the successor to Aaeon’s earlier, Atom E3800 based GENE-BT05 SBC, and shares the same 3.5-inch form factor. This is Aaeon’s first product to run Intel’s new […]

New story! Researchers claim they've developed a better, faster Tor

Tor, the world's largest and most well-known "onion router" network, offers a degree of anonymity that has made it a popular tool of journalists, dissidents, and everyday Internet users who are trying to avoid government or corporate censorship (as well as Internet drug lords and child pornographers).

New story! Seven things security experts do to keep safe online

Cybersecurity experts aren't like you or I, and now we have the evidence to prove it. Researchers at Google interviewed more than 200 experts to find out what security practices they actually carry out online, and then spoke to almost 300 non-experts to find out how they differ.

New story! Darkode Hacking Forum Taken Down by FBI and Europol

In a joint operation that included law enforcement agencies from 20 countries, the infamous Darkode hacking forum has been taken down. Darkode, an ill-famed meeting place for top level hackers, was notorious for its though registration process which granted access only to users that could prove they were professionals at their craft, and had tricks and software to share or sell to others.

New story! Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Gets Big Improvement for Battery

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is now available for purchase, and anyone can get one from the official website, and the latest update for the Ubuntu Touch that's powering it has brought some serious improvements to it.

New story! Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

Methods get wrong parameters, claim Stack Overflow dev. A critical bug in the optimizer in the just-released .NET 4.6 runtime could break and crash production applications, we're warned.

New story! Exton|OS Light Distro Brings Linux Kernel 4.0 and Openbox to Ubuntu 15.04

On July 27, Arne Exton, the creator of several Linux kernel-based operating systems, had the pleasure of informing us about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his Exton|OS Light distribution.

New story! Bin your Android phone: 1 BILLION mobes can be infected by a single text

Good luck getting it patched on non-Nexus kit any time soon – may as well just buy a new one. The vast majority of Android phones can be silently infected each by a single text message, allowing criminals to worm their way into as many as 950 million devices.

New story! Seven Key Milestones in OpenStack's Five-Year History

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jul 27, 2015 6:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud
On July 19, 2010, Chris Kemp, at the time NASA's CTO for IT, went on stage at the OSCON open-source conference to announce OpenStack, a new open-source effort along with Rackspace. Five years later, OpenStack has emerged as one of the leading cloud platforms governments and big-name companies around the world use.

New story! phpMyAdmin Bids SourceForge Farewell

phpMyAdmin, the popular free and open source web based tool for administering MySQL databases, has left the SourceForge building. In a blog post on Saturday, the project’s infrastructure coordinator, Michal ?iha?, announced that a migration from Sourceforge is all but complete. The few remaining items left on the SourceForge server will be “hopefully handled in upcoming days as well.”

New story! Akademy Day 3 the start of BoFs, meetings and workshops

Akademy Awards. Each year the KDE Community presents Akademy Awards to people who have made special contributions. The jury this year was made up of recipients from last year.

New story! How to Handle Files with Scilab on Ubuntu 15.04

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 4:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Scilab is an OpenSource Linux software for numerical computation similar to Matlab. This tutorial shows how to handle files and load data into Scilab for later use or processing. Scilab will interpret the code in the file and it's structure and format, etc. To use a file within the Scilab environment, it is necessary to use a number of previous commands that allow both reading and interpretation of the file in question.

New story! 950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages

Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website, a security researcher reported Monday. The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android phones and tablets...

New story! Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Review - A Diamond in the Rough

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Jul 27, 2015 2:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is the latest phone to ship with the operating system built by Canonical, and it's also the most powerful available right now. We'll take a closer look at it, and we'll try to determine whether it's good enough to stand on its own.

New story! The right way to fail

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At OSCON this year, Amye Scavarda and Leslie Hawthorn gave a talk entitled "Fear of Failing Fast: How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Success." I just had to attend. Here's a summary of the talk. read more

New story! Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yule bee … you'll bee … you'll be butter off … better off without it, says ad giant Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.…

New story! How to get designers involved in your software project

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 11:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
I attended Una Kravets' OSCON talk, "Open Source Design: A Love Story," after interviewing her recently. read more

New story! Enlightenment 0.19.7 Desktop Environment

The developers of the lightweight desktop environment Enlightenment (used in various Linux distributions) anounced their 0.19.7 release.

According to the Enlightenment team Enlightenment is in the transition from X11 to Wayland.

New story! The Dronecode Foundation aims to keep UAVs open

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAV) applications and capabilities are advancing at a phenomenal rate, and the cost of these systems is decreasing at an equally impressive rate largely because of the open source. In many cases, open source projects are outpacing the development of their equivalent closed source systems. To further accelerate these developments, in late 2014 several companies came together to form the Dronecode Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings together existing open source drone projects and assets under one umbrella organization governed by The Linux Foundation. read more

New story! Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

Utopic Unicorn gets another gallop to leap security rainbow Ubuntu has changed its mind on an end-of-life announcement, giving Version 14.10 one last kernel patch to cover off some big vulns.…

New story! Three months with a Chromebook computer

In today's open source roundup: How well does the Chromebook stack up after three months of use? Plus: Debian dumps SPARC hardware architecture. And Ubuntu MATE drops the Ubuntu Software Center.

New story! Eating our own dog food in open source

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jul 27, 2015 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last month, after nearly two decades of using free and open source software, I attended my first conference: SELF. I even gave a little talk there, a kind of high-level overview of open source tools available to those of us who produce creative work (you can watch it on SELF's YouTube channel if you have an hour to kill). read more

New story! Updated: Windows 10 Update KB3074681 causing crashes for users

Update: I was contacted by Gabe Aul, our Ring Master, directly and he has informed me that a fix is in the works for this and will be pushed out soon.

New story! Akademy Talks Day 2

The day today started out with showers of water drops as the late comers to Akademy waded their way amidst raincoated cyclists and residents of A Coruna sheltering themselves underneath coloured umbrellas...

New story! Ubuntu MATE Is Dropping Ubuntu Software Center

The Ubuntu MATE distro will no longer ship with the Ubuntu Software Center, starting with the next 15.10 Alpha 2 released, announced one of the project developers.

New story! New patent group threatens to derail 4K HEVC video streaming

A new industry group called HEVC Advance is threatening to demand royalties for the new HEVC video codec that could halve the bandwidth required for streaming online video or offer higher resolutions with the same bandwidth usage. The organization is promising to demand a royalty of 0.5 percent of revenue from any broadcaster that uses the codec for streaming. This move could re-ignite the arguments surrounding video codecs on the Web and may well jeopardize services such as Netflix's year-old 4K streaming service.

New story! Microsoft develops Arrow Launcher for Android

Microsoft embraces Android, as recent projects show. Now they are developing a launcher for Android, called Arrow Launcher.

New story! Linux Kernel 4.2 RC4 Announced by Linus Torvalds, Fixes Major Issues

It's Sunday, so it is time for you to test yet another Release Candidate version of the upcoming Linux kernel 4.2 release, as Linus Torvalds has just posted news on the work done for the RC4 build.

New story! KDE's Plasma Mobile Not Giving Credit to Ubuntu Touch, Says Developer

KDE developers have announced that they are working on a new project called c. From what the developers are saying, it's running on Wayland, and it's capable on running Ubuntu apps. One of the problems is that at least one of the Ubuntu developers has noticed that even if the project is based on Ubuntu for phones, credit is not given.

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