Court Backs FCC in Verizon Broadband Ruling

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Today, an appeals court upheld a 2006 deadlocked decision by the Federal Communications Decision over whether Verizion could deregulate some of its commercial business lines. Under the arcane rules of the FCC, the previous 2-2...

Facebook Backs Down on Ad Plans

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Social networking site Facebook has cancelled its advertising program, that showed what members were purchasing from ecommerce web sites. The advertising system, dubbed Beacon, let partner sites like eBay and Sony advertise the fact that...

Intel backs wireless Africa plan

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Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel, believes that Africa needs to embrace wireless broadband since it is "cheaper, easier and more efficient to communicate wirelessly." Less than 1% of Africans have access to broadband and only...

Google backs private Moon landing

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Search giant Google is offering a $30m prize pot to private firms that land a robot rover on the Moon. The competition to send a robot craft to the Moon is being run with the...

EU backs standard for mobile TV

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European officials have backed a single standard for the rollout of mobile TV services across Europe. Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has called on member states to roll out services using the DVB-H standard "as...

Linspire backs Microsoft's Open XML

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Former arch rivals Linspire and Microsoft have continued their recent rapprochement with a collaboration to improve interoperability between OpenOffice.org's Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft's Open XML. Linspire said that it is joining Novell and...

NASA backs quantum computing claim

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The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed Thursday that it built a special chip used in a disputed demonstration of quantum computing in February. NASA engineers used their experience with submicrometer dimensions and ultra-low...

Warner Music head backs DRM

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After Steve Jobs wrote that music companies should abandon digital copy protection, Warner Music chief Edgar Bronfman called on Apple to open up its iTunes software to other forms of DRM: "DRM and interoperability are...

French Minister Backs New Law

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The French Minister of culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has said the French government will move forward with a law that would render Apple's iTunes Music Store an illegal entity. The Minister said all music...

UN backs green web TV

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The world's first online 'green' television channel has gone live with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) behind it. Green.tv is aimed solely at tackling environmental issues and hopes to become the web's definitive resource...

Anti-Piracy Company Backs 'Openness'

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The company at the centre of a recent'e-scuffle' around DRM has pledged to be more open in its actions in thefuture. SunComm's MediaMax software was bundled on many popular Sony BMG musicCDs, including Kasabian and...

United Nations Body Backs $100 Laptop

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The United Nations Development Programme will back MIT's NicholasNegroponte and his One Laptop per Child program, according to reports. The partnership is critical to helping the initiative which hopes to get $100 hand-cranked laptop...

IBM Rational Backs Off on .Net Tools Support

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IBM and Microsoft Corp.'s fight for development environment supremacy is heating up about as fast as the onset of summer, with both sides digging in for a showdown, although IBM appears willing to make a...

Appeals court backs Apple in investor suit

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A federal appeals court this week upheld a lower court decision that Apple Computer investors cannot sue the company over the fact that the Power Mac G4 Cube and other products didn't live up to...

Microsoft Backs "School Of The Future"

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Philadelphia children will soon have a glimpse into what could be the future of public education thanks to a joint project between Microsoft and the School District of Philadelphia. Microsoft representatives were on hand earlier...

Lindows Backs Out of IPO

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Lindows announced Wednesday that it has postponed a previously announced IPO (initial public offering) of its common stock due to adverse market conditions. Lindows Inc., which is the process of changing its name to Linspire...

SCO Backs Off GPL Claims

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In The SCO Group Inc.'s latest U.S. District Court filing as it battles IBM over Linux, the company is no longer using the affirmative defense that the GNU General Public License (GPL) is unconstitutional. SCO...

Gates backs e-mail stamp in war on spam

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Should people have to buy electronic stamps to send e-mail? Some Internet experts have long suggested that the rising tide of junk e-mail, or spam, would turn into a trickle if senders had...

Indian giant Infosys backs RFID

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Indian information technology services and consulting company Infosys Technologies has thrown its support behind the controversial tracking technology known as RFID, or radio frequency identification. The inventory tracking system is designed to...

SunnComm backs down from lawsuit threat.

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Cheers Fotix for his post in Back Page News! SunnComm Technologies, Inc. announced yesterday morning it would sue first-year graduate student John Halderman over his recent critique of the company's new...

Supreme Court backs off DVD case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has bowed out of a long-running dispute over a DVD descrambling utility, dealing a preliminary defeat to Hollywood studios and electronics makers. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor placed a ruling by the...

Pressplay backs CD burning

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Digital music company Pressplay has said it will allow users to burn downloaded tracks onto CD in a bid to compete more effectively with its rivals. Pressplay's CD burning system will be...

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