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Does software piracy hurt the open source community?

Louis Suarez-Potts, the community manager for the open-source Open Office project, says software piracy also hurts the open-source community, and though it can be argued that open-source is bad for innovation, most of us love the open source community. So does the occasional pirated piece of softwa...

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Calgoo goes free: sync Google Calendar, iCal, and others for free

Since the dawn of time Google Calendar, we've been waiting for a free, easy way to fully synchronize our Google Calendar to desktop calendar clients like iCal. We'd love to be able to access the same calendar data across multiple computers, but it's always been a messy affair, not free, an incompl...

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Adobe wastes time/money/effort, gives its Media Player old, new content

Adobe just added new video content to its AIR-based Media Player, but it all pretty much sucks in one form or another. The Adobe Media Player is a slick media browser that can play and subscribe to videos from the web, and it also provides somewhat high-resolution content from Adobe's media partne...

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How to do a global search in Craigslist

Many people may not have noticed this, but it's impossible to do a global search at Craigslist.org. It sort of makes sense, doesn't it? For most of the public, we'd imagine a global search would turn up useless results, but that only makes Craigslist useful for most of us. What about thoe crazy-cu...

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VLC media player 0.9.0 pre-release adds Last.fm support and more

The newest version of the VLC media player isn't ready for the streets yet, but if you're they type who doesn't mind risking your precious computer for the sake of satisfying a primal curiosity for experimental software, the pre-release of VLC 0.9.0 is now available for both Windows and Mac. Unfor...

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Homer Simpson impersonator attacks fans' computers

Earlier this week, a Homer Simpson impersonator began instant messaging fans with a link to an "internet-only exclusive Simpsons episode." This -- like many things spawned in the dark corners of 'net -- turned out to be a PC virus. But how did this impostor gain Homer's identity? It turns out Mr....

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Meebone beta brings Meebo to your desktop

It may seem illogical to tie Meebo to a desktop app, but that's exactly what's going on here. Meebone uses Adobe AIR to bring Meebo's services to your desktop through a dedicated app, but it's still in beta. So if you're down to try it, keep in mind that you'll probably encounter some problems... ...

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Gmail adding log-in monitoring features

Have you ever asked yourself, "Is someone else using my email account?" Well, if you're the cautious type, Google just added a few log-in monitoring features to its email service, so such paranoid questions won't feel so pressing anymore. Wondering if you're Gmail account is open in multiple locat...

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RedLasso: we're invited to the beta, you're invited to our first-look

It's about time we got our RedLasso beta invite! First, we'd like to publicly thank RedLasso for throwing a beta invite our way. Second, we're about to make several more points about the controversial service (which is pretty cool so far), so we're going to stop numbering our points. RedLasso is a...

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Pidgin joins Adium, Digsby in supporting Facebook Chat

Pidgin doesn't officially support Facebook Chat (yet?), but it can be customized with useful add-ons like the new Facebook Chat plug-in. Once installed, the plug-in allows Pidgin to log-in to a Facebook account, pull the buddy-list, and send/receive messages. Adium, arguably Pidgin's counterpart on...

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