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If you're looking for a specific web application to meet your needs, but you're not sure where to find it, you might want to check out SimpleSpark, a catalog of over 3000 useful online services.

For instance, I typed in "organize" and retrieved around 95 different results to help me get my stuff together. You can also browse through the entire catalog (organized by category), browse pending listings, or check out what's just been added. I found this incredibly helpful especially since there's just so much good new stuff coming out; it's somewhat tricky to keep track of what works and what doesn't.

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Microsoft Offers Further Open Source Patent Threats

Again Microsoft is trying to bully open source distributions and projects to buy into their patent protection that Novell has already sank money into.
Microsoft Offers Further Open Source Patent Threats - An anonymous reader writes "Via Groklaw comes comments from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at a UK event, in which the company once again threatens Linux distributions that haven't signed up with their program. '"People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week ... Ballmer praised Novell at the UK event for valuing intellectual property, and suggested that open source vendors will be forced to strike similar deals with other patent holders. He predicted that firms like Eolas will soon come after open source vendors or users. Microsoft paid $521m to settle a patent claim by Eolas in August.'"

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Updating a windows driver can cause Vista to de-activate

The full article ventures into the troublesome problem that will leave you with a de-activated Vista, and the only way to get back to normal would be a call to Microsoft and a new Activation Code. Wasn't Vista going to allow 3 hardware swaps, and then you would be required to re-activate your copy of Vista?

SueTube: sex, copyright, and rock & roll

Give this a gander. All of the current lawsuits against YouTube/Google, when they started taking down videos of Russel Peters and other popular shows. I cried.
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Since its launch, YouTube has been a magnet for controversy. Ars looks at the popular video site's history of threats, lawsuits, and bans with an eye towards understanding what the landscape will look like once the dust settles.

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