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  • Firefox Sync to be built into future version of the browser
    I want to say I had read this suggestion before though I cannot find evidence of commenting on it previously. Ryan Paul has some details of a move that makes good sense given comparable features included or closely bundled with competing browsers.
  • Canadian copyright firstly motivated by satisfying the US
    Many have suspected that efforts like C-60 and C-61 were politically motivated, bowing to pressure from the US. Professor Geist links to a paper with some analysis that bears out this interpretation, including some quotes that make the prime motivation starkly clear.
  • Microsoft patents fonts with feelings
    I am at a loss for words or understanding of this patent that Slashdot explains. First, how is this even patentable? Are the animations described automated in some way, using natural language processing to associate some stock animations to words based on their meaning and context? Second and more importantly, who the hell would actually use technology like this? It would be like having Clippy assaulting every paragraph you push through the silly thing producing text/sprite hybrids that would constantly induce eye bleeding.
  • Miro releases converter to help make WebM video
    Cory at Boing Boing has the news, that of a bit of software from the fine folks who make the wonderful Miro player. Now we have Miro’s converter alongside the recent VLC release candidate. The standard appears to be taking off fast from a technology stand point. It should make whatever comes out of the patent rumblings all the more interesting if it ever comes to a head.
  • French senator proposes outlawing anonymous blogging
    Mike Masnick at Techdirt has the story, though there is not much more to it than the headline. I don’t know how strong free speech traditionally is in France but the stated reasons, ease of suing, seem a rather poor argument against the inherent value of being able to speak anonymously.

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