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Satya Nadella likely to be chosen as Microsoft’s next CEO Multiple sources including Recode, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal report Satya Nadella will be chosen to become Microsoft’s next CEO. Allegedly the Microsoft board will meet this weekend, likely during times not overlapping with the Super Bowl, to discuss the hiring. Also under consideration is Co-founder Bill Gates stepping aside as Chairman, though remaining on the board. Board Member and former Symantec CEO John Thompson has been leading the search for Steve Ballmer’s replacement, and is rumored to be in line to succeed Gates as Chairman.
Windows 8.1 to boot straight to desktop? In an unrelated— or is it— Microsoft news, The Verge reports its sources say the upcoming Windows 8.1 update will default to booting straight to the desktop, bypassing the tiled Start screen. Windows 8’s first release had no option to boot into the desktop, requiring users to click the desktop tile every reboot. A system update made available a setting to change the default to boot to desktop. This would be a complete reversal on the issue for Microsoft if true.
News From Snowden: Canada edition It’s about time Canada got some attention from a Snowden leak don’t you think? Engadget passes along a CBC News article describing how Communications Security Establishment Canada or CESC, collected metadata from thousands of travelers in Canadian airports by tapping into the free WiFi service. Data collected over a two-week period was used to track travelers as they connected to other WiFi hotspots in the US and Canada. The operation was just a test and CESC claims “no Canadian or foreign travelers’ movements were ‘tracked.’”
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SunBun submitted this Ars Technica Story to our SubReddit. Personal Audio LLC, the company that claims to own patents on playlists and podcasting, has subpoenaed the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s list of donors. Personal Audio says it needs the list in connection with its lawsuits against podcasters like Adam Corolla and the Discovery Channel. The EFF claims the subpoena violates the US First Amendment protection of free association, and argues Personal Audio wants to use the information to bolster its defense of the patents in the patent office.
Pete_C sent us this TechDirt link about the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) has sent cease-and-desist letters to several organizations who run “learn to code” events, claiming that they’re teaching coding without a license. The operators of Coding Boot Camps are the target. They seem to have run afoul of rules meant to crack down on post-secondary scams. Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others have been targeted.
clemro submitted a TorrentFreak article about Federal Judge Stephanie Rose ruling that downloading a torrent file and joining a swarm does not qualify as ‘acting in concert’ which lets Copyright holders group large numbers of defendants together in a case. To prove acting in concert requires among other things, showing the defendants were involved in the same series of transactions. Copyright holders argue that infringers used the same torrent file with an identical SHA-1 Hash. The judge deemed that too imprecise writing, “Any ‘pieces’ of the work copied or uploaded by any individual Doe may have gone to any other Doe, but may instead have gone to any of the potentially thousands of others who participated in a given swarm and are not in this case. This means only one defendant can be named in each case making it much more costly to proceed.
AllanAV points us to a Consumerist article about the Kansas State Legislature considering a bill to make it illegal for city governments to build municipal broadband networks. The bill states its aims as increasing competition and innovation. To that end the bill prohibits a municipality from providing video, telecom, or broadband or to spend any money on infrastructure to enable a private business to do the same. IN other words, Google Fiber in Kansas City would be against the law if it cam after this bill passed.
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