Thursday, April 28, 2011
Yahoo's finally found someone to take bookmarking service Delicious off its hands, selling up to YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.
Yahoo acquired Delicious about five years ago. Late last year, the company announced that it was planning to shut down Delicious, along with several other poorly-performing services, after making nearly 600 layoffs. It warned that if no buyer appeared by this July, the unit would be closed.
But Hurley and Chen have ridden to the rescue, saying they plan to incorporate Delicious into their new venture, Avos. They say they intend to continue the service in its present form.
"We’re excited to work with this fantastic community and take Delicious to the next level," says CEO Hurley. "We see a tremendous opportunity to simplify the way users save and share content they discover anywhere on the web."
Yahoo will continue to run the service until July. In the meantime, Delicious users will need to transition their bookmarks to Avos, after which the service will continue to work without any further changes. The founders say their first priority will be to release the new Firefox 4 extension 'as soon as possible'.
Meanwhile, according to the Wall Street Journal, News Corp is accepting offers for social networking site MySpace. It's said to be looking for around $100 million - well up on the $580 million it's believed to have paid for the site back in 2005, despite the site's poor performance since.
Europe's largest satnav manufacturer, TomTom, has apologized to customers after admitting it sold driver data to the cops.
TomTom customers routinely give permission to the company to collect travel time information. But Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reports that the company has been handing over this data on its customers to help the police choose locations for speed cameras.
The company has now apologized, saying it gave out the information only because it believed that the move would help reduce traffic accidents. It also says that all data was anonymized.
"When you connect your TomTom to a computer we aggregate this information and use it for a variety of applications, most importantly to create high quality traffic information and to route you around traffic jams. We also make this information available to local governments and authorities. It helps them to better understand where congestion takes place, where to build new roads and how to make
roads safer," chief executive Harold Goddijn told customers in an email.
"We are now aware that the police have used traffic information that you have helped to create to place speed cameras at dangerous locations where the average speed is higher than the legally
allowed speed limit. We are aware a lot of our customers do not like the idea and we will look at if we should allow this type of usage."
With poor sales forcasts for the quarter, TomTom recently said that it was hoping to grow revenues from the sale of traffic data to governments. The data seems to have been passed on to the police without TomTom's knowledge.
Ubuntu 11.04, a new version of the popular Linux distribution for desktops and servers, has been released: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.04, code-named 'Natty Narwhal'. 11.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. For PC users, Ubuntu 11.04 supports laptops, desktops and netbooks with a unified look and feel based on a new desktop shell called 'Unity'. This version supersedes Ubuntu Netbook Edition for all PC netbooks. Developer reference images are provided for select Texas Instruments (TI) ARM platforms, specifically the 'PandaBoard' and 'BeagleBoard'. Ubuntu Server 11.04 has made it easier to provision servers, and reduce power consumption." See the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download (SHA256): ubuntu-11.04-desktop-i386.iso (685MB, torrent), ubuntu-11.04-desktop-amd64.iso (698MB, torrent).
Download Mirrors http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download
Phil Miller has announced the release of Chakra GNU/Linux 2011/04, an Arch-based distribution featuring the latest KDE desktop: "The Chakra development team is proud to announce the release of Chakra GNU/Linux 2011.04, code-named 'Aida'. Two month have passed since Chakra 2011.02. Now it is time for Aida to impress. We added kernel 188.8.131.52 and lots of package updates. KDE got updated to 4.6.2 with our patches added, such as our hardware detection, including the latest drivers. Manuel Tortosa managed to remove all GTK+ dependencies from LibreOffice, so you can use it from our DVD edition on your KDE desktop without GTK+ installed. Also we added AppSet as our front-end for Pacman. For all our GTK+ fans we have added some popular GTK+ applications as bundles." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download: chakra-2011.04-kde462-i686.iso (686MB, MD5), chakra-2011.04-kde462-x86_64.iso (697MB, MD5).
Download Mirrors http://chakra-project.org/get/
Slackware Linux 13.37, a new version of the world's oldest surviving Linux-based operating system, has been released: "It's true! Slackware 13.37 has been released. Nearly a year in the making, you will appreciate the performance and stability that can only come with careful and rigorous testing. Slackware 13.37 uses the 184.108.40.206 Linux kernel and also ships with 220.127.116.11 kernels for those who want to run the latest. The long-awaited Firefox 4.0 web browser is included, the X Window System has been upgraded (and includes the open source nouveau driver for NVIDIA cards). The venerable Slackware installer has been improved as well, with support for installing to btrfs, a one-package-per-line display mode option, and an easy to set-up PXE install server that runs right off the DVD!" For full details please read the release announcement. The installation DVD images are available for download via BitTorrent: slackware-13.37-install-dvd.iso (4,334MB), slackware64-13.37-install-dvd.iso (4,402MB).
Download Mirrors http://www.slackware.com/getslack/
Chris Smart has announced that the sixth beta build of Kororaa Linux 14, a Fedora-based desktop distribution with a choice of KDE 4.6 and GNOME 2.30 desktops, is ready for download and testing: "Kororaa Linux 14 (Nemo) beta 6 has been released for download, in 32-bit and 64-bit variants with KDE and GNOME. This version is recommended for all new installs. New features: KDE 4.6; cleaned up application menus; added the Synaptic package manager; slide show backgrounds. Bug fixes: dropped Download Statusbar Firefox add-on, due to proprietary license." Here is the brief release announcement. Download (MD5) the live DVD images from here: Kororaa-14-Beta6-i686-Live-GNOME.iso (1,518MB), Kororaa-14-Beta6-i686-Live-KDE.iso (1,722MB), Kororaa-14-Beta6-x86_64-Live-GNOME.iso (1,561MB), Kororaa-14-Beta6-x86_64-Live-KDE.iso (1,776MB).
Download Mirrors https://kororaa.org/download/