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India attacks digital divide

India’s federal government plans on spending more than $2.7bn to help bridge the technological gap between its urban and rural areas. It’s goal: develop a voice-activated, low-cost computer. The need? More than 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, where illiteracy is high. The new device might resemble the two-year old Simputer — […]

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Searching for prior art

As Microsoft appeals the federal decision that MS Internet Explorer violates a patent held by Eolas Technologies, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has weighed in on behalf of the monopolist, contending that prior art trumps the patent. The controversial patent describes how a Web browser can access a separate application from within a Web […]

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Motorola launches Linux-run phone

On Friday, Motorola launched a phone based on the Intel chip set and Linux operating system; the phone is currently available only in China. Motorola declined to provide details such as price or if/when the phone might be available in the U.S. or Europe. The company sells a phone with a Microsoft operating system in […]