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A U.S. District Court judge ruled that Psystar's Mac clones infringe on Apple's copyrights.  Psystar made the case that it could run the Mac OS X on non-Apple machines.  Apparently, Psystar didn't read the Mac OS X end user license agreement, which states that the Mac OS may only be installed on Apple computers.

Microsoft recently licensed the Wolfram Alpha API, an analysis and computation tool, for its Bing search engine.  The Wolfram Alpha API can look through a multitude of databases to bring a wide variety of computations and statistics to searches.  Right now, the only thing Bing users can do with the Wolfram Alpha API is calculate their Body Mass Index.  However, Microsoft plans to add many more functions to Bing with the new API.  

The GNOME release team confirmed that GNOME 2.3 will be available in March 2010 and GNOME 3.0 will be available in September 2010.  The team says GNOME 2.3 will be more stable, leaving out the changes that still need work.  GNOME 3.0 will implement more radical changes including a new GNOME shell.

The war of words between Intel and Nvidia continued this weekend when Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang said, “Intel’s tactics with Ion have been the most aggressive we’ve seen from a competitor.  They have offered the Atom [a total of three chips] for $25, but when the one-chip Atom is used with Ion, it sells for $45."  Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy retorted, "He's playing a trick of numbers, He's giving you a $45 list price--that nobody pays--for a part and then a negotiated price (which is more realistic)."  Intel recently silenced another critic, AMD, with a $1.25 billion settlement.  However, it seems like Nvidia will continue its war with Intel until serious changes are made.  The Nvidia CEO said, "We’ll keep growing as a company, but further action needs to be taken to protect consumers.”

The announcement of "JDK7 Milestone 5" is the top link on DZone in the last 24 hours.  The milestone introduces four small language changes from Project Coin and a new Swing component, JLayer.  See the link for the full list of changes.

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