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Ubuntu Founder and CEO Passes the Torch
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux is stepping down as CEO.  Effective March 1st, Shuttleworth's departure will be a part of Cannonical's plan to make Ubuntu more operationally disciplined.  Shuttleworth will still work on the company's Linux desktop distribution and cloud computing efforts.  Canonical's new CEO will spend more time pushing enterprise products.  In a statement, Shuttleworth said the company is still not profitable.

World Wide Webcams
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is now working on an HTML Device addition for the web standard.  The device element, which represents a device selector, will let users allow page access to a device like a webcam.  The WHATWG is also working on a Device spec that is planned to have even more options, including interfaces to a media player through USB connection.  

Grand Theft Predator
Afgan and Iraqi insurgents have been able to hack into U.S. Predator drones' video feeds using off the shelf software because there is absolutely no encryption on the operators' communication links.  U.S. officials say this is due to some proprietary communications technology that doesn't easily implement widely used encryption schemes.  Software such as SkyGrabber has been used to hack into the unmanned airplanes' video feeds through broadcast satellite data.  The problem was discovered in July and officials say they are working on preventing future interceptions.

Microsoft Bringing Together IBM's Jazz and Lotus
In an effort to facilitate collaboration between business people and software developers, Microsoft is integrating IBM's Rational Jazz with IBM's Lotus Connections.  The integration will bring social features to the Software Development Lifecycle, which is being done now by many Agile companies.  Microsoft also wants to integrate its own product, SharePoint, with the IBM Rational Team Concert in the near future.  You can download a preview at the Jazz community website.

Top Link
For the second day in a row, Alex Miller's observations about the diversification of programming languages is the top link in 24 hours.   Do you agree that there's no heir apparent to Java?

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