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Daily Dose - Apple Fires First Shots at Android

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Daily Dose - Apple Fires First Shots at Android

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Apple Fires First Shots at Android   
Apple continues to find new avenues of litigation this week by suing phone maker HTC.  Although there's no mention of it in the press release, a look at the complaint filed yesterday reveals that this lawsuit is strategically directed at Android.  The complaint specifically mentions HTC Android phones as the main offending products.  Of course, this only adds more speculation to the factors surrounding Google CEO Eric Schmidt's departure from Apple's board last year.  Is Apple trying to slow down the growth of its most promising competitor?

Opera 10.5 Out of Beta for Windows

The new Opera 10.5 is out in GA for Windows with plenty of new features, most notably, the redesigned JavaScript engine, Carakan.  Opera 10.5 has beaten Google's V8 engine in benchmarks from several sources.  10.5 features a new graphics system called Vega and there's even a Turbo mode, which uses Opera's servers to deliver compressed versions of web pages for people with slow internet connections.  It's safe to say that the new Opera has a bunch of speed enhancing features.

Another Python Release Candidate
The first release candidate for Python 2.6.5 has arrived, addressing 19 issues in the Python core and over 50 library issues.  Changes to the Python core include corrections to the handling of empty byte arrays and a patch for an interpreter crash bug when deleting lists with large step values. The update also contains improved documentation, build processes, tests, and extensions.  Python is currently in "bugfix only" mode, meaning no new features are being added.

Will You Use Explorer for Charity?
Microsoft has promised to give 5p (7 cents) to Sport Relief, a UK charity event, for every 10 Bing searches performed with IE 6,7, or 8 on a Windows operating system.  It's a very sneaky way to get people to use Microsoft's search, browser, and OS.  After one day, Bing has raised 53.95 pounds ($80.76) for the charity, which helps underprivileged children.  The fundraising effort will end on March 19th after the event is over.

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