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Amazon Cloud Outage Derails Reddit, Quora

A problem with Amazon Web Services took down some Web sites today. Amazon says it's getting its cloud computing service back to normal.

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The Rationale for Ceylon, Red Hat's New Programming Language

Red Hat engineer Gavin King, the creator of Hibernate, is developing a new programming language for enterprise software development. His team at Red Hat has apparently been working on the grammar in secrecy for two years and is finally opening it up for scrutiny. The new language, which is called...

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Legal Threats Against MPlayer, Server To Disappear

While legal threats to free software projects would be disastrous (if successful) to those seeking to destroy Linux and open-source work, there's sure been lots of in-fighting as of late that's proving to be quite damaging for many distinguished projects. OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice or KOffice to Caligra Office Suite may...

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Google APIs Now Support OAuth 2.0

Today Google announced support for the OAuth 2.0 protocol, although the standard isn't yet complete. Version 2.0 is designed for developer simplicity. Developers frequently complain about the difficulty of using OAuth to integrate applications with Google Apps. Google also introduced a new OAuth consent page that it hopes will be...

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In the Cloud, Open Source Tools Offer Freedom from Old-school Practices

As The Register notes, Microsoft corporate strategy leader Rolf Harms spoke at the Cloud Connect conference in California this week, and said that "horseless carriage syndrome" typifies today's cloud computing business. He was referring to the fact that in the early days of the automobile, cars were designed very much like the carriages that had previously been powered by horses, with some of them even containing places to put a whip. "When you think about a new paradigm, it's very hard to do so without putting it in the context of the existing mindset," Harms noted.

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