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[News] Microsoft 'Pirates' Other People's Ideas Again, Gets Sued and Settles

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Microsoft Settles Patent Claim Over Wireless Networks

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| Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, settled a lawsuit with 
| Australia’s science agency over a patent used for wireless local area 
| networks.  
| Microsoft and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research 
| Organisation, or CSIRO, didn’t disclose terms of the settlement in a filing 
| April 10 in federal court in Tyler, Texas. CSIRO claimed Microsoft had been 
| wrongfully using the patent, while the software maker sought a ruling of 
| noninfringement for its networking wireless technology, which includes an 
| adaptor for the Xbox video-game system.      


Microsoft settles patent claim over wireless networks 


US jury orders Microsoft to pay $500m to Australian inventor


Microsoft should call itself a "pirate".


Teacher fined for Microsoft piracy

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| Putin has described the case as "utter nonsense" and former Soviet
| President Mikhail Gorbachev even asked Microsoft co-founder Bill
| Gates to intercede on the teacher's behalf.


Microsoft Exec Admits That Company Benefits From Piracy

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| Jeff Raikes, head of the company's business group, said at a
| recent investor conference that while the company is against
| piracy, if you are going to pirate software, it hopes you pirate
| Microsoft software. He cited the above reasoning, noting that
| users of pirated Microsoft software are likely to purchase from
| the company later on.


Russian schools abandon Windows after piracy scare 

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| Microsoft says that the incident has nothing to do with them, but it 
| appears that Russian schools in the area are so scared about being shipped 
| off to a Siberian Gulag, that they are buying Linux gear instead.
| [..]
| According to Karpushin, schools would start using freely distributed
| software like the Linux OS, Russky office and Open office desktop apps,
| Ekho Moskvi reports.


Microsoft snubs Gorbachev over piracy plea 

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| However Microsoft has said it did not bring the case against Ponosov,
| this was done by the public prosecutor's office in Russia.


Linux and Windows in Russian schools

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| I just noticed this blog entry (in Russian) from an advanced Linux
| user, where he offers free help to every teacher (or their boss) 
| who'd like to start teaching Linux, and gives a few links to
| other such projects, such as "The winter Linux school for teachers"
| (in Russian) organized by ALTLinux together with a few other
| institutions. A few other projects do exist. Hopefully, such
| projects, together with the "antipiracy" campaign will lead to
| more Linux and open source in Russian schools.


Russian Government Will Migrate to OpenSource

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| Russia decided to follow after EU countries, where opensource
| solutions are more spread then in Russia. Currently, some Russian
| companies can offer their own Desktop Linux OS (the major companies
| are ASPLinux, ALTLinux, Linux-Online and LinuxCenter).

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