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MIT Aaron Swartz documents release declared: sans names and details

MIT Aaron Swartz documents release declared: sans names and details

This year started off on a sad note with the suicide of the man known as Aaron Swartz, made famous for his development of Reddit and Demand Progress. His death is said to have been due to massive legal pressure put on by the Department of Justice and MIT after it was discovered that he'd hacked into the academic journal system known as JSTOR, releasing documents to the public that otherwise would have been limited to students and academics of all sorts still under the payment plan required by the system. Today it's been announced that MIT will release until-now locked-down documents related to the case.

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DEFCAD takes aim with open source 3D Printing Search Engine

DEFCAD takes aim with open source 3D Printing Search Engine

The group known as DEFCAD have, up until today, been known primarily for their supply of downloadable CAD (read: 3D Printing) templates for firearms. This week they've announced that they're going full steam ahead with a DEFCAD search engine for 3D printable models of all kinds - and they need funding. If you're willing to toss a few bucks their way, they'll be willing to let you in on the final product once it exists: completely devoid of the censorship they maintain is running rampant.

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Ubuntu tablet tease counts down to HTC event

Ubuntu tablet tease counts down to HTC event

In a move that's making as clear a statement as can be made without outright saying the final word, Ubuntu has set up a timer with the words "tick, tock, tablet time" attached, lining up perfectly with the HTC event tomorrow morning. If there's one thing that's clear in the world of technology news reporting, it's that there's no such thing as a coincidence - and never more than in situations such as these. The doors open at 9:15 AM EST for a 10AM start in New York City - Ubuntu's reveal looks to be set for the event's start.

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Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Mozilla has revealed its first devices for Firefox OS developers wanting to code for the new platform, with the so-called "Geeksphone" Keon and Peak handsets aiming for both the affordable and mid-tier of the smartphone market. Keon, the first Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone has surprisingly humble specifications for a modern device - a 1GHz Snapdragon S1, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, and a 3-megapixel camera, for instance - but fits in perfectly with Mozilla's ambitions to dominate the entry-level market; meanwhile, its Peak sibling ramps up the specifications to a Snapdragon S4 dualcore.

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Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Aaron Swartz case dismissed posthumously by US District Court

Though it's not the posthumous complete reprieve from the crimes he'd been accused of that his followers, friends, and family had wished for, Aaron Swartz's court case has been dismissed due to his death. The man known as Aaron Swartz was found to have ended his own life just this past week, his legacy of pushing for freedom of information appearing very much to be living on in his wake. The announcement this week from the US District Court stops the case that accused Swartz of involvement in the theft of digital documents from JSTOR, a journal archive, a case where he faced decades in prison time if found guilty.

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OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

We already knew OUYA's Dev Console was shipping slightly ahead of schedule, but the open-source gaming team has now revealed exactly what comes in the box: a special edition frosted translucent version of the console. The limited availability version is headed off to 1,200 developers with a new casing - along with a few hardware tweaks - while OUYA has also thrown open the doors to its Dev Portal with the full development kit (aka ODK) and full support forums.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library hits the web in Google-run archive

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library hits the web in Google-run archive

So you've always wanted to have a closer look at those fabulous Dead Sea Scrolls you've heard so much about - lucky you - Google now has them up in digital form for all to have a peek at! This release has been initiated in part with Israeli authorities who have here for the first time in history made this piece of the greater world digital library entirely public. You've been able to have a look at many of these pieces of history for quite a while now, to be fair, but in order to get your eyes on them you'd have had to have gone all the way over to Jerusalem.

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Jolla’s Sailfish spills its MeeGo-reborn secrets: Carrier & chip deals inked

Jolla’s Sailfish spills its MeeGo-reborn secrets: Carrier & chip deals inked

MeeGo refugee Jolla has demonstrated its new Sailfish OS today, as well as announcing a deal with ST-Ericsson to run the platform on its mobile chips, and a carrier deal with Finland's DNA. Revealed back in October, Sailfish focuses on "effortless multitasking" with the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously and even interact with them directly from the homescreen view. It also attempts to cut down on the taps, swipes, and pulls involved in checking status updates and notifications, and promises easy compatibility with Android apps.

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