5 years Open Office

Yesterday, five years ago, the fledgling OpenOffice.org community provided the first public access to the source code donated from StarOffice by Sun Microsystems. The OpenOffice.org community had recently been formed, and declared it's intent "to create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data.

Adobe and Macromedia merger approved

Adobe Systems and Macromedia have announced yesterday they have received clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice for Adobe’s proposed acquisition of Macromedia.  The closing of the transaction remains subject to regulatory approval in a few European jurisdictions. The companies continue to anticipate the transaction will close sometime this Fall.

Active Photo Viewer released!
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MySQL 5 release

MySQL 5 will be released next month. The lastest test release has taken place two weeks ago. If the team behind MySQL does not find bugs, the commercial version will be released in November.

The philanthropic arm of Google

Google has announced that they are going to use google.org as a central place for their philanthropic activities. The intent is that they fill the search machine with information about charity organizations where Google is to participate.

New iPod video available next week!

Apple presented at last the iPod video. The fifth generation of this device has a familiar look. But it has a somewhat bigger screen then its predecessor. The new iPod has a 2.5” screen of 320x240 with 260000 colors.

ActionScript 3 / Flex 2.0 Notification

Mike Chambers reports on his blog that;

You can get notified the second that public alphas of Flash Player 8.5, ActionScript 3 and Flex Builder 2.0 are available for download. If you want to be notified, please sign up on the notification page.


Ebay Pay Pal purchase Verisign Pay-service

Ebay will take over the pay service of Verisign and integrate it with they are own pay pal service. Pay Pal, for so far the largest pay service can grow larger when they take of eBay’s transactions.

Codename for the next release of Flash!

Flash had the most successful launch of Flash in history and they're already working on the next version. It's too early to give away much information on the release, Mike Downey says.

The codename for the version 9.0 release of the Flash authoring tool is: "BLAZE".

Hands on computer experience

An American Company called Tactiva has created a new import machine for computers. Users have the ability to control the computer with hand movement on a pressure sensitive plate.

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