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 Saturday, 15-November-2008  12:32:13 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Apple vs. IBM is getting even messier with Papermaster filing a countersuit. But in a 16-page countersuit [PDF] filed by Papermaster on Thursday, the exec argues that Apple and IBM are not significant or major competitors. "IBM primarily provides business enterprise services, while Apple’s primary business is the design, manufacturing and marketing of consumer electronic products," he said.

Apple is facing yet another lawsuit, this time over performance issues with the iPhone 3G. Apparently, because the 3G network is so overloaded, it’s common for iPhone users to get knocked down to the slower EDGE network after only a few minutes of 3G bliss - regardless one is in a geographical area saturated with 3G network coverage.

Intel apparently pressured Microsoft to reduce hardware requirements for Vista. [A] move that let the chip maker sell older graphics chip sets that were incapable of meeting the original requirements, internal e-mails show. The move angered some Microsoft executives, including the then-head of Windows development, who said it would mislead customers. In a motion unsealed Thursday in the ongoing "Windows Vista Capable" class-action lawsuit, the plaintiffs used an exchange of messages between Microsoft and Intel to back their claim that the former deceived customers who later bought machines equipped with the latter's older chip sets.

You may soon be unable to buy a Windows CD. Microsoft appears to be following in the footprint of Valve and others and transitioning its sales online. Many software developers have found great success moving their products online. One shining success store is Valve's Steam engine, which has cranked up the company's profits and has been so successful that it now distributes games from other companies, like Take Two, for a fee.

The Dead Parrot Sketch is a lot older than you think. A classic scholar has proved the point, by unearthing a Greek version of the world-famous piece that is some 1,600 years old. A comedy duo called Hierocles and Philagrius told the original version, only rather than a parrot they used a slave. It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service.

There was a space shuttle launch earlier today. Veteran space flier Navy Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson will command the STS-126 mission aboard Endeavour to deliver equipment to the International Space Station that will enable larger crews to reside aboard the complex. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric A. Boe will serve as the pilot. The mission specialists are Navy Capt. Stephen G. Bowen, Army Lt. Col. Robert S. Kimbrough, Navy Capt. Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper and NASA astronauts Donald R. Pettit and Sandra H. Magnus. More information in this thread.

The first pictures of planets outside our solar system have been taken. Visible and infrared images have been snapped of a planet orbiting a star 25 light-years away. The planet is believed to be the coolest, lowest-mass object ever seen outside our own solar neighbourhood. In a separate study, an exoplanetary system, comprising three planets, has been directly imaged, circling a star in the constellation Pegasus.

Chandrayaan-1, the Indian probe, has touched down on the moon. The Moon Impactor Probe detached itself from Chandrayaan-1 (moon vehicle) about 100 km from the moon's surface and crash-landed on the south pole of the moon at 10:01 a.m. EST, officials said in Bangalore. "It was a flawless operation," said SK Shivakumar, director of ISRO Telemetry's tracking and command network.

Why go to outer space to build a secret base when you have a perfectly good tree in your backyard? It's not easy to build a substantive house around a tree (or trees). If you do your job right, the trees will continue to grow, but you won't have to re-build your treehouse every year. Some of the world's best treehouse designers opened up to PM about how they do their jobs—and shared pictures of their favorite designs.

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