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Filed under: News,Software — Erwin @ 10:18 am

Good news for/from Europe this morning (link courtesy of BBC News):

European politicians have thrown out a controversial bill that could have led to software being patented.

The European Parliament voted 648 to 14 to reject the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive.

The bill was reportedly rejected because, politicians said, it pleased no-one in its current form.

Responding to the rejection the European Commission said it would not draw up or submit any more versions of the original proposal.

Good riddance! I’m sure that at some point in the future the big companies out there will lobby to give it another try, but this sets a fairly convincing precedent.

Staying in that general area, it turns out that London will be hosting the 2012 Olympics (link courtesy of The Register):

Long-term favourite Paris was overhauled in the final lap as the majority of support from eliminated cities of Madrid, New York and Moscow fell behind the UK capital. London won the final vote 54-50.

Good luck! I hope they’ll be better prepared than Greece last year, which was racing to get all the facilities ready in time.

Two out of three ain’t bad, but here’s number three (link courtesy of Guardian Unlimited):

An American woman has given birth to a third, healthy triplet 13 years after the first two were delivered. Debbie Beasley’s youngest daughter, Laina, was born five months ago after spending 13 years in a freezer chilled to -235C.

Goodness. The rest of the story is possibly even more amazing than the above quote.

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