Japan in recession. Crolla U.S. GDP, -3.8%

According to official statistics, the Japanese industrial production has plummeted by 9.6% in December 2008 compared to the previous month. The unemployment rate has risen in one month from 3.9% to 4.4%, and increased by 16.9% in December over the previous year, household consumption fell by 4.6% compared to [ ...]

Newspapers U.S. sales slump and increase website visitors

Continue the negative period for newspapers in the U.S. who see their sales fall steadily in the paper editions.
The New York Times, one of the most important U.S. newspapers, has been forced to offer for sale a few floors of which are located at their offices in order to cope with a debt of 400 million [...]

Released version 2.6.28.2 of the Linux Kernel

Has been released in recent days, the version 2.6.28.2 of the Linux Kernel, the latest stable Linux Kernel.
You can download the new version from here: linux-2.6.28.2.tar.bz2 (50.3 MB).
The Changelog is here.

New York Times in crisis sells home

The economic crisis currently under way also in the media, the New York Times has decided to sell part of its new headquarters designed by Renzo Piano and completed in 2007.
The newspaper has announced that they are being "advanced negotiations" to sell 19 of the 52 floors of its new headquarters to [...]

Released Mandriva Linux 2009.1 Alpha 2

It was announced a few days ago the release of the second alpha for Mandriva Linux 2009.1.
You can download this second alpha from this page or directly from these links:
mandriva-linux-free-2009.1-alpha2-dvd-i586.iso (4468MB)
mandriva-linux-free-2009.1-alpha2-dvd-x86_64.iso (4462MB).
The release notes are available on this page.

The crisis also affects the High Tech Companies

The economic crisis currently underway is beginning to reap the victims even in the High Tech.
Seagate has announced in recent days, a cut of 6% to its workforce (about 3,000 layoffs) and reduce the salaries of its officials up to 25%. Seagate expects to recover 130 million euros a year thanks to the restructuring, the only [...]

Released version 2.6.28.1 of the Linux Kernel

It was released yesterday version 2.6.28.1 of the Linux Kernel, the latest stable Linux Kernel.
You can download the new version from here: linux-2.6.28.1.tar.bz2 (50.3 MB).
The Changelog is here.

China's GDP exceeds that of Germany

According to official statistics disseminated revisions a few days ago of the National Statistical Office of Beijing's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of China in 2007 was about 25,700 billion yuan, or about 3.500 billion dollars.
Higher than the GDP of Germany in 2007, which amounted to 3300 billion dollars. In this way China [...]

Released Ubuntu 9:04 Alpha 3

It was announced a few days ago the release of the third alpha of Ubuntu 9:04, Jaunty Jackalope.
You can download from this page or directly from these links:
jaunty-desktop-i386.iso (691MB, torrent),
jaunty-desktop-amd64.iso (697MB, torrent).
The release notes are available on this page.
It was also released the third alpha of Kubuntu (download, release notes), Xubuntu (download), Ubuntu [...]

Discovering the presence of methane on Mars

NASA has announced that it was discovered the presence of methane in the atmosphere of Mars.
A team of scientists has identified the presence of methane in the atmosphere of Mars by observing carefully the planet for several years with the Infrared Telescope and the WM Keck telescope located on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
The team of scientists has [...]