The Null Device
Penguinhead news: KDE puts on a brave face in the wake of the influx of big-name backers for rival desktop system GNOME. (Personally I just use a bunch of Xterms and WindowMaker, so I'm not partisan in either way. Though I find that Qt is much nicer to program for than Gtk.)
The GAC (pronounced 'Jack') project is setting out to create an artificial intelligence from web users' input. Volunteers will enter yes/no factoids (or "mindpixels" as the project calls them), and validate those entered by others. Contributors will also receive shares in the company which will market the resulting system.
Some German fans of the Harry Potter books were not prepared to wait for the official translation. So, taking a cue from American anime fans, did their own, posting the bootleg translation on the web as they went along. The book's publisher was not amused, and has threatened them with legal action.