Bull, Bear and Katt Markets
Betting on penguin fights; out-of-control substancesEverybodys talking at me, but I dont hear a word theyre saying," crooned the Kitty. "I just want stock tips all the time." El Gato serenaded himself with that little ditty after he heard about Monitor110, a system tailored for use by institutional investors to sift through everything from blogs to regulatory findings to seek investor tips. The companys Web site, Monitor110.com, claims the system "provides you unique information before it becomes news." Monitor110 touts the ability to harvest market chatter from more than 40 million online sources. "Buying drinks for a handful of sources usually works for me," laughed the loopy Lynx, although none of the dissipated Drudges detectives alerted him to how hot the Riverbed Technology IPO would be. Rumor has it that two suitors have offered to buy Riverbed for a half-billion dollars, but Riverbed turned them down, claiming that the company would be worth $1 billion in about a year. "Ive got a shoebox full of Pokemon cards I thought would be worth a billion, too," mused the Mouser.
The Furballs financial reverie was soon interrupted when the clarion call of the KattPhone brought forth a Penguinista pal who said that the GNU GPLv3 is facing opposition from the Linux faithful. It seems Linus Torvalds and other Linux programmers have deemed that Version 3 of the General Public License should be considered DOA when its finally released, with some of the major action items being debated on LKML.org, including DRM abuse and the possibility that multiple versions of some software packages might be required to accommodate both GPLv2 and GPLv3 licenses. "Two headlines that never need to be written again: Exploit found in Windows and Linux community locked in disagreement," chortled Le Chat.