How the iPad Is Already Reshaping the Internet (Sans Flash)
We're rapidly approaching the point where pretty much any app or game can be written in pure HTML5/JS. Most recently, Quake 2 was ported to it, (though the port currently only works in Chrome and edge WebKit).
What Normal Users Can Expect From Ubuntu 8.10
It's XFree86 still. XFree86 left the codebase and architecture in such a mess that it's taking this long for Xorg to get this stuff straightened out in the codebase they inherited.