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Microsoft: No Pressure on Gay Rights Bill (AP)
AP - In an e-mail to employees, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shot down suggestions that pressure from a local pastor triggered the company's decision to not publicly support a gay rights bill before the state legislature this year. Microsoft Corp. wanted to focus on computer privacy, education and other issues more directly related to its business, Ballmer said.

Microsoft Security Products Chief Takes On Spyware (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A Microsoft security guru talks about the battle against the worms, viruses, bugs, spyware, and assorted malware, and he tips his hand on some security features in Longhorn.

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Condemns Microsoft's Withdrawal of Support for Civil Rights Bill, Asks Company to Return Award (U.S. Newswire)
U.S. Newswire - <summary> In response to Microsoft's withdrawal of support for legislation that would have outlawed discrimination against gay and lesbian people in Washington, the L.A. Gay &amp; Lesbian Center, which presented Microsoft with its Corporate Vision Award in 2001, is asking the company to return the award. </summary>

Microsoft, Hardware Vendors Prep for WinHEC (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Microsoft will showcase its new 64-bit versions of Windows as well as the ever-changing Longhorn at the WinHEC conference in Seattle. And, according to sources, a new eBook/Tablet PC may also make the scene.

Worm Lull, Windows XP SP2 Keeping Outbreaks At Bay (TechWeb)
TechWeb - E-mailed worms pose less of a threat and Microsoft has been lucky so far, says a virus researcher in explaining why 2005 has been relatively quiet on the security front.

Forgent Sues Microsoft, Alleges Patent Infringement (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Forgent Networks has sued Microsoft Corp., accusing the software company of infringing on Forgent's patent for data-image-compression technology, which the company claims is part of the JPEG standard.

Microsoft Sued Over JPEG Patent (PC World)
PC World - Forgent Networks says the software giant is infringing on its patent for data compression.

Microsoft: Linux Is No Longer a Cancer (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Citing interoperability as a larger goal, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has promised that it will add Linux support to its Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1, due by the end of the year. It will be the first Microsoft product to get Linux support.

Steve Ballmer on Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer spoke to more than 2,600 attendees at the Microsoft Management Summit 2005 on Wednesday, describing how Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative will help customers achieve higher business value through automation, flexible resource use and knowledge-based processes.

Longhorn To Focus on Usability, Security (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - At Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas, the Longhorn floodgates opened, with executives from Steve Ballmer to Bill Gates talking about what users can expect from the new system.

The Blind Struggle As Gadgets Proliferate (AP)
AP - As technology has evolved, it's become lighter, smaller and more portable. For most people, that makes it more convenient. For millions of blind and vision-impaired people, it's anything but.

Microsoft: No Pressure on Gay Rights Bill (AP)
AP - In an e-mail to employees, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shot down suggestions that pressure from a local pastor triggered the company's decision to not publicly support a gay rights bill before the state legislature this year. Microsoft Corp. wanted to focus on computer privacy, education and other issues more directly related to its business, Ballmer said.

Pope Receives More Than 56,000 E-Mails (AP)
AP - Pope Benedict XVI received 56,191 e-mails in the first 48 hours that his address was operational, the Vatican said.

Slain Marine's E-Mail Raises Legal Issues (AP)
AP - Yahoo Inc. may have resolved its dispute with a family over accessing the e-mail account of a Marine killed in Iraq, but legal experts say such conflicts are bound to be more common as e-mail becomes a crucial component of our lives.

Inventor Creates Soundless Sound System (AP)
AP - Elwood "Woody" Norris pointed a metal frequency emitter at one of perhaps 30 people who had come to see his invention. The emitter &#151; an aluminum square &#151; was hooked up by a wire to a CD player. Norris switched on the CD player.

'Free' Chili Peppers Tickets Being Sold (AP)
AP - Officials are complaining that tickets given away for a city-sponsored centennial concert by the bands the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer are being sold on the Internet.

Afghanistan to open market to two new mobile phone operators (AFP)
AFP - Afghanistan said it will open its mobile phone market in 2006 to two new companies, allowing more competition in one of the few booming sectors in the war-shattered country.

Ratings System in Works for Wireless Content (Reuters)
Reuters - The wireless industry, through its trade group, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn. (CTIA), has begun defining a standardized content rating and filtering system that eventually will be applied to all content offered on their networks, including music.

IBM To Help Tech Startups In Israel (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The Israeli government will provide financing and IBM will provide technical assistance to startup companies developing products based on open standards such as Linux and Java.

Peer-To-Peer Users Share More Than Stolen Songs (Reuters)
Reuters - College kids looking for free music may have popularized Internet file-trading software, but the technology is now used by everyone from penny-pinching phone callers to polar explorers.

5 Ways to Unleash the Music (washingtonpost.com)
washingtonpost.com - Two years ago this coming Thursday, the online music business stopped being a joke. When Apple Computer Inc. opened its iTunes Music Store for business on April 28, 2003, people finally had a song-downloads destination that didn't treat them like crooks but did provide a fair value for the money.

Peer-To-Peer Users Share More Than Stolen Songs (Reuters)
Reuters - College kids looking for free music may have popularized Internet file-trading software, but the technology is now used by everyone from penny-pinching phone callers to polar explorers.

Springsteen Show Proceeds Earmarked to Fight Hunger (Reuters)
Reuters - Thursday night (April 21) in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen took a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year (WHY; http://www.worldhungeryear.org).

'Free' Chili Peppers Tickets Being Sold (AP)
AP - Officials are complaining that tickets given away for a city-sponsored centennial concert by the bands the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer are being sold on the Internet.

Ratings System in Works for Wireless Content (Reuters)
Reuters - The wireless industry, through its trade group, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn. (CTIA), has begun defining a standardized content rating and filtering system that eventually will be applied to all content offered on their networks, including music.

British Man Finds 'Moore's Law' Magazine, Collects $10,000 (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Earlier this month, Intel posted a &#36;10,000 bounty for a mint-condition copy on the auction site eBay. The reward offer prompted libraries around the world to place their copies under lock and key after the University of Illinois reported a theft.

Google's Stock Soars to New High (AP)
AP - Google Inc.'s earnings are growing so rapidly that not even the stock market bulls can keep up. Blown away by the online search engine leader's first-quarter profit, securities analysts raised their already high expectations for Google and investors scrambled Friday to buy a piece of a company that's drawing comparisons to some of high-technology's greatest growth stocks of the past.

News, Religion, Sports Drove Web Traffic In March (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Basketball, religion, euthanasia and celebrities were behind the biggest jumps in website traffic in March. Busiest sites were Yahoo, Time Warner Network, MSN-Microsoft, Google and EBay.

Google Flirts with Highs After Earnings (Reuters)
Reuters - Shares of Google Inc. flirted with new highs on Friday after the Web search leader's quarterly results showed more of the dramatic advertising growth that has made it a Wall Street darling.

US believes North Korea plans nuclear bomb test: US newspaper (AFP)
AFP - The United States believes North Korea is planning to test a nuclear weapon and has asked China to intervene to block the test, a US newspaper reported on its web site.

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