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Microsoft Sees Mideast Revenue Growth (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp expects "strong double digit growth" in Middle East revenues over the next three to five years, a senior company official said on Sunday.

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.

ManiaTV Sees Itself As the Internet MTV (AP)
AP - Venture capitalists told Drew Massey, founder of the 1990s young men's magazine P.O.V., that old media was dead and he believed them.

Traffic Studied Using Computer-Linked Cars (AP)
AP - Picking up doughnuts on the way to work recently, George List slid back into the driver's seat and heard a voice from the cup holder suggest an alternate route. The car wasn't talking, exactly. The voice came from a handheld computer nestled in the holder that links his car to 200 other vehicles in the area. Data from all the vehicles &#151; where they are, how quickly they move &#151; is being used to create snapshots of area traffic patterns.

IBM to Test Health Care Data Sharing (AP)
AP - Hoping to prove that automation will improve health care and cut costs, International Business Machines Corp. said Monday it's developing a test system for sharing electronic medical data among hospitals, agencies and patients.

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.

Internet quiz puts true British party loyalties to the test (AFP)
AFP - Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party might be the hot favourite to win the British general election, but according to an innovative Internet-based test of the policies voters really support, millions may be backing the wrong politician.

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.

Internet quiz puts true British party loyalties to the test (AFP)
AFP - Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party might be the hot favourite to win the British general election, but according to an innovative Internet-based test of the policies voters really support, millions may be backing the wrong politician.

ManiaTV Sees Itself As the Internet MTV (AP)
AP - Venture capitalists told Drew Massey, founder of the 1990s young men's magazine P.O.V., that old media was dead and he believed them.

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.

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).

Lawyer defends online speech (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Kurt Opsahl got hooked on cyberlaw in 1997 when he took a class on the subject at the University of California-Berkeley.

AMD saw light in a dark time (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - In 1999, Advanced Micro Devices was the money-losing ugly duckling of the tech boom. Engineers, drinking the Kool-Aid of the Internet, were leaving en masse for communications chip start-ups.

'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.

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.

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.

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