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Microsoft Reverses, Will Back Gay Rights (AP)
AP - After being criticized for quietly dropping support for a state gay rights bill, Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer told employees Friday that management would publicly back such legislation in the future.

Big media companies weigh blog strategies (Reuters)
Reuters - Internet blog Engadget created a stir among digital game lovers when it wrote that Microsoft Corp will give away thousands of its new Xbox video game consoles in a promotion with soda maker PepsiCo <PEP.N.

Microsoft Revamps Security Hole Approach (PC World)
PC World - Timely advisories to monthly Security Bulletins now in pilot program.

Microsoft Brings 64-Bit Perks in SQL Server 2000 Service Pack (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Redmond's database upgrade adds support for some 64-bit computing benefits and addresses security and performance issues.

Microsoft Readies First of a New Family of Education Products (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Microsoft Student 2006, slated to go to beta next week, aims to expand on the Encarta product with a bundle of new resource add-ons.

Jail for 'Robin Hoods' who cost Microsoft millions (Reuters)
Reuters - Four Britons were jailed on Friday for being part of a global gang described as "Robin Hoods" who stole expensive software from rich companies and gave it away for free over the Internet.

Meet the Head of Microsoft's Linux Lab (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Bill Hilf is the techie behind Microsoft's Linux listening post. He also is a key player in Microsoft's evolving strategy to reach out to the open-source community.

Microsoft Waffles on 64-Bit Computing Push (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Redmond's resolve to drive 64-bit computing across its product lines looks to be weakening as the company re-evaluates schedules for its server lines and considers 32-bit versions.

Microsoft licensing spare technology (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - In what amounts to a garage sale of technology, Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will license some of the spare technology its researchers have developed to start-ups.

Microsoft to Offer Technology Licensing (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is trying to make some money off some of its spare technology, offering entrepreneurs and venture capitalists licenses to such inventions as tamperproof identification card software and computer tricks that make chintzy speakers sound top-notch.

Court Strikes Down TV Anti-Piracy Rules (AP)
AP - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows without any interference from Hollywood. A federal appeals court on Friday threw out government rules requiring built-in, anti-piracy technology to let broadcasters and studios prevent digital shows from being copied and being shown on other TVs, computers and video players.

Anti-Piracy 'Flag' Was Never Popular (AP)
AP - The consumer technology industry never embraced the "broadcast flag." The idea of embedding computer code in video to prevent it from getting loose on the Internet wouldn't just frustrate consumers but also stifle innovation and drive up costs, many in the tech industry say. And that's presuming the scheme is technically feasible.

Craigslist.org Founder Eyes Journalism (AP)
AP - The number of people who use Craigslist.org is expanding at more than 100 percent per year &#151; a growth rate any venture capitalist would covet.

Bloggers' Conference Emphasizes Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers &#151; those Internet-based writers without rules &#151; are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly written.

Judge: Seizure of Camera Phone a Violation (AP)
AP - Police officers overstepped their authority when they seized a camera cell phone from a man accused of taking compromising photos of an unconscious woman on the beach, a judge ruled.

Despite Problems, 'N.Y. Post' Says It Will Stick with Online Registration Plan (Editor and Publisher)
Editor and Publisher - NEW YORK The New York Post began requiring registration to access its Web site Tuesday morning, causing server overloads, frustration for its online readers, and some mockery from its bitter crosstown rival, the Daily News.

Review: Cheaper Laptops Full of Features (AP)
AP - When you're buying something as pricey as a new laptop, it takes courage to stray from the comfort of established names like Dell, IBM and Sony. And it's the sort of courage that can easily lead to "penny-wise, pound-foolish" regrets after the purchase.

Nokia antes up new wireless player (Reuters)
Reuters - Nokia AB, the world's leading mobile phone manufacturer, has introduced what is by far the most advanced combination of wireless phone and MP3 player, upping the ante for devices hoping to compete against Apple Computer's iPod.

Review: OpenOffice a Strong Competitor (AP)
AP - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result? The competition is back and, this time, it's free!

SAP seen beating Oracle in U.S. - report (Reuters)
Reuters - SAP AG , Europe's biggest software maker, will again dominate the business software applications market this year while rival Oracle Corp. will see its market share slip, an industry report predicted on Friday.

Bloggers' Conference Emphasizes Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers &#151; those Internet-based writers without rules &#151; are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly written.

Anti-Piracy 'Flag' Was Never Popular (AP)
AP - The consumer technology industry never embraced the "broadcast flag." The idea of embedding computer code in video to prevent it from getting loose on the Internet wouldn't just frustrate consumers but also stifle innovation and drive up costs, many in the tech industry say. And that's presuming the scheme is technically feasible.

Despite Problems, 'N.Y. Post' Says It Will Stick with Online Registration Plan (Editor and Publisher)
Editor and Publisher - NEW YORK The New York Post began requiring registration to access its Web site Tuesday morning, causing server overloads, frustration for its online readers, and some mockery from its bitter crosstown rival, the Daily News.

Appeals court tosses FCC's broadcast flag rule (Reuters)
Reuters - A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a Federal Communications Commission rule designed to limit people from sending copies of digital television programs over the Internet.

Big media companies weigh blog strategies (Reuters)
Reuters - Internet blog Engadget created a stir among digital game lovers when it wrote that Microsoft Corp will give away thousands of its new Xbox video game consoles in a promotion with soda maker PepsiCo <PEP.N.

Yahoo Video Search Tool Out of Test Phase (AP)
AP - Yahoo Inc. shifted its online video search tool out of its test phase Wednesday, marking another step in the Internet powerhouse's plan to use other media to lure more visitors to its Web site.

Intel's CEO says WiMAX competitive with DSL, cable (Reuters)
Reuters - Intel Corp. Chief Executive Craig Barrett said on Friday that new wireless high-speed data technologies would be competitive with Internet links provided by cable and phone companies.

Sprint, Intel Kick WiMax Up a Notch (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Sprint (NYSE: FON) and Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) will collaborate on the development and deployment of next-generation wireless broadband systems in a partnership designed to push adoption of WiMax mobile technology.

Future Sparkles Brightly for VoIP (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The future looks bright indeed for Internet-based calling, with recent research showing that VoIP services generated US&#36;1.3 billion in revenues last year in the U.S. and that earnings are expected to hit &#36;20 billion by 2009.

Google Files Patents for Ranking News on the Basis of Quality (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has filed a patent that could give the search service more effectiveness in refining its news searches. Rather than rank news items by their relevance, Google might begin sorting them according to the quality of the news source.

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