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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.

Microsoft Will Back Gay Rights Legislation (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 Gives Pirates Free XP Or Price Break (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft made changes to its Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy program this week, and dangled the carrot of a legit free or reduced-priced copy of Windows to those using a bogus operating system.

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.

Microsoft Reverses Position, Vows To Support Anti-Discrimination Legislation (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Reversing a position that had brought it under fire from gay and lesbian groups as well as a number of its own employees, Microsoft on Friday said it would support Washington state anti-discrimination legislation.

Microsoft's Patch Day Forecast: Sunny, Chance Of Showers (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Next Tuesday will be a breeze, Microsoft promised Thursday as it gave its usual advance notice for its scheduled monthly security bulletins and accompanying patches.

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.

British Team Ends Bid to Break Speed Record (AP)
AP - A British team trying to set a speed record for an electric car gave up because the mustard-yellow, torpedo-shaped vehicle wouldn't start for a third morning in a row. They plan to return next year for another try at topping 300 mph (480 kph).

Will Spyware Be Spitzer's Next Big Thing? (AP)
AP - The windowless, cluttered 10-by-15-foot storeroom on the third floor of a Manhattan government building seems an unlikely setting for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's next big thing. But purveyors of spyware and adware and even the major companies that advertise in the surreptitious downloads fear exactly that from the Democrat dubbed the "Sheriff of Wall Street."

Computers Now Grading Students' Writing (AP)
AP - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off &#151; to a computer.

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. But the people who run the 10-year-old community Web site, which gets 8 million unique users and more than 2 billion page views per month, seem to have little interest in exploiting new sources of revenue, going public or even adding to their 18-person staff.

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.

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 done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term "the mainstream media." One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

Court axes FCC's anti-piracy rules (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - A federal appeals court Friday threw out controversial regulations that would require the coming generation of digital televisions, DVD recorders and personal computers to contain anti-piracy technology.

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.

64-Bit Linux Is Already Here (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: While 64-bit Windows is taking its first baby steps, 64-bit Linux has been running in the enterprise for years. To which would you rather entrust your business?

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.

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 done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term "the mainstream media." One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

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. But the people who run the 10-year-old community Web site, which gets 8 million unique users and more than 2 billion page views per month, seem to have little interest in exploiting new sources of revenue, going public or even adding to their 18-person staff.

Google yanks two political ads attacking Reps. Pelosi and DeLay (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - A complaint this week by a conservative advocacy group over a political attack ad it tried to place on Google's Web site has again raised questions about the company's restrictive advertising policies and whether it can effectively police them.

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.

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.

Google's Accelerator Breaks Web Apps, Security (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Google responds to early reports that the beta test of its new caching software deleted accounts and exposed private Web pages.

Online Ad Spending Projected To Slow (TechWeb)
TechWeb - While remaining a healthy market, online ad spending growth is expected to decrease steadily through 2009, a reflection of a maturing market.

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