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Microsoft launches desktop search tool (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest maker of software, on Sunday released the finalized version of its desktop search tool, taking aim at Google Inc. and other rivals in the increasingly competitive search market.

Gates Foundation Puts $2.3B Into Education (AP)
AP - Bill Gates raised some hackles with his withering assessment of American high schools, but at least the billionaire founder of Microsoft is putting his money where his mouth is. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested $2.3 billion since 2000 in new visions of education, with smaller schools and more personalized instruction to prepare young people for the working world and post-high school learning.

Sun, Microsoft join for shared passwords (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - In what could be called a high-tech peace dividend after years of bitter legal disputes, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft on Friday trumpeted the first results of a partnership they struck a year ago.

Microsoft to begin test of security software (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Microsoft wants to be your computer's doctor. But it will have to fight more than spam and viruses -- it will also have to take on Silicon Valley pioneers who have spent years in the software-security business.

Sun, Microsoft Join Forces on ID Management (AP)
AP - Former archenemies Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. marked the first anniversary of their historic detente by unveiling a series of measures to improve how their products work together.

Microsoft unveils new Xbox 360, takes aim at Sony (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. unveiled its new Xbox 360 on Thursday, taking aim at Sony Corp. in the video game console market with a machine sporting high-definition graphics and features that make it an entertainment hub for the living room.

Microsoft to offer anti-virus software, service (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. , the world's largest software maker, unveiled on Thursday plans to launch a computer subscription service that would include anti-virus and security updates for personal computers.

Microsoft, Sun, pursue gap-bridging product plans (Reuters)
Reuters - Former bitter rivals Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. on Friday said they were nearly ready to release products that help bridge the gap between their operating systems, a result of their legal settlement more than a year ago.

Microsoft's Share of Browser Market Slips (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp.'s share of the U.S. browser market has slipped below 90 percent as the Firefox browser continues to grow in popularity, according to independent tracking by WebSideStory.

Microsoft Tests Version of Tuneup Service (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a test version of an all-in-one subscription service that aims to protect computer users from viruses and spyware and give them tools to make machines speedier.

Expo Highlights Next-Generation Gadgets (AP)
AP - The PlayStation 2 is so yesterday. Xbox? Old news. And the GameCube? That's downright retro. After years of showcasing primarily video game software, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles highlights a new generation of gadgets that should offer much more than blistered fingers.

Next Via the Internet: Tailored TV (AP)
AP - Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.

Pollsters Left Out in Cell-Phone World (AP)
AP - The rapid growth in cell-phone only households is pressuring public opinion researchers to adapt their surveying methods, which are based heavily on telephone interviews of people with traditional landline phones.

Sun, Microsoft Join Forces on ID Management (AP)
AP - Former archenemies Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. marked the first anniversary of their historic detente by unveiling a series of measures to improve how their products work together.

Microsoft Tests Version of Tuneup Service (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a test version of an all-in-one subscription service that aims to protect computer users from viruses and spyware and give them tools to make machines speedier.

Microsoft launches desktop search tool (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest maker of software, on Sunday released the finalized version of its desktop search tool, taking aim at Google Inc. and other rivals in the increasingly competitive search market.

Nintendo to launch new game console in 2006 (Reuters)
Reuters - Nintendo Co. said on Monday it planned to launch its new videogame console sometime next year, missing the key 2005 holiday shopping season and putting it a step behind Microsoft Corp. in the race to market a next-generation game machine.

Telefonica profit up, tops forecasts (Reuters)
Reuters - Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica posted a 36 percent rise in first-quarter net profit thanks to a booming Latin America mobile phone business and higher sales at its Spanish fixed-line division.

Zend making PHP development easier for Oracle users (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Oracle and PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) tools maker Zend Technologies on Monday will announce plans to enhance open source PHP development on Oracle databases via a free package called Zend Core for Oracle.

Microsoft to begin test of security software (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Microsoft wants to be your computer's doctor. But it will have to fight more than spam and viruses -- it will also have to take on Silicon Valley pioneers who have spent years in the software-security business.

Microsoft launches desktop search tool (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp., the world's largest maker of software, on Sunday released the finalized version of its desktop search tool, taking aim at Google Inc. and other rivals in the increasingly competitive search market.

Internet search firms target music biz (Reuters)
Reuters - The amount of digital music, video and other entertainment content available on the Internet is at an all-time high, but finding something compelling is getting harder than ever.

Players in the Emerging Internet Video (AP)
AP - A look at some startups seeking to capitalize on the emerging market for Over-the-Internet video delivery:

Next Via the Internet: Tailored TV (AP)
AP - Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.

Asked about splitting its stock, Google responds: Not now (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Internet search leader Google, whose stock is trading well north of $200 a share, has no immediate plans to split its stock, company executives said in their first shareholders meeting Thursday.

Xfire Helps PC Gamers Round Up Players (AP)
AP - For many PC gamers, getting a group of friends together to engage in online battles in such multiplayer games as "Unreal Tournament 2004" or "Battlefield 1942" has always been a major problem. The issue was simple but annoying: Short of putting all your pals on a conference call, there was no easy way to muster them.

Risky Business? Web Gambling Calls On Advertising Agencies (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - It's a category that has put new-business executives at odds with their own "you've-got-to-play-to-win" philosophies. Online gambling companies are looking for a bigger cut of the poker-crazed U.S. market, where the pastime remains illegal, and are asking agencies to help pave the way. But in pursuit of $20 million payouts, shops must navigate the murky legal waters surrounding such off-shore clients.

Cisco-Linksys President Touts the Digital Home (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Charlie Giancarlo says trends in broadband and VOIP mean bigger things are on the horizon.

Company Tries To Purge Web Criticism (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Spam Arrest complains that its past practices, however unsavory, are no longer fair fodder for disapproval and wants Web sites to remove references to those old actions.

Google Updates Toolbar, AutoLink Remains (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The San Francisco-based search company modified some characteristics of the toolbar's controversial AutoLink feature to mollify Web site owners.

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