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Microsoft's Virtual Earth Offers New Look at Location Search (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Trying to keep pace with its competition's latest Internet technologies, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is offering a new look at location searches with the introduction of MSN Virtual Earth.

Microsoft Previews Geo-Mapping Service (AP)
AP - Seeking an edge on Google Inc. in localized online search, Microsoft Corp. previewed on Monday a layered, geo-mapping service featuring aerial photographs and satellite images that it promised for later this year.

Microsoft Code Release Marks Another Step Toward Longhorn (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Enhancements such as online video support and a new security offering are included in this preview of the code behind the next version of Windows. The release is aimed at developers.

Microsoft Unveils Tools To Prep Developers For Longhorn (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft releases in beta several technologies to prepare developers for building Longhorn applications that incorporate web services.

Microsoft Gets Deadline in Antitrust Case (AP)
AP - The European Union has given Microsoft Corp. until the end of the month to comply with its antitrust order or face punitive sanctions, the software producer and an EU official said Monday.

Kroes says Microsoft faces deadline in 8 days (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. has just eight days to comply with remedies imposed on the software giant for violating antitrust laws, the European Union's competition chief said on Monday.

Microsoft Adds Spanish, French To Speech Server 2004 (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft rolls out the second release of Speech Server 2004, and touted the software's expanded language support.

Exploit Allows Windows XP Piracy (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - A security researcher has discovered a simple weakness in Microsoft's soon-to-be-mandatory "Windows Genuine Advantage" validation initiative.

Microsoft Searches For New Revenue Sources (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The software maker is heavily invested in future markets, but they haven't yet generated much in the way of profits. And then there's that $60 billion pile of cash.

EC gives Microsoft May deadline to agree on sanctions (MacCentral)
MacCentral - Microsoft Corp. has until the end of May to reach an agreement with the European Commission on how it will meet antitrust sanctions imposed against it or face a US$5 million a day fine.

Hackers Holding Computer Files 'Hostage' (AP)
AP - The latest threat to computer users doesn't destroy data or steal passwords — it locks up a person's electronic documents, effectively holding them hostage, and demands $200 over the Internet to get them back.

Ga. Credit-Card Holders 'Blink' Cards (AP)
AP - About 400,000 credit-card holders in Georgia will be the first in the country to use a new technology that allows them to pay for items by waving their card near a terminal instead of swiping it through a machine.

New Service Provides Sex Offender Alerts (AP)
AP - People can now get "sex offender movement alerts" sent to their e-mail, cell phones and other Internet-enabled devices when sex offenders update their addresses with authorities in three states.

PalmOne to Pay $30M for Palm Brand Name (AP)
AP - Two years and two spinoffs later, the handheld computer company that made its name with the Palm Pilot is changing its name back to Palm Inc.

Publishers Protest Google Library Project (AP)
AP - A group of academic publishers called Google Inc.'s plan to scan millions of library books into its Internet search engine index a troubling financial threat to its membership.

The Internet goes Greek (AFP)
AFP - Greeks will from July 4 for the first time be able to name their Internet sites with letters from the Greek alphabet, the country's telecommunications authorities (EETT) said, in a move aimed at increasing use of new technologies here.

Analysts: Apple, Intel talks probably not about PCs (MacCentral)
MacCentral - Talks between chipmaker Intel Corp. and Apple Computer have been speculated on for many years – probably as much as the recurring Apple/Sony, Apple/Disney merger/buyout scenario. But with Apple’s move into new markets like the iPod, analysts are not so quick to dismiss the rumored talks this time.

Kodak Delays Launch of Digital Camera (AP)
AP - Eastman Kodak Co. is delaying its launch of a highly touted digital camera that will use wireless technology to transfer images to computers, printers or kiosks.

Red Hat to Open-Source Netscape Directory Next Week (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - June 1 is D-day for Red Hat to release the renamed 'Red Hat Directory Server,' which could become the crux of an open-sourced digital-ID-management platform.

IBM exec: Impending death of Moore's Law calls for software development changes (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Las Vegas – IBM Fellow Grady Booch on Tuesday cited the need for more levels of abstraction in software development to compensate for what he believes is the upcoming death of Moore’s Law.

Hackers Holding Computer Files 'Hostage' (AP)
AP - The latest threat to computer users doesn't destroy data or steal passwords — it locks up a person's electronic documents, effectively holding them hostage, and demands $200 over the Internet to get them back.

The Internet goes Greek (AFP)
AFP - Greeks will from July 4 for the first time be able to name their Internet sites with letters from the Greek alphabet, the country's telecommunications authorities (EETT) said, in a move aimed at increasing use of new technologies here.

U.S. FTC asks for help against spam 'zombies' (Reuters)
Reuters - Home computer users who unwittingly send out spam e-mail should be disconnected from the Internet until their machines are fixed, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday.

University Presses Slam Google Print (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - An association of nonprofit publishers accuses Google of massive copyright infringement based on the search company's plan to digitize millions of library books.

Italy investigating 186 over child torture site (Reuters)
Reuters - Italian police are investigating 186 people including three priests after uncovering an Internet pornography site for pedophiles that showed young children being tortured, an official said Tuesday.

Microsoft's Virtual Earth Offers New Look at Location Search (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Trying to keep pace with its competition's latest Internet technologies, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is offering a new look at location searches with the introduction of MSN Virtual Earth.

Online Retail Sales To Surge in 2005 (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Online retail sales are expected to reach a record US$172.4 billion in 2005, a 22 percent increase over last year that is driven by sales in travel services, cosmetics and jewelry.

Online world bets on Jackson trial outcome (Reuters)
Reuters - Whether or not Michael Jackson's jurors still have a reasonable doubt about his guilt, the wild world of Internet betting has rendered judgment: the smart money is on acquittal.

Google lets you personalize its home page (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Google has done the unthinkable and done it right: For the first time, the company is allowing people to personalize the search service's beautifully sparse home page.

More big gains seen for US online retail sales (AFP)
AFP - US online retail sales are projected to increase 22 percent this year, maintaining a steady growth pace after a 23.8 percent rise in 2004, a survey showed.

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