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Microsoft faces fines as EU deadline looms (AFP)
AFP - The European Union's executive arm warned that Microsoft could face huge fines in coming months if the US software giant does not meet a 2004 antitrust ruling by a midnight deadline.

Microsoft makes changes to Visual Studio 2005 (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft is making several changes to its upcoming Visual Studio 2005 development tools platform based on early user feedback. Changes include improvements pertaining to Visual C#, Web Forms, and icons.

EU To Decide on Fines for Microsoft (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The European Union has set the end of July as its deadline for deciding whether it will levy new fines against Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) for lack of compliance with its landmark antitrust ruling.

EU to Decide on Fines Against Microsoft (AP)
AP - The European Union head office said Tuesday it expects to make a decision by the end of July on whether to impose new fines on Microsoft Corp., which faces a Wednesday deadline for complying with an earlier order aimed at assuring that rivals can compete to supply accessories for its Windows platform.

Time running out for Microsoft in EU row (Reuters)
Reuters - Time runs out for Microsoft this week after an antitrust ruling by the European Commission: it must either comply or face possible fines up to $5 million daily.

Microsoft Severs Ties With Ralph Reed (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The Conservative politician has helped the vendor lobby on international trade and other issues.

Microsoft plays waiting game with EU (AFP)
AFP - Software giant Microsoft, summoned by the European Commission to finally conform to its antitrust orders, is playing a delaying game in hopes of yielding the minimum of ground on its leadership.

News briefs (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Windows OS set for verticals Microsoft has begun supplying a version of its Windows XP Embedded OS tailored to the retail and hospitality industries, marking the first time the company has customized an OS for a particular market. WEPOS (Windows Embedded for Point of Service) is aimed at applications such as point-of-sale systems, in-store information kiosks, self-service checkout systems, and gas pumps, company officials said.

If Microsoft Sells Antivirus Software, Who Will Buy? (TechWeb)
TechWeb - In the baseball-fantasy-flick Field Of Dreams, protagonist Ray Kinsella--played by Kevin Costner--hears a godly but whispery voice resonate: "If you build it, he will come." A similar question can be posed about Microsoft and the antivirus software it's in the midst of creating.

Microsoft Severs Ties With Lobbyist Reed (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. said Friday it has severed ties with Ralph Reed, a conservative Republican lobbyist who once headed the Christian Coalition and is now running for lieutenant governor of Georgia.

Tech-Minded Kids Hike to Computer Camp (AP)
AP - With the summer camp season fast approaching, kids across the country will be stocking up on hiking shoes, bug spray and other necessities for adventures in the great outdoors. Thousands of others, however, will be enjoying adventures of the indoor variety: creating video games, building robots and designing Web pages.

AMD Unveils Dual-Core Chips for Desktops (AP)
AP - Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is launching its first PC microprocessors with two computing engines on a single chip Tuesday, further expanding its product line with a technology that's expected to be a major driver of PC performance for years to come.

Japan State Bans 'Grand Theft Auto' Sales (AP)
AP - A state in Japan has decided to ban a U.S. video game from being sold or rented to minors, after officials deemed it harmful and capable of inciting violence.

Computer Show Opens in Taiwan (AP)
AP - The world's second-largest annual computer show, Computex, opened Tuesday in Taiwan, with organizers expecting the highest number of buyers and visitors in the exhibition's 25-year history.

Vermont Country Store a Throwback to Past (AP)
AP - The Vermont Country Store's future is in your past.

Study: Shoppers Naive About Online Prices (AP)
AP - Most American consumers don't realize Internet merchants and even traditional retailers sometimes charge different prices to different customers for the same products, according to a new survey.

Toshiba, Canon Bet on New Flat-Panel TV Technology (PC World)
PC World - Companies invest $1.7 billion in plant to produce TVs that are as bright as CRTs but use less energy than plasmas.

BT answers prayers of distracted UK congregation (Reuters)
Reuters - British telecoms operator BT Group Plc has wired up a church in Wales to allow the congregation to hook onto local high-speed Internet connections when they want a break from the sermon. Britain's largest fixed-line telecoms operator said on Tuesday it had installed a Wi-Fi wireless network access point, known as a hotspot, in Reverend Keith Kimber's St John's Rectory church in the city of Cardiff.

Carrier-Grade Capabilities May Ring Up Big Linux Sales (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Companies that sell the open-source software hope more telecom and networking firms start asking that question.

Microsoft faces fines as EU deadline looms (AFP)
AFP - The European Union's executive arm warned that Microsoft could face huge fines in coming months if the US software giant does not meet a 2004 antitrust ruling by a midnight deadline.

Study: Shoppers Naive About Online Prices (AP)
AP - Most American consumers don't realize Internet merchants and even traditional retailers sometimes charge different prices to different customers for the same products, according to a new survey.

SBC to cut high-speed Internet price (Reuters)
Reuters - SBC Communications Inc. , the second-largest U.S. telecommunications company, plans to slash its price for high-speed Internet service by 25 percent, upping the ante in its rivalry with cable competitors.

Yahoo Japan to tie up with Nikko Cordial, E*Trade (Reuters)
Reuters - Yahoo Japan Corp., Japan's top Internet portal, said on Wednesday it has reached a basic agreement to tie up with third-ranked brokerage Nikko Cordial Corp. and online broker E*Trade Securities Co. in the securities agency business as early as August.

Paris Hilton to join fortunes with shipping scion (Reuters)
Reuters - Two family fortunes, one name.

Vonage homes in on 1 million subscriber mark-CEO (Reuters)
Reuters - Vonage Holdings Corp. will easily cross the 1 million subscriber mark before year-end, the head of the fast-growing Internet phone company said on Tuesday.

BCE CEO slams Canadian regulator on VoIP decision (Reuters)
Reuters - The head of BCE Inc., Canada's No. 1 phone company, slammed the country's telecom regulator on Tuesday for its decision this month to limit what big phone companies can charge for calls made using Internet protocol technology.

BT answers prayers of distracted UK congregation (Reuters)
Reuters - British telecoms operator BT Group Plc has wired up a church in Wales to allow the congregation to hook onto local high-speed Internet connections when they want a break from the sermon. Britain's largest fixed-line telecoms operator said on Tuesday it had installed a Wi-Fi wireless network access point, known as a hotspot, in Reverend Keith Kimber's St John's Rectory church in the city of Cardiff.

China to set new rules to vet online game content (AFP)
AFP - China is to release a set of new rules to vet the content of online games as part of a campaign to combat what it sees as harmful influences on the young, state media said.

$7.2 million in start-up's 2nd round (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Become.com, a Mountain View search engine company that helps people shop by offering them product reviews and other information, plans to announce today that it has raised $7.2 million in a second round of funding.

Andrew Kantor: CyberSpeak - Studios seek revenge as file sharers beat 'Sith' to screen (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" hit the theaters last Friday. And at about the same time pirated versions were already available online. (They were also available on street corners in your nearest big city, but that's not nearly as interesting.)

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