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Microsoft Online Launches Search Feature (AP)
AP - Catching up with rivals Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled an improved search service that delivers results tuned to users' location.

Vietnam PM meets Bill Gates (Reuters)
Reuters - Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai pledged to combat software piracy as he met with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Monday during the first visit to the United States by the leader of the Communist nation since the Vietnam war.

Microsoft's MSN to Deliver Local Search Option (PC World)
PC World - Local Search service will help MSN users find businesses and people.

Gates agrees to help Vietnam's technology drive (AFP)
AFP - US software giant Microsoft agreed to beef up information technology in Vietnam's schools and businesses while emphasizing copyright protection.

Microsoft Puts Roadblock in Front of Open-Sourcing Avalon and Indigo (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Novell's Mono open-source group will need to jump through Microsoft's IP hoops if it's to develop open versions of Avalon and Indigo.

Microsoft Announces Avalanche P2P (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - British Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) researchers are developing a peer-to-peer software application that will provide an alternative to the controversial BitTorrent systems, according to UK news sources.

Change proposed in EU Microsoft case (Reuters)
Reuters - The top judge of the European Union's second-highest court has proposed changing judges in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case, according to a letter sent to all parties in the case.

Microsoft Begs To Be Hacked (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) recently invited hackers to descend upon Redmond for a chance to exploit Windows code openly. The event was billed as "Blue Hat" in reference to the popular Black Hat conferences that provide a public forum for security professionals and the hacking community to interface.

Microsoft Builds Its Own Peer-to-Peer App (PC World)
PC World - System, called Avalanche, is similar to the BitTorrent file swapping service.

Microsoft previews Web services pack (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft reports it has had approximately 15,000 downloads of an early version of its WSE (Web Services Enhancements) 3.0 package, which features turnkey security profiles and interoperability with the company’s upcoming Indigo Web services deployment technology.

Google May Expand Into Online Payments (AP)
AP - Hoping to build upon the power of its Internet leading search engine, Google Inc. is believed to be developing an online payment system that would pose a stiff challenge to online auctioneer eBay Inc.'s industry-dominating PayPal service.

Programming Jobs Losing Luster in U.S. (AP)
AP - As an eager freshman in the fall of 2001, Andrew Mo's career trajectory seemed preordained: He'd learn C++ and Java languages while earning a computer science degree at Stanford University, then land a Silicon Valley technology job. The 22-year-old Shanghai native graduated this month with a major in computer science and a minor in economics. But he no longer plans to write code for a living, or even work at a tech company.

L.A. Times Suspends 'Wikitorials' (AP)
AP - A bold Los Angeles Times experiment in letting readers rewrite the paper's editorials lasted all of three days.

Spokane Mayor Debates Privacy Online (AP)
AP - After what Mayor James West called his "brutal outing" by a newspaper that published transcripts of his conversations from a gay chat room, he complained in an e-mail to the city's commission on race relations. West asked: "Should we all fear that our private conversations will be splashed publicly and out of context for all in our sphere to see?" The answer, Internet privacy advocates say, is "yes."

China's Tom Online Signs Distribution Deal (AP)
AP - Tom Online Inc., a Chinese Internet and wireless services company, said Monday it will be the sole wireless distributor for Warner Brothers in China — offering the U.S. movie studio's games and animation to Chinese cell-phone users.

MTV Networks buys Neopets online community (Reuters)
Reuters - Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks said Monday it has acquired NeoPets Inc., the operator of a fast-growing youth community on the Internet.

Samsung first to mass produce faster graphics chip (Reuters)
Reuters - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the world's top maker of memory chips, on Monday said it is the first supplier to mass produce graphic chips for the next generation of video games.

Will That Be Cash, Credit, Or Cell? (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - For years, techies and wireless phone companies have coveted a dream: turning the ubiquitous cell phone into a virtual wallet. In the late 1990s everyone from Nokia Corp. to Visa was plotting to roll out services in the U.S. that would let people use their cell phones to buy everything from soft drinks to cars. Startups such as 724 Solutions Inc. teamed with banks to let people check balances and transfer funds from a phone. But pokey technology and tepid demand snuffed out the market.

Microsoft Puts Roadblock in Front of Open-Sourcing Avalon and Indigo (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Novell's Mono open-source group will need to jump through Microsoft's IP hoops if it's to develop open versions of Avalon and Indigo.

Gates agrees to help Vietnam's technology drive (AFP)
AFP - US software giant Microsoft agreed to beef up information technology in Vietnam's schools and businesses while emphasizing copyright protection.

Google May Expand Into Online Payments (AP)
AP - Hoping to build upon the power of its Internet leading search engine, Google Inc. is believed to be developing an online payment system that would pose a stiff challenge to online auctioneer eBay Inc.'s industry-dominating PayPal service.

MTV Networks buys Neopets online community (Reuters)
Reuters - Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks said Monday it has acquired NeoPets Inc., the operator of a fast-growing youth community on the Internet.

INTERVIEW: AOL drops walls as it turns into media player (Reuters)
Reuters - America Online Inc. unlocks the gates of AOL's walled garden Tuesday, giving everyone free access to features and content previously available only to subscribers.

Singer Martina McBride Has Baby Girl (AP)
AP - Country singer Martina McBride and her husband, John, have a new addition to the family. Ava Rose Kathleen McBride was born at 2:25 p.m. Monday, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, according to McBride's publicist, Kathy Best. Both Ava and the 38-year-old McBride were doing well, according to the singer's Web site.

SHOPTALK: One Chapter At A Time (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - Advertising in literature continues to move at a snail's pace. The latest writer to try to change that is Michael T. Owens, who is using eBay to auction off one full page of ad space in his upcoming novel, A Dream Come True. Owens, a former advertising executive with one novel already under his belt, says he's just "brainstorming cost effective, out-of-the-box ways to market. By combining the captive audience and long shelf life of a book, I'm able to create a win-win situation for me and one lucky advertiser."

MTV Networks Buys Neopets.com Parent (AP)
AP - MTV Networks on Monday said it acquired NeoPets Inc., owner of the popular teen Web site Neopets.com., for an undisclosed sum.

Hackers score big by thinking small, experts say (Reuters)
Reuters - A recent computer security breach that left 40 million credit cards vulnerable to fraud shows how online criminals are scoring big by thinking small, experts said on Monday.

EBay shares off on talk Google eyeing PayPal rival (Reuters)
Reuters - Shares of eBay Inc. fell almost 2 percent on Monday on worries that Google Inc. may offer an online payment service to rival eBay's PayPal as soon as this fall.

Google eyes online payment service (AFP)
AFP - Internet giant Google was in focus following reports that the online search giant plans to offer an electronic payment system similar to eBay's PayPal.

UK's BSkyB plans Internet movie, sports downloads (Reuters)
Reuters - British satellite TV firm BSkyB said on Monday it plans to launch an Internet movie and sports download service later this year, in an attempt to lock in subscribers and counter new offerings from its cable rivals.

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