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Windows Minus Media Player Not Big Seller (AP)
AP - In Microsoft's new operating system — Windows XP N — the "N" stands for "Not with Media Player." But it might as well stand for "No Thanks." PC makers and distributors are holding back from buying the new alternative version of Windows XP that Europe's competition commissioner ordered Microsoft Corp. to offer as part of the punishment in the software maker's long antitrust battle with the European Union.

Microsoft Upgrades Windows for Handhelds (PC World)
PC World - Windows Mobile 2005 will beef up Office apps and add support for flash memory.

Microsoft Pushing Spam-Fighting System (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is stepping up the pressure on e-mail senders to adopt its "Sender ID" spam-fighting technology despite problems that could send up to 10 percent of legitimate messages to junk folders.

Microsoft Completes Sybari Acquisition (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has completed its acquisition of enterprise-security firm Sybari Software and plans to discontinue new sales of the Sybari's products for Unix and Linux platforms.

Microsoft Set to Update Anti-Spyware Beta (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The Redmond software vendor also has pushed out its beta-expiration date for its pending product from July to December. What's going on?

CodeWeavers to Bring Windows Applications to 'Mactels' (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Apple and Microsoft may not be bringing Windows application compatibility to Intel-based Macs, but that isn't stopping CodeWeavers from giving it a try.

Microsoft To Build Web-Based 'Communicator' (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Due to beta this summer, details are sketchy on Communicator Web Access. Sources say not to expect VoIP, but the software will run on non-Microsoft browsers.

Microsoft Enlists OneCare Security Service Testers (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft opens up its OneCare security subscription service to beta testing, taking applications on its Web site.

Microsoft Lays Down Law On German Spammer (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft's German unit announces that it had sued an unnamed company in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for spamming the U.S.-based company's Hotmail service.

Microsoft: No New Sybari Sales for Unix, Linux (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The company completes its purchase of Sybari and announces plans to discontinue new sales of the enterprise anti-virus product for Unix and Linux platforms.

File-Swapping May Be Here to Stay (AP)
AP - Four years after it shuttered the original Napster with a legal assault, the recording industry is taking a different approach to online file-swapping: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Windows Minus Media Player Not Big Seller (AP)
AP - In Microsoft's new operating system — Windows XP N — the "N" stands for "Not with Media Player." But it might as well stand for "No Thanks." PC makers and distributors are holding back from buying the new alternative version of Windows XP that Europe's competition commissioner ordered Microsoft Corp. to offer as part of the punishment in the software maker's long antitrust battle with the European Union.

Technology Finding New Ways to Pay (AP)
AP - Quicker. More secure. More fun. Stores, credit card companies and banks are giving consumers new ways to pay in the latest evolution of cashless payments.

Yahoo Closes Chat Rooms Over Sex Content (AP)
AP - Reacting to angry protests from several of its top sponsors, Yahoo Inc. has pulled the plug on perhaps hundreds of chat rooms operating on its site after a media report revealed that some of the rooms were used to promote sex with minors.

Biometrics Making Inroads With Laptops (AP)
AP - Biometric technology is taking another leap toward widespread usage as Hewlett-Packard Co. ships new laptops with fingerprint readers.

As competition looms, so do eBay challenges (Reuters)
Reuters - EBay Inc. at its annual user conference this week, will be under pressure to spell out its plans to counter looming competition from Web search giant Google Inc.

Dell faces lawsuit over North Carolina tax subsidy (Reuters)
Reuters - Dell Inc. is named in a lawsuit expected to be filed on Thursday that seeks to block the personal computer maker from receiving state tax-breaks for building a new production plant in North Carolina.

Microsoft Upgrades Windows for Handhelds (PC World)
PC World - Windows Mobile 2005 will beef up Office apps and add support for flash memory.

Microsoft Completes Sybari Acquisition (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has completed its acquisition of enterprise-security firm Sybari Software and plans to discontinue new sales of the Sybari's products for Unix and Linux platforms.

US firm says Iran 'illegally' uses Internet filter software (AFP)
AFP - A US Web security firm cited in a report on Iran's Internet censorship said that any use in Iran of its software is "illegal and unauthorized."

As competition looms, so do eBay challenges (Reuters)
Reuters - EBay Inc. at its annual user conference this week, will be under pressure to spell out its plans to counter looming competition from Web search giant Google Inc.

File-Swapping May Be Here to Stay (AP)
AP - Four years after it shuttered the original Napster with a legal assault, the recording industry is taking a different approach to online file-swapping: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

America Online licenses Live 8 TV, radio rights (Reuters)
Reuters - America Online on Wednesday said it licensed the rights to broadcast Live 8, a series of free international concerts, to Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks, Clear Channel Communications Inc.'s Premiere Radio Networks and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.

Iran Tightens Net Control, Researchers Say (AP)
AP - The Iranian government has tightened its control over the Internet, increasingly blocking content in its national language of Farsi and restricting what citizens can publish through Web journals, Western researchers say.

Blogs Growing Into The Ultimate Focus Group (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - In promoting a new calling plan this spring, U.S. Cellular wanted to reach college-age consumers and speak to them on their own terms. While normally that might mean convening focus groups, commissioning surveys and poring over market-research reports, the Chicago company's youth-focused ad agency, G Whiz, decided instead to listen to what their potential customers were saying on their blogs.

Review: Trivia Stump Smart Search Engines (AP)
AP - Even as they become more savvy, the Internet's leading search engines still sometimes bog down in befuddlement when a specific kernel of knowledge is sought.

US firm says Iran 'illegally' uses Internet filter software (AFP)
AFP - A US Web security firm cited in a report on Iran's Internet censorship said that any use in Iran of its software is "illegal and unauthorized."

CEO Says Google Won't Compete With PayPal (AP)
AP - Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt on Tuesday denied recent media and analyst reports that the online search engine leader is gearing up to compete directly with eBay Inc.'s pioneering PayPal service, although he acknowledged some kind of electronic payment product is in the works.

EU cross-border gambling restrictions seen ending (Reuters)
Reuters - European restrictions to cross-border gambling over the Internet will face a growing number of legal challenges and could fall away within the next three years, according to a lawyer who specializes in gambling.

Hong Kong Disneyland Open Day Entry Limited (AP)
AP - Hong Kong Disneyland will only sell 12,000 tickets for its opening day, with the majority sold online through the theme park's Web site, Disney executives said Wednesday.

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