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U.S. stocks sink on $60 oil, Micron falls (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. stocks slid on Thursday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 marking their biggest percentage drops in about two months, as oil prices soared to a record $60 a barrel and transportation company FedEx Corp. said high fuel prices will hurt profits.

Microsoft To Share Its Plans for Longhorn RSS Support (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Microsoft first discussed its strategy to make RSS part of Longhorn two years ago. The company is set to update its vision for syndication support in the next version of Windows.

Microsoft extends IP protection for partners (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it is strengthening the intellectual property protection it provides to PC manufacturers as it tries to fend off competition from Linux rivals.

Microsoft's Turn in the Indemnification Mill (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: Microsoft offering indemnification to its partners shows that its encouragement of IP lawsuits, like SCO's, has come back to bite it.

AOL takes bold step: Content's now free (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - The walls guarding America Online's proprietary content quietly started to crumble this week as the company placed most of its news, sports, chats and other features on the open Internet. That's the culmination of AOL's 18-month-old plan to vie head-on with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft as an advertising-driven Web portal. The new strategy is a bid to offset the loss of millions of subscribers.

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 Expands Legal Protection For PC Makers (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft will pay more to defend PC makers facing patent suits, as intellectual-property disputes rise

Microsoft Steps Up Pressure To Adopt Spam-Fighting System (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Hotmail and MSN will get more aggressive at rejecting mail sent through companies or service providers that do not register their domain names with Microsoft's Sender ID system.

Microsoft Indemnifies Its OEM Partners Against IP Attacks (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The company undertakes to protect its OEM and ISV Royalty partners from the legal costs of IP-violation lawsuits.

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

EBay Encourages Sellers to Build Web Sites (AP)
AP - Eager to find new sources of income and keep its sellers from striking out on their own, eBay Inc. launched a new service Thursday that encourages small- and medium-sized sellers to build Web stores that operate independent of the e-commerce powerhouse.

Library Internet Access Better Than Ever (AP)
AP - Virtually every U.S. public library now offers free Internet access but most ration it, inhibiting the ability of lower-income families to benefit from the Information Age.

Security Fix Installed After Breach (AP)
AP - The operations center for a credit card processing firm whose security was breached by a hacker, exposing 40 million accounts to possible fraud, has put new security software in place.

Groups Laud Yahoo for Closing Chat Rooms (AP)
AP - Family advocacy groups lauded Yahoo Inc. on Thursday for closing its chat rooms to clean up areas that allegedly were used to prey on children.

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.

Australia outlaws using Internet to incite suicide (Reuters)
Reuters - People who use the Internet to incite others to commit suicide or teach them how to kill themselves face fines of up to A$550,000 ($430,000) under tough new laws passed in Australia on Friday.

RealPlayer Flaws Trigger PC Hijack Alert (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Four remotely exploitable flaws in the widely deployed media player could put millions of users at risk of PC takeover attacks, RealNetworks warns.

Finland Opening Door For U.S. Wireless Firm (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - U.S. wireless gear maker Flarion Technologies has finally found a home -- in Finland.

Microsoft extends IP protection for partners (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it is strengthening the intellectual property protection it provides to PC manufacturers as it tries to fend off competition from Linux rivals.

Symantec Exec Touts Potential Of Veritas Merger (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Symantec is so confident that its acquisition of Veritas Software will pass shareholder muster on Friday that the company told its VARs to expect great things once the merger is complete.

Australia outlaws using Internet to incite suicide (Reuters)
Reuters - People who use the Internet to incite others to commit suicide or teach them how to kill themselves face fines of up to A$550,000 ($430,000) under tough new laws passed in Australia on Friday.

Muppets move to center stage for Movies.com (Reuters)
Reuters - Curmudgeons don't come much more lovable than Statler and Waldorf, the grumpy old men who offered unsolicited and witty comments on "The Muppet Show." Now the puppet duo is getting a regular spot on http://www.Movies.com to share their inimitable reviews of upcoming films with online fans.

Nick Arcade to add paid games (Reuters)
Reuters - Kids cable channel Nickelodeon will unveil a revamped version of its Nick Arcade Web site July 1, supported by a marketing effort to introduce paid downloadable games.

EBay Encourages Sellers to Build Web Sites (AP)
AP - Eager to find new sources of income and keep its sellers from striking out on their own, eBay Inc. launched a new service Thursday that encourages small- and medium-sized sellers to build Web stores that operate independent of the e-commerce powerhouse.

Library Internet Access Better Than Ever (AP)
AP - Virtually every U.S. public library now offers free Internet access but most ration it, inhibiting the ability of lower-income families to benefit from the Information Age.

EBay Launches Web Store-Building Service (TechWeb)
TechWeb - EBay launches an online service that enables sellers on the auction site to create customized web stores that are independent of the EBay marketplace.

Data breaches dent consumer confidence in Internet: studies (AFP)
AFP - US consumers are increasingly concerned about identity theft and the security of online commerce in the wake of recent data breaches, surveys showed.

Yahoo Chat-Room Decision Draws Fire (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Yahoo's decision to pull the plug on perhaps hundreds of chat rooms following reports that some of them were used to promote sex with minors was an "overreaction" by the entertainment portal, privacy advocates say.

Sony sees weak LCD prices, better music service (Reuters)
Reuters - Sony Corp.'s (6758.T) U.S. unit is looking to high-resolution cameras and televisions and a beefed up online music service to breathe life into its troubled brand, but profits will take time to improve, company executives said on Thursday.

US newspapers find readers-if not money-on the Web (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. newspaper publishers desperate to slow circulation declines have found they can draw millions of readers to their Web sites -- but making money from that audience is proving much tougher.

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