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Microsoft Continues Antipiracy Push with Windows Starter Edition (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has launched the first Spanish version of Windows XP Starter Edition, targeting Mexico and the emerging Latin America PC market with a stripped-down version of the company's flagship operating system.

Microsoft Unveils Cut-Rate Windows XP (AP)
AP - Beset by rampant counterfeiting across Latin America, Microsoft on Tuesday introduced a cut-rate, reduced version of Windows XP that is aimed at first-time, low-income computer users who might otherwise run pirated software.

Bill Gates warns Japanese, US children losing out in brain drain (AFP)
AFP - Microsoft founder Bill Gates said declining interest among Japanese and American children in science and technology was a concern which could weaken the world's top two economies.

BT to Launch Interactive TV Services (AP)
AP - Britain's biggest phone company will use Microsoft Corp.'s technology to launch interactive TV services, joining a crowd of telephone companies around the globe who've allied with the software maker in a bid to compete with cable TV.

Talk to Your Phone (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Judging from the new Version 5.0 of its Windows Mobile software, Microsoft is aiming to give cell phones more PC-like capabilities and speech recognition.

Microsoft to Blanket Latin America With Stripped-Down Windows (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Microsoft is moving from launching its XP Starter Edition, one country at a time, to rolling out Starter Edition releases for groups of nations.

Microsoft Rolls Out Windows 2000 Rollup Under Deadline (TechWeb)
TechWeb - With just two days to spare, Microsoft posts the final update to Windows 2000, which is scheduled to roll off mainstream support on June 30.

Gates Reiterates Support for Tablet PCs (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Despite sluggish adoption rates and indifference from mainstream consumers, the tablet PC still has a chance to succeed, noted Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) chairman Bill Gates.

BT Opts For Microsoft's IPTV Platform (TechWeb)
TechWeb - BT has chosen Microsoft's Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) software platform to deliver TV over broadband in the U.K. The operator plans to trial a service early next year , with a commercial service expected to begin in the summer of 2006.

Microsoft Tests Tool For Computer Classrooms (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Shared Computer Toolkit helps administrators erase downloaded programs and restore deleted files.

Google Shares Mapping Technology (AP)
AP - Google Inc. is throwing the doors open on the technology used to power the search engine's mapping service, allowing developers to create Web sites and software applications that merge Google's mapping information with data elsewhere.

Mich., Utah to Launch E-Mail Registries (AP)
AP - Two states are on the verge of trying to block porn and other inappropriate messages sent to children through e-mail, but critics question how the laws will be enforced and predict they could have unintended consequences.

Etch-A-Sketch to Be on U.K. Cell Phones (AP)
AP - For doodlers who can't get enough etching and sketching at home, Etch-A-Sketch is coming to a cell phone.

Court: Adware Companies Not Breaking Law (AP)
AP - Adware companies do not break trademark laws when they use a retailer's Web address to trigger coupons and other ads for rivals' products, a federal appeals court has found.

Sanofi-Aventis Sued Over Web Site Threat (AP)
AP - The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued Sanofi-Aventis Group because the French pharmaceutical giant threatened a medical news Web site that reports on one of its drugs.

Google sued over 'click fraud' in Web ads (Reuters)
Reuters - A seller of online marketing tools said on Wednesday it sued Google Inc., charging that the Web search giant has failed to protect users of its advertising program from "click fraud," costing them at least $5 million.

DVD Jon Hacks Google Video Viewer (PC World)
PC World - Hack allows more extensive use of Google player.

New issues: High-yield waters tested (FT.com)
FT.com - Cell C, the South African mobile phone operator, returned to the high-yield bond market on Wednesday with an issue that had to be pulled in May owing to difficult market conditions.

Open Source Serves Baskin-Robbins-Like Choices Of Software (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Most of the time, an abundance of choice is a good thing. Who could argue against 31 flavors of ice cream or 57 varieties of condiments?

Wipro's U.S.-based vice-chairman quits (Reuters)
Reuters - Wipro Ltd., India's third-largest software services company, said late on Wednesday that its U.S.-based vice chairman and president Vivek Paul was leaving the company after six years.

Google sued over 'click fraud' in Web ads (Reuters)
Reuters - A seller of online marketing tools said on Wednesday it sued Google Inc., charging that the Web search giant has failed to protect users of its advertising program from "click fraud," costing them at least $5 million.

Google Shares Mapping Technology (AP)
AP - Google Inc. is throwing the doors open on the technology used to power the search engine's mapping service, allowing developers to create Web sites and software applications that merge Google's mapping information with data elsewhere.

Sanofi-Aventis Sued Over Web Site Threat (AP)
AP - The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued Sanofi-Aventis Group because the French pharmaceutical giant threatened a medical news Web site that reports on one of its drugs.

More Web Publishers Opt To Outsource Ad Duties (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - As online publishers try to keep pace with a growing market while also eliminating waste, more of them are willing to outsource parts of their ad operations and sales.

Yahoo Introduces 'Social' Search Engine (PC World)
PC World - My Web 2.0 allows you to share a personal Web index.

Use of IP telephony surged in Sweden in 2004 (Reuters)
Reuters - The number of people making phone calls via the Internet more than doubled in Sweden in 2004, the country's telecoms regulator said on Wednesday.

Verizon Wireless Set To Roll Out Music Service (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) president and CEO Denny Strigl said Tuesday at a Yankee Group conference that his company will be rolling out an online music service within the next six to eight months.

Supreme Court Ruling Invokes Questions about Internet Distribution, Copyright (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster and StreamCast Networks in favor of the entertainment industry is being hailed as the first major adjustment of copyright enforcement to the realities of the Internet.

Malaysian anti-porn Internet laws criticised for blocking health information (AFP)
AFP - The Malaysian government's attempts to curb Internet porn could also restrict access to important health information such as how to prevent HIV/AIDS, a media watchdog said.

Pakistan Internet link repairs to take three days (Reuters)
Reuters - Pakistan's data and Internet links with the outside world will be hampered until at least the weekend while a faulty undersea fibre-optic cable is repaired, telecommunications officials said on Wednesday.

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