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Beware of Fake Microsoft Security Alerts (PC World)
PC World - Spam disguised as security alert gives full control of your PC to attackers.

Bad Ads at Microsoft? (The Motley Fool)
The Motley Fool - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) coveting the lucrative fortunes of online advertising that have been enjoyed by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - News)? Right, that's a given. With that in mind, today's rumors that Microsoft is looking with interest at the possibility of purchasing an Internet marketing firm are certainly not surprising, but when it comes to today's rumor that it's eyeing Claria, some might well wonder what Microsoft's thinking.

Rumored Microsoft Adware Deal Raises Red Flags (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - If the software company buys Claria, the adware vendor known for distributing Gator, analysts question whether customer protection will remain a priority.

Microsoft Ready to Discuss RSS Security (PC World)
PC World - As the technology moves into the mainstream, it could attract hackers, experts say.

Microsoft Turns Off SUS Downloads (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The software giant stops offering the patch management tool for download, and not everyone is happy with the amount of time provided to switch to the newer version.

As Support Fades, Microsoft Updates Windows 2000 (PC World)
PC World - Software giant offers more than 50 security fixes for the older OS.

Microsoft Says Hello to Mobile Messaging (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The software giant joins Vodafone to bring IM to cell phones, and might be adding VOIP to the mix in the near future.

Microsoft to help Thailand train 20,000 IT experts (AFP)
AFP - Software giant Microsoft will invest 3.4 million dollars in Thailand's push to improve its information technology by helping train 20,000 experts.

Microsoft's new search engine may beat Google: Gates (AFP)
AFP - Microsoft's new search engine may rival or even surpass the world's most popular web tool Google, Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates said.

Microsoft Might License Xbox Software (AP)
AP - Forget the video game console — your TV could already have the brains to play those games. A coy Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates hinted Thursday that his company might license the software underlying its Xbox gaming machine to a variety of outside companies in a bid to expand the market share for the Xbox machine — a platform that trails the sector's No. 1 Sony PlayStation.

Feds Target Internet Piracy Organizations (AP)
AP - The government announced Thursday an 11-nation crackdown on Internet piracy organizations responsible for stealing copies of the latest "Star Wars" film and other movies, games and software programs worth at least $50 million.

U.S. Won't Cede Control of Net Computers (AP)
AP - The U.S. government will indefinitely retain oversight of the main computers that control traffic on the Internet, ignoring calls by some countries to turn the function over to an international body, a senior official said Thursday.

Review: Remotes Tame Clicker Population (AP)
AP - A home theater system solves the problem of tinny TV speakers but introduces a set of new complications — namely, the number of remote controls required to adjust volume, change channels, set the TiVo or play a DVD.

Microsoft Might License Xbox Software (AP)
AP - Forget the video game console — your TV could already have the brains to play those games. A coy Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates hinted Thursday that his company might license the software underlying its Xbox gaming machine to a variety of outside companies in a bid to expand the market share for the Xbox machine — a platform that trails the sector's No. 1 Sony PlayStation.

'Timeshare Spammer' Set to Plead Guilty (AP)
AP - A man known as "The Timeshare Spammer" said Thursday he will plead guilty to one count of violating anti-spam laws, marking one of the first prosecutions using the federal statute.

Disney hires digital media execs to strategy unit (Reuters)
Reuters - Walt Disney Co. said it hired an Internet consultant and the former president of TiVo Inc. to lead a streamlined corporate strategy group responsible for planning and identifying acquisitions.

Desktop PCs Not Dead Yet (PC World)
PC World - Laptops expected to top shipments, but major manufacturers still announce a slew of new desktops.

Above the RIMM (The Motley Fool)
The Motley Fool - I liked BlackBerry wireless technology maker Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM - News) in March. I like it today.

Red Hat 1Q Earnings Beat Analysts' Views (AP)
AP - Red Hat Inc., the leading distributor of Linux software, on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street projections as sales increased 46 percent from last year.

FBI Cracks Down on Movie, Music, Software Piracy Sites (PC World)
PC World - Raid makes dent in what Feds call an organized online piracy underground.

Disney hires digital media execs to strategy unit (Reuters)
Reuters - Walt Disney Co. said it hired an Internet consultant and the former president of TiVo Inc. to lead a streamlined corporate strategy group responsible for planning and identifying acquisitions.

Feds Target Internet Piracy Organizations (AP)
AP - The government announced Thursday an 11-nation crackdown on Internet piracy organizations responsible for stealing copies of the latest "Star Wars" film and other movies, games and software programs worth at least $50 million.

U.S. Won't Cede Control of Net Computers (AP)
AP - The U.S. government will indefinitely retain oversight of the main computers that control traffic on the Internet, ignoring calls by some countries to turn the function over to an international body, a senior official said Thursday.

FBI Cracks Down on Movie, Music, Software Piracy Sites (PC World)
PC World - Raid makes dent in what Feds call an organized online piracy underground.

Live 8 concert Webcasts to be available in China (Reuters)
Reuters - America Online will license the rights to broadcast Live 8 concerts to a Chinese Internet media company, potentially reaching the world's single largest population, AOL said it would announce on Friday.

US, 10 other nations raid Internet piracy operations (AFP)
AFP - A series of raids on alleged Internet pirates around the globe seized equipment in 11 countries used for illicit copies of films, music and software, US officials said.

Jailed Uighur writer's work put on Web in English (Reuters)
Reuters - An ethnic minority Uighur writer from China jailed for an allegorical short story that criticizes Chinese rule in his region reached a wider audience this week when his banned work was translated into English and made available on a Web site.

MSN, Vodafone Partner on PC-Mobile Messaging (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Internet portal MSN and wireless operator Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) are joining forces on an instant-messaging service that links PCs and mobile phones. The partnership will expand the communications options for each company and tap in to a huge audience of messaging users.

Podcasting: A New Chapter in the History of Radio (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Apple's launch of its Podcasting Directory for iTunes on Tuesday marks more than the unveiling of yet another add-on technology. It represents a bet by one of Silicon Valley's most visionary companies that the history of audio distribution just started another chapter.

Exclusive Congressional Reports Now Available Online (PC World)
PC World - Technology group provides searchable database for anyone to access free of charge.

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