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Gates Worries About Decline in U.S. Computer Scientists (PC World)
PC World - Companies should dispel myths about IT work to help lure students into field, says Microsoft chair.

Microsoft: DoS Bug Not Limited To Windows XP (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A bug in Windows that went public last week may be worse than originally thought, Microsoft advises, and one security analyst fears that the vulnerability may soon be found to cause more severe problems for Windows users.

Microsoft to give sign of demand for new Windows (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft expects to show that it will recover from a recent sales slump when the world's largest software maker reports details of early orders this week for its next Windows version set to launch next year

Windows XP Flaw Exposes Users to Denial-of-Service Attacks (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - A flaw in Windows XP causing computers to crash and be forced offline escaped Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) latest round of security patches, according to researchers. After a security group made the vulnerability public, Microsoft warned the announcement could put customers at risk.

Firefox Continues To Gain Browser Share (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser increased its market share n June, continuing a steady rate of growth that is nibbling away at some of Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Internet Explorer (IE) dominance.

Microsoft Makes Longhorn Performance Promises (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Just weeks before the Beta 1 bits are expected to hit, Microsoft has committed to some specific metrics around the kind of fundamental improvements Longhorn will deliver.

News briefs (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft unveils wireless keyboard Microsoft announced a wireless keyboard that combines a remote control, keyboard, and mouse pointer all in one device. The Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition will enable greater interaction with and control of PCs based on the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system, according to Microsoft. The keyboard allows users to send instant messages, watch movies, view images, and control a TV, among other functions, from one device, Microsoft said.

Initiative to fight global poverty (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Bill Gates Sr., whose son founded Microsoft, was in San Francisco Thursday to recruit Bay Area business and philanthropic leaders to join the Initiative for Global Development, which he co-founded last year to end the world's most extreme poverty by fostering education, health and economic programs. The initiative targets places where people live on $1 or less a day.

Researcher Says Windows XP SP2 Has DoS Bug (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft Windows XP SP2 has an unspecified bug in its kernel that could let attackers bring down the machine with a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, a researcher says.

Stripped-Down Longhorn Beta On Tap (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft’s first official beta of its next-generation Windows software, due this month, will lack many of the user features planned for the final code.

PC Shipments Post Nearly 17 Pct. Growth (AP)
AP - Worldwide shipments of personal computers rose 16.6 percent in the second quarter as surging international demand and price wars drove shipments to their highest quarterly growth rate in nearly five years, IDC said Monday.

Video Game Sex Hack Puts Focus on Ratings (AP)
AP - Shooting. Killing. Vehicular mayhem. Sexual conquests. Teenagers can experience it all through today's almost-anything-goes breed of video games, primarily among those rated "M" for mature.

TiVo Wants You to Watch Commercials (AP)
AP - Digital video-recording company TiVo Inc., famous for helping customers skip commercials on their favorite television programs, is taking steps to encourage viewers to watch them.

Google's Growth Prompts Privacy Concerns (AP)
AP - Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing a payments service.

Music Videos May Be Coming to iPods (AP)
AP - An iPod with video? Apple Computer Inc. has been talking to several major recording companies, looking to license the sale of music videos through the popular iTunes music site, The Wall Street Journal reported in Monday's editions.

China's Baidu to remove pirated music links -FT (Reuters)
Reuters - Baidu.com Inc., China's biggest Internet search engine and which is pursuing a U.S. public listing, has agreed to remove links to thousands of Internet sites offering pirated music, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

PC Shipments Post Nearly 17% Growth In 2Q (TechWeb)
TechWeb - IDC’s market numbers are slightly more optimistic than Gartner’s, but both agree that double-digit growth occurred. The big question is whether the high growth will continue into next quarter.

Symbol unveils rugged mobile device (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Symbol Technologies on Monday made a concerted effort to attack the low end of the mobile-computing market, introducing a Windows CE-based hand held device targeted at SMBs in the retail and manufacturing markets.

Defense Department Buys HP Servers To Design Weapons (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The system, which will be installed this fall, uses 1,024 nodes in a cluster running Linux.

IBM profit rises, shares up nearly 5 pct (Reuters)
Reuters - IBM , the world's largest computer company, on Monday posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings after a rebound in its services and software businesses, and its shares rose nearly 5 percent.

China's Baidu to remove pirated music links -FT (Reuters)
Reuters - Baidu.com Inc., China's biggest Internet search engine and which is pursuing a U.S. public listing, has agreed to remove links to thousands of Internet sites offering pirated music, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

News Corp to buy Internet group Intermix (AFP)
AFP - Media-entertainment giant News Corporation said it reached a deal to buy Intermix Media for 580 million dollars in cash, gaining a foothold in the arena of Internet news blogs and social networking.

News Corp. To Acquire Intermix Media (TechWeb)
TechWeb - News Corp. says it has agreed to acquire Intermix Media Inc., which owns more than 30 e-commerce and media websites, for $580 million in cash, tripling News Corp.'s reach among U.S. Internet users and making it a player in the online social-networking market.

Affinity Internet Announces E-Commerce Service for Small Businesses (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Affinity Internet today announced the launch of ReadyWeb Commerce, a new service for small businesses that want to establish an e-commerce-enabled Web presence.

Netli accelerates Web services (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Netli on Monday rolled out a new service designed to speed the delivery of Web-services traffic over the Internet.

Four In 10 U.S. Companies Discipline Workers for Porn (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Forty percent of the largest 500 U.S. companies have disciplined employees over Internet porn and other illicit images in the last 12 months.

Telecoms seen beating cable on broadband in Q2 (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. local telephone companies likely outgunned the cable industry last quarter in the race for new high-speed Internet subscribers by their widest margin to date, according to analysts' estimates.

News Corp to buy Intermix for $580 million (Reuters)
Reuters - News Corp. on Monday said it would buy Intermix Media Inc. , owner of the popular MySpace.com social networking site, for $580 million in a move to expand the media conglomerate's Internet offerings.

Early Google Investors Mine For More Gold At Zazzle (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Two early investors in Google Inc. are investing $16 million in Zazzle, an Internet startup that offers consumers customized T-shirts, posters and postage stamps.

Startup Aims To Overload Spammer Web Sites (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A startup security firm tries to make it too painful for junk mailers to operate.

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