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Hackers Tinker With Microsoft Program (AP)
AP - Days after Microsoft Corp. launched a new anti-piracy program, hackers have found a way to get around it. The software company's new program, called Windows Genuine Advantage, requires computer users to go through a process validating that they're running a legitimate copy of the Windows operating system before downloading any software updates except for security patches.

Microsoft's New Antipiracy Program Hacked (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Mere days after Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced plans to crack down on pirated versions of Windows with a new authentication program, hackers have published a way they say will defeat the antipiracy checks.

Microsoft sends trial "Vista" operating system out for testing (AFP)
AFP - Microsoft has despatched copies of its new "Vista" operating system out for early testing by select users, the US-based software colossus said.

Windows Vista Release Pushed Back? (PC World)
PC World - Microsoft exec says the OS won't be available until the last quarter of 2006.

Ex-Microsoft Exec Barred From Google Job (AP)
AP - A judge has temporarily barred a former Microsoft executive from performing his job at Google, saying Microsoft has a well-grounded fear that leaked trade secrets could hurt its business.

Judge puts hold on ex-Microsoft exec work at Google (Reuters)
Reuters - A Washington state judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a former Microsoft Corp. vice-president from heading up rival Google Inc.'s new research center in China.

Microsoft sees growth with premium Office, Windows (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. aims to boost growth and win market share by introducing premium versions of its flagship Office and Windows products for high-end corporate use, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Thursday.

Judge blocks ex-Microsoft exec work for Google (Reuters)
Reuters - A Washington state judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a former Microsoft Corp. vice-president from heading up rival Google Inc.'s new research center in China.

Microsoft Nears Market Reception For Still-Emerging IPTV Software (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Phone companies want their IPTV, but it's not certain they want Microsoft's IPTV.

Microsoft Still Targets Linux Users (PC World)
PC World - Despite some cooperative efforts, software giant still champions Windows over open source.

HP to Stop Reselling IPod Music Player (AP)
AP - Hewlett-Packard Co. said Friday it would stop reselling Apple Computer Inc.'s popular iPod digital music players, ending a partnership introduced with much fanfare by HP's now-ousted CEO Carly Fiorina.

Hackers Tinker With Microsoft Program (AP)
AP - Days after Microsoft Corp. launched a new anti-piracy program, hackers have found a way to get around it. The software company's new program, called Windows Genuine Advantage, requires computer users to go through a process validating that they're running a legitimate copy of the Windows operating system before downloading any software updates except for security patches.

Zodiac Handheld Game Device Is Halted (AP)
AP - Tapwave Inc. has discontinued its Zodiac handheld video game machine, bringing an end to a device that beat Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable to market but failed to capture much interest from consumers.

Geeks Meet at 'What the Hack' Conference (AP)
AP - There are hundreds of tents on the hot and soggy campground, but this isn't your ordinary summertime outing, considering that it includes workshops with such titles as "Politics of Psychedelic Research" or "Fun and Mayhem with RFID."

Ex-Microsoft Exec Barred From Google Job (AP)
AP - A judge has temporarily barred a former Microsoft executive from performing his job at Google, saying Microsoft has a well-grounded fear that leaked trade secrets could hurt its business.

Waiting for Electrifying Internet Access (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Hanging from utility poles or buried in underground conduits in communities across America are power lines that feed electricity to homes and businesses. This same electrical grid might soon be providing subscribers the ability to surf the Internet with greater speed and efficiency than is now available from cable and DSL service, according to industry watchers.

HP to Drop iPod (PC World)
PC World - Apple's iTunes remain on HP PCs, but music players will exit from product lineup.

Western Wireless Shareholders OK Buyout (AP)
AP - Western Wireless Corp. said Friday its shareholders have approved the cell phone service provider's $4.5 billion acquisition by Alltel Corp. in a deal that would create the nation's fifth-largest U.S. cellular phone company.

Firefox Builds on Its Success (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The open-source browser gains new management and new users, and lays out the plans for its next update.

Feds Nab Eight in Internet Piracy Sting (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Eight individuals have been charged with criminal copyright infringement as the result of a federal investigation into Internet piracy groups that trade and sell movies, games and software programs online.

Waiting for Electrifying Internet Access (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Hanging from utility poles or buried in underground conduits in communities across America are power lines that feed electricity to homes and businesses. This same electrical grid might soon be providing subscribers the ability to surf the Internet with greater speed and efficiency than is now available from cable and DSL service, according to industry watchers.

AOL Debuts Personalized Home Page (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - America Online is testing a personalized home page for users and joining its competitors in delivering custom Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds for news, blogs and other online content.

Feds Nab Eight in Internet Piracy Sting (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Eight individuals have been charged with criminal copyright infringement as the result of a federal investigation into Internet piracy groups that trade and sell movies, games and software programs online.

Weigh conditions on phone deals, lawmakers say (Reuters)
Reuters - Two U.S. senators on Friday recommended antitrust authorities and communications regulators consider attaching conditions on two large telecommunications acquisitions, including a requirement that they offer stand-alone high-speed Internet service.

Researcher, Cisco reach agreement (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Cisco Systems reached an agreement Thursday with a defiant computer security researcher who said he would stop revealing the details of a serious flaw in Cisco's software that directs traffic around much of the Internet.

HP to Drop iPod (PC World)
PC World - Apple's iTunes remain on HP PCs, but music players will exit from product lineup.

Internet Security gets injunction vs former worker (Reuters)
Reuters - A U.S. court ruling has barred a former Internet Security Systems employee from further disseminating research he has already disclosed on how computer hackers could undermine Internet equipment made by Cisco Systems that is vital to the operation of the Internet.

Web Leaders See Little Need For TV (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - While Internet portals enjoy a resurgence not seen since the dot-com boom of the late '90s, they are mostly choosing to forgo big spending on traditional advertising.

Asian security group launches Internet site to share intelligence (AFP)
AFP - Asia's main security forum meeting in Laos launched a partially-restricted website that will enable its 25 members to share sensitive intelligence information related to tackling terrorism.

Screen Actors union OK's video game contract (Reuters)
Reuters - Members of the Screen Actors' Guild overwhelmingly approved a new contract covering their work in video games, the union's Web site said on Friday.

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