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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 Denies IE 7 Breaks Yahoo, Google Toolbars (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft Corp., denies Internet rumors that the latest test version of Internet Explorer 7 caused toolbars from rivals Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to vanish.

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.

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 Bars Ex-Microsoft Exec From Google Job (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The judge temporarily blocked Kai-Fu Lee from doing work at Google similar to the work he did at Microsoft, until the case brought by Microsoft can go to trial. Microsoft is asking the court to enforce a non-compete clause in Lee's employment contract.

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.

Baidu.com Ready for Stock Market Debut (AP)
AP - Baidu.com takes its name from a 900-year-old poem but its ambitions are ultramodern — to become the Chinese-language equivalent of Internet search giant Google Inc. Little known abroad, 5-year-old Baidu.com says it already is the world's sixth most-visited Internet site, thanks to a strong following from China's 100 million-plus Web surfers.

Hewlett-Packard to Stop Reselling iPods (AP)
AP - Hewlett-Packard Co. says it will 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."

Fifteen arrested in multinational 'phishing' scam (AFP)
AFP - Argentine authorities have detained 15 people, including a Spanish national, in connection with a multi-million euro (dollar) online banking fraud, the Spanish interior ministry said.

HP To Stop Selling Apple iPods (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Hewlett-Packard says it has ended its high-profile deal with Apple to sell the popular iPod music player.

Telecom Bundling Practice Tries For A Comeback (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Firms are bundling telecom services such as local telephoning, long distance telephoning, Internet service, TV reception, and/or cell phone service. Will customers go for it?

Scalix Takes Linux Messaging Mobile (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Users of the Linux-based enterprise e-mail platform can now synchronize data with BlackBerries, smart phones and more.

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.

Baidu.com Ready for Stock Market Debut (AP)
AP - Baidu.com takes its name from a 900-year-old poem but its ambitions are ultramodern — to become the Chinese-language equivalent of Internet search giant Google Inc. Little known abroad, 5-year-old Baidu.com says it already is the world's sixth most-visited Internet site, thanks to a strong following from China's 100 million-plus Web surfers.

Fifteen arrested in multinational 'phishing' scam (AFP)
AFP - Argentine authorities have detained 15 people, including a Spanish national, in connection with a multi-million euro (dollar) online banking fraud, the Spanish interior ministry said.

Cisco Threatens Web Site That Leaked Exploit Presentation (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Cisco steps up its legal fight against the exploit technique demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference

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.

Phishing Economics 101 Reveals Collectors And Cashers (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A research scientist who studied phishing-related chat rooms has developed some new theories to explain the inner workings of the Internet scammers.

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.

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