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Apple, Microsoft Tussle over iPod Interface Patents (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Apple and Microsoft offer competing patents for a digital music interface; Redmond looks to have won the first skirmish.

From Black Market To Free Market (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - The Russian hacker known as "Bit" had something valuable to sell. He had spotted a defect in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser that makes it vulnerable to attack -- and figured out how to exploit it. In an underground chat room frequented by virus writers, Bit made his pitch. "I'm selling a zero-day exploit for Internet Explorer," read the ad posted at http://forum.web-hack.ru on July 16. The price? $300.

Microsoft Bolsters Exchange Team With Collaboration Experts (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft Exchange is getting two developers highly respected for their expertise in collaboration software.

Microsoft the darling of US media coverage (AFP)
Software titan Microsoft enjoys the best media reputation in the United States, with Wal-Mart Stores a somewhat surprising second, according to a survey(Microsoft)AFP - Software titan Microsoft enjoys the best media reputation in the United States, with Wal-Mart Stores a somewhat surprising second, according to a new survey.


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Did Microsoft Invent The iPod? (TechWeb)
TechWeb - According to the U.S. Patent Office, patent applications that cover much of the technology associated with the iPod were submitted by Microsoft.

Risky operating system hole needs critical patch: Microsoft (AFP)
The Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. US software titan Microsoft is trying to make amends for a software flaw that lets hackers access a computer and seize control, the company confirmed.(AFP/File/Dan Levine)AFP - US software titan Microsoft is trying to make amends for a software flaw that lets hackers access a computer and seize control, the company confirmed.


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Microsoft sees 3 'critical' Windows security flaws (Reuters)
Microsoft Corp. warned users of its Windows operating system on Tuesday of three newly found 'critical' security flaws in its software, including one that could allow attackers to take complete control of a computer. Visitors walk past the Microsoft booth at the China International Software Expo 2005 in Beijing June 15, 2005. (Claro Cortes IV/Reuters)Reuters - Microsoft Corp. warned users of its Windows operating system on Tuesday of three newly found "critical" security flaws in its software, including one that could allow attackers to take complete control of a computer.


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Windows 2000 Users Dealing With Wave of Bugs (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Security analysts say the latest vulnerabilities prove that Windows 2000, no matter where it is in Microsoft's support cycle, will continue to be a target for attackers.

Microsoft Seeks to 'WAIK' Corporate Users with Vista (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Streamlining Windows deployment is one of Microsoft's stated goals for its next Windows release. A new installation kit is one key to realizing that vision.

AOL, Microsoft Recycle Spammer Loot (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Both companies have taken large sums from court settlements against spammers and are using them to make e-mail safe again and reward users.

Experimental Hybrid Cars Get Up to 250 Mpg (AP)
AP - Politicians and automakers say a car that can both reduce greenhouse gases and free America from its reliance on foreign oil is years or even decades away. Ron Gremban says such a car is parked in his garage.

Flat-Screen TV Prices Finally Coming Down (AP)
AP - Bud Werner and his wife are longtime movie buffs. For more than a year, he pined for a flat-panel television, thrilled by 60-inch screens thin enough to hang on a wall and turn his living room into a mini-movie theater. But he couldn't overcome sticker shock: Some flat panels were selling for as much as $20,000 at first, as much as a new car. Like a lot of fans of flat-panel TVs, Werner, who owns a sign-making business, held off buying. Until now, that is.

Music Industry Worried About CD Burning (AP)
AP - Music copied onto blank recordable CDs is becoming a bigger threat to the bottom line of record stores and music labels than online file-sharing, the head of the recording industry's trade group said Friday.

TiVo Tests Internet Download Service (AP)
AP - Add TiVo Inc. to the list of companies trying to wed the Internet to television. The digital recording company will soon allow customers to download TV shows to their set-top boxes via the Internet — even before the shows air on TV.

Google Halts Scanning of Copyrighted Books (AP)
AP - Stung by a publishing industry backlash, Google Inc. has halted its efforts to scan copyrighted books from some of the nation's largest university libraries so the material can be indexed in its leading Internet search engine.

Google deadline on book scanning stuns publishers (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Google's ambitious project launched last year to scan all sorts of books to make their contents available on the Internet set publishers snarling. Google's solution to the controversy has publishers snarling even more.

Digital service BurnLounge makes anyone a retailer (Reuters)
Reuters - Startup digital music company BurnLounge wants to democratize the music retail business.

Sprint, Nextel Complete $35 Billion Merger (AP)
Sprint and Nextel stand side by side at the Telecommunications Center of Lawrence in Lawrence, Kan., Friday, Aug. 12, 2005.  Sprint says it will complete its acquisition of northern Virginia-based Nextel on Friday and begin trading as a unified stock on Monday. The two companies are merging to become the third-largest wireless provider in the country. The union creates an equal competitor to industry leaders Cingular and Verizon.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)AP - Sprint Corp.'s long awaited takeover of Nextel Communications Corp. was completed Friday, with executives from the wireless leaders now preparing for the unified company's introduction to some 40 million customers.


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German Firm Eyes U.S. Linux Server Market (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Collax, a German company with new venture capital to back its Linux server technology, is planning to expand in the U.S.

ClickCommerce Updates Supply-Chain Suite (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Supply-chain software vendor ClickCommerce announced the availability of version 5.0 of its supply-chain-management suite, called Tradestream. The upgrade includes predictive event-management functions along with multitier process-coordination tools.

Music Industry Worried About CD Burning (AP)
AP - Music copied onto blank recordable CDs is becoming a bigger threat to the bottom line of record stores and music labels than online file-sharing, the head of the recording industry's trade group said Friday.

Google deadline on book scanning stuns publishers (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Google's ambitious project launched last year to scan all sorts of books to make their contents available on the Internet set publishers snarling. Google's solution to the controversy has publishers snarling even more.

Google Halts Scanning of Copyrighted Books (AP)
AP - Stung by a publishing industry backlash, Google Inc. has halted its efforts to scan copyrighted books from some of the nation's largest university libraries so the material can be indexed in its leading Internet search engine.

TiVo Tests Internet Download Service (AP)
AP - Add TiVo Inc. to the list of companies trying to wed the Internet to television. The digital recording company will soon allow customers to download TV shows to their set-top boxes via the Internet — even before the shows air on TV.

Google Delays Book Scanning (washingtonpost.com)
washingtonpost.com - Google Inc. has suspended some of its project to place a vast selection of books online, bowing at least temporarily to concerns of publishers who fear scanning material into the world's most powerful search engine will lead to unauthorized use and duplication of copyrighted material.

Google puts on hold effort to scan world's literary works (AFP)
Google's headquarters in Mountain View in Silicon Valley. US search goliath Google has put on hold its plan to amass an online library of the world's books, the company website indicated(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)AFP - US search Goliath Google has put on hold its internationally criticized plan to amass an online library of the world's books, the company website indicated.


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Internet phone carriers still seeking 911 replies (Reuters)
Reuters - Some of the top U.S. Internet phone providers told U.S. regulators this week they are still trying to obtain acknowledgments from customers that they know the limitations of dialing 911 with their service.

Google pauses on book search after copyright flap (Reuters)
Google, responding to an outcry by publishers, has temporarily scaled back plans to make the full text of copyrighted books in five of the world's great libraries searchable via the Internet. In this file photo, the logo of Google Inc. is seen outside their headquarters building in Mountain View, California August 18, 2004. REUTERS/Clay McLachlanReuters - Google Inc., responding to an outcry by publishers, has temporarily scaled back plans to make the full text of copyrighted books in five of the world's great libraries searchable via the Internet.


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Big satellite launch helps boost Loral (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Loral Space & Communications got another big boost in its liftoff from bankruptcy when a massive broadband-communications satellite built by its Palo Alto subsidiary for Asia rocketed into space Thursday.

What Can Google Learn From Netscape's Downfall? (PC World)
PC World - The search company should never underestimate the power of Microsoft, experts say.

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