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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.

Security Cameras Proliferate in Manhattan (AP)
New York Civil Liberties Union worker Susanna Groves documents a surveillance camera, top right, outside a New York resturant, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005. Groves is collecting data for an upcoming NYCLU report on the proliferation of cameras trained on streets, sidewalks and other public spaces. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)AP - Six could be seen peering out from a chain drug store on Broadway. One protruded awkwardly from the awning of a fast-food restaurant. A supersized, domed version hovered like a flying saucer outside Columbia University.


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Koreans Try to Save Cathode-Ray Tube (AP)
AP - Samsung Electronics Co. has an odd sales pitch for one of its new televisions. A slide show for dealers features a drawing of a TV on a tombstone that reads, "The news of my demise is greatly exaggerated!"

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.

Indian call centres an Internet fraud risk: Australian report (AFP)
Operators answer phones at a call centre in New Delhi. Workers at call centres based in India are selling personal information which puts tens of thousands of people at risk of computer fraud, Australia's national broadcaster said(AFP/File)AFP - Workers at call centres based in India are selling personal information which puts tens of thousands of people at risk of computer fraud, Australia's national broadcaster said.


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New footage drives sales of reality TV DVDs (Reuters)
Reuters - After years of snubbing reality TV, DVD suppliers are taking a second look at the category with a flurry of bonus-packed releases.

Malaysia to register pre-paid mobile phones to curb SMS abuse: reports (AFP)
A man sends an SMS message from his mobile phone. Malaysia will register millions of pre-paid mobile phone subscribers to prevent the untraceable handsets being used to send threatening or slanderous SMS text messages, reports said(AFP/File/Frederic J. Brown)AFP - Malaysia will register millions of pre-paid mobile phone subscribers to prevent the untraceable handsets being used to send threatening or slanderous SMS text messages, reports said.


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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.

Indian call centres an Internet fraud risk: Australian report (AFP)
Operators answer phones at a call centre in New Delhi. Workers at call centres based in India are selling personal information which puts tens of thousands of people at risk of computer fraud, Australia's national broadcaster said(AFP/File)AFP - Workers at call centres based in India are selling personal information which puts tens of thousands of people at risk of computer fraud, Australia's national broadcaster said.


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AOL to Launch New Storefront for Mobile Users (PC World)
PC World - Portal hopes to draw in more mobile tech owners.

Calif. man catalogs N.Korea's over-the-top rhetoric (Reuters)
Reuters - Few can denounce the "imperialist ogre" or "kingpin of evil" as well as the writers at North Korea's official news agency, and a California graphic artist is now cataloging their rhetorical masterpieces on a Web site.

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.

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