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Centro aims at mid-market IT needs, Microsoft exec says (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft last week unveiled its Centro product plan, which is intended to make it easier to administer networks in midsize businesses. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill interviewed Steven VanRoekel, director of Midsize Business Solutions Strategy at Microsoft, about Centro.

Microsoft exec touts small, mid-market business plan (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - James Utzschneider is general manager of strategy for Microsoft's Small and Midsize Solutions & Partner (SMS&P) Group. Microsoft last week unveiled both its Dynamics  platform, which will merge four ERP platforms and had been known as Project Green, and the Microsoft Small Business Accounting 2006  package. The company held its Microsoft Business Summit at its headquarters in Redmond, Wash., on September 7 to unveil these products along with a system management initiative dubbed Centro. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill spoke with Utzschneider, a 10-year Microsoft veteran, on the eve of the event about the software giant's small business intentions as well its take on the growing open source software movement.

Microsoft Should Confuse the Market More (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - How many versions could Windows Vista come in?

Tech Notebook: We hear VoIP gets excellent mileage (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - All the major tech companies -- including Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google -- have been investing millions of dollars in VoIP, an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol, which is a fancy term for making phone calls over the Internet.

PDC offers glimpse under Vista's hood (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Not since two years ago, when attendees of Microsoft’s annual Professional Developers’ Conference (PDC) got their first look at Longhorn, has Microsoft promised a conference so jam-packed with groundbreaking new technology. PDC 2005, kicking off this week in Los Angeles, promises to be the hottest Microsoft event in years, giving software professionals a chance to dive into core Windows Vista APIs, including WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation, formerly code-named “Avalon”) and WCF (Windows Communication Foundation, previously called “Indigo”). Also planned are sessions on the next versions of C# and Visual Basic, both of which will include support for the new .Net Language Integrated Query Framework, which provides tools for easily managing multiple data types, including objects, relational data, and XML. In addition, C# 3.0 will include syntactic improvements to the language itself.

Microsoft scraps September security update (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft has decided not to go ahead with its monthly security update after encountering an unspecified quality issue with the software patch it had planned to release next Tuesday.

No Microsoft Patches This Month After All (PC World)
PC World - Quality issue with patch prompts 'Patch Tuesday' cancellation.

Microsoft Looks To Developers To Close Rivals' Search Lead (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft next week is releasing at its Professional Developers Conference several APIs that begin the process of turning MSN's search capabilities into a development platform.

Microsoft Makes a Mea Culpa for Hiring Situation (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - A recruiter for the Redmond giant sent an e-mail expressing interest in hiring open-source luminary Eric Raymond, who expressed in no uncertain terms that he is not interested in working for Microsoft.

Vista, Office 12 Key At Microsoft Conference (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Developer's release and SDK of Vista, Visual Studio 2005 RC1 expected.

Samsung Unveils New Flash Memory Chip (AP)
An employee of Samsung Electronics shows the world's highest density 16-gigabit NAND flash memory device using 50-nanometer technology during a news conference in Seoul, Monday, Sept. 12, 2005. The 16-gigabit NAND flash memory chip can store data equivalent to 200 years of a 40-page broadsheet daily newspaper or 8,000digital music files, said Samsung, South Korea's leading electronics maker, in a press release. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)AP - Samsung Electronics Co. introduced a high-capacity flash memory chip on Monday that could let Apple Computer Inc. and other makers of portable electronic devices pack more data into less failure-prone gadgets.


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EBay Set to Acquire Skype Technologies (AP)
In a file phtoo eBay Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman poses outside of eBay headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Monday, May 21, 2001. The online auctioneer eBay Inc. said Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, that it will acquire Internet communications company Skype Technologies SA for about $2.6 billion in cash and eBay stock.   'Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community,' eBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman said.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)AP - CEO Meg Whitman is battling skepticism over eBay Inc.'s decision to pay at least $2.6 billion for Internet phone provider Skype Technologies SA. Many analysts are questioning both the price tag and the companies' compatibility.


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Bill Cosby Wins Fight Over Domain Name (AP)
Comedian Bill Cosby holds a 'Fat Albert' bobblehead doll  before the start of the Philadelphia 76ers-Milwaukee Bucks NBA game on Dec. 12, 2004, in Philadelphia. A U.N. panel, the World Intellectual Property Organization, awarded Cosby , Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, an Internet domain name based on the Fat Albert character he created in the 1960s. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - A U.N. panel awarded to comedian Bill Cosby on Monday an Internet domain name based on the Fat Albert cartoon character he created in the 1960s.


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Fraud Reveals Workings of Internet Theft (AP)
AP - The illicit haul arrived each day by e-mail, the personal details of computer users tricked by an Internet thief: a victim's name, credit card number, date of birth, Social Security number, mother's maiden name.

Journalist Googles Google With New Book (AP)
AP - Google Inc. is such an influential — and potentially scary — company that it deserves a book as comprehensive as the Internet search engine responsible for its whirlwind success.

Clear Channel to debut new artists songs on Web (Reuters)
Reuters - Clear Channel Communications on Tuesday is expected to launch an online service offering hundreds of songs and music videos from new and unsigned artists as part of a larger foray onto the Web.

Nokia to take mobile e-mail to corporate masses (Reuters)
Reuters - Nokia, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, said late on Monday it was launching a corporate e-mail system that would enable workers at almost any level to send and receive mail from their mobile phones.

Nintendo's new Game Boy Micro makes solid debut (Reuters)
Reuters - Nintendo Co.'s new mobile phone-sized game console, Game Boy Micro, attracted better-than-expected orders on its debut on Tuesday, though less than Game Boy Advance SP had done, retailers said.

Microsoft exec touts small, mid-market business plan (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - James Utzschneider is general manager of strategy for Microsoft's Small and Midsize Solutions & Partner (SMS&P) Group. Microsoft last week unveiled both its Dynamics  platform, which will merge four ERP platforms and had been known as Project Green, and the Microsoft Small Business Accounting 2006  package. The company held its Microsoft Business Summit at its headquarters in Redmond, Wash., on September 7 to unveil these products along with a system management initiative dubbed Centro. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill spoke with Utzschneider, a 10-year Microsoft veteran, on the eve of the event about the software giant's small business intentions as well its take on the growing open source software movement.

IBM launches software for mid-sized businesses (Reuters)
Reuters - International Business Machines Corp. is introducing new software and services that would allow medium-sized businesses to more easily access information from different sources, databases and formats.

Clear Channel to debut new artists songs on Web (Reuters)
Reuters - Clear Channel Communications on Tuesday is expected to launch an online service offering hundreds of songs and music videos from new and unsigned artists as part of a larger foray onto the Web.

Bill Cosby Wins Fight Over Domain Name (AP)
Comedian Bill Cosby holds a 'Fat Albert' bobblehead doll  before the start of the Philadelphia 76ers-Milwaukee Bucks NBA game on Dec. 12, 2004, in Philadelphia. A U.N. panel, the World Intellectual Property Organization, awarded Cosby , Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, an Internet domain name based on the Fat Albert character he created in the 1960s. (AP Photo/George Widman)AP - A U.N. panel awarded to comedian Bill Cosby on Monday an Internet domain name based on the Fat Albert cartoon character he created in the 1960s.


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Closing bell: EBay, Oracle deals boost technology stocks (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Technology stocks gained Monday as acquisition announcements by Oracle and eBay lifted the Nasdaq composite index.

NOLA.com Editor Says 'Times-Pic' Newsroom is Feeling Post-Katrina 'Paradigm Shift' (Editor and Publisher)
Editor and Publisher - NEW YORK As Hurricane Katrina's deadly gale-force winds bore down on New Orleans last Monday, dumping water that would later engulf the city, NOLA.com editor Jon Donley was hunkered down in the Times-Picayune's "Hurricane Bunker," listening to the police scanner and posting updates using the site's blogging software.

Internet giant Yahoo hires journalist to report on wars (AFP)

              
AFP - Yahoo has hired a veteran war correspondent to single-handedly report on every armed conflict on the planet, the company announced.


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EBay takes on Internet telephony with Skype deal (AFP)
eBay chief executive Meg Whitman (L) and Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom.  The promising market for Internet telephony heated up as online auction giant eBay announced it was taking over the rapidly growing European firm Skype Technologies for more than 2.6 billion dollars.(AFP/eBay/Sergio Dionisio)AFP - The promising market for Internet telephony heated up as online auction giant eBay announced it was taking over the rapidly growing European firm Skype Technologies for more than 2.6 billion dollars.


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Yahoo seeks young viewers with war zone journalist (Reuters)
Reuters - Internet media company Yahoo Inc on Monday said it had hired a veteran war correspondent to tell personalized tales from conflicts around the world in a bid to bring younger viewers back into the news fold.

EBay paying up to $4 bln for Skype (Reuters)
EBay Inc. has agreed to buy the fast-growing Internet start-up Skype in a move to add free Web telephone calls to its online auctions and fuel growth, the companies confirmed on Monday. In this file photo Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom addresses the Reuters TMT Euro Tech Summit in Paris, May 25, 2005. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters)Reuters - EBay Inc. has agreed to buy Internet phone-calling phenomenon Skype for up to $4.1 billion, tapping a hot source of growth and putting it into rising competition with rivals from Google to local phone company.


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Internet Tax Plan Emerges - Again (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - In October, some states will begin complying with the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement (SSTA) -- a national effort to simplify sales-tax jurisdictions and pave the way to uniform collection of sales tax on purchases made over the Internet and through other remote channels.

Report: Enterprise-Grade Security Products More Reliable (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The NSS Group, a London-based independent security-testing laboratory, released the results of its third round of comprehensive testing of intrusion detection and prevention products and concluded that Internet-security technology is getting more reliable.

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