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Microsoft goes with the flow (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - What separates enterprise apps from desktop apps? Mainly, business rules and workflow. At its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) last week, Microsoft announced WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation), a Windows technology that will enable developers to stitch together Microsoft Office apps and custom-built software into composite, enterprise-class workflow applications. With WWF, Microsoft will be able to offer “the first workflow-enabled operating system,” said group product manager Scott Woodgate.

Gates: The World Needs Computers And More (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, who became the richest man in the world through technology, says computers are one of many ways to improve the world.

Microsoft Updates Software Assurance (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has tweaked its Software Assurance (SA) program for enterprise customers, incorporating several new features in an attempt to create more goodwill around the plan. The company also announced that if enterprises want to get the Enterprise Edition of Windows Vista when it ships in 2006, they will have to sign up for SA.

Microsoft Sets Release Date for Xbox 360 (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) will launch its next-generation gaming console during the upcoming holiday season, getting the jump on competitors Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Nintendo (PNK: NTDOY) with the much-hyped and highly anticipated Xbox 360.

Troubling Exits At Microsoft (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - When Microsoft Corp. (MFST.) hired computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee away from hardware maker Silicon Graphics Inc. in 1998, the move underscored how thoroughly the software giant dominated the computer industry. Not only did it monopolize PC operating systems and hold an edge in Web browsers, but it was also vacuuming up the world's brightest technologists. Lee's expertise was in speech recognition, considered one of the next big leaps in computing. With people like him flocking to Microsoft's labs, it seemed that the digital world's reigning champion had a lock on the future.

Microsoft seeks more control with Xbox 360 (Reuters)
Microsoft Corp's next-generation Xbox 360 video game console is displayed at Tokyo Game Show 2005, Japan's biggest video game software exhibition, at Makuhari Messe Convention Centre in Chiba, east of Tokyo, September 16, 2005. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)Reuters - The first time around, Microsoft Corp. wanted to establish a beachhead in the video game business. Now, with its much anticipated Xbox 360 console, it wants to rule that $25 billion global market.


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New IE Bug Opens XP SP2 To Attack (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser sports a flaw that hackers could use to launch a remote attack on Windows XP SP2.

Nintendo controller steals limelight from Microsoft's new Xbox (AFP)
Customers test the new Xbox 360 games console at the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari, suburban Tokyo. Nintendo trumped its rivals at the start of an industry show by revealing a one-handed remote controller that stole attention from Microsoft's new Xbox games machine, which was demonstrated in public for the first time.(AFP/Toru Makuhari)AFP - Nintendo trumped its rivals at the start of an industry show by revealing a one-handed remote controller that stole attention from Microsoft's new Xbox games machine, which was demonstrated in public for the first time.


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AOL, Microsoft talk alliance, reports say (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Reports of an alliance between Microsoft and AOL shook up the Internet world Thursday.

Online Extra: Steve Ballmer Shrugs Off The Critics (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - Steven A. Ballmer has been Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer for five years. He has steered the company through the tech downturn and a slowdown in revenue growth. Now he's predicting an upswing. BusinessWeek Seattle Bureau Chief Jay Greene and Executive Editor Kathy Rebello interviewed Ballmer at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, where he was attending a Hewlett-Packard partner conference. Following is an extended, online-only version of the interview that appears in the Sept. 26, 2005, issue of BusinessWeek.

Google to Put Copyright Laws to the Test (AP)
AP - Copyright laws written long before the digital age are about to be tested as Google Inc. attempts to scan millions of books and make their text fully searchable on the Internet.

Online Market Turns Athletes Into Stocks (AP)
AP - Sports fans already invest considerable emotion and angst in professional athletes. Now they can take that obsession a step further, trading on the pros' performance in an online electronic market.

Cell Phones: Not Just Voice Mail Anymore (AP)
Oskar Lafontaine, a former leader of Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD) and top candidate of Germany's new Left Party (Die Linke), uses the cell phone while celebrating his party's results during the federal elections in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005. Germany elected a new parliament Sunday. (AP Photo/Franka Bruns)AP - Forget voice calls. They're oh so retro. That cell phone in your pocket is well on its way to becoming a remote control for your life.


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Database Seeks to Lower Firefighter Deaths (AP)
This image shows the opening screen of the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System website. The International Association of Fire Chiefs wants firefighters nationwide to learn from such stories through the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System. The national database went online in August 2005  after the completion of a pilot program involving 38 fire departments across the country. The Web site lets firefighters report such incidents anonymously and without fear of punishment. (AP Photo)AP - It's a scene that plays out in firehouses every day: Firefighters return from a blaze or rescue call and talk about a close call that could have injured or killed someone. The International Association of Fire Chiefs wants firefighters nationwide to learn from such stories through the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System.


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IBM to Encourage Employees to Be Teachers (AP)
New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills,left, Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools Joel Klein, center, and IBM International Foundation president Stanley Litow talk to first grade students at P.S. 19 in New York City on Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at the announcement of the IBM 'Transition to Teaching' Program. IBM will provide financial support to employees who wish to leave the company and become accredited teachers in math and science. (AP Photo/John Smock)AP - International Business Machines Corp., worried the United States is losing its competitive edge, will financially back employees who want to leave the company to become math and science teachers.


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Peerflix DVD exchange gives old discs new life (Reuters)
Reuters - With DVD sales expected to reach $21 billion next year, it may be comforting for consumers to know used discs now have a second life as tradable currency on a year-old Web site called Peerflix.

Microsoft goes with the flow (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - What separates enterprise apps from desktop apps? Mainly, business rules and workflow. At its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) last week, Microsoft announced WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation), a Windows technology that will enable developers to stitch together Microsoft Office apps and custom-built software into composite, enterprise-class workflow applications. With WWF, Microsoft will be able to offer “the first workflow-enabled operating system,” said group product manager Scott Woodgate.

Vodafone reports strong demand for 3G services (AFP)
The Vodafone logo. British telecommunications giant Vodafone said that sales in its third-generation (3G) devices increased sharply in recent months, adding it was on track to meet its expectations for the full year.(Vodafone)AFP - British telecommunications giant Vodafone said that sales in its third-generation (3G) devices increased sharply in recent months, adding it was on track to meet its expectations for the full year.


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Product Previews (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - StarOffice 8 plays nice Sun Microsystems next week will update its StarOffice productivity suite, featuring improved compatibility with Microsoft apps, support for Solaris 10, and enhanced export capabilities for Adobe PDF. Other interoperability improvements include new Xforms support, OpenDocument as the default file format, and migration tools for converting Microsoft Office Visual Basic macros into StarOffice macros. StarOffice 8 also introduces a new Format Paintbrush feature for document reformatting, enhanced data analysis in spreadsheets, a database wizard for creating and managing databases, and support for digital signatures for authentication. StarOffice 8 Sun Microsystems

Cyber cons, not vandals, now behind viruses-report (Reuters)
Reuters - Computer hackers seeking financial gain rather than thrills or notoriety are increasingly flooding the Internet with malicious software code, according to a semi-annual report issued on Sunday.

Peerflix DVD exchange gives old discs new life (Reuters)
Reuters - With DVD sales expected to reach $21 billion next year, it may be comforting for consumers to know used discs now have a second life as tradable currency on a year-old Web site called Peerflix.

Google to Put Copyright Laws to the Test (AP)
AP - Copyright laws written long before the digital age are about to be tested as Google Inc. attempts to scan millions of books and make their text fully searchable on the Internet.

Online Market Turns Athletes Into Stocks (AP)
AP - Sports fans already invest considerable emotion and angst in professional athletes. Now they can take that obsession a step further, trading on the pros' performance in an online electronic market.

Cyber cons, not vandals, now behind viruses-report (Reuters)
Reuters - Computer hackers seeking financial gain rather than thrills or notoriety are increasingly flooding the Internet with malicious software code, according to a semi-annual report issued on Sunday.

Internet Oversight Board OKs New Domains (AP)
AP - The Internet's key oversight agency approved a domain name for the Catalan language Thursday while deferring final action on creating a red-light district on the Internet through a ".xxx" suffix.

Survey: Broadband Prices Up, DSL Down (AP)
AP - The price gap between cable broadband service and phone carriers' digital subscriber lines widened to an all-time high in August, according to a survey by SG Cowen.

Gartner: VoIP Security Uncertain in EBay/Skype Deal (TechWeb)
TechWeb - In another twist on the eBay/Skype deal, a research firm cautions big businesses should steer clear of the combined companies' technology. The problem: lackluster VoIP security.

First Look: Wireless Internet Media Player--Too Little, Too Late (PC World)
PC World - Pepper Computer's Pepper Pad aims to bring wireless broadband to a handheld, with mixed results.

Study: Employees Ignore Security Risks (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Enterprises need to do a better job of educating their workers about potential online security risks, according to security authority Trend Micro. (Nasdaq: TMIC)

PluggedIn: Technology that took on a hurricane (Reuters)
Reuters - While big media covered the mass destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina with helicopter images and satellite weather maps, blogs have been telling stories with similar force, but on a much more personal level.

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