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In a Big Year for BI, Microsoft Ups The Price/Performance Ante (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft raises the price/performance ante in business intelligence

Microsoft plans cheaper Windows version for India (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. plans to release a low-cost version of its Windows software for India in an attempt to check high piracy levels, the legal affairs head of the world's largest independent software maker said.

impact assessment: windows vista (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft promises improved manageability and security, but we're still asking, "Where's the beef?" The thought of users running without administrator privilege is great, but other promised features have yet to materialize sufficiently for evaluation.

Microsoft Signs $2.36M Montenegro Deal (AP)
AP - Montenegro signed a $2.36 million deal Friday for the use of Microsoft Corp.'s software in the Balkan republic's state institutions.

Eolas Patent Continues To Loom Over Microsoft (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft has lost a round in the long-running Eolas Web-browsing technology patent battle with the University of California.

Patent Office Rules Against Microsoft (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - In a decision that could send massive shockwaves around the Internet-development community, the U.S. Patent Office has ruled that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) infringed upon the plug-in patent held by the University of California and its Eolas Technology spin-off.

A Big Deal Under The Radar (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - One minute, eBay is buying Internet phone service Skype. An hour after that, Wachovia buys auto financier Westcorp. Oracle takes out Siebel Systems just 32 minutes later. All this came days before investors began drooling for details of a possible Microsoft deal for part of Time Warner's America Online. It's deal ania, once again, and in every mania some things get neglected -- sometimes promising things. This time the $4. ...

Author: Google's Patents Reveal Strategy To Beat Microsoft (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Dig deep into Google's software and engineering patents and you’ll find a roadmap for its future.

Microsoft And JBoss Play Nice (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft’s pact with JBoss is aimed at improving interoperability between the companies’ respective platforms and their competitive posture against a common rival, IBM.

StarOffice 8 Inches Up To Microsoft Office (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The verdict is in: StarOffice 8 is slowly, but surely, gaining steam on Microsoft Office 2003 as it climbs toward an 80 percent functionality equivalent. StarOffice’s new macro converter tool is finally solving the huge migration hurdle that customers need to transition from Office. Solution providers now will be able to convert 100 percent of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel macros with minimal manual intervention on most deployments that require code migration.

Google Bids to Offer WiFi in San Francisco (AP)
AP - Google Inc. wants to connect all of San Francisco to the Internet with a free wireless service, creating a springboard for the online search engine leader to leap into the telecommunications industry.

New Bans Show China's Concerns About Tech (AP)
Visitors hold Chinese flags as they pose for photos in front of a portrait of Sun Yat-sen, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on China's National Day Saturday Oct. 1, 2005. Thousands flocked to the square to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1, 1949. Sun is considered the founder of modern China for his 1911 overthrow of the last imperial dynasty.  (AP Photo/Greg Baker)AP - Two new Internet bans may offer insight into the Chinese government's biggest fears. One bars Internet news services from inciting "illegal" assemblies, marches and demonstrations; the other prohibits activities on behalf of "illegal" civil groups.


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ChoicePoint Seeks an Anti-Fraud Balance (AP)
AP - In August the police in Corona, Calif., got a surprising phone call. The caller said an auditor needed to examine the department's facilities and take pictures inside. To the security-conscious police, the photo demand seemed ridiculous, especially given its source: the data broker ChoicePoint Inc., one of the department's information suppliers. A Corona crime analyst refused the request, and asked to speak to a ChoicePoint supervisor. She never heard back.

Google Prevails in Age Discrimination Suit (AP)
AP - A California judge has sided with Google Inc. in an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former manager who alleged the online search engine leader had fired him because he didn't fit in with the company's youthful culture.

Kodak Ships Computer-Free Wireless Camera (AP)
A Kodak employee, not pictured, demonstrates the Kodak EasyShare-one camera searching for a wireless network at a coffe shop in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005. Eastman Kodak Co. has just begun shipping a groundbreaking digital camera that, within range of hotels, coffee shops, airport lounges, offices, homes and other wireless hot spots, can deliver high-quality pictures directly onto the Internet and into e-mail boxes around the globe. (AP Photo/David Duprey)AP - After a summer-long delay, Eastman Kodak Co. has begun shipping the first digital camera with Wi-Fi wireless technology to e-mail photos directly to friends and family without a computer.


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Tunisia warned over liberties ahead of UN information summit (AFP)
A young man consults the internet at a cybercafe in Tunis. Western countries have called on Tunisia to guarantee freedom of expression and independent media access during the UN World Summit on the Information Society it will host next month.(AFP/File/Fethi Belaid)AFP - Western countries have called on Tunisia to guarantee freedom of expression and independent media access during the UN World Summit on the Information Society it will host next month.


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In a flash, hard-drive memory fading (Reuters)
Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds new iPod nano during event in San Francisco, September 7, 2005. When Jobs introduced the iPod Nano on September 7, he predicted it would be the best-selling iPod model ever. That is a strong statement, considering the Nano is only Apple's second device to incorporate flash memory instead of a hard drive. It is an even stronger endorsement of flash-based technology from a company that until this year declined to use it in a single product. (Lou Dematteis/Reuters)Reuters - When Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPod Nano on September 7, he predicted it would be the best-selling iPod model ever.


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Google proposes free Wi-Fi for San Francisco (Reuters)
Reuters - Marking its biggest step into the wireless communications market to date, Google Inc. said on Friday it has proposed to provide free wireless Internet services across the city of San Francisco.

NetBeans open source tools getting refreshed (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - The Sun Microsystems-led NetBeans developer community this week released a beta version of the NetBeans 5.0 open source IDE, with enhancements for client development based on Java.

This Just In: Customers Hate Their Software Vendors (TechWeb)
TechWeb - There's no love lost between software vendors and customers.

Google Bids to Offer WiFi in San Francisco (AP)
AP - Google Inc. wants to connect all of San Francisco to the Internet with a free wireless service, creating a springboard for the online search engine leader to leap into the telecommunications industry.

New Bans Show China's Concerns About Tech (AP)
Visitors hold Chinese flags as they pose for photos in front of a portrait of Sun Yat-sen, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on China's National Day Saturday Oct. 1, 2005. Thousands flocked to the square to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1, 1949. Sun is considered the founder of modern China for his 1911 overthrow of the last imperial dynasty.  (AP Photo/Greg Baker)AP - Two new Internet bans may offer insight into the Chinese government's biggest fears. One bars Internet news services from inciting "illegal" assemblies, marches and demonstrations; the other prohibits activities on behalf of "illegal" civil groups.


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Tunisia warned over liberties ahead of UN information summit (AFP)
A young man consults the internet at a cybercafe in Tunis. Western countries have called on Tunisia to guarantee freedom of expression and independent media access during the UN World Summit on the Information Society it will host next month.(AFP/File/Fethi Belaid)AFP - Western countries have called on Tunisia to guarantee freedom of expression and independent media access during the UN World Summit on the Information Society it will host next month.


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Subway Authorities Eye iPod-Friendly Maps (AP)
William Bright displays his iPod with a subway map display outside the Prince Street subway station in New York Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005. Bright had downoadable subway maps on his website until he received a 'cease and desist' letter from a lawyer for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. (AP Photo/Babeto Matthews)AP - It seemed like such a great idea: digitally shrink maps of major subway systems and put them online so people can download them to their iPods for free.


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Google proposes free Wi-Fi for San Francisco (Reuters)
Reuters - Marking its biggest step into the wireless communications market to date, Google Inc. said on Friday it has proposed to provide free wireless Internet services across the city of San Francisco.

EU Wants Shared Control of Internet (AP)
AP - The European Union insisted Friday that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a showdown with the United States on the future of Internet governance.

Calif. gov. signs law to punish 'phishing' scams (Reuters)
Reuters - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill on Friday making Internet "phishing" identity theft scams punishable by law.

Google Prevails in Age Discrimination Suit (AP)
AP - A California judge has sided with Google Inc. in an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former manager who alleged the online search engine leader had fired him because he didn't fit in with the company's youthful culture.

Patent Office Rules Against Microsoft (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - In a decision that could send massive shockwaves around the Internet-development community, the U.S. Patent Office has ruled that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) infringed upon the plug-in patent held by the University of California and its Eolas Technology spin-off.

Online games spawn own economy, society (Reuters)
Reuters - Emerson Larkin, 23, just reaped $400 selling two characters for Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft" after investing nearly 75 online gaming hours creating them.

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