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Skype sees Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL as main threats (Reuters)
Reuters - Internet phone-calling phenomenon Skype, which was bought by online auction company eBay Inc. for almost $4 billion last week, said it sees computer giant Microsoft as one of its biggest potential rivals.

Microsoft Befriends Some Competitors (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Even Microsoft can't go it alone against the iPod and AOL IM. That's why Microsoft partnered with RealNetworks and Yahoo.

Nigeria, Microsoft to Fight Internet Fraud (AP)
AP - Nigeria signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. on Friday to work together to fight Internet crime, officials said Friday.

Microsoft Befriends Some Competitors (AP)
Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks to students at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., Friday, Oct. 14, 2005.   Within a decade, Gates told a crowd of about 1,000 at Princeton University on Friday, computers will be in far more places and far more forms than they are today, making life easier on many fronts. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)AP - Here's a possible slogan for Microsoft Corp.: If you can't beat 'em, join the guys who are having the same problem. Microsoft struck two deals this week with sometime adversaries aimed in part at taking on mutual competitors.


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Microsoft Wins Tentative Ruling Against Google and Kai-Fu Lee (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A federal judge made a tentative decision to let the lawsuit proceed in Washington state, where the law favors Microsoft.

Judge stays Google suit in Microsoft hiring case (Reuters)
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates speaks at the Columbia University in New York October 13, 2005. Gates spoke to the students to encourage them to have a greater interest in computer science and engineering careers. REUTERS/Keith BedfordReuters - A U.S. judge ordered a tentative stay in Web search company Google Inc.'s lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., dealing a blow to Google's fight over the hiring of a former Microsoft official.


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Judge Tentatively Sides With Microsoft (AP)
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates shows off the next generation XBox while speaking at Howard University in Washington on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005. Gates was at the Howard University to kickoff the University's sixth annual Student Leadership Institute.  (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)AP - Google Inc.'s attempt to lift the job restrictions on a top computer engineer lured from rival Microsoft Corp. suffered another blow Friday under a tentative court ruling that would limit the search engine company's legal options for at least another three months.


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MS Confirms Win2K Worm Hole Patch Is Buggy (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Although deployment is causing problems for some Microsoft customers, the company continues to stress the importance of its October patch for Windows 2000.

Microsoft Updates Media Center PC 2005 (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft releases what may be the final update scheduled for Windows XP Media Center a day ahead of a New York event where the company touted strong sales and announced new services from partners.

Microsoft, Nigeria fight email scammers (Reuters)
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates speaks at Columbia University in New York October 13, 2005. Microsoft has announced an anti-fraud partnership with Nigeria, the country of origin for some of the Internet's most notorious email scams. REUTERS/Keith BedfordReuters - Microsoft has announced an anti-fraud partnership with Nigeria, the country of origin for some of the Internet's most notorious email scams.


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Samsung, Apple Investment Talks Collapse (AP)
AP - Samsung Electronics Co.'s talks with Apple Computer Inc. on a possible joint investment to produce NAND flash memory chips have broken down, Samsung said Monday.

Biggest Wi-Fi Cloud Is in Rural Oregon (AP)
Bob Hale, owner of American Onion, shows how he uses a laptop with wireless capabitlities from a remote, rural site at his onion fields  in Hermiston, Ore., Aug. 15, 2005. Even as the most developed cities in the nation struggle with whether to offer free Wi-Fi access, one of the most rural counties in the nation has succeeded in creating the world's largest hot spot, a Wi-Fi cloud that stretches over the wide open landscape in Umatilla County.Hale says he can  photograph onions and send realtime pictures to customers from the field to show the quality of the product. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)AP - Parked alongside his onion fields, Bob Hale can prop open a laptop and read his e-mail or, with just a keystroke, check the moisture of his crops.


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FBI Raid Shuts Down Suspected Spammer (AP)
AP - A man described as one of the nation's leading senders of spam says an FBI raid on his home office has halted his e-mail operation.

Tech Users Looking for Longer Battery Life (AP)
AP - For most of us, a dead battery in our cell phone or digital camera is an annoyance. For surgical tools salesman Jason Paul, it can cost him big money.

Cell Phone Use Changes Life in Africa (AP)
AP - Amina Harun, a 45-year-old farmer, used to traipse around for hours looking for a working pay phone on which to call the markets and find the best prices for her fruit. Then cell phones changed her life.

EBay founder looks to direct reel change (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - HOLLYWOOD - Jeff Skoll -- the shy multibillionaire co-founder of eBay -- left Silicon Valley last year, and set out to test his theory ``that people are basically good'' on the movie industry.

Rival device makers Palm, RIM, team up on e-mail (Reuters)
Reuters - Palm Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. have set aside their fierce rivalry with a deal to offer RIM's BlackBerry wireless e-mail service over Palm's Treo 650 smartphone, the two firms said on Monday.

Sony Ericsson launches 3G Walkman mobile phone (Reuters)
Reuters - Japanese-Swedish mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson on Monday unveiled a new third generation technology mobile phone handset which includes a digital music player and a camera.

Zend readies PHP development framework, joins Eclipse (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Zend Technologies this week will announce Zend PHP Framework, a development environment for PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) applications. Zend also will reveal its participation in the open source Eclipse Foundation.

Infosys chairman touts rise of India (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - BANGALORE, India - Twenty-five years ago, N. R. Narayana Murthy co-founded Infosys Technologies, the software services giant that has come to symbolize India's rise as a tech powerhouse.

EBay founder looks to direct reel change (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - HOLLYWOOD - Jeff Skoll -- the shy multibillionaire co-founder of eBay -- left Silicon Valley last year, and set out to test his theory ``that people are basically good'' on the movie industry.

S.F. unveils 17 firms' WiFi bids (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - San Francisco officials released responses Friday from 17 companies -- including Web search giant Google -- that are interested in bringing affordable wireless Internet connections to the entire city.

Goldman says Internet is back, but with provisos (Reuters)
Reuters - The market for Internet companies to go public is back, the managing director of Goldman Sachs' high-tech group said on Sunday, but only with provisos and with private equity firms increasingly calling the shots.

Skype sees Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL as main threats (Reuters)
Reuters - Internet phone-calling phenomenon Skype, which was bought by online auction company eBay Inc. for almost $4 billion last week, said it sees computer giant Microsoft as one of its biggest potential rivals.

'God Bloggers' Head to National Conference (AP)
AP - What would Jesus blog? That and other pressing questions drew 135 Christians to Southern California this weekend for a national conference billed as the first-ever for "God bloggers," a growing community of online writers who exchange information and analyze current events from a Christian perspective.

DeLay Uses Web Site to Attack Prosecutor (AP)
AP - Stung by his recent indictment in Texas, Tom Delay is trying to turn his legal woes into a financial boon for his re-election. The former House majority leader is using his congressional campaign to distribute to voters derogatory information about the prosecutor who brought the charges against him and to solicit donations for his re-election.

Yahoo accused of raiding workers (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Nuance Communications, a Menlo Park maker of speech-recognition software, has sued Yahoo for unfair competition and theft of trade secrets, accusing the Internet giant of ``raiding'' all but one of Nuance's research and development engineers.

Yahoo Said to Join AOL's Suitors (AP)
The Time Warner Inc. headquarters building at Columbus Circle in New York, October 13, 2005. Yahoo Inc. is considering buying a stake in Time Warner Inc.'s America Online Internet unit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. REUTERS/Nicholas RobertsAP - Yahoo Inc. is considering buying a stake in America Online Inc., joining other Internet powerhouses interested in the company's Web portal, a person close to the talks said Friday.


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Mo. May Track Cell Phones for Traffic Data (AP)
An electronic sign at I-35 and Johnson Drive in Shawnee, Kan., alerts motorists to traffic problems ahead, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. The sign is part of the KC Scout system which uses cameras and road sensors to monitor traffic. Missouri is looking into a state wide cell phone system to do the same thing.  (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)AP - Driving to work, you notice the traffic beginning to slow. And because you have your cell phone on, the government senses the delay, too. A congestion alert is issued, automatically updating electronic road signs and Web sites and dispatching text messages to mobile phones and auto dashboards.


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Nigeria, Microsoft to Fight Internet Fraud (AP)
AP - Nigeria signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. on Friday to work together to fight Internet crime, officials said Friday.

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