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Xbox Is Nexus of Entertainment Strategy (AP)
Scott Henson, who manages an advanced technology group at Microsoft, talks about the company's newest videogame console, the Xbox 360, at a preview event Nov. 2, 2005, at the company's campus in Redmond, Wash. When the Xbox 360 debuts in North America on Nov. 22, it will still mainly be focused on pleasing the so-called hardcore gamer--primarily young men who spend hours each week tethered to a videogame console. Analysts say that's smart since the console doesn't offer enough other capabilities for people who aren't addicted to gaming. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - REDMOND, Wash. — When Microsoft Corp. debuted its first Xbox in the fall of 2001, the videogame console was like a teenager — decked out in black, eager to fit in with the hip crowd and embarrassed to be seen with its parent company.


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Microsoft Updates MSN Shopping (TechWeb)
TechWeb - With holiday shopping season fast approaching, Microsoft adds comparison-shopping tools to its MSN portal.

Microsoft offers workflow software for Visual Studio 2005 (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft this week made available an updated beta release of its Windows Workflow Foundation technology. The beta version is built to work with the general release of the Visual Studio 2005 toolset, which was unveiled Monday.

Microsoft Readies Office 12 Beta (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft will put the first beta of Office 12 in testers hands within two to three weeks, according to e-mails received by prospective users.

The Browser Wars: Part 2 (The Motley Fool)
The Motley Fool - Ten years ago, Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) Bill Gates penned his famous memo, "The Internet Tidal Wave." No doubt, it effectively galvanized the troops. The first war was to take the browser. And, in lighting speed, Microsoft crushed Netscape.

Microsoft settles anti-trust suit for 30 million dollars (AFP)
People walking past a giant Microsoft logo. US software giant Microsoft said it has sealed a 30 million dollar deal with South Korean Internet portal Daum Communications to settle an anti-trust suit and put the two firms in a new partnership.(AFP/DDP/File/Timm Schamberger)AFP - US software giant Microsoft said it has sealed a 30 million dollar deal with South Korean Internet portal Daum Communications to settle an anti-trust suit and put the two firms in a new partnership.


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Microsoft, Cisco Team on VoIP (PC World)
PC World - Pair will support a protocol that eases links between networks to boost Web telephony in business.

Microsoft's Web. 2.0 Draws Skepticism (PC World)
PC World - Analysis: Marketing ramps up, but does Microsoft yet 'get' the Web?

Trend Micro Backtracks on MS Trojan Description (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - The anti-virus vendor modifies its original warning that a Trojan was exploiting Windows vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft earlier this week.

Microsoft Reaches $30 Million Antitrust Settlement With South Korean Company (TechWeb)
TechWeb - In addition, the two are creating a joint online partnership, but South Korea's antitrust regulators are not finished investigating all the charges against Microsoft.

IBM Machine Again Tops Supercomputer List (AP)
Dr. Ambuj Goyal, IBM Research's vice president of computer science, holds a computer chip that will power a new supercomputer called 'Blue Gene,' at a press conference Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, in New York. IBM expects it will take four to five years and $100 million to build Blue Gene, which will be a million times faster than the average desktop computer. It will perform 1 million billion mathematical operations per second, 500 times more than the fastest computer today. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)AP - An IBM-built computer that has topped the list of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers has widened its lead in the latest ranking released Monday.


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Sun Microsystems Unveils New Server Chip (AP)
AP - Looking to leapfrog its rivals, computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. announced a server chip that it claims will deliver more performance while requiring less electricity than competing microprocessors.

Cisco Launches Small Business Initiative (AP)
AP - Hoping to capture a larger slice of the small-business market, Cisco Systems Inc. is launching a bundled offering that will combine data, Internet telephone and other services in a single platform for companies with fewer than 100 employees.

Beware the Numbers Hype About ID Theft (AP)
AP - If some of the numbers being cited about identity theft are to be believed, it's just a matter of time before some unseen cyberhustler steals your name, empties your bank account and wrecks your financial reputation. You can almost hear the maniacal laughter.

A Breakthrough Few Months for Portable TV (AP)
AP - "Desperate Housewives" on your iPod. Jay Leno's monologue on your cell phone. Brian Williams delivering the night's news on your computer. And "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" available whenever you want to watch it — not just Thursday night.

Google gauges interest for online book renting-WSJ (Reuters)
Reuters - Web search leader Google Inc. has approached a book publisher to gauge interest in a program to allow consumers to rent online copies of new books for a week, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Snocap signs deal with Warner Music (Reuters)
Reuters - Snocap, a U.S. digital media company founded by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, on Sunday said it reached a deal with Warner Music Group Corp. authorizing distribution of Warner's music across Snocap-enabled retail services.

Start-up aims to join telephone and wireless calls (Reuters)
Reuters - A secretive start-up backed by two powerful Silicon Valley venture capital firms will on Monday outline its plans for bridging the gulf between mobile telephones and fixed-line phone networks.

Open Invention Network Heralds a New, Patent-Friendly Frontier (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The Open Invention Network (OIN), a fledgling patent-holding company, made its debut Thursday with a mission to offer royalty-free patents to the open-source community.

INTERVIEW: Volunteers helped turn IMDb into big business (Reuters)
Reuters - When Col Needham was 14, he was developing gaming software. At 23, he created the Internet Movie Database. That was 15 years ago.

Cisco Launches Small Business Initiative (AP)
AP - Hoping to capture a larger slice of the small-business market, Cisco Systems Inc. is launching a bundled offering that will combine data, Internet telephone and other services in a single platform for companies with fewer than 100 employees.

Google gauges interest for online book renting-WSJ (Reuters)
Reuters - Web search leader Google Inc. has approached a book publisher to gauge interest in a program to allow consumers to rent online copies of new books for a week, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Snocap signs deal with Warner Music (Reuters)
Reuters - Snocap, a U.S. digital media company founded by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, on Sunday said it reached a deal with Warner Music Group Corp. authorizing distribution of Warner's music across Snocap-enabled retail services.

INTERVIEW: Volunteers helped turn IMDb into big business (Reuters)
Reuters - When Col Needham was 14, he was developing gaming software. At 23, he created the Internet Movie Database. That was 15 years ago.

Governments resume key talks on control of the Internet (AFP)
An engineer prepares computers for journalists at the international press center in Tunis, three days before the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society which will take place from 16 to 18 November 2005, gathering government, media, telecommunications and internet experts to discuss the practical means for pursuing a free information society.(AFP/Fethi Belaid)AFP - About 170 countries kicked off a final round of negotiations on the controversial issue of control of the Internet and the core technical infrastructure that allows it to operate seamlessly worldwide.


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African-Led Fund Aimed at Digital Divide (AP)
AP - An African-led initiative that will use high-speed Internet connections to treat AIDS patients in Burundi and Burkina Faso offers inspiration for those working to bridge the world's digital divide.

Refco should ease online currency woes (Reuters)
A Refco broker works on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange October 18, 2005. Forex Capital Markets LLC's deal to take over the foreign exchange business of futures brokerage giant Refco Inc. should help shore up the flagging reputation of the online retail currency industry, FXCM's chief executive officer Drew Niv told Reuters in an interview. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)Reuters - Forex Capital Markets LLC's deal to take over the foreign exchange business of futures brokerage giant Refco Inc. should help shore up the flagging reputation of the online retail currency industry, FXCM's chief executive officer Drew Niv told Reuters in an interview.


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Blogger Takes on NYT Chief Food Critic (AP)
Julia Langbein updates her blog 'The Bruni Digest' from her home in Brooklyn, New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. Langbein's 10-month-old blog has made her a quasi-cult figure among those who read Frank Bruni's restaurant stories in the 'New York Times'.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)AP - Meet Julia Langbein, chief mocker of Frank Bruni — the chief restaurant critic of The New York Times.


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Expedia hotel pricing error irks some travelers (Reuters)
Reuters - Online travel agency Expedia.com said a glitch last week allowed some travelers to book hotel stays in Japan at stunningly low prices and that only some of these reservations would be honored.

Microsoft Updates MSN Shopping (TechWeb)
TechWeb - With holiday shopping season fast approaching, Microsoft adds comparison-shopping tools to its MSN portal.

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