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Microsoft shows prominently at Supercomputing '05 (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft's presence at Supercomputing '05 in Seattle last week was unmistakable.

Microsoft fires first salvo of new console wars (AFP)
An Xbox 360, Microsoft's new game console. US software titan Microsoft takes the computer game wars to the Japanese enemy with the North American launch 22 November, 2005 of its next-generation Xbox 360 console. Unlike with its first foray into the competitive world of games hardware, Microsoft is stealing a march on arch-foes Sony and Nintendo by releasing the most powerful console yet well in time for the Christmas rush.(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)AFP - US software titan Microsoft takes the computer game wars to the Japanese enemy with the North American launch of its next-generation Xbox 360 console.


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Microsoft fires first salvo of new game console wars (AFP)
US software titan Microsoft takes the computer game wars to the Japanese enemy with the North American launch Tuesday of its next-generation Xbox 360 console, seen here(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)AFP - US software titan Microsoft takes the computer game wars to the Japanese enemy with the North American launch Tuesday of its next-generation Xbox 360 console.


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Q&A: Microsoft Touts New Ajax Tools (TechWeb)
TechWeb - <i>InformationWeek</i> talks to Microsoft Product Manager Brian Goldfarb about the trendy new Web technology called Ajax, and Microsoft's plans for tools to make Ajax development easier.

Ex-Microsoft Worker Sentenced for Theft (AP)
AP - A federal judge sentenced a former Microsoft Corp. employee on Friday to four years in prison for illegally selling millions of dollars of company software.

Q&A: Bill Gates On Supercomputing, Software in Science, And More (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Bill Gates talks to <i>InformationWeek</i> about how work done at Microsoft Research can apply to science, medicine and engineering, how more powerful desktop processors can improve user interfaces, and his evolving role at Microsoft.

Microsoft Vs. Sony Enters New Stage In Video Game Consoles (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Microsoft's grand plan to take the lead in the video game console business from rival Sony gets under way Tuesday when the software king releases its next-generation game machine -- the Xbox 360.

Microsoft MBS Replacement Will Know Channel (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Doug Burgum's successor as senior vice president for the Microsoft Business Solutions business group will likely have a keen grasp of the partner, sales and distribution channels, Bruce Richardson, an analyst at AMR Research says.

Microsoft to Beef Up Legal Training (PC World)
PC World - Plans outlined in court document.

Microsoft to Broaden Internal Reviews (AP)
Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 3 is displayed at the Tokyo Game Show, September 16, 2005. Sony Corp., the maker of Playstation game consoles, may lose its iron grip on the market for game machines as rival Microsoft Corp. launches a new model just in time for the holiday season. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)AP - Microsoft Corp. pledged Friday to expand legal training for employees and broaden its internal reviews of industry agreements to be sure the company doesn't violate its antitrust settlement with the government.


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TiVo Inc. Expands to IPods and PSPs (AP)
TiVo Inc.'s reputation among users and would-be users is beginning to erode amid generic competitors, according to a new study that relies on Internet buzz to study consumers' opinion. REUTERS/Handout/TiVo Inc.AP - TiVo Inc. is expanding its video recording service so users will be able to transfer recorded television shows onto Apple Computer Inc.'s iPods or Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable — the latest move aimed at putting TV in people's hands for viewing anywhere.


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Study: Search Now No. 2 Among Web Tasks (AP)
AP - The number of people who use Internet search engines to find information has jumped over the last year, claiming a solid No. 2 spot behind e-mail among online tasks, a new study finds.

Cyber-World Gaming Battle Heats Up in Asia (AP)
AP - "And it's a goal for Singapore!" the commentator screamed as fans erupted, pumping their fists and roaring to celebrate an equalizer against Romania. But far from an ordinary soccer match, this game was contested by two gamers pounding away at keyboards at the World Cyber Games — the computer industry's equivalent of the Olympics.

Retailers Prepare to Greet Xbox Faithful (AP)
Microsoft Corp. Xbox 360 video game console and controller are pictured in Los Angeles November 18, 2005. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)AP - It's late November and gamers, it's cold outside. But a little winter chill won't stop video game lovers from lining up at stores throughout the country in hopes of being among the first to score Microsoft Corp.'s brand new Xbox 360 when it is released Tuesday.


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Getting Skittish About Skype (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - It's the kind of notoriety that comes with a $2.6 billion buyout. Since Luxembourg-based Internet telephone startup Skype Technologies was gobbled up by online marketplace eBay Inc. for that princely sum in September, Skype has added 12 million more users, for a total of 66 million -- and has attracted a boatload of closer scrutiny.

Movielink signs Fox to online movie deal (Reuters)
Actor Greg Kinnear, the voice of Rachet in the animated motion picture 'Robots', poses with Honda Motor Co.'s walking robot, Asimo, during the premiere of the film in Los Angeles in this March 6, 2005 file photo. Online movie download service Movielink has signed a film distribution pact with 20th Century Fox giving the Web site content from all of Hollywood's major film studios, including Fox's 'Robots.' (Reuters)Reuters - Online movie download service Movielink on Monday said it has signed a film distribution pact with 20th Century Fox giving the Web site content from all of Hollywood's major film studios.


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Sony may lose grip in next game consoles war (Reuters)
A gamer plays the video game 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour '06' at the 'XBox 360: Zero Hour' event in Palmdale, California in this November 20, 2005 file photo. Playstation maker Sony Corp. faces a tough rival in the new Xbox model. (Chris Pizzello/Reuters)Reuters - Sony Corp. (6758.T), the maker of Playstation game consoles, may lose its iron grip on the market for game machines as rival Microsoft Corp. launches a new model just in time for the holiday season.


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Reliance under pressure to place shares (FT.com)
FT.com - Reliance Infocomm, India's mobile phone operator, is under mounting pressure to carry out a planned pre-IPO private placement of shares by the end of the year to aid its expansion.

Can Open Source Defeat Microsoft? (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - While Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has had some 20 years to make Office what it is today, most industry analysts say that new open-source contenders, such as OpenOffice, measure up reasonably well against Redmond's suite. But they also say that while these suites do have most of the features of Microsoft Office, they lack certain advanced capabilities that make all the difference.

Microsoft fires first salvo of new console wars (AFP)
An Xbox 360, Microsoft's new game console. US software titan Microsoft takes the computer game wars to the Japanese enemy with the North American launch 22 November, 2005 of its next-generation Xbox 360 console. Unlike with its first foray into the competitive world of games hardware, Microsoft is stealing a march on arch-foes Sony and Nintendo by releasing the most powerful console yet well in time for the Christmas rush.(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)AFP - US software titan Microsoft takes the computer game wars to the Japanese enemy with the North American launch of its next-generation Xbox 360 console.


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Movielink signs Fox to online movie deal (Reuters)
Actor Greg Kinnear, the voice of Rachet in the animated motion picture 'Robots', poses with Honda Motor Co.'s walking robot, Asimo, during the premiere of the film in Los Angeles in this March 6, 2005 file photo. Online movie download service Movielink has signed a film distribution pact with 20th Century Fox giving the Web site content from all of Hollywood's major film studios, including Fox's 'Robots.' (Reuters)Reuters - Online movie download service Movielink on Monday said it has signed a film distribution pact with 20th Century Fox giving the Web site content from all of Hollywood's major film studios.


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Study: Search Now No. 2 Among Web Tasks (AP)
AP - The number of people who use Internet search engines to find information has jumped over the last year, claiming a solid No. 2 spot behind e-mail among online tasks, a new study finds.

Use the Internet, don't fear it, newspaper editors told (AFP)
Computer at an Internet cafe.  Newspaper editors and staff from over 60 countries met in Athens to explore ways of using the Internet and innovative tactics in their quest to lure back readers.(AFP/File/Jewel Samad)AFP - Newspaper editors and staff from over 60 countries met in Athens to explore ways of using the Internet and innovative tactics in their quest to lure back readers.


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Christina Aguilera marries: report (Reuters)
Singer Christina Aguilera displays her engagement ring to photographers as she arrives as a guest at the opening of Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli's Boutique in Beverly Hills in this February 15, 2005 file photo. Aguilera married music executive Jordan Bratman at the Staglin Family Vineyard in northern California, late November 19, 2005, according to media reports. (Fred Prouser/Files/Reuters)Reuters - Pop star Christina Aguilera has married music executive Jordan Bratman in a Saturday evening ceremony, magazine Us Weekly's Web site reported.


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Skype in US retail distribution pact (Reuters)
A man displays his Skype internet phone in Taipei, November 11, 2005. Skype, the Internet-calling phenomenon that eBay Inc. acquired for 2.4 billion pounds, is set to break into the U.S. consumer mainstream by selling its telephone kits in RadioShack stores. (Richard Chung/Reuters)Reuters - Skype, the Internet-calling phenomenon that eBay Inc. acquired for $4.1 billion, is set to break into the U.S. consumer mainstream by selling its telephone kits in RadioShack stores.


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Aguilera Reportedly Marries Music Exec (AP)
Pop singer Christina Aguilera poses for the media on her arrival in a Bombay, India file photo from  Dec. 1, 2004. Aguilera has found what a girl wants, and now, she's marrying him. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude, File)AP - Christina Aguilera has found out what a girl wants, and now she's married him. The 24-year-old pop singer tied the knot with music executive Jordan Bratman in a Saturday evening ceremony at Staglin Family Vineyard in northern California's Napa Valley, Us Weekly reported on its Web site.


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US corporate excess under fire as unions go on the attack (AFP)
The AFL-CIO logo on their offices in Washington. US unions, weakened by public apathy and internal splits, are fighting back with an online database that accuses corporate supremos of lining their own pockets while grinding down their employees.(AFP/File/Chip Somodevilla)AFP - US unions, weakened by public apathy and internal splits, are fighting back with an online database that accuses corporate supremos of lining their own pockets while grinding down their employees.


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Internet still young, faster access to spur growth (Reuters)
Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix is seen at his office in Beverly Hills, California December 10, 2004. The Internet has given rise to profitable companies, but the industry is still in the early days. 'We are seeing the beginning of things,' said Hastings. 'Web 2.0 is broadband. Web 3.0 is 10 gigabits a second.' (Fred Prouser/Reuters)Reuters - The Internet has given rise to profitable companies such as Yahoo Inc., Google Inc., eBay Inc. and others, but the industry is still in the early days and will be further fueled as even faster Internet access proliferates through the United States and other countries, executives said on Wednesday.


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Post US intel on Internet: US lawmaker (AFP)
As mountains of raw intelligence go unanalyzed, the chairman of the House intelligence committee Pete Hoekstra, R-MI, said that posting it on the Internet could speed up translation.(AFP/File/Paul Richards)AFP - As mountains of raw intelligence go unanalyzed, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said that posting it on the Internet could speed up translation.


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Technology Summit Wraps Up in Tunisia (AP)
U.S. Science Adviser to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Marburger, speaks to the assembly of the World Summit on the Information Society at the convention center in Kram, 10 kms(6 mls)north of Tunis, Tunisia, Friday Nov. 18, 2005.The final day of a U.N. technology summit explored how people, governments and companies can work to speed up technology and content for users in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)AP - A crucial summit on expanding Internet access around the world ended Friday with a firm promise to narrow the digital divide — but little in government funding to make it happen.


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