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Microsoft loses money on each Xbox (Reuters)
Dan Friedman (L), 26, of Bellevue, Washington buys the first Xbox 360 video game console as he talks to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates (R) at a Best Buy store in Bellevue November 22, 2005. (Chris Goodenow/Reuters)Reuters - The cost of building a Microsoft Corp. Xbox 360 video game console is nearly 40 percent higher than the retail price, technology and microchip research company iSuppli said on Wednesday.


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Microsoft Reports Isolated Xbox Glitches (AP)
A man plays with a floor sample of the Xbox 360 at a Toys R Us, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 in New York. Xbox went on sale Tuedsay morning. Xbox 360 is at the center of a strategy that will also eventually tie in elements of Microsoft's new online initiative, called Windows Live, says company Chairman Bill Gates. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)AP - Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it had received isolated reports of technical problems with its popular new Xbox 360 videogame system.


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Microsoft Seeks to Standardize Office Format (AP)
Microsoft Corp. Xbox 360 video game console and controller are pictured in Los Angeles November 18, 2005. Some Xbox 360 owners are reporting problems with the new video game console that debuted in North America earlier this week. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)AP - Microsoft Corp. is seeking to standardize the document format used for its popular Office products, partly in response to concerns that documents stored using its proprietary technology may be difficult to access in years to come.


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Microsoft Seeks Open Standard for Office File Formats (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Faced with increasing pressure from the public and private sector regarding long-term access to information, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is opening its Office file formats, seeking to make the technology an international standard.

Report: Windows Is Pacing The Server Market (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The worldwide server market grew at an 8.1 percent year-over-year rate in the third quarter paced by Microsoft Windows and Linux servers who continue to battle each other for customers, IDC says.

LG Ships DVR With Microsoft Program Guide To Retailers (TechWeb)
TechWeb - LG Electronics says major consumer electronic retailers have started selling an LG digital video recorder with Microsoft Corp.'s cable program guide.

Microsoft Makes RSS a Two-Way Street (PC World)
PC World - Proposed 'extensions' to specification allow multidirectional synchronization.

S.Korea delays Microsoft ruling (Reuters)
Software developers attend the Microsoft Professional Developers conference in Los Angeles, September 13, 2005. South Korea's anti-trust agency said on Wednesday it was delaying a long-awaited ruling on Microsoft Corp.'s business practices to next week, after the review committee failed to reach an agreement. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)Reuters - South Korea's anti-trust agency said on Wednesday it was delaying a long-awaited ruling on Microsoft Corp.'s business practices to next week, after the review committee failed to reach an agreement.


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Security Threats Shift to Applications (AP)
AP - As people heed warnings to install the latest security updates for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems and Internet Explorer browsers, researchers say hackers have been shifting their focus to applications that are harder to protect.

Microsoft launches new battle in console wars (AFP)
Customers trying the new Xbox260 in Tokyo in September 2005. The US software giant Microsoft was elated after seeing its new  computer games console fly off store shelves across North America and fetch jaw-dropping sums in online auctions(AFP/File/Toru Yamanaka)AFP - US software giant Microsoft was elated after seeing its new Xbox 360 computer games console fly off store shelves across North America and fetch jaw-dropping sums in online auctions.


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Online Dating Sites Accused of Deception (AP)
AP - After looking for love on the Internet and failing to find it, frustrated lonely hearts are heading to court, accusing online dating sites of engaging in deceptive practices.

Many Went Online for Hurricane News (AP)
AP - More than half of U.S. Internet users went online for news and information about Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the vast majority having visited the Web sites of traditional news organizations such as CNN and MSNBC, a study finds.

Microsoft Reports Isolated Xbox Glitches (AP)
A man plays with a floor sample of the Xbox 360 at a Toys R Us, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 in New York. Xbox went on sale Tuedsay morning. Xbox 360 is at the center of a strategy that will also eventually tie in elements of Microsoft's new online initiative, called Windows Live, says company Chairman Bill Gates. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)AP - Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it had received isolated reports of technical problems with its popular new Xbox 360 videogame system.


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Microsoft Seeks to Standardize Office Format (AP)
Microsoft Corp. Xbox 360 video game console and controller are pictured in Los Angeles November 18, 2005. Some Xbox 360 owners are reporting problems with the new video game console that debuted in North America earlier this week. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)AP - Microsoft Corp. is seeking to standardize the document format used for its popular Office products, partly in response to concerns that documents stored using its proprietary technology may be difficult to access in years to come.


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Bogus E-Mails Contain New 'Sober' Worm (AP)
AP - Austria's equivalent of the FBI said Tuesday that it is investigating a flurry of bogus e-mails sent in its name to people in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Euro deputies push through anti-terror telecoms measures (AFP)
The European Parliament in Brussels. EU lawmakers voted to allow police greater access to telephone and Internet data, but the proposed measures fall far short of a tough European anti-terror package Britain is seeking.(AFP/File/Thierry Monasse)AFP - EU lawmakers voted to allow police greater access to telephone and Internet data, but the proposed measures fall far short of a tough European anti-terror package Britain is seeking.


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Nintendo profit hit by weak console, software sales (AFP)
A man tries out the Nintendo DS console at Leipzig's Games Convention in August 2005. Nintendo has announced that a slump in both game console and software sales sent its net profit down 21 percent in the first half to September.(AFP/DDP/File/Jens Schlueter)AFP - Nintendo has announced that a slump in both game console and software sales sent its net profit down 21 percent in the first half to September.


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Kate Moss on comeback trail with cellphone gig (AFP)
Picture shows a display of campaign ads featuring Kate Moss. The British supermodel has scored a lucrative deal with a mobile phone operator as she swiftly rebuilds her cocaine-shaken career, The Sun newspaper reported(AFP/File/Francois Guillot)AFP - British supermodel Kate Moss has scored a lucrative deal with a mobile phone operator as she swiftly rebuilds her cocaine-shaken career, The Sun newspaper reported.


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Browser Makers Band Together Against Phishers (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Representatives from the most prominent browser makers -- including Microsoft and Mozilla -- recently gathered to discuss ways to make it clearer to users which Web sites are safe and which are fake.

Nintendo Reports Profit Drops 21 Pct. (AP)
AP - Profit at Nintendo Co., which makes Super Mario video games and GameBoy Advance handheld machines, slipped 21 percent in the company's fiscal first half because of slumping sales of consoles and game software.

Online Dating Sites Accused of Deception (AP)
AP - After looking for love on the Internet and failing to find it, frustrated lonely hearts are heading to court, accusing online dating sites of engaging in deceptive practices.

Euro deputies push through anti-terror telecoms measures (AFP)
The European Parliament in Brussels. EU lawmakers voted to allow police greater access to telephone and Internet data, but the proposed measures fall far short of a tough European anti-terror package Britain is seeking.(AFP/File/Thierry Monasse)AFP - EU lawmakers voted to allow police greater access to telephone and Internet data, but the proposed measures fall far short of a tough European anti-terror package Britain is seeking.


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Many Went Online for Hurricane News (AP)
AP - More than half of U.S. Internet users went online for news and information about Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the vast majority having visited the Web sites of traditional news organizations such as CNN and MSNBC, a study finds.

Internet gains more ground in holiday shopping (AFP)
A computer user surfs the Internet. More American consumers are leaving their cars at home and shopping online for the holidays in the face of high fuel costs, giving an extra boost to Internet shopping.(AFP/File/Stephen Shaver)AFP - More American consumers are leaving their cars at home and shopping online for the holidays in the face of high fuel costs, giving an extra boost to Internet shopping.


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EU committee approves telecoms data storage rule (Reuters)
Members of the European Parliament vote during a voting session September 28, 2005 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. An European Union parliament committee voted on Thursday to keep details of all EU-wide telephone calls and Internet use for six months to a year to help combat terrorism and serious crime. (Vincent Kessler/Reuters)Reuters - An European Union parliament committee voted on Thursday to keep details of all EU-wide telephone calls and Internet use for six months to a year to help combat terrorism and serious crime.


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Hollywood Hopes to Reduce Movie Downloads (AP)
AP - Hollywood hopes that an agreement with the creator of BitTorrent software, popular for downloading pirated movies over the Internet, will reduce illegal traffic in online films.

Xbox 360 Buyers Resell Product on EBay (AP)
An employee stacks Microsoft Xbox 360 game cartridges in preparation for the first sale of the new game,  Monday night, Nov. 21, 2005, in a Best Buy store in Bellevue, Wash. While many of the eager buyers were focusing on the system's high-definition graphics and gaming aptitude, executives at Microsoft see video games as just the beginning. The new consoles, which also can play music, display photos and show DVDs, are at the center of a strategy that will eventually tie in elements of Microsoft's new online initiative, called Windows Live. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - Forget day trading — the best way to make a buck this holiday season may be to flip your Xbox 360.


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Craigslist Founder Slams U.S. Press, Hints at New Online News Project (Editor and Publisher)
Editor and Publisher - NEW YORK Saying U.S. newspapers "are afraid to talk truth to power," Craigslist founder Craig Newmark hinted that he's about to launch a major online journalism project within the next few months that will copy the successful "wisdom of the masses" approach to classified advertising and apply it to journalism.

Xbox 360 shortages prompt eBay bidding war (Reuters)
An aircraft hanger in the Mojave Desert is transformed for the 'XBox 360: Zero Hour' event in Palmdale, California November 20, 2005. (Chris Pizzello/Reuters)Reuters - Microsoft Corp.'s scarce new Xbox 360 has sold out at most stores with many new owners flipping the video game consoles by the thousands on Web auction site eBay Inc. for almost twice the retail price.


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Hollywood Hopes BitTorrent Deal Will Reduce Illegal Movie Downloads (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Bram Cohen, designer of the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing technology, agreed to remove links to pirated versions of movies from his Web site, bittorrent.com, frustrating people who search for illegal copies of films.

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