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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)
Cray cofounder and Chief Scientist Burton Smith in an undated publicity photo. Cray Inc. on Friday said that Smith will leave the company to take a job at software maker Microsoft Corp. (Handout/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.

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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Microsoft Promises To Patch IE Zero-Day Bug (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft has responded to reports of a critical zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer with a security advisory that promised a fix but not a timeline.

Jukeboxes, DJs Being Pushed Out by IPods (AP)
AP - The jukebox at the bar Brian Toro manages isn't gathering dust just yet — but it may only be a matter of time.

Lycos Ordered to Tell Web Client Identity (AP)
AP - The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday ordered Internet company Lycos to reveal the identity of a client in a benchmark decision on privacy that was praised by copyright groups as a way to go after illegal swapping of music and movies online.

Sweden Aims to Bring Expo to Internet (AP)
AP - There won't be any cotton candy, but most other treats of a world fair would be available in an Internet version of the global exposition being prepared in Sweden.

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.

Apple's iPod nano a holiday hit (Reuters)
An iPod nano is displayed at the Apple Store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, November 25, 2005. U.S. stocks rose on Friday, extending November's rally and giving the three major indexes their fifth straight week of gains, as the start of the holiday shopping period put visions of profits in investors' heads. The stock of iPod maker Apple Computer Inc. gained 3.3 percent to $69.34 on Nasdaq. (John Gress/Reuters)Reuters - Apple Computer Inc.'s sleek iPod nano music player was among the top-selling electronic items on Amazon.com on Friday and some models sold out on a top retailer's Web site as consumers stocked up on holiday gifts on one of the year's busiest shopping days.


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Sales stall for digital music tracks (Reuters)
Reuters - The pace of U.S. digital music track sales during the last six months has slowed dramatically after a year of explosive growth.

Nokia's cell phone sales skyrocket in China (AFP)
A woman reads a text message on her Nokia mobile phone in Beijing. Nokia  said that over the first nine months of the year it had sold 23 million handsets in China -- an increase of 77 percent compared to the same period a year ago.(AFP/File/Frederic J. Brown)AFP - Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker, said that over the first nine months of the year it had sold 23 million handsets in China, an increase of 77 percent compared to the same period a year ago.


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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.

Kazaa gets stay; industry sees changes (Reuters)
An undated photo of Sharman Networks CEO Nikki Hemming. Sharman Networks, the operator of file-sharing network Kazaa, on Friday said an Austrailian court has extended until late February a stay of an injunction barring it from distributing copyrighted recordings. (Belinda Mason-Lovering/Reuters)Reuters - The operator of the Kazaa file-sharing network on Friday said an Australian court would hear an appeal on a copyright case in late February conditional on Kazaa making some changes to its software in the mean time.


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Apple's iPod nano a holiday hit (Reuters)
An iPod nano is displayed at the Apple Store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, November 25, 2005. U.S. stocks rose on Friday, extending November's rally and giving the three major indexes their fifth straight week of gains, as the start of the holiday shopping period put visions of profits in investors' heads. The stock of iPod maker Apple Computer Inc. gained 3.3 percent to $69.34 on Nasdaq. (John Gress/Reuters)Reuters - Apple Computer Inc.'s sleek iPod nano music player was among the top-selling electronic items on Amazon.com on Friday and some models sold out on a top retailer's Web site as consumers stocked up on holiday gifts on one of the year's busiest shopping days.


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Online retailers await 'Cyber Monday' (Reuters)
An Amazon.com employee picks products in a warehouse in this undated handout image. U.S. online holiday sales are expected to hit nearly $20 billion this year. (Handout/Reuters)Reuters - U.S. online holiday sales are expected to hit nearly $20 billion this year and should take off on Monday, when consumers return to work and their fast Internet connections after the long Thanksgiving weekend.


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Firm wants to rid Net of suffixes (Reuters)
A Dutch technology company, UnifiedRoot, has breathed life into a project to rid the Internet of suffixes such as .com, and instead offer single names which can be countries, company names or fantasy words. (Handout/Reuters)Reuters - A Dutch technology company has breathed life into a project to rid the Internet of suffixes such as .com, and instead offer single names which can be countries, company names or fantasy words.


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Firms haggle over video on demand (Reuters)
A man watches a broadcast on TV screens at a mega store in Santander, northern Spain November 21, 2005. Video on demand -- the ability to download a movie or TV program via high-speed Internet -- is expected to take off in Europe as broadband attracts enough users to merit investing in the service. (Victor Fraile/Reuters)Reuters - Everyone agrees video on demand over the Internet should be a goldmine for telecoms and media firms, but the two converging industries have yet to figure out how both can make money, a conference in France heard this week.


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Child pornography problem growing in Sweden (AFP)
A police officer shows a computer seized during a raid in an investigation into an Internet child pornography ring. The number of Swedes seeking out sexual images involving children on the Internet is on the rise, the Swedish chapter of the anti-child pornography group Ecpat said.(AFP/DDP/File/Kai-Uwe Knoth)AFP - The number of Swedes seeking out sexual images involving children on the Internet is on the rise, the Swedish chapter of the anti-child pornography group Ecpat said.


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Lycos Ordered to Tell Web Client Identity (AP)
AP - The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday ordered Internet company Lycos to reveal the identity of a client in a benchmark decision on privacy that was praised by copyright groups as a way to go after illegal swapping of music and movies online.

Murdoch sees gloom for newspapers against Internet (AFP)
Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, seen here in September 2005, predicted a gloomy future for newspapers, which he said are failing to adapt to the realities of the Internet.(AFP/Files/Hector Mata)AFP - The media magnate Rupert Murdoch predicted a gloomy future for newspapers, which he said are failing to adapt to the realities of the Internet.


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Sweden Aims to Bring Expo to Internet (AP)
AP - There won't be any cotton candy, but most other treats of a world fair would be available in an Internet version of the global exposition being prepared in Sweden.

ESPN wants to ring you up with highlights (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - For the big day-after Thanksgiving shopping stampede: How about going online to give the fanatic in your life a way to watch sports on a 2-inch screen costing $400? While the $400 ESPN Mobile cellphones won't be in stores nationwide until February, they go on sale online Friday at mobileespn.com.

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.

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