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NBC Acquires Majority Stake in MSNBC (AP)
An NBC Universal billboard is seen at the NBC studios in Brubank, California, May 19, 2004. NBC Universal said on Friday it has bought control of cable channel MSNBC, unraveling a joint venture with Microsoft Corp. as the software giant continues to shift away from content production. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)AP - NBC is acquiring a majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft Corp., giving NBC greater control over the struggling all-news cable channel and further scaling back the software giant's media ambitions.


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Gartner Warns About Vista Metadata Problem (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Windows Vista, the next version of Microsoft's Windows client operating system, will give users the ability to search for files by looking for information in the file's metadata tags. However, a report by I.T. research firm Gartner warned that allowing users to search for metadata tags in this manner could result in private information being inadvertently disclosed.

NBC to take control of MSNBC network from Microsoft (AFP)
Media group NBC Universal said it was to take control of 24-hour US cable channel MSNBC under an overhaul of its 10-year-old alliance with software giant Microsoft(MSNBC)AFP - Media group NBC Universal said it was to take control of 24-hour US cable channel MSNBC under an overhaul of its 10-year-old alliance with software giant Microsoft.


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Microsoft, Google settle legal wrangle in China (AFP)
A Chinese woman checks Google-Earth online. Google and Microsoft have ended a bitter legal wrangle over the Internet search king's July hiring of a former Microsoft vice president to head its China operations(AFP/File/Laurent Fievet)AFP - Google and Microsoft have ended a bitter legal wrangle over the Internet search king's July hiring of a former Microsoft vice president to head its China operations.


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Microsoft Seeks Online Partner (PC World)
PC World - After Google buys into AOL, software giant is apparently seeking a rival deal.

Windows Vista: Beware of Metadata Slips (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - The keyword tagging system featured in Microsoft's upcoming Vista operating system could prove embarrassing if metadata comments are read by the wrong eyes, analysts warn.

European Union, Microsoft clash over settlement (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - The European Union has threatened to fine Microsoft up to 2 million euros ($2.37 million) a day, saying Thursday that the software company is not fully complying with the EU's 2004 antitrust ruling.

Microsoft, Google Settle Over Employee (AP)
The Google headquarters in Mountain View, California is shown in this August 18, 2004 file photo. Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday they reached an agreement that settles their pending litigation that had barred a former Microsoft executive from heading up the Web search firm's research efforts in China. (File/Reuters)AP - Microsoft Corp. said late Thursday it had reached a settlement with rival Google Inc. and former employee Kai-Fu Lee, ending a legal battle that had exposed behind-the-scenes rancor between the companies.


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Google, Microsoft settle dispute over China exec (Reuters)
The Google headquarters in Mountain View, California is shown in this August 18, 2004 file photo. Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday they reached an agreement that settles their pending litigation that had barred a former Microsoft executive from heading up the Web search firm's research efforts in China. (File/Reuters)Reuters - Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday they agreed to settle pending litigation that had barred a former Microsoft executive from heading up the Web search firm's research efforts in China.


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EU Threatens Microsoft With Penalties (AP)
An NBC Universal billboard is seen at the NBC studios in Burbank, California, May 19, 2004. NBC Universal will take control of cable channel MSNBC in an overhaul of its joint venture with Microsoft Corp., with an option to buy up to 100 percent ownership within two years, MSNBC said on its Internet site. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)AP - The European Union on Thursday threatened to fine Microsoft Corp. up to 2 million euros ($2.37 million) a day for failing to obey its 2004 antitrust ruling, accusing the company of intransigence in sharing information with competitors.


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Google's AOL Investment May Lead to '08 IPO (AP)
Time Warner chief executive Dick Parsons, seen here in 2002, shrugging off the threat of a shareholder revolt led by billionaire investor Carl Icahn over his plans for AOL, said the alliance with Google was the right choice for his troubled media group.(AFP/File/Doug Kanter)AP - Google Inc.'s $1 billion investment in America Online could lead to an IPO in 2008, giving the online search engine leader and AOL parent Time Warner Inc. an opportunity to capitalize on an Internet advertising boom that they hope to fuel through their partnership.


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Online Teen Shoppers May Miss Fraud Signs (AP)
AP - Online shopping is booming and many marketers are targeting teens, a combination of trends that raises troubling issues for young shoppers during this holiday season.

College Launches Cell Phone Film Contest (AP)
Sudhanshu Saria, a senior in film making at Ithaca College, is participating in a cell phone film contest in Ithaca, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2005. Ithaca College has invited high school and college students from across America to submit a 30-second film shot entirely with a cell phone. Saria likes the novel challenges presented by working with a cell phone and a 1- to 2-inch screen. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)AP - An Ithaca College dean is encouraging students to instead think small — and she's offering a $5,000 prize to do it. The school has invited high school and college students across America to submit a 30-second movie shot entirely with a cell phone.


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Microsoft, Google Settle Over Employee (AP)
The Google headquarters in Mountain View, California is shown in this August 18, 2004 file photo. Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday they reached an agreement that settles their pending litigation that had barred a former Microsoft executive from heading up the Web search firm's research efforts in China. (File/Reuters)AP - Microsoft Corp. said late Thursday it had reached a settlement with rival Google Inc. and former employee Kai-Fu Lee, ending a legal battle that had exposed behind-the-scenes rancor between the companies.


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France Lawmakers Endorse File-Sharing (AP)
French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres grimaces as he walks out of the Elysee Palace after the weekly Cabinet meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005. French government's plans for tighter digital piracy laws go before parliament Tuesday and Wednesday. Donnedieu De Vabres has given his backing to an amendment that would require two warning letters to be sent to those caught pirating copyrighted material before they could be prosecuted. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)AP - A French government crackdown on digital piracy backfired Thursday as lawmakers rebelled by endorsing amendments to legalize the online sharing of music and movies instead of punishing it.


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NYT: NSA Spying Broader Than Bush Admitted (AP)
President Bush makes remarks, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, as he departed the White House for Camp David to spend the Christmas holiday.     (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)AP - The National Security Agency has conducted much broader surveillance of e-mails and phone calls — without court orders — than the Bush administration has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on its Web site.


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Warner subpoenaed in music download probe (Reuters)
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is seen in this July 25, 2005 file photo . Warner Music Group Corp. has been subpoenaed by Spitzer in connection with an anti-trust investigation into pricing of digital music downloads, the company said in a securities filing on Friday. (Mike Segar/Reuters)Reuters - Warner Music Group Corp. has been subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in connection with an ongoing antitrust investigation into the pricing of digital music downloads, the company said in a securities filing on Friday.


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GPS Finds the Mainstream (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - More companies are bringing consumer applications of GPS to market, from Bluetooth-enabled handheld products to P2P networking.

OpenOffice Updated To Fix Bugs in 2.0 (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Continuing its effort to become a serious alternative to Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org released an updated version of its open-source office suite this week. OpenOffice.org 2.01 comes two months after the formal release of version 2.0. The update mainly cleans up several glitches seen in the earlier release.

NBC Acquires Majority Stake in MSNBC (AP)
An NBC Universal billboard is seen at the NBC studios in Brubank, California, May 19, 2004. NBC Universal said on Friday it has bought control of cable channel MSNBC, unraveling a joint venture with Microsoft Corp. as the software giant continues to shift away from content production. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)AP - NBC is acquiring a majority stake in MSNBC from Microsoft Corp., giving NBC greater control over the struggling all-news cable channel and further scaling back the software giant's media ambitions.


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NYT: NSA Spying Broader Than Bush Admitted (AP)
President Bush makes remarks, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, as he departed the White House for Camp David to spend the Christmas holiday.     (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)AP - The National Security Agency has conducted much broader surveillance of e-mails and phone calls — without court orders — than the Bush administration has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on its Web site.


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Google's AOL Investment May Lead to '08 IPO (AP)
Time Warner chief executive Dick Parsons, seen here in 2002, shrugging off the threat of a shareholder revolt led by billionaire investor Carl Icahn over his plans for AOL, said the alliance with Google was the right choice for his troubled media group.(AFP/File/Doug Kanter)AP - Google Inc.'s $1 billion investment in America Online could lead to an IPO in 2008, giving the online search engine leader and AOL parent Time Warner Inc. an opportunity to capitalize on an Internet advertising boom that they hope to fuel through their partnership.


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Online Teen Shoppers May Miss Fraud Signs (AP)
AP - Online shopping is booming and many marketers are targeting teens, a combination of trends that raises troubling issues for young shoppers during this holiday season.

Online shopping tops $25 bln to December 16: survey (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. holiday shoppers spent $25 billion online through the week ending December 16, with electronics and apparel representing the biggest categories, according to a survey of 1,000 adults released on Thursday.

French Parliament Votes To Legalize P2P File Sharing (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The lower house of the French parliament voted to legalize peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing of movies and music via the Internet. It is a vote that is certain to reverberate around the globe and draw severe criticism from the nation's film and music industries as well as from actors and recording artists.

PluggedIn: Avoiding the post-holiday online shopping blues (Reuters)
An Amazon.com employee picks orders from one of its fulfillment centers. Online retailers may receive more complaints over returns this year, if only because they are poised to post record sales. (Handout/Reuters)Reuters - Shopping online from the comfort of your sofa may be convenient, but it can lead to hassles after the holiday purchases are delivered.


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Netflix wins first round in online DVD rental war (Reuters)
Reuters - When the head of Netflix Inc. said rival Blockbuster Inc. threw "everything but the kitchen sink at us," the world's largest video rental chain responded by sending him ... a kitchen sink.

Microsoft, Google settle legal wrangle in China (AFP)
A Chinese woman checks Google-Earth online. Google and Microsoft have ended a bitter legal wrangle over the Internet search king's July hiring of a former Microsoft vice president to head its China operations(AFP/File/Laurent Fievet)AFP - Google and Microsoft have ended a bitter legal wrangle over the Internet search king's July hiring of a former Microsoft vice president to head its China operations.


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NBC Universal to take control of MSNBC channel (Reuters)
An NBC Universal billboard is seen at the NBC studios in Burbank, California, May 19, 2004. NBC Universal will take control of cable channel MSNBC in an overhaul of its joint venture with Microsoft Corp., with an option to buy up to 100 percent ownership within two years, MSNBC said on its Internet site. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)Reuters - NBC Universal said on Friday it bought control of cable channel MSNBC, unraveling a joint venture with Microsoft Corp. as the software giant continues to shift from content production.


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Microsoft Seeks Online Partner (PC World)
PC World - After Google buys into AOL, software giant is apparently seeking a rival deal.

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