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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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Samsung Electronics in Talks With Sony (AP)
A South Korean is reflected on the wall featuring the logo of Samsung Electronics at its headquarters in Seoul in this October 14, 2005 file photo. Samsung is in talks to sell a large volume of NAND flash chips to Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp., with a deal likely early next year, a newspaper reported on Monday. REUTERS/You Sung-HoAP - Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest memory chip maker, confirmed Monday that it is in talks with Sony Corp. to supply NAND flash memory chips.


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Mom Fights Downloading Suit on Her Own (AP)
Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), testifies before the U.S. Senate, Government Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill September 30, 2003. The RIAA on Thursday said it filed lawsuits against 751 people it claims used online file-sharing networks to illegally trade in copyrighted songs. REUTERS/Mannie GarciaAP - It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.


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Video Game Sheds NFL License, Gets Violent (AP)
**FILE PHOTO** David Zucker, chief executive officer of Midway Games Inc., sits before a poster for the company's video game 'Mortal Kombat: Deception' Oct. 1, 2004, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)AP - In a gritty new video game about a fictional football league, players cripple their opponents, gamble and use performance-enhancing supplements.


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Internet Fosters Local Political Movements (AP)
Chart shows MoveOn.org membership since 1999 and money raised. (AP Graphic)AP - Frustrated by government and empowered by technology, Americans are filling needs and fighting causes through grass-roots organizations they built themselves — some sophisticated, others quaintly ad hoc. This is the era of people-driven politics.


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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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Japan's TBS, Index in Internet TV joint venture (Reuters)
Reuters - Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS), Japan's third-biggest TV broadcaster, said on Monday it will form a joint venture with mobile content provider Index Corp. and others to air TV programs over the Internet.

Songs don't remain the same for TV shows on DVD (Reuters)
Reuters - Nostalgia sure isn't what it used to be. Imagine watching "Married ... With Children" without Frank Sinatra crooning the recognizable theme song. Ponder a pivotal moment in "Quantum Leap" forever altered because its requisite Ray Charles tune has been replaced. Consider revisiting an episode of "The Muppet Show," only to find that one's favorite musical number has been excised.

NEC seeks strategic ties in cellphones, chips (Reuters)
Reuters - NEC Corp. (6701.T) said on Tuesday that within half a year it would map out a concrete strategy for business tie-ups on cellphones and would decide on potential joint production of microchips in the next 18 months.

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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Japan's TBS, Index in Internet TV joint venture (Reuters)
Reuters - Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS), Japan's third-biggest TV broadcaster, said on Monday it will form a joint venture with mobile content provider Index Corp. and others to air TV programs over the Internet.

Japan MOF to sell gold coins via Internet auction (Reuters)
Reuters - Japan's Ministry of Finance said on Monday it will auction off modern gold coins from its collection through the Internet next February.

Google can sell AOL stake as early as July 2008 (Reuters)
Google Inc., the online media giant, will be able to sell its pending 5 percent stake in Time Warner Inc.'s AOL Internet unit as early as July 2008 according to Google's recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. RUETERS/File (Reuters)Reuters - Google Inc., the online media giant, will be able to sell its pending 5 percent stake in Time Warner Inc.'s AOL Internet unit as early as July 2008 according to Google's recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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From an English pub to the skies: airline e-ticketing takes off (AFP)
Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association. When airline executives and IT specialists met in a pub in the English Midlands ten years ago to plan the first ever Internet flight booking service, few of them suspected that they would spawn a revolution for the industry.(AFP/File/Yoshikazu Tsuno)AFP - When airline executives and IT specialists met in a pub in the English Midlands ten years ago to plan the first ever Internet flight booking service, few of them suspected that they would spawn a revolution for the industry.


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Spying Said to Be Broader Than Reported (AP)
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.

NSA eavesdropping wider than W.House admitted: report (Reuters)
U.S. President George W. Bush speaks on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for Camp David December 22, 2005. The volume of information gathered from telephone and Internet communications by the National Security Agency without court-approved warrants was much larger than the White House has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on Saturday. (Larry Downing/Reuters)Reuters - The volume of information gathered from telephone and Internet communications by the National Security Agency without court-approved warrants was much larger than the White House has acknowledged, The New York Times reported on Saturday.


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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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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.

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