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The 10 Biggest Microsoft Surprises of 2005 (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - What were the most surprising Microsoft moments in 2005? Here's our list. What juicy items did we miss?

Microsoft Office "12" Preview (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - I've been playing with the new Microsoft Office beta recently, and find a lot to like as well as some frustrations.

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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Computer Visionary Diebold Dies at 79 (AP)
An undated photo provided by his family shows John Diebold, the business visionary who preached computerization as the future of worldwide industry during the era of Elvis and Eisenhower. Diebold, 79, died Monday Dec. 26, 2005, at his  home in Bedford Hills, N.Y. (AP Photo/HO)AP - John Diebold, a business visionary who preached computerization during the era of Elvis and Eisenhower as the future of worldwide industry, has died at the age of 79.


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Sirius Tops 3 Million Subscribers (AP)
In a file photo Sirius Satellite Radio DJ Dusty Street is congratulated by Sirius Senior Director of Music Programming Greg Steele after Street began a live broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Ceveland, Ohio on Saturday, July 2, 2005.  Satellite radio provider Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. said Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, it recently topped more than 3 million subscribers to its service and expects a strong finish for the year.    (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)AP - Satellite radio provider Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. said Tuesday it recently topped more than 3 million subscribers to its service and expects a strong finish for the year.


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Spitzer Subpoenas Music Cos. on Pricing (AP)
In a file photo New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer prepares to speak at a sold-out luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Jan. 31, 2005.  A spokesman for Sptizer's office said Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, that investigators have subpoenaed several major music companies as part of a preliminary inquiry into whether the digital music services have engaged in any illegal price-fixing activity.  Darren Dopp, a spokesman for state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, said the office was seeking information on wholesale prices the music labels charge for digital music files that can be downloaded.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)AP - State investigators have subpoenaed several major music companies as part of a preliminary inquiry into whether the digital music services have engaged in any illegal price-fixing activity.


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Britney Spears' Husband Launches Web Site (AP)
Kevin Federline, right, and wife Britney Spears, arrive for a movie premiere on July 10, 2005, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The husband of Britney Spears has unveiled a Web site of his own: http://www.kevinfederline.com. Following the leaking of a track off his upcoming hip-hop album, 'The Truth,' Federline appears to expect big things in the coming year. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)AP - Kevin Federline, aspiring rapper and husband of Britney Spears, has unveiled his own Web site.


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China Learning Hard Lessons In Software From India (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Technology is playing a big role in China's rise as a world economic superpower, but that nation still lags in one area: software.

Trump, "Penis Patch" in list of top 2005 junk mail (Reuters)
Reuters - Ads mentioning real estate tycoon Donald Trump and those hawking "Penis Patch" body enhancements were among the top 10 junk e-mails in 2005, according to America Online.

Pioneer unveils Blu-ray drive for PCs (Reuters)
Reuters - Pioneer Electronics Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a high-definition Blu-ray DVD disc drive for personal computers in the latest twist in a multibillion dollar battle over next-generation DVD standards.

China to get tough on cellphone fraud, spam (Reuters)
A college student makes a phone call at a job fair in Nanjing, December 25, 2005. (China Newsphoto/Reuters)Reuters - China will require all mobile phone subscribers to register using their real names next year, in a bid to curb rampant spam and growing fraud conducted over mobile services, the official Xinhua news agency said.


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Tech leaders tell of books offering insight, wisdom (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - Business leaders are often big readers, and many have a book or two that affected their thinking. USA TODAY's Kevin Maney has begun regularly asking tech industry leaders to write about two favorite books - one old and one newer. Some entries appear on Thursdays in Maney's blog at blogs.usatoday.com/maney. Here are books from some top people at Lenovo, Linden Lab and Red Hat, and from tech author Larry Downes.

Microsoft Office "12" Preview (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - I've been playing with the new Microsoft Office beta recently, and find a lot to like as well as some frustrations.

Trump, "Penis Patch" in list of top 2005 junk mail (Reuters)
Reuters - Ads mentioning real estate tycoon Donald Trump and those hawking "Penis Patch" body enhancements were among the top 10 junk e-mails in 2005, according to America Online.

Web Browser Opera Denies Buyout Rumors (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Oslo-based browser maker Opera has issued denials of a buyout, in the midst of persistent rumors that Microsoft and Google have both targeted the company for acquisition.

Britney Spears' Husband Launches Web Site (AP)
Kevin Federline, right, and wife Britney Spears, arrive for a movie premiere on July 10, 2005, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The husband of Britney Spears has unveiled a Web site of his own: http://www.kevinfederline.com. Following the leaking of a track off his upcoming hip-hop album, 'The Truth,' Federline appears to expect big things in the coming year. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)AP - Kevin Federline, aspiring rapper and husband of Britney Spears, has unveiled his own Web site.


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Overstock.com holiday sales slower than in past (Reuters)
Reuters - Online close-out retailer Overstock.com Inc. on Tuesday said sales grew at a slower pace during the holiday shopping season and its shares dropped nearly 10 percent.

New Trojan Stalks Spanish Net Users (PC World)
PC World - Malware spreads via MSN Messenger and harvests passwords to online banking sites.

Tech leaders tell of books offering insight, wisdom (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - Business leaders are often big readers, and many have a book or two that affected their thinking. USA TODAY's Kevin Maney has begun regularly asking tech industry leaders to write about two favorite books - one old and one newer. Some entries appear on Thursdays in Maney's blog at blogs.usatoday.com/maney. Here are books from some top people at Lenovo, Linden Lab and Red Hat, and from tech author Larry Downes.

Changes Under Way at PC Magazine (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - I'm still amazed to see how computer and Internet technology are changing the way people work and live around the world.

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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