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Bill Gates makes cryptic remark on Internet rights to China's Hu (AFP)
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, seen here in Redmond, Washington, 18 April 2006, made a cryptic remark about Internet freedom at a luncheon with Chinese President Hu Jintao, underscoring the sensitivity of the issue(AFP/File/Andy Clark)AFP - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates made a cryptic remark about Internet freedom at a luncheon with Chinese President Hu Jintao, underscoring the sensitivity of the issue.


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Microsoft, Autodesk Lose in Patent Suit (AP)
AP - A federal jury in East Texas returned a $133 million verdict against Microsoft Corp. and Autodesk Inc. for infringing on two software patents owned by a Michigan technology company.

Microsoft, IBM seek to entice beginning developers (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - In separate initiatives, Microsoft will make its Express developer tools for beginners free permanently while IBM is seeking to boost computer science skills among high school students.

Microsoft wows Chinese president with "Home of the Future" (AFP)
Chinese President Hu Jintao(L) jokes with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates(R) and CEO Steve Ballmer during a visit to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The world's software leader Microsoft impressed Hu with a tour of its most advanced technological innovations, including the "Home of the Future."(AFP/POOL/Andy Clark)AFP - The world's software leader Microsoft impressed China's president Hu Jintao with a tour of its most advanced technological innovations, including the "Home of the Future."


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Minnesota Standards Bill Could Affect Microsoft Word, Adobe (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Legislation calling for open data formats is gathering support in Minnesota.

Microsoft Patches: When Silence Isn't Golden (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - News Analysis: The software maker admits to withholding details on security vulnerabilities to protect customers from bad guys, but critics say that policy increases the risk for everyone.

Microsoft Readies Storage Service to Rival Google's 'Gdrive' (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - Microsoft's "Live Drive" will provide users with a virtual hard drive, according to Redmond officials.

China makes assurances for IPR protection (AFP)
Chairman Bill Gates (C) looks on as Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during Hu's visit to the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington. China trumpeted its effort to protect intellectual property rights (IPR), as President Hu Jintao met Gates in the first stop of a US visit(AFP/Andy Clark)AFP - China trumpeted its effort to protect intellectual property rights (IPR), as President Hu Jintao met with Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates in the first stop of a US visit.


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Bill Gates to visit but early days for Vietnam IT (Reuters)
Vietnamese people work with computers at a media center in Hanoi April 19, 2006. (Kham/Reuters)Reuters - The world's biggest chip maker Intel is investing in Vietnam and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is due to visit this weekend, but the poor Southeast Asian country's IT industry has a long way to go.


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Hu stands firm on Chinese currency (Reuters)
Chinese President Hu Jintao waves goodbye from before departing the Seattle, Washington area April 19, 2006. Hu spent the day visiting the Boeing Aircraft plant in Everett before flying to Washington, DC. (Andy Clark/Reuters)Reuters - Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday stood firm against U.S. demands to significantly revalue China's currency as a way of reducing his country's vast trade surplus with the United States.


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New Technology May Force TV Ad Viewing (AP)
AP - In this era of easy ad skipping with TiVo-like video recorders, could television viewers one day be forced to watch commercials with a system that prevents channel switching?

Paris Hilton to Be in Mobile Video Games (AP)
In this Sunday, March 5, 2006 file photo, Paris Hilton arrives at the 14th Annual Elton John Academy Awards Viewing Dinner and After-Party in West Hollywood, Calif. The socialite agreed to use her likeness in a series of mobile video games on Wednesday, April 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)AP - Paris Hilton is taking her celebrity status to the very small screen. The hotel heiress/reality TV star has agreed to use her likeness in a series of mobile video games.


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Pa. Professor Develops Snake-Like Robots (AP)
Chris Borer demonstrates a snake robot climbing up the inside of a transparent plastic tube in the biorobotics lab at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Borer works with  professor Howie Choset who has spent years developing snake-like robots that can slither through collapsed buildings in search of victims trapped after natural disasters or other emergencies. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - For most people, snakes seem unpleasant or even threatening. But Howie Choset sees in their delicate movements a way to save lives.


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Study: Use of Mobile Devices Is Growing (AP)
Blackberry devices are used in Los Angeles March 3, 2006. Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the iconic BlackBerry device, said on Wednesday it expects to launch its wireless email service with China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd. by mid-year. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)AP - Although most people still access the Internet on a computer, the use of mobile devices to check e-mail or browse the Web is growing, outpacing even laptops in some markets, according to a new study.


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AT&T Package to Access Akimbo TV Library (AP)
AP - Akimbo Systems Inc.'s library of more than 10,000 television shows and movies including "Citizen Kane," the BBC's "Fawlty Towers" and baseball highlights will be available on demand through AT&T Inc.'s upcoming Internet/television package.

New York Times Web Site Down for Hours (AP)
A woman talks to guards at the entrance to the New York Times newspaper building in New York in an undated file photo. Newspaper publisher New York Times Co. on Wednesday said first-quarter earnings per share would fall to a range of 22 cents to 24 cents from 76 cents a year earlier. (Peter Morgan/Reuters)AP - The online edition of The New York Times, one of the most viewed U.S. Web sites, was off-line for nearly four hours Wednesday night.


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Apple iPod ASPs to decline in current quarter: CFO (Reuters)
People shop inside an Apple store in central London March 29, 2006. Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday posted a higher quarterly profit, helped by sales of its market-leading iPod digital music players that topped 8.5 million units. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)Reuters - Apple Computer Inc. expects the average selling price of its iPod digital music players to decline in the current quarter from the prior period, the company's CFO said on Wednesday.


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Nokia says future of Qualcomm license uncertain (Reuters)
Reuters - Nokia (NOK1V.HE), the world's top mobile phone maker, said on Thursday it acknowledged that Qualcomm Inc. had filed a report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on its licensing agreement with Nokia.

A Closer Look at Ellison's Novell Comments (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - On Monday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison ignited a firestorm of speculation that his company is thinking of creating its own version of Linux. "We're missing an operating system," Ellison told the UK-based Financial Times. "You could argue that it makes a lot of sense for us to look at distributing and supporting Linux."

Is Burst.com a Patent Troll? (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - On Monday, Burst.com filed a lawsuit against Apple Computer, alleging that Apple's iTunes Music Store, iTunes software, iPod music players, and QuickTime streaming software infringe on Burst's patents.

New York Times Web Site Down for Hours (AP)
A woman talks to guards at the entrance to the New York Times newspaper building in New York in an undated file photo. Newspaper publisher New York Times Co. on Wednesday said first-quarter earnings per share would fall to a range of 22 cents to 24 cents from 76 cents a year earlier. (Peter Morgan/Reuters)AP - The online edition of The New York Times, one of the most viewed U.S. Web sites, was off-line for nearly four hours Wednesday night.


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Bill Gates makes cryptic remark on Internet rights to China's Hu (AFP)
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, seen here in Redmond, Washington, 18 April 2006, made a cryptic remark about Internet freedom at a luncheon with Chinese President Hu Jintao, underscoring the sensitivity of the issue(AFP/File/Andy Clark)AFP - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates made a cryptic remark about Internet freedom at a luncheon with Chinese President Hu Jintao, underscoring the sensitivity of the issue.


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Is Burst.com a Patent Troll? (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - On Monday, Burst.com filed a lawsuit against Apple Computer, alleging that Apple's iTunes Music Store, iTunes software, iPod music players, and QuickTime streaming software infringe on Burst's patents.

More Americans Using The Web For Life's Critical Decisions (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A survey of the U.S. online population found that 45 percent, or about 60 million Americans, had used the Internet to help them make big decisions.

Backfence Acquires Bayosphere (AP)
AP - An Internet startup that runs a Web site where residents of four Washington, D.C., suburbs can write and submit their own news stories has acquired another pioneer in citizen journalism, the San Francisco area's Bayosphere.

AT&T Package to Access Akimbo TV Library (AP)
AP - Akimbo Systems Inc.'s library of more than 10,000 television shows and movies including "Citizen Kane," the BBC's "Fawlty Towers" and baseball highlights will be available on demand through AT&T Inc.'s upcoming Internet/television package.

Young's Anti-War Album a Growing Drumbeat (AP)
Singer-songwriter Neil Young arrives at a special screening of the concert film, 'Neil Young: Heart of Gold,' at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, on Feb. 7, 2006. The anti-Bush album, 'Living With War,' that Young is doing is another example of the increase in pointed criticism against the administration in popular music. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - If the snippets Neil Young is posting on his Web site are any indication, his upcoming album, "Living With War," will be a serious musical broadside against the Bush administration and the Iraq war.


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Study: Use of Mobile Devices Is Growing (AP)
Blackberry devices are used in Los Angeles March 3, 2006. Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the iconic BlackBerry device, said on Wednesday it expects to launch its wireless email service with China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd. by mid-year. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)AP - Although most people still access the Internet on a computer, the use of mobile devices to check e-mail or browse the Web is growing, outpacing even laptops in some markets, according to a new study.


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Company Offers Escape Route for Bad Date (AP)
AP - Secure Networks USA LLC says it has just the escape route for painful dates: A plea you can pre-arrange online before your encounter.

UniqueAuction.com Courts 'Unusual' Bids (AP)
AP - Add this to the list of ideas that never would have worked before the Internet: an auction site where you don't have to be the highest bidder to win.

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