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Positives seen in big Microsoft buy: Merrill (Reuters)
Yahoo's headquarters are seen in Sunnyvale, California in an undated publicity photo. With Google Inc. taking a dominant lead in the Internet search market, it looks increasingly likely that Microsoft Corp. could make a large acquisition, such as of Yahoo Inc., Merrill Lynch said on Friday. (Handout/Reuters)Reuters - With Google Inc. taking a dominant lead in the Internet search market, it looks increasingly likely that Microsoft Corp. could make a large acquisition, such as of Yahoo Inc. , Merrill Lynch said on Friday.


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Microsoft Plans Vista Holiday Promotions (PC World)
PC World - Company hopes to boost PC sales, despite the delay of the OS.

Microsoft Offers Free Copyright Add-In for Office (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft and Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that provides flexible copyright licenses, have hooked up to create an add-in for Microsoft Office applications that will enable people, particularly writers and other creators, to protect their creative works automatically.

Critical Security Flaw Found in Microsoft Excel (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft is investigating reports of a serious security vulnerability in Excel that not only could cause the program to crash, if attacked remotely, but also could provide a way for hackers to take control of a system.

EU: No Adobe complaint about Microsoft (AP)
AP - The European Commission said Thursday that software company Adobe Systems Inc. has not made any complaints so far about Microsoft Corp.'s plans to ship its new Office software without Adobe's PDF file reader.

XP Promotions May Give Clues To Vista 'Make Goods' (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Look back to how Microsoft handled promotions for XP in 2001 for clues about how the developer and computer makers might offer free or discounted versions of Windows XP to PC buyers this fall and winter.

EU Talks With Microsoft About PDF And Vista (TechWeb)
TechWeb - EU Competition Committee officials apparently have been in contact with the Microsoft and Adobe to discuss concerns about how Vista will treat PDF-type documents.

Microsoft Exec: Linux No Threat To Windows On Desktop (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Linux isn't a threat to Windows on the desktop and is losing steam on the server as customers separate the operating system from the development model, according to Bill Hilf, Microsoft's chief platform strategist.

EU says got no complaint from Adobe vs Microsoft (Reuters)
Yahoo's headquarters are seen in Sunnyvale, California in an undated publicity photo. With Google Inc. taking a dominant lead in the Internet search market, it looks increasingly likely that Microsoft Corp. could make a large acquisition, such as of Yahoo Inc., Merrill Lynch said on Friday. (Handout/Reuters)Reuters - The European Commission said on Thursday it had received no complaint from Adobe Systems Inc. against Microsoft over the treatment of PDF documents in the U.S. software giant's forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.


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In Brief (PC World)
PC World - Sony's Alpha A100 is the company's first single-lens reflex digital camera; Bill Gates plans to vacate his architect role at Microsoft.

Audit: Ohio U. cyber security low priority (AP)
Aurora Grossman, a speech and language sciences major at Ohio University, works on her online research Monday, June 12, 2006, in Athens, Ohio. Grossman, a 21-year-old senior, said she had a scare earlier this year when a Florida man tried to take out several credit cards in her name. Since April 21, the university has discovered that computers at the university health center, the alumni office, the university's business Innovation Center and two computers with records of subcontractors had been illegally accessed. (AP Photo/Joe Maiorana)AP - Ohio University's Computer Services department was running seven-figure surpluses and spending on generous benefits for employees while it was failing to make adequate investments in firewalls and other computer security measures, according to an outside consultant's report.


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Social sites can help ads reach youth (AP)
A screenshot of MySpace.com, taken on June 20, 2006. MySpace.com, the top online teen hangout, said on Tuesday it will bolster protection for minors amid a flurry of complaints about sexual predators prowling the site and a lawsuit filed on Monday by a teenage girl charging it with negligent security practices. (Handout/Reuters)AP - User-driven sites such as MySpace.com can help advertisers reach coveted youths as long as the marketers are willing to break free from traditional approaches, a MySpace executive said Friday.


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Web services increasingly under attack (AP)
Chris Boyd is seen at his home in Liverpool England on Wednesday March 8, 2006. Boyd, a security research manager at FaceTime discovered a worm attacking Orkut, Google Inc.'s social networking site. It spreads by tricking visitors into clicking on a link that promises photos. In fact, the link leads to a program masquerading as a picture that infects the person's PC. Once a computer is infected, it automatically e-mails banking details, user names and passwords to the worm's anonymous creator, according to FaceTime. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)AP - As more people turn to Web applications for everyday tasks like e-mail, friendship and payments, cyber criminals are following them in search of bank account details and other valuable data, security researchers said.


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N.Y. lawmaker drops Google porn lawsuit (AP)
Headquarters of the internet search engine company Google in Mountain View, California. Fresh from a fight with US officials over the sanctity of online search information, Google joined an alliance of technology firms calling for federal legislation protecting consumer privacy.(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)AP - A Long Island politician has dropped a federal lawsuit that had claimed the search engine company Google Inc. profits from child pornography.


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Ky. blocks state workers' access to blog (AP)
AP - Kentucky officials are blocking state employees' Internet access to a political blog that has been critical of Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who was indicted earlier this year in connection with a state hiring scandal.

Sailors' Social Security nos. on Web site (AP)
Sailors man the rails as the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13), an element of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), departs Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, June 6, 2006. Personal data on 28,000 U.S. sailors and their families appeared on a public Web site this week, the Navy said on Friday, marking the latest in a string of data breaches involving American military personnel. (Matthew Bookwalter/U.S. Navy/Handout/Reuters)AP - The Navy has begun a criminal investigation after Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and family members were found on a civilian Web site.


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Music search sites that learn your taste (Reuters)
A screenshot of Pandora.com, taken on June 23, 2006. The boom in digital music has left a lot of iPods to fill and made millions of songs available online. But how to choose which ones? Music recommendation services are using tech wizardry to solve the problem. (Handout/Reuters)Reuters - The boom in digital music has left a lot of iPods to fill and made millions of songs available online. But how to choose which ones? Music recommendation services are using tech wizardry to solve the problem.


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Qualcomm says Nokia pullout will not hurt CDMA (Reuters)
Mobile phones of Nokia and Siemens are pictured in a shop in Kaiserslautern June 19, 2006. Qualcomm Inc said on Friday that a decision by Nokia to pull away from making cellphones based on its CDMA technology would not hurt the company or growth of the technology. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)Reuters - Qualcomm Inc. said on Friday that Nokia's (NOK1V.HE) decision to stop making cellphones based on Qualcomm's CDMA technology would not affect its 2006 financial outlook or the growth of the wireless technology.


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Execs debate the 'open source effect' (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- The open source software paradigm has changed the software market, but open source itself is becoming so established that it will be boring in five years, panelists said at an industry event held at the Computer History Museum on Wednesday evening.

Free Web Browser May Give You More Than You Asked For (PC World)
PC World - Security firm Panda Software says that Browsezilla secretly visits pornographic Web sites if you use the browser.

Sailors' Social Security nos. on Web site (AP)
Sailors man the rails as the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13), an element of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), departs Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, June 6, 2006. Personal data on 28,000 U.S. sailors and their families appeared on a public Web site this week, the Navy said on Friday, marking the latest in a string of data breaches involving American military personnel. (Matthew Bookwalter/U.S. Navy/Handout/Reuters)AP - The Navy has begun a criminal investigation after Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and family members were found on a civilian Web site.


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Free Web Browser May Give You More Than You Asked For (PC World)
PC World - Security firm Panda Software says that Browsezilla secretly visits pornographic Web sites if you use the browser.

Do TV Spots Have Blog Appeal? JWT Thinks So (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - Despite frequent reports of its demise, TV advertising is far from dead. JWT, in fact, is looking to prove that the best of it can thrive in the era of consumer control by dipping its toes into online social media. The agency has sewn up all the front page ads on the news blog site HuffingtonPost.com this week, inviting users to view, comment on and share some of the agency's best TV ads.

User-Driven Digg.com Expands to Current Events (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Online news outlet Digg.com is giving more power to the people with a major upgrade to the site that will include new content beyond its traditional focus on tech.

Music search sites that learn your taste (Reuters)
A screenshot of Pandora.com, taken on June 23, 2006. The boom in digital music has left a lot of iPods to fill and made millions of songs available online. But how to choose which ones? Music recommendation services are using tech wizardry to solve the problem. (Handout/Reuters)Reuters - The boom in digital music has left a lot of iPods to fill and made millions of songs available online. But how to choose which ones? Music recommendation services are using tech wizardry to solve the problem.


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Warren Buffett lunch attracts $455,100 bid on eBay (Reuters)
Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange March 20, 2006. A bidder has offered $455,100 to eat lunch with Warren Buffett, the most ever bid to dine with the billionaire investor, in an online charity auction on eBay Inc. (Seth Wenig/Reuters)Reuters - A bidder has offered $455,100 to eat lunch with Warren Buffett, the most ever bid to dine with the billionaire investor, in an online charity auction on eBay Inc.


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Watchdog protests blogger conviction (AP)
AP - A media watchdog group protested the conviction of an Italian blogger for defamation, warning Friday that such a verdict could lead to censorship of blogs in Italy.

Google Rolls Out Ad-Supported Video Program (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Fans of Google's video site will find a new selection of premium videos available for free as the search-engine giant begins testing new video-related advertising models.

France launches 'Geoportal' rival to Google Earth (AFP)
View of the African and European continents on Google Earth, on a computer screen in Paris in August 2005. France has unveiled a new website offering high-resolution aerial imagery of its entire territory, in a bid to mirror the planetary success of the US pioneer in the field, Google Earth.(AFP/File/Jean Pierre Muller)AFP - France has unveiled a new website offering high-resolution aerial imagery of its entire territory, in a bid to mirror the planetary success of the US pioneer in the field, Google Earth.


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Cyber-criminals Use P2P Tools for Identity Theft, Security Analyst Warns (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - Peer-to-peer networks aren't helping to quell the increase in crimes committed via the Internet, a nationally recognized cyber-security specialist says.

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