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Bill Gates hobnobs with students in Microsoft innovation contest (AFP)
Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates, (R) receives a demonstration of the "Docterra" medical information management system from Team Japan member Yuichi Shiwaku, competing for the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2006 in Redmond, Washington. University students representing their countries in the Microsoft innovation contest showed off potentially revolutionary creations to Gates(AFP/Microsoft/Robert Sorbo)AFP - University students representing their countries in a Microsoft innovation contest showed off potentially revolutionary creations to company co-founder Bill Gates.


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Microsoft ponders Windows successor (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - San Jose, Calif. - A successor to the Microsoft Windows operating system, while still very much in the theoretical stage, is expected to better leverage multicore processors, for starters, a Microsoft official said on Wednesday afternoon.

Microsoft looks to academia for talent (AP)
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, right, points at a portable PC on the wheelchair of Team Germany's Piotr Wendt as Mark Thome looks on during a demonstration by Imagine Cup finalists at the company's headquarters Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Redmond, Wash. Team Germany developed a navigation system for people with disabilities. Gates spent an hour with some of the finalists of the company's Imagine Cup contest, in which students worldwide use Microsoft products to build a new technology. This year, the contest is focused on healthcare advances. More than 70 teams will vie for a $25,000 top prize at finals later this year in India. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - Although Bill Gates' massive philanthropic foundation tends to get the most attention for its efforts to transform education, the company he co-founded also is paying close attention to the world of academia.


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Microsoft Takes New Approach to Windows Piracy (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The people have spoken, and Microsoft has responded with an updated version of its controversial Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software-verification program. The new version is designed to address privacy concerns and let PC users remove the application from their machines, should they desire to do so.

Two New IE Bugs Uncovered (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A pair of unpatched bugs in Microsoft's popular Internet Explorer browser may soon be in play because proof-of-concept code has gone public for both.

US Congress joins 'Internet neutrality" debate (AFP)
People work on their laptop computers at a Starbucks which provides wireless Internet. Congress has plunged into a multi-million-dollar debate over Internet usage fees that are feared by computing giants like Google and Microsoft and championed by the phone companies.(AFP/Jimin Lai)AFP - Congress has plunged into a multi-million-dollar debate over Internet usage fees that are feared by computing giants like Google and Microsoft and championed by the phone companies.


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Microsoft Fixes Flawed Fix (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft reissues one of the dozen June security bulletins with updated patches to fix flaws in the original that broke dial-up functionality for some users.

China's Baidu to offer blog service (Reuters)
Reuters - China's Internet search leader Baidu.com Inc. plans to launch a new service, Baidu Space, which Chinese media said would offer Web logs like those from Microsoft and Google .

Symantec: Microsoft Not Synonymous With Security (PC World)
PC World - Security vendor is ready to compete with the software giant, CEO says.

Unisys, Microsoft team up on EU police data system (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp announced on Wednesday it was teaming up with Unisys Corp to create the technology platform for a cross-border system to share police data in the European Union.

Google to unveil online payment service (AP)
Logo of web search engine Google seen behing a computer keyboard.  Speculation about the pending launch of a Google online payment system that could break PayPal's stranglehold on the market ricocheted about the Internet.(AFP/DDP/File/Torsten Silz)AP - Google Inc. on Thursday will unveil a much-anticipated payment service that aims to make online shopping more convenient and give advertisers another reason to pour more money into the Internet search leader.


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Microsoft looks to academia for talent (AP)
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, right, points at a portable PC on the wheelchair of Team Germany's Piotr Wendt as Mark Thome looks on during a demonstration by Imagine Cup finalists at the company's headquarters Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Redmond, Wash. Team Germany developed a navigation system for people with disabilities. Gates spent an hour with some of the finalists of the company's Imagine Cup contest, in which students worldwide use Microsoft products to build a new technology. This year, the contest is focused on healthcare advances. More than 70 teams will vie for a $25,000 top prize at finals later this year in India. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)AP - Although Bill Gates' massive philanthropic foundation tends to get the most attention for its efforts to transform education, the company he co-founded also is paying close attention to the world of academia.


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Verizon Wireless to ease up on fees (AP)
Pedestrians pass by Verizon Communications Inc. headquarters in New York, February 14, 2005. The U.S. Justice Department wants to consolidate at least two dozen lawsuits against the government and Verizon Communications Inc. that involve the National Security Agency's alleged access to telephone customer records. (Peter Morgan/Reuters)AP - Targeting a top gripe by cell phone users and breaking ranks again with its industry, Verizon Wireless plans to prorate the fee it charges subscribers who break a contract so they only pay an amount proportional to the time left on their agreements.


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Spammers turn to images to fool filters (AP)
AP - Spammers are increasingly sneaking their messages past e-mail filters by sending their pitches as images rather than text, spam experts say.

Senate rejects regulating Internet access (AP)
AP - A massive effort by Internet users to prohibit telephone and cable companies from providing better service and prices to preferred customers failed to get through a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Google launches online payment system seen as challenge to PayPal (AFP)
Logo of web search engine Google seen behing a computer keyboard.  Speculation about the pending launch of a Google online payment system that could break PayPal's stranglehold on the market ricocheted about the Internet.(AFP/DDP/File/Torsten Silz)AFP - Google launched a much-anticipated online payment system in the United States, in a move that could break PayPal's stranglehold on the market.


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Net Watchdog: PC Protection Made Easy (PC World)
PC World - AOL Active Security Monitor helps manage the security of multiple PCs. How well does it work?

Verizon Wireless to moderate early exit fee policy (Reuters)
Reuters - Verizon Wireless plans to prorate its early termination fees starting this fall, reducing the amount some customers pay to end their service early, Chief Executive Officer Denny Strigl said on Wednesday.

Red Hat 1Q profit rises but misses views (AP)
Red Hat Incorporated headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., are seen in a file photo from June 30, 2005.  Red Hat Inc., the leading distributor of the Linux operating system, is expected to release first-quarter results after the market closes. Analysts expect it to earn 7 cents per share.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)AP - Red Hat Inc., the leading distributor of the open source Linux operating system, said Wednesday its first-quarter profit rose nearly 11 percent on higher revenue, but the results missed analysts' expectations.


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Microsoft ponders Windows successor (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - San Jose, Calif. - A successor to the Microsoft Windows operating system, while still very much in the theoretical stage, is expected to better leverage multicore processors, for starters, a Microsoft official said on Wednesday afternoon.

Google launches online payment system seen as challenge to PayPal (AFP)
Logo of web search engine Google seen behing a computer keyboard.  Speculation about the pending launch of a Google online payment system that could break PayPal's stranglehold on the market ricocheted about the Internet.(AFP/DDP/File/Torsten Silz)AFP - Google launched a much-anticipated online payment system in the United States, in a move that could break PayPal's stranglehold on the market.


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Google to Defend Ranking Methods in Court (PC World)
PC World - Search giant seeks dismissal of case involving search index results.

Murdoch said to like PCCW's broadband TV business (AFP)
News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch, seen here, is interested in the broadband television business of Hong Kong telecom company PCCW but is also sceptical that Macquarie Bank's bid for the firm's phone and media assets can succeed(AFP/Getty Images/File/Frederick M.Brown)AFP - News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch is interested in the broadband television business of Hong Kong telecom company PCCW but is also sceptical that Macquarie Bank's bid for the firm's phone and media assets can succeed.


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Camcorder piracy probe nets arrests (Reuters)
Reuters - FBI raids Wednesday led to the arrest of 13 members of an international movie-piracy ring suspected of being responsible for half of all camcorder copies of films available on the black market and on the Internet in the U.S., according to the MPAA.

Google to unveil online payment service (AP)
Logo of web search engine Google seen behing a computer keyboard.  Speculation about the pending launch of a Google online payment system that could break PayPal's stranglehold on the market ricocheted about the Internet.(AFP/DDP/File/Torsten Silz)AP - Google Inc. on Thursday will unveil a much-anticipated payment service that aims to make online shopping more convenient and give advertisers another reason to pour more money into the Internet search leader.


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Google Checkout to make debut (Reuters)
An internet surfer views the Google home page at a cafe in London, August 13, 2004. Google Inc. on Thursday will launch a long-awaited service called Google Checkout, which some analysts said could help online merchants boost sales and convince them to commit more advertising money to the Web search leader. (Stephen Hird/Reuters)Reuters - Google Inc. on Thursday will launch a long-awaited service called Google Checkout, which some analysts said could help online merchants boost sales and convince them to commit more advertising money to the Web search leader.


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Comcast buys start-up for online video expansion (Reuters)
Reuters - Comcast Corp., the No. 1 U.S. cable operator, said on Wednesday it bought a small digital media delivery company as part of plans to expand its online video services beyond the personal computer.

Review: V-Phone simplifies Net calling (AP)
AP - It's a top feature of Internet phone service that few bother with: the ability to use it anywhere, making and taking calls from the same number at the same low price, even if you're halfway around the world.

Yahoo settles 'click fraud' lawsuit (AP)
This handout photo shows Yahoo! corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Yahoo fired back at rival Microsoft by unveiling a test version of an enhanced, customizable online instant messaging (IM) service.(AFP/HO/File)AP - Yahoo Inc. will consider refunding money to thousands of advertisers dating back to January 2004 and pay $4.95 million in attorney fees to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the Internet powerhouse has been profiting from bogus sales referrals generated through a sham known as "click fraud."


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Senate Panel Narrowly Rejects Net Neutrality (PC World)
PC World - Broadband equality proposal may be dead for this congressional year.

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