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EU members back new fines for Microsoft: sources (AFP)
Shadow of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates falls on the company logo during a press conference. European regulators have given their backing to the European Commission to slap huge new fines on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling, sources said(AFP/File/Arko Datta)AFP - European regulators have given their backing to the European Commission to slap huge new fines on Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust ruling, sources said.


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EU says Microsoft not complying with decision: source (Reuters)
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer speaks at the Seoul Digital Forum 2006, May 25, 2006. An EU committee ruled on Monday that Microsoft failed to comply with a landmark antitrust decision, paving the way for fines of up to $2.56 million a day, a source familiar with the situation said. (You Sung-Ho/Reuters)Reuters - An EU committee ruled on Monday that Microsoft failed to comply with a landmark antitrust decision, paving the way for fines of up to 2 million euros ($2.56 million) a day, a source familiar with the situation said.


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Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 98 and ME (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Starting next week, more than 70 million Windows users running older operating systems will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft.

EU Regulators Support Fining Microsoft (AP)
AP - In a major step toward new penalties against Microsoft Corp., Europe's antitrust regulators voted unanimously Monday in favor of fining the world's largest software company for flouting a 2004 ruling, two people close to the case said.

Microsoft Pushes Back Office 2007 Release (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Businesses waiting to get their hands on Microsoft's flagship Office 2007 software will have to wait a little longer now that the company has postponed delivery while it works out some kinks discovered in beta versions of the product.

Cuebot-K Worm Poses As Microsoft WGA (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The new malware spreads via AOL instant messenger.

Microsoft Office 2007 beta not quite "live" (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Is it Microsoft Office in the browser at last? Ever since Microsoft launched Windows Live, Microsoft watchers have been speculating on when browser-based versions of Office applications would arrive, and what they’d look like.

Judge dismisses Microsoft antitrust case (AP)
AP - A federal judge has dismissed Go Computer Inc.'s antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft readies Team Foundation Server service pack (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft is working on a service pack for its recently released Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server software, with improvements planned in areas such as authentication and data warehousing, Microsoft officials write in their blogs.

Microsoft Sued Over Antipiracy Software (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Microsoft is feeling the heat after an aggrieved computer user in Washington filed a class-action lawsuit over the company's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software-verification program.

Music cos. preparing suit vs. Yahoo China (AP)
AP - A group of major music companies are preparing to sue Yahoo China over complaints the popular search engine violates copyrights by linking to Web sites that offer pirated music, the group's chairman said Tuesday.

EU Regulators Support Fining Microsoft (AP)
AP - In a major step toward new penalties against Microsoft Corp., Europe's antitrust regulators voted unanimously Monday in favor of fining the world's largest software company for flouting a 2004 ruling, two people close to the case said.

Colonial Williamsburg turns to podcasting (AP)
**FILE PHOTO** An iPod plays a audio podcast as historical interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg, Dan Hand, hitches Captain, left, and Ranger to hitching post on Duke of Glouchester Street in the historical area of Colonial Williamsburg, Va., June 7, 2006. Colonial Williamsburg is creating weekly radio-like programs that people can listen to on computers and portable MP3 players to find out more about residents of Virginia's Colonial capital. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)AP - Thomas Jefferson isn't about to start listening to an iPod, with telltale earbud wires dangling from under his three-cornered hat as he walks the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.


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SIA: Chip sales jump 9.4 percent in May (AP)
AP - Strong demand for cell phones and other consumer electronics drove a 9.4 percent increase in global chip sales in May, the Semiconductor Industry Association reported Monday.

Two More Data Breaches at VA (PC World)
PC World - Earlier incidents come to light; chief information security officer resigns.

UK Internet phone firm Citel in 8.2 mln stg float (Reuters)
Reuters - Citel, a British voice over internet protocol (VoIP) firm, said on Monday it was to float on London's junior AIM market after raising 8.2 million pounds ($15.14 million) through a share placing.

Murata sales unhurt by cellphone output curbs (Reuters)
Reuters - Japanese electronics components maker Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (6981.OS) has seen little impact on its earnings from production curbs at mobile phone makers, its president said in an interview on Monday.

Telecom industry sees 3G boom in Saudi Arabia (Reuters)
Reuters - Saudi Arabia, which plans to license a third telecom operator by the end of this year, offers considerable growth potential for third-generation mobile-phone use, experts say.

Judge Deals Blow to SCO in $5 Billion Linux Lawsuit (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The holidays came early for devotees of the Linux operating system when a judge last week threw out the majority of claims brought against IBM by the SCO Group in its $5 billion intellectual property rights case.

Oracle closing Portal Software acquisition (Reuters)
Reuters - Business software maker Oracle Corp. said it would close its purchase of Portal Software Inc. on Monday after acquiring more than 88 percent of Portal's outstanding stock in a tender offer.

Music cos. preparing suit vs. Yahoo China (AP)
AP - A group of major music companies are preparing to sue Yahoo China over complaints the popular search engine violates copyrights by linking to Web sites that offer pirated music, the group's chairman said Tuesday.

UK Internet phone firm Citel in 8.2 mln stg float (Reuters)
Reuters - Citel, a British voice over internet protocol (VoIP) firm, said on Monday it was to float on London's junior AIM market after raising 8.2 million pounds ($15.14 million) through a share placing.

MTV Offers More Shows Through iTunes (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Despite having a digital-music service that competes directly with iTunes, MTV Networks has decided to offer several more of its TV shows through Apple's music store. The MTV programming includes shows from Spike TV, Nick at Nite, TV Land, and The N.

All 50 US states join web site listing convicted sex offenders (AFP)
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, at press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, June 2006.  US authorities said all 50 states have joined a national web site that lists addresses and other details of convicted sex offenders.(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)AFP - US authorities said all 50 states have joined a national web site that lists addresses and other details of convicted sex offenders.


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Does Anyone Get Rich on eBay? (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - In its nearly 11 years of existence, the auction site eBay has come a long way from its early days as a souped-up online flea market. Thanks to its anyone-can-sell business model, and a prevailing philosophy that there's a buyer out there for anything, eBay has become the granddaddy of all auction sites. Countless people have managed to sell an item or two at a profit.

Adobe's Flex platform now better positioned against AJAX (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - An update to Adobe’s Flex rich Internet application development platform last week makes the technology less expensive to use, and could make Flex more competitive with open source AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) development systems.

India's Small Biz Sees IT Growth (TechWeb)
TechWeb - India's SMBs will spend some $1.2 billion on Internet infrastructure this year.

China restricts Internet cafe access (AP)
AP - China has launched a campaign to enforce curfews at Internet cafes before schools let students out on summer vacation, a news report said Monday.

Boeing's Disconnect (TechWeb)
TechWeb - As the lucrative market Boeing once envisioned for its in-flight Internet service slips away, U.S. air passengers are finding the likelihood of any immediate air-to-ground communications fading, too.

The Ticker (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn't giving Harvard a promised gift of $115 million because Lawrence Summers stepped down as the university's president after a stormy tenure, an Oracle spokesman said. ... The IRS is demanding $1.06 billion in back taxes and penalties from Veritas Software, but Symantec, which acquired the company last year, says it will fight the agency. ... Google launched an online payment service that's expected to compete with PayPal and similar services. ... ...

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