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Microsoft switches stock buyback tactic (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060818/ap_on_bi_ge/microsoft_buyback"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.c6333e836b364d8f9d76686a2c8f9238.microsoft_buyback_nybz103.jpg?x=95&y=130&sig=oE1BWxzVJu5AUGEPmoXPNQ--" align="left" height="130" width="95" alt="Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates gives a speech at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. campus in a June 15, 2006 file photo. Microsoft Corp. said Friday it increased its ongoing share buyback plan by about $16.2 billion, almost doubling its repurchase authorization to $36.2 billion through June 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Microsoft Corp. said Friday it was switching tactics in its $40 billion stock buyback program after only $3.8 billion worth of shares were tendered in a "Dutch auction" that expired Thursday, well below the $20 billion it had been prepared to spend.</p><br clear="all"/>

Stocks end higher with Microsoft (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday, boosted by news of the progress in Microsoft Corp.'s multibillion-dollar stock-buyback program and after a federal judge's favorable ruling lifted Altria Group Inc.'s shares.

Microsoft looks to accommodate dynamic languages (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - The growing popularity of dynamic languages, such as Perl, Python, and Ruby -- which are popular for building Web applications -- has caused companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems to stand up and take a look.

Microsoft boosts share buyback program by 16 billion dollars (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060818/bs_afp/uscompanyitmicrosoft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060818/capt.sge.fqa77.180806180700.photo00.photo.default-512x323.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=pioAEPVb9OzLSGWHfkn4oA--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="the logo for Microsoft at their office in Herndon, Virginia. Software giant Microsoft said it was boosting its huge share buyback program by a hefty 16.2 billion dollars.(AFP/File/Paul J. Richards)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Software giant Microsoft said it was boosting its huge share buyback program by a hefty 16.2 billion dollars.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft shifts most of buyback later (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060818/bs_nm/microsoft_auction_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060821/capt.82519e79baa745e091b5ace6a93d2a37.small_schools_orgw104.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=6aeI7F.HIrVKQh8ljmNYLA--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Lebanon's School Board chairman, Rick Alexander, discusses the small school issues in Lebanon, Ore., Friday, June 16, 2006. The small schools movement was all the rage in school districts across the country, and had a powerful financial godfather in Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has consistently called for sweeping reforms in the nation's high schools. But just two years later, the future of small schools in Lebanon is in jeopardy, with a Gates-backed nonprofit pulling a grant of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the district after students, parents and teachers across the district complained about the change. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Microsoft Corp. said on Friday it expects to complete less than one-quarter of a $20 billion share buyback this week, shifting the rest of the buyback to later dates -- a move that traders said was boosting its stock price.</p><br clear="all"/>

IBM, Microsoft, Oracle May Be Set To Pounce (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - The traditional leaders in business intelligence software face a double whammy of lowered prices and heightened competition from software's Big Four -- Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and SAP.

EMI to preload music videos on Microsoft's Zune (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060817/tc_nm/media_emi_microsoft_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060817/i/r1779238323.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=7RVSAQuH0dwHnx3O3lKOZQ--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Ron Wood (L), Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (R) of EMI-signed Rolling Stones perform on stage during a concert at Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna July 14, 2006. EMI Group, the world's third-largest music company, said on Thursday it has signed a deal to provide preloaded music videos for Microsoft's soon-to-launch Zune player. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger" border="0" /></a>Reuters - EMI Group Plc, the world's third-largest music company, said on Thursday it had signed a deal to provide preloaded music videos on Microsoft Corp.'s soon-to-launch Zune digital media player.</p><br clear="all"/>

EMI signs with Microsoft for music videos on Zune player (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060817/tc_nm/media_emigroup_microsoft_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060817/i/r3513063701.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=u6WmSe8lCi41mAU.FoOM8Q--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Ron Wood (L), Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (R) of EMI-signed Rolling Stones perform on stage during a concert at Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna July 14, 2006. EMI Group, the world's third-largest music company, said on Thursday it has signed a deal to provide preloaded music videos for Microsoft's soon-to-launch Zune player. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger" border="0" /></a>Reuters - EMI Group, the world's third-largest music company said on Thursday it has signed a deal to provide preloaded music videos for Microsoft's soon-to-launch Zune player.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft To Fix Patch That Crashes IE (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft will re-release a security bulletin issued last week because it's giving some users massive headaches by crashing their browsers when they visit certain sites.

Microsoft Sues Test Prep Site (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft is suing a certification-testing site for allegedly illegally copying the developer's certification exams.

Consumers find a personal shopper in the Web (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060819/tc_nm/column_pluggedin_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060818/i/r751345947.jpg?x=130&y=114&sig=ro.eDgrdFK7eBEgkTpg4_w--" align="left" height="114" width="130" alt="A screenshot of jean-sizing website Zafu.com, taken on August 18, 2006. As increasingly harried consumers grapple with overwhelming fashion choices, inconsistent sizes and expanding waistlines, Web-based companies are casting themselves as personal shoppers, catering to every body type's special needs. REUTERS/www.zafu.com" border="0" /></a>Reuters - As increasingly harried consumers grapple with overwhelming fashion choices, inconsistent sizes and expanding waistlines, Web-based companies are casting themselves as personal shoppers, catering to every body type's special needs.</p><br clear="all"/>

Instant Replay set to consign line disputes into history (Reuters)
Reuters - Twenty-five years after John McEnroe yelled at an umpire 'You cannot be serious, that ball was on the line... chalk flew up!', such tirades could become a thing of the past when Instant Replay makes it grand slam debut at the U.S. Open next week.

Analysts contrast Dell with resurgent HP (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060819/tc_nm/dell_hewlettpackard_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060819/i/r134381139.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=Tr_MxmP9avgZnYn_Klfp.w--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Michael Dell, founder and chairman of Dell Inc., holds a news conference in Hong Kong August 18, 2006. REUTERS/Bobby Yip" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Dell's disappointing quarterly earnings report is the latest event to highlight the differences between it and competitor Hewlett-Packard , whose results beat Wall Street expectations, analysts said.</p><br clear="all"/>

French firms target eBay in anti-counterfeit drive (Reuters)
Reuters - A French industry group plans to file a complaint with prosecutors seeking damages from eBay Inc. and other Internet auction sites for the sale of counterfeit products on their Web pages, the group's chairman said.

Palm to unveil new Treo model next month (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060818/tc_nm/palm_treo_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060818/i/r51527469.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=0XFNsMKrC4QFZKbxNI6afA--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="The Treo 700p from Palm Inc. Palm is to unveil the latest version of its Treo smart phone next month as it attempts to revive sales hit by tough competition and problems with previous models. The current 700p version has a slot for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards. REUTERS/Handout" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Handheld computer and phone maker Palm Inc. is to unveil the latest version of its Treo smart phone next month as it attempts to revive sales hit by tough competition and problems with previous models.</p><br clear="all"/>

"Snakes on a Plane" fails to charm moviegoers (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060820/wr_nm/boxoffice_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060820/i/r2691609088.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=dHO7ijvVJ9ThlGeb1DxtiA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Cast member Samuel L. Jackson holds Kitty Jr., a Burmese python, at the premiere of 'Snakes on a Plane' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood August 17, 2006. The camp thriller that generated unprecedented online hysteria crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni" border="0" /></a>Reuters - So much for the Internet hype. "Snakes on a Plane," a camp thriller that generated an unprecedented tsunami of online hysteria during the past year, crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

EchoStar wins temporary reprieve in TiVo fight (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060819/tv_nm/echostar_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060818/i/r2586554323.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=tmQa5meeKteubTiJecF3kA--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="EchoStar's Dish network navigation page. A judge has ordered EchoStar to disable the digital video recorders used by several million subscribers to its Dish satellite TV service because they infringe on patents held by TiVo. REUTERS/Handout" border="0" /></a>Reuters - EchoStar Communications Corp. won a temporary reprieve on Friday when an appeals court said it could still sell digital video recorders that a lower court had ruled infringed on a TiVo Inc. patent.</p><br clear="all"/>

Wang predicts an upwardly Mobile future (FT.com)
FT.com - Wang Jianzhou, chairman of China Mobile, has little time for those who say the country's dominant wireless telephone operator should be seen as a utility whose high-growth days are expiring.

Open-Source Licenses Get Categorized, Not Ranked (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - The OSI's report on open-source license proliferation fails to rank licenses, but rather puts them in three broad categories.

Leading Indian entrepreneur Murthy steps down as Infosys chief (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060820/bs_afp/indiatechnologyinfosys"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060820/capt.sge.gaj16.200806211849.photo00.photo.default-512x375.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=fZgVozIVbkMqn_UpMzAhJA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="India's best-known entrepreneur N.R. Narayana Murthy, pictured 03 August 2006, stepped down on his 60th birthday as chairman of software export giant Infosys, which he founded a quarter-century ago.(AFP/File/Deshakalyan Chowdhury)" border="0" /></a>AFP - India's best-known entrepreneur N.R. Narayana Murthy stepped down on his 60th birthday as chairman of software export giant Infosys, which he founded a quarter-century ago.</p><br clear="all"/>

"Snakes on a Plane" fails to charm moviegoers (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060820/wr_nm/boxoffice_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060820/i/r2691609088.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=dHO7ijvVJ9ThlGeb1DxtiA--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Cast member Samuel L. Jackson holds Kitty Jr., a Burmese python, at the premiere of 'Snakes on a Plane' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood August 17, 2006. The camp thriller that generated unprecedented online hysteria crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni" border="0" /></a>Reuters - So much for the Internet hype. "Snakes on a Plane," a camp thriller that generated an unprecedented tsunami of online hysteria during the past year, crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

'Snakes' crawls in box office debut (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060820/ap_en_bu/box_office"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060818/capt.573a3d906aa94c35bbfd32611e12bcaa.aptopix_snakes_on_a_plane_premiere_cjp105.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=iuXGT4fJ._rN5.QxSBEtoQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Samuel L. Jackson holds a snake on the red carpet at the premiere of 'Snakes on a Plane' in Los Angeles on Thurdsay, Aug. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Chris Polk)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Internet buzz over "Snakes on a Plane" turned out to be nothing to hiss about. The high-flying thriller preceded by months of unprecedented Web buildup technically debuted as the No. 1 movie, but with a modest $15.25 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

"Snakes on a Plane" fails to charm (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060820/wr_nm/leisure_boxoffice_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060820/i/r3520548511.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=XzTbNK._WrQo.WwlY1Yh1A--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Cast member Samuel L. Jackson holds Kitty Jr., a Burmese python, at the premiere of 'Snakes on a Plane' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood August 17, 2006. The camp thriller that generated an unprecedented tsunami of online hysteria during the past year, crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni" border="0" /></a>Reuters - So much for the Internet hype. "Snakes on a Plane," a camp thriller that generated an unprecedented tsunami of online hysteria during the past year, crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Psychic sues to get former Elvis home (AP)
AP - Celebrity psychic Uri Geller and two partners claim in a federal lawsuit that the former owners of Elvis Presley's first house breached an eBay contract to sell the home.

Canada sets key hearings on online music sales (Reuters)
Reuters - Hearings that could dramatically alter the way labels and publishers share online music revenue in Canada begin September 6.

British police arrest two over Web scams (Reuters)
Reuters - British police arrested a man and woman in London on Saturday as part of a wide-ranging investigation into holiday Web site fraud that has left nearly 3,000 people out of pocket.

Online music holdouts give in to iTunes (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_en_mu/itunes_holdouts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060819/capt.nyol70108191719.itunes_holdouts_nyol701.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=0co8neaS_YDYM.Ult0Ub_g--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="Metallica's James Hetfield performs with the band during at a party for the film 'The Darwin Awards' at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in this Jan. 25, 2006, file photo. Like some other holdouts, Metallica has finally given in and released their songs on iTunes. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Seger turned the page, and Metallica finally found justice for online fans. Now, only a few remaining big-name musical acts refuse to make their songs available on Apple Computer's popular iTunes Music Store.</p><br clear="all"/>

Level 3 signs agreement with MySpace.com (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060819/ap_on_hi_te/level3_myspace"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060811/capt.sge.dsu11.110806140613.photo01.photo.default-512x367.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=DBDNvcMQ4ZDiVinV0Z0lIw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="A woman looks at the MySpace website in Washington, June 2006. Personal computers have transformed society in a mere 25 years and they are just getting warmed up.(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fiber network operator Level 3 Communications Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement to transmit Internet content, including video, for the popular social networking site MySpace.com, Level 3 announced Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pixsy Has High Hopes For Video Search (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Search engine Pixsy Corp. says it will launch next week a site that hunts the Web for celebrity photos.

Internet-based TV channel targets overseas Indians (Reuters)
Reuters - A new Internet-based television channel targeting millions of people of Indian origin living overseas will focus on specific interests such as investment opportunities in India, its founders said.

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