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Microsoft, Epic Sell 2 Million 'Gears Of War' Video Games In Six Weeks (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The game also was the hottest selling video game in the United States in November.

Microsoft says "Gears of War" sales top 2 million (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061215/tc_nm/microsoft_videogame_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061215/2006_12_14t184523_450x324_us_videogames_npd.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=AAbxS.1mrk0Rum3OIh.yrA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="Cheyenne Pesko plays the Xbox 360 game 'Gears of War' at the game's launch party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles October 25, 2006. Microsoft Corp.'s gory 'Gears of War' video game, where soldiers slay alien invaders with chainsaw-mounted rifles, topped U.S. sales charts in November, market research firm NPD said on Thursday. (Max Morse/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - There is gold in gory video games.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft Patches Windows XP Wireless, Tells No One (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The patch is designed to make surfing public wireless hotspots safer by reducing the chance of &quot;man-in-the-middle&quot; attacks.

Microsoft Patches IE 7 Phishing Filter To Boost Speed (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft says IE 7 users may see their PCs bog down as the filter evaluates multi-frame pages for fraud indicators.

Google's Holiday Wish May Come True: An Online Clone Of Microsoft Office (TechWeb)
TechWeb - A Google team has visited the Korean company that makes ThinkFree Office, a clone of Microsoft Office, for acquisition talks twice in recent days, according to Korean press reports.

Microsoft teams up with Internet search site Baidu in China (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061215/tc_afp/uschinainternet"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061205/capt.sge.slq73.051206165512.photo00.photo.default-512x355.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=qFitr3Ib4d_tOI9q.QYVCQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="An advertisement for the Chinese Internet search engine Baidu. Chinese Internet company Baidu, often referred to as the local equivalent of Google, plans to enter the Japanese search market in 2007, the company said.(AFP/File/Mark Ralston)" border="0" /></a>AFP - US software giant Microsoft and Chinese Internet search portal Baidu said they were joining forces in China.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft's SQL Server Tops Databases Used For Wireless Applications (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Thirty percent of wireless developers rely on SQL Server as the central, server-based database from which a wireless application receives data, according to Evans Data.

Microsoft Updates Vista in Latest Piracy Crackdown (PC World)
PC World - Software giant battles activation of unauthorized copies of the Vista OS.

Firefox share gains slightly in study (AP)
AP - Mozilla's Firefox Web browser edged up slightly in usage at the expense of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, commanding nearly 11 percent of the U.S. market on a typical weekday, according to research by WebSideStory.

Microsoft Recalls Mac Office Patch (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - After issuing seven patches as part of its monthly round of updates earlier this week, Microsoft recalled a fix for the Mac version of its Microsoft Office productivity suite. According to a posting on Microsoft's Security Response Center site, the updates were "accidentally published" before full testing was complete.

Time magazine's Person of the Year: You (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061217/ap_on_re_us/time_person_of_year"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.nyr10412170157.time_person_of_the_year_nyr104.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=m2fBcUWChxOpzkS4_rrIiw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="In this photo released by Time, Inc., in New York, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, the Dec. 25, 2006 'Person of the Year' issue proclaims that 'You' are Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year.' Time, citing the shift from institutions to individuals as part of the criteria for selecting their 'Person of the Year,' has named anyone using or creating content on the World Wide Web as their 2006 winner. (AP Photo/Time, Inc., Andrew Eccles)" border="0" /></a>AP - Congratulations! You are the Time magazine "Person of the Year."</p><br clear="all"/>

Computer worm attacks business PCs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061216/ap_on_hi_te/computer_worm"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/net/20061216/capt.8d7b44471bccd884c45c54c9e37cd16e.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=ZCQ2O2JcTcTnFjH0RSp4rA--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="**FILE PHOTO** The headquarters of computer security giant Symatec Corp. are shown in Cupertino, Calif., Dec. 16, 2004. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - A computer worm is attacking some business PCs through a flaw in antivirus software by Symantec Corp., a security company warned Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Apple delays filing annual report with SEC (Macworld.com)
Macworld.com - In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday, Apple said that it was unable to meet the December 14 deadline for filing its annual report. The company cited its ongoing investigation into stock options grants as the reason and said that it would need to restate its historical financial statements.

IBM develops technology to check drug authenticity (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061215/tc_nm/ibm_pharmaceuticals_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061215/2006_12_15t110810_450x265_us_ibm_pharmaceuticals.jpg?x=130&y=76&sig=wH78GTUaiiogHMq1.t8qPg--" align="left" height="76" width="130" alt="A lab worker displays pills in an undated file photo. IBM said on Friday it has developed technology to help drug distributors, manufacturers and retailers prevent counterfeit drugs from making their way into the market. (File/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - IBM said on Friday it has developed technology to help drug distributors, manufacturers and retailers prevent counterfeit drugs from making their way into the market.</p><br clear="all"/>

Shuttle Astronauts Give ISS More Power (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - On Thursday, astronauts from the Space Shuttle Discovery moved the International Space Station one step closer to completion by rerouting its power systems to use a new, more efficient solar array.

Blogs give voice to season's superstar - Santa (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061217/wr_nm/life_santa_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061217/2006_12_15t172915_450x313_us_life_santa.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=F3v36qfLMTwaqSW4iuWUfw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="A Santa Claus waves as policemen set up a mobile field command at Cronulla Beach in Sydney December 10, 2006. (Will Burgess/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Santa, the star of the season, has found a new voice this year -- in blogosphere.</p><br clear="all"/>

Nintendo recalls Wii controller straps (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061216/ap_on_hi_te/japan_nintendo_recall"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061215/capt.tok10212150803.japan_nintendo_recall_tok102.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=D8dSpWKWurOPYf2bInEHbA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="A model plays tennis with Nintendo Co.'s new family video-game console Wii by swinging it's controller as a tennis racket during a press conference in Tokyo in this June 7, 2006 file photo. The Japanese gamemaker on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, announced the recall of 3.2 million straps for its popular Wii computer game controllers. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, FILE)" border="0" /></a>AP - The reception of Nintendo's Wii video game console has been enthusiastic &#151; too enthusiastic, apparently, for the straps that are supposed to keep the game controllers in the hands of players.</p><br clear="all"/>

Music on the move as mobile applications multiply (Reuters)
Reuters - This past year marked the beginning of a revolutionary experiment to sell and distribute digital music to and from mobile phones. The stage is only just being set, with the business models, pricing and marketing issues still evolving.

Firefox share gains slightly in study (AP)
AP - Mozilla's Firefox Web browser edged up slightly in usage at the expense of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, commanding nearly 11 percent of the U.S. market on a typical weekday, according to research by WebSideStory.

Google adds website registry to its online software (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061215/tc_afp/afplifestyleusinternet"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061216/capt.sge.ayx82.161206003048.photo00.photo.default-512x333.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=zcEZRg_NfRLoOYIriJnw8g--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google got into the website registry business as the Internet juggernaut set out to add momentum to its free online software offerings.(AFP/Getty Images/File/David Paul Morris)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Google got into the website registry business as the Internet juggernaut set out to add momentum to its free online software offerings.</p><br clear="all"/>

Blogs give voice to season's superstar - Santa (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061217/wr_nm/life_santa_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061217/2006_12_15t172915_450x313_us_life_santa.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=F3v36qfLMTwaqSW4iuWUfw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="A Santa Claus waves as policemen set up a mobile field command at Cronulla Beach in Sydney December 10, 2006. (Will Burgess/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Santa, the star of the season, has found a new voice this year -- in blogosphere.</p><br clear="all"/>

Time magazine's "Person of the Year" is You (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061217/wr_nm/time_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061217/2006_12_16t222959_338x450_us_time.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=7.WczDnF5KJRO4rVLkPq3A--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Time magazine unveiled its 'Person of the Year' for 2006 on December 16, 2006, as -- You, the creators and consumers of user-generated Internet content like video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace. Time has been naming its person of the year since 1927 and the tradition has become the source of speculation every year, as well as controversy over unpopular choices such as Adolf Hitler in 1938 and Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. (Andrew Eccles/TIME Inc./Handout/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - You were named Time magazine "Person of the Year" on Saturday for the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet content such as blogs, video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace.</p><br clear="all"/>

Phone, cable companies to battle in 2007 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061216/ap_on_hi_te/ye_telecom"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061215/capt.nybz59512151724.ye_telecom_nybz595.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=XfQFL2pB70XH7sPWclMrbA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Verizon installer Pat Esposito connects wires to a fiber optic signal box on the side of a home in a North Bellmore, N.Y. file photo from May 11, 2006. Verizon Communications Inc. expects its FiOS TV service will be available to 1 million homes by January. AT&T Inc. finally appears to be pushing past technological holdups with U-verse, maintaining the service will be offered in parts of 15 markets by the close of December. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vonage tanked after its IPO. It's not entirely clear anymore why eBay paid $2.6 billion for Skype. And the long-awaited rollout of advanced TV services based on Internet technologies has resembled the drip of a faucet.</p><br clear="all"/>

Amazon countersues IBM over patents (AP)
AP - Amazon.com Inc. denies it violated IBM Corp. patents in building its massive retail Web site, and alleges instead that IBM infringed on Amazon's technology to beef up its own offerings.

Google adds website registry to its online software (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061215/tc_afp/afplifestyleusinternet"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061216/capt.sge.ayx82.161206003048.photo00.photo.default-512x333.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=zcEZRg_NfRLoOYIriJnw8g--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google got into the website registry business as the Internet juggernaut set out to add momentum to its free online software offerings.(AFP/Getty Images/File/David Paul Morris)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Google got into the website registry business as the Internet juggernaut set out to add momentum to its free online software offerings.</p><br clear="all"/>

Senior AOL executives said to be leaving (AP)
AP - Three senior executives are leaving AOL following a recent shake-up that brought in a veteran NBC executive as the online company's new chief executive, two people familiar with the matter said Friday.

Internet cafe opens for disabled users (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061215/ap_on_hi_te/disabled_internet_cafe"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061215/capt.sa10312151744.disabled_internet_cafe_sa103.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=dmC12BntyecpRWrtIcW2bA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Elijah Breault, left, receives instruction from Tammy Deininger at Good Bytes Cafe in San Antonio, Friday, Dec. 15, 2006. Goodwill Industries opened the Internet cafe for disabled users Friday, featuring computers with a joystick mouse, magnifying software and technology allowing people to point and click with eye movements. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Good Bytes Cafe has stained concrete floors, jars of scones and a small bank of computers in the corner, making it much like any Internet cafe.</p><br clear="all"/>

Former IT Contractor Sentenced To 2 Years For Network Attack (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Ryan Fisher pled guilty to launching an attack that shut down Wi-Fi service to the customers of SBT Internet and UT1 Internet, which both provide service in and around Vernal, Utah.

Wal-Mart.com Suffered Brief Outage (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Elmo-hungry shoppers overloaded retailer's Web site Wednesday

Gartner Predicts the Blogosphere's Future (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - A set of blogging predictions from Gartner, a research firm that tracks all things technological, is making waves inside and outside the blogosphere. In its latest report, Gartner predicted that blogging -- the most loved, feared, and hyped Web trend since the emergence of e-mail -- will level off in 2007, leaving its startling growth rates behind.

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