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Microsoft eyes huge launch sales of "Halo 3" (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. expects the launch of its upcoming "Halo 3" video game to surpass that of "Halo 2," which pulled down $125 million in sales in its first 24 hours, an executive said on Friday.

Microsoft lifts shroud off Halo 3 (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft gave a sneak peak at its "Halo 3" game on Friday, presumably the final chapter of the fast-paced shooter trilogy that the software giant is banking on to help it fend off competition from Sony (6758.T) and Nintendo (7974.OS).

Fix for Microsoft Automatic Updates not working (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Windows XP systems are still locking up during patch update attempts -- even after users deployed the fix suggested by Microsoft.

Microsoft Looks For Security Guidance At BlueHat Event (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The software maker hosted the two-day conference to get updates on the security landscape from the researcher and hacking communities.

Google Officially Taking On Microsoft in Apps (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The analyst speculation is over. Google has admitted that it is planning to go head-to-head with Microsoft in the software market. Analysts are now discussing whether Google could actually win.

Windows Update KO's Norton Internet Security (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - In this blog post from AppScout, Neil Rubenking and Larry Seltzer describe the bad things that happen when Symantec and Microsoft tangle. Neil solves his Norton issue, but Larry's Symantec issues indicate deeper problems.

Microsoft Cuts Virtualization Features To Hit Ship Date (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Several features in the initial version of Microsoft's Viridian hypervisor software have been nixed so Redmond can ship the new virtualization technology on time.

Microsoft, SanDisk Venture Promises Apps On A Thumb Drive (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The technologies will be designed to let mobile computer users carry a complete image of their desktops in their pockets.

Patent Startup Preps $200B Suit Vs. Apple, Microsoft (PC Magazine)
PC Magazine - A small content-protection firm, Media Rights Technologies, has sent cease-and-desist letters to Apple, Microsoft, Real and Adobe claiming that its technology actively avoids its own protection software. The chief executive says a $200 billion suit will soon follow.

Ballmer Coy About Yahoo Acquisition Prospects (PC World)
PC World - Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer didn't rule out a possible acquisition of Yahoo Inc. but said Wednesday that Microsoft usually doesn't make acquisitions as large as the rumored US$50 billion deal for the Internet company.

Virtual trip: Travel in 'Second Life' (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070512/ap_on_hi_te/virtual_travel"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070504/i/r478747867.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=RIzBHBp.kXfOclTfGm.9aA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="A group of Second Life avatars interact in the virtual community in this undated file photo. Virtual reality world Second Life was born in the United States, but 61 percent of its active residents are Europeans, a study by research firm comScore said on Friday. REUTERS/Linden Research, Inc./Handout" border="0" /></a>AP - The tour was a whirlwind: dancing at a beachside disco in Spain surrounded by scantily clad women, grabbing a seat at a lively pub in Dublin, flying in a small aircraft above a lush, tropical forest.</p><br clear="all"/>

Info for planning your virtual journey (AP)
AP - Tips on touring "Second Life":

Thailand drops plan to sue Google (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_re_as/thailand_youtube"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070511/capt.tok10305110632.thailand_youtube_tok103.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=5.16auSOnHGPDfUENpabRg--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrives at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok in this July 20, 2006 file photo. The Thai government abruptly scrapped plans to sue Google after the U.S. company agreed to remove from a Web site video clips deemed insulting to the country's revered king, an official said Friday, May 11, 2007. (AP Photo/ Sakchai Lalit, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Thai government abruptly scrapped plans to sue Google after the U.S. company agreed to remove from a Web site video clips deemed insulting to the country's revered king, an official said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

MySpace aims to stop reposting of videos (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_hi_te/myspace_piracy_software"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070510/i/r69276945.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=HzIwpkBDwM0FO1kHbuneRw--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="A screen grab of MySpace.com. Popular Internet social network MySpace will hold a series of &quot;town hall&quot; meetings with U.S. presidential candidates as it aims to encourage its millions of members to play a role in the political process. REUTERS/www.myspace.com" border="0" /></a>AP - MySpace, a networking Web site owned by media conglomerate News Corp., said Friday it launched copyright protection software for video content.</p><br clear="all"/>

LEDs emerge to fight fluorescents (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_hi_te/led_lighting"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070510/capt.cbb88c7aebf5474d82aa98f46156cb98.led_lighting_nyml125.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=KAJwUhgrKoXdMg4zz58BaA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Nippo's Linear T6 Fluorescent System illuminates attendees at the Lightfair International trade show Tuesday, May 8, 2007 in New York. The light bulb, the symbol of bright ideas, doesn't look like such a great idea anymore, as lawmakers in the U.S. and abroad are talking about banning the century-old technology because of its contribution to global warming. But what comes next? Compact fluorescent bulbs are the only real alternative right now, but 'bulbs' that use light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are quickly emerging as a challenger. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)" border="0" /></a>AP - The light bulb, the symbol of bright ideas, doesn't look like such a great idea anymore, as lawmakers in the U.S. and abroad are talking about banning the century-old technology because of its contribution to global warming.</p><br clear="all"/>

socialDragon: Advertisers get a piece of Average Joe (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - At first, socialDragon looks like any other online social network site that brings together ordinary consumers who get a thrill out of putting their personal lives on display for friends, family, and strangers. Users upload vacation pictures, videos, or their thoughts about hobbies, politics and daily life. It&#39;s what happens after that makes socialDragon unique.

McCartney's "Memory" goes digital (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070511/wr_nm/mccartney_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070512/2007_05_11t214242_348x450_us_mccartney.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=gGvMqhM_BTmMk0rJPRawew--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="File photo of Paul McCartney posing for media before a signing session in London. (Stephen Hird/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Paul McCartney&#39;s new album, &quot;Memory Almost Full,&quot; will be his first solo release available for download and streaming on PCs and mobile phones.</p><br clear="all"/>

Threefold Revenue Jump Expected For Mobile Video Services (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Analysts with Infonetics expect to continue to see healthy growth in mobile video services as wireless operators expand their bandwidth of high-speed networks.

Red Hat ratchets up co-opetition with IBM, HP (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - In a move that could help it fight foe Oracle but anger some longtime allies, Red Hat Thursday officially began selling and providing technical support for popular business software that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Microsoft lifts shroud off Halo 3 (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft gave a sneak peak at its &quot;Halo 3&quot; game on Friday, presumably the final chapter of the fast-paced shooter trilogy that the software giant is banking on to help it fend off competition from Sony (6758.T) and Nintendo (7974.OS).

socialDragon: Advertisers get a piece of Average Joe (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - At first, socialDragon looks like any other online social network site that brings together ordinary consumers who get a thrill out of putting their personal lives on display for friends, family, and strangers. Users upload vacation pictures, videos, or their thoughts about hobbies, politics and daily life. It&#39;s what happens after that makes socialDragon unique.

GOP committee choice criticized (AP)
AP - House Republican leaders were criticized by a conservative blog for filling a committee post vacated by Rep. John Doolittle, who is under an ethics investigation, with another lawmaker with ethics concerns.

Online Child Pornography Defendant Expected to Cooperate (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The increasing popularity of social networking has only magnified the ways in which child pornography can be disseminated.

Lawsuit attacks Google's money-making Adwords system (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070511/tc_afp/usitinternettrademark"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070511/capt.sge.cok73.110507233553.photo00.photo.default-512x338.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=0wjChXAmfDaCAkNyqlwYPw--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="The logo of web search engine Google is seen behing a computer keyboard. A judge on Friday set a November date to pick jurors for a US civil trial focused on whether Google violates other companies&#39; trademarks with its hugely lucrative online advertising platform.(AFP/DDP/File/Torsten Silz)" border="0" /></a>AFP - A judge on Friday set a November date to pick jurors for a US civil trial focused on whether Google violates other companies&#39; trademarks with its hugely lucrative online advertising platform.</p><br clear="all"/>

Apple Patent Hints At Touch Screen For More Than iPhone (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The filing sparked speculation among tech bloggers that Apple could be considering the use of a touch screen on the iPod.

The Big Just Got Bigger in Online Advertising (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - NEW YORK Acquisitions last week by Yahoo and Microsoft are part of a wave of consolidations that industry insiders expect will eventually result in a handful of massive ad operating systems.

Seven face felonies for online credit processing (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - A grand jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, has charged seven people and four companies with multiple felonies related to processing credit cards for gambling Web sites.

MySpace to protect video clip copyright (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070511/tc_afp/usinternetcopyright"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070511/capt.sge.cog46.110507222955.photo00.photo.default-512x367.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=BLHLpbVlUCm7YrpPrfUqJA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="A woman looks at the MySpace website. The social-networking Internet site MySpace on Friday announced a system that prevents users from re-posting video clips that have been removed from the website at copyright-holders&#39; request.(AFP/File/Nicolas Kamm)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The social-networking Internet site MySpace on Friday announced a system that prevents users from re-posting video clips that have been removed from the website at copyright-holders&#39; request.</p><br clear="all"/>

7 indicted on Internet gambling charges, 4 companies named (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070511/tc_afp/uscrimeinternet"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070511/capt.sge.cnz79.110507211539.photo00.photo.default-512x388.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=.62XzPWb4rYCEQBmFY7Quw--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Seven people and four companies were indicted on charges of conspiring to violate a US ban on Internet gambling by disguising the credit card charges, officials said Friday.(AFP/Illustration)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Seven people and four companies were indicted on charges of conspiring to violate a US ban on Internet gambling by disguising the credit card charges, officials said Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>

New domain names could come in mid-2008 (AP)
AP - New Internet addresses for general use could start appearing in the summer of 2008 under a timeline the Internet's key oversight agency announced Thursday.

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