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Open-source users, companies scoff at Microsoft threats (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Open-source supporters are thumbing their noses at Microsoft Corp.'s claim that it will seek royalties from users and distributors on 235 patents it holds for technologies in Linux and open-source software, saying they are not worried about being the target of litigation for patent infringement.

Microsoft demands royalties for open source software (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft reportedly wants open source software users to pay royalties on 235 alleged patent violations.

Microsoft desperate, says target OpenOffice.org (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - OpenOffice.org Monday called Microsoft's assertion that its open source application suite violates 45 of its patents "a desperate act."

Microsoft patent claims hint at internal issues (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsofts aim to seek patent royalties from open source distributors and users may be an attempt to use legal threats to deflect attention from larger questions surrounding its business, including lack of interest in new versions of core products and lackluster profit from new wares.

Microsoft details patent breaches (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_open_source"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070511/2007_05_11t091703_450x360_us_microsoft_sandisk.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=C92_MBLpemQSeHabOd0zwg--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates gestures during the opening of Microsoft's Global Technical Support Centre and the launching of Windows Vista and Office 2007 in Bucharest February 1, 2007. Microsoft Corp. and flash memory maker SanDisk Corp. said on Friday they would develop advanced computer memory cards that allow consumers to easily take their data with them in one small device. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>AP - Microsoft Corp. has given the most detailed description to date of the number of open-source computer programs it says infringe on its patents, but the company says it still prefers licensing deals with open-source developers, software distributors and users instead of legal action against them.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft shows off new unified communications phones (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft is launching a qualification program for phones that are compatible with its unified communications products.

Microsoft Won't Sue Linux Users, Company Exec Says (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Instead, Microsoft said it wants to create more arrangements that mirror the company&#39;s deal with Linux distributor Novell.

Microsoft Patent Claims Hint at Internal Issues (PC World)
PC World - Microsoft Corp.&#39;s aim to seek patent royalties from open-source distributors and users may be an attempt to use legal threats to deflect attention from larger questions surrounding its business, including lack of interest in new versions of core products and lackluster profit from new wares.

Microsoft Announces 'Unified Communications' Devices (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - The various tapestries of communications options available in the workplace are being rapidly woven together. As one example, Research In Motion (RIM) recently announced the Mobile Voice System to integrate BlackBerrys into office phone systems.

Ballmer on BI: Microsoft's CEO Looks Ahead (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Steve Ballmer wrapped up Microsoft&#39;s first-ever business intelligence conference calling for the &#39;democratization&#39; of information and forecasting services-based delivery of Office and BI components.

Microsoft details patent breaches (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_open_source"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070511/2007_05_11t091703_450x360_us_microsoft_sandisk.jpg?x=130&y=104&sig=C92_MBLpemQSeHabOd0zwg--" align="left" height="104" width="130" alt="Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates gestures during the opening of Microsoft's Global Technical Support Centre and the launching of Windows Vista and Office 2007 in Bucharest February 1, 2007. Microsoft Corp. and flash memory maker SanDisk Corp. said on Friday they would develop advanced computer memory cards that allow consumers to easily take their data with them in one small device. (Bogdan Cristel/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>AP - Microsoft Corp. has given the most detailed description to date of the number of open-source computer programs it says infringe on its patents, but the company says it still prefers licensing deals with open-source developers, software distributors and users instead of legal action against them.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pentagon limits troops' Web access (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_hi_te/military_sites_blocked"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070510/2007_05_10t155635_450x296_us_usa_pentagon_taxes.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=8nFTcDqYW9mGdM4sDesI3Q--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. The Pentagon's civilian workers have a worse record of compliance with U.S. tax laws than the rest of the federal workforce, prompting the Defense Department to remind employees to pay up. (Jason Reed/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lt. Daniel Zimmerman, an infantry platoon leader in Iraq, puts a blog on the Internet every now and then "to basically keep my friends and family up to date" back home.</p><br clear="all"/>

AGs seek sex offender data from MySpace (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_hi_te/myspace_sex_offenders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070515/capt.sge.dho68.150507011250.photo00.photo.default-512x367.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=i.J6LSr0QiBGI6BqDESUBA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="File photo shows a woman looking at the MySpace website in Washington. Top prosecutors in eight US states have asked MySpace to expose convicted sex offenders who have posted their profiles on the youth-oriented social networking website.(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)" border="0" /></a>AP - Top law enforcement officers from eight states on Monday asked MySpace.com to turn over the names of registered sex offenders who use the social networking Web site.</p><br clear="all"/>

Intel settles legal dispute in China (AP)
AP - Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, said Monday it has settled a copyright infringement dispute with a Chinese maker of telecommunications and network equipment.

Trend sees cell phone only use growing (AP)
AP - More than a quarter of young adults have only cell phones, making them the leading edge of a strengthening move away from traditional landline telephones, a federal survey showed Monday.

Songwriter license firm backs music-tracking tool (Reuters)
Reuters - Music publishing licensing organization the Harry Fox Agency will start using new copyright tracking tools to improve the process of identifying songwriters&#39; and publishers&#39; information for programming uploaded by regular users on the Internet.

Santa Rosa plays grinch to April laptop sales (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - The May&#160;launch of Intel&#39;s Santa Rosa laptop PC chips, an upgrade to its popular Centrino package, put a damper on April notebook sales.

Rogers Communications plans amalgamation w/units (Reuters)
Reuters - Rogers Communications said on Monday it plans an amalgamation with its cable and wireless subsidiaries, Rogers Cable Inc and Rogers Wireless Inc. on or about July 1 in order to simplify its corporate structure.

Open-source users, companies scoff at Microsoft threats (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Open-source supporters are thumbing their noses at&#160;Microsoft Corp.&#39;s claim that it will seek royalties&#160;from users and distributors on 235 patents it holds for technologies in Linux and open-source software, saying they are not worried about being the target of litigation for patent infringement.

Microsoft demands royalties for open source software (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft&#160;reportedly wants open source software users to pay royalties on 235 alleged patent violations.

Songwriter license firm backs music-tracking tool (Reuters)
Reuters - Music publishing licensing organization the Harry Fox Agency will start using new copyright tracking tools to improve the process of identifying songwriters&#39; and publishers&#39; information for programming uploaded by regular users on the Internet.

How To Keep Hostile Jerks From Taking Over Your Online Community (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Angry people looking for fights will inevitably try to poison successful Internet communities. Columnist Cory Doctorow looks at ways to remove the poison without killing the discussion too.

AGs seek sex offender data from MySpace (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_hi_te/myspace_sex_offenders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070515/capt.sge.dho68.150507011250.photo00.photo.default-512x367.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=i.J6LSr0QiBGI6BqDESUBA--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="File photo shows a woman looking at the MySpace website in Washington. Top prosecutors in eight US states have asked MySpace to expose convicted sex offenders who have posted their profiles on the youth-oriented social networking website.(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)" border="0" /></a>AP - Top law enforcement officers from eight states on Monday asked MySpace.com to turn over the names of registered sex offenders who use the social networking Web site.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pentagon limits troops' Web access (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070515/ap_on_hi_te/military_sites_blocked"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070510/2007_05_10t155635_450x296_us_usa_pentagon_taxes.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=8nFTcDqYW9mGdM4sDesI3Q--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. The Pentagon's civilian workers have a worse record of compliance with U.S. tax laws than the rest of the federal workforce, prompting the Defense Department to remind employees to pay up. (Jason Reed/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lt. Daniel Zimmerman, an infantry platoon leader in Iraq, puts a blog on the Internet every now and then "to basically keep my friends and family up to date" back home.</p><br clear="all"/>

Internet could help encourage exercise (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070515/wr_nm/internet_exercise_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070515/2007_05_14t201928_450x296_us_internet_exercise.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=C880NdUNrvifDXXi__uxIg--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Workers sit at their desks in a call center in an undated file photo. People who spend their days in front of a computer may want to check out some fitness-related Web sites, according to a study published Monday. (File/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - People who spend their days in front of a computer may want to check out some fitness-related Web sites, according to a study published Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

DirecTV may try broadband on power lines (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070514/tc_nm/summit_directv_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070515/2007_05_14t172602_300x450_us_summit_directv.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=.7Es0p1uFiy0rkPnnorD6g--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Direct TV Group Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Chase Carey speaks during the Reuters Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in New York, May 14, 2007. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Satellite television provider DirecTV Group Inc. may test delivering high-speed Internet service through power lines in a major U.S. city in the next year, its chief executive said on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

eBay condemned for allowing "rampant" ivory trade (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070514/wr_nm/britain_ivory_ebay_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070515/2007_05_14t193816_450x285_us_britain_ivory_ebay.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=WRf4JLHOvY56ErS1h9.7.A--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="A customs officer walks past seized elephant tusks in Hong Kong in this May 10, 2006 file photo. The elephant, the world's largest land mammal, is being threatened with global extinction by a 'rampant trade' in ivory on the eBay online auction site, animal welfare campaigners said on Tuesday. (Paul Yeung/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The elephant, the world&#39;s largest land mammal, is being threatened with global extinction by a &quot;rampant trade&quot; in ivory on the eBay online auction site, animal welfare campaigners said on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft Tries Making Google a Thing of the Past (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - SEATTLE A year ago, Microsoft gathered top agencies and marketers at its annual Strategic Account Summit to deliver a simple message from chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer: It was serious about catching up to Google in online advertising.

U.S. piracy crackdown nets 50th conviction (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - A U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on online piracy has recorded its 50th felony conviction, the agency announced.

Report: Shoppers Are Buying More Clothing Online (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The online apparel-accessories-footwear category is expected to reach $22.1 billion in 2007, according to a Shop.org survey.

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