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Xbox 360 repairs will cost Microsoft $1B (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070706/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_xbox_warranty"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070705/capt.sge.ucx62.050707231435.photo00.photo.default-432x512.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=AY.yidHQFjq4Z8hACSpsrw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="An Xbox 360. Microsoft announced Thursday it expects to spend more than a billion dollars fixing flawed Xbox 360 video game consoles, which have logged &quot;an unacceptable number of repairs.&quot;(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)" border="0" /></a>AP - In another setback for Microsoft Corp.'s unprofitable entertainment and devices division, the company says it is planning to spend at least $1 billion to repair serious problems with its Xbox 360 video game console.</p><br clear="all"/>

Defective Xbox 360 consoles to cost Microsoft a billion dollars (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070706/bs_afp/usitgamecompanymicrosoft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070706/capt.sge.udm79.060707041009.photo00.photo.default-432x512.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=1S2u8f0wRuSNze.oQK8JKg--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="An Xbox 360. Microsoft announced Thursday it expects to spend more than a billion dollars fixing flawed Xbox 360 video game consoles, which have logged &quot;an unacceptable number of repairs.&quot;(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Microsoft announced Thursday it expects to spend more than a billion dollars fixing flawed Xbox 360 video game consoles, which have logged &quot;an unacceptable number of repairs.&quot;</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft to fix Xbox 360s, take $1B-plus charge (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft expects to take an earnings charge of more than $1 billion for the quarter that ended in June related to expenses it will incur fixing faulty Xbox 360 machines.

Microsoft plans over $1 bln charge for Xbox repairs (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070705/tc_nm/microsoft_xbox_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070706/2007_07_05t032437_450x273_us_microsoft_xbox.jpg?x=130&y=78&sig=CaE_HwIa.Kq71vRqAJxKSg--" align="left" height="78" width="130" alt="A file photo of visitors playing with Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 game consoles during the opening day of Madrid's International Data Processing, Multimedia and Communications SIMO Fair November 7, 2006. Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday 'an unacceptable number of repairs' to its Xbox 360 will force it to take a charge of more than $1 billion for its most recent quarter, and it announced a new, extended warranty for the video game console. (Victor Fraile/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday said it would take a more than $1 billion charge to fix &quot;an unacceptable number of repairs&quot; to its Xbox 360 video game consoles and had missed shipment targets for the end of June.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft To Take $1-Billion Charge Over Xbox 360 (TechWeb)
TechWeb - Microsoft is extending warranty protection on its Xbox 360 games console to cover a rash of failures and will take a charge against pre-tax earnings of between $1.05 billion and $1.15 billion.

Microsoft expands in Canada amid U.S. visa crunch (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it will open a software development center in Vancouver, giving it a place to employ skilled workers snagged by U.S. immigration quotas.

Microsoft plans Canada software center (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. plans to open a software development center in Canada this fall to attract talent and avoid U.S. immigration issues.

Harsh US immigration rules force Microsoft to open shop in Canada (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/microsoft/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070705/tc_afp/canadaussoftware"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070705/capt.sge.uck41.050707195027.photo00.photo.default-512x352.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=Xtxl2i18otXOym3nvIlw6A--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="US software behemoth Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it would soon open an office in Canada, lamenting tough immigration rules in the United States that make it difficult to hire foreign staff.(AFP/File)" border="0" /></a>AFP - US software behemoth Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it would soon open an office in Canada, lamenting tough immigration rules in the United States that make it difficult to hire foreign staff.</p><br clear="all"/>

Microsoft Readies Six Security Bulletins, 3 Of Them For Critical Vulnerabilities (TechWeb)
TechWeb - With six security bulletins on tap for next week&#39;s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is preparing to issue three critical updates, two important, and one moderate.

Microsoft Looks To Dodge Visa Limits With Canadian Software Center (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The company says the new center will allow it to &quot;recruit and retain highly skilled people affected by immigration issues in the U.S.&quot; and station them near its Washington headquarters.

Xbox 360 repairs will cost Microsoft $1B (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070706/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_xbox_warranty"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070705/capt.sge.ucx62.050707231435.photo00.photo.default-432x512.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=AY.yidHQFjq4Z8hACSpsrw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="An Xbox 360. Microsoft announced Thursday it expects to spend more than a billion dollars fixing flawed Xbox 360 video game consoles, which have logged &quot;an unacceptable number of repairs.&quot;(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)" border="0" /></a>AP - In another setback for Microsoft Corp.'s unprofitable entertainment and devices division, the company says it is planning to spend at least $1 billion to repair serious problems with its Xbox 360 video game console.</p><br clear="all"/>

Apple issues battery program for iPhone (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_hi_te/apple_iphone"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070706/2007_07_06t014139_450x352_us_iphone_hacker.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=6Z6Dlwu4UdWdYw0d0gmzrQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="The new iPhone is seen inside the Apple Store in New York, June 29, 2007. A well-known hacker claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT and T Inc.'s network to use the phone's Internet and music features. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>AP - A consumer advocacy group has expressed outrage over Apple Inc.'s battery replacement program for the iPhone, while developers and hackers are trying to figure out ways they could expand the capabilities of the hot new gadget.</p><br clear="all"/>

Web video new '08 political battlefield (AP)
AP - Given all that's at stake in the 2008 presidential race, it's a bit terrifying to realize that by one measure, a major role is being played by an aspiring model/actress/fashion designer/former beauty pageant contestant named Amber.

Video gamers try to break slacker image (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_hi_te/video_gamers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070705/capt.cd59ae259c7843eab58806eac88b5e46.video_gamers_kyer201.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=O4jfnkXUxBXHUwFWMNmAAA--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Abe Bisson of Hamilton, Ohio, performs on the 'Guitar Hero II' stage at the World Series of Video Games in Louisville, Ky., Friday, June 22, 2007. World Series of Video Games commissioner Matt Ringel said he's been blown away by the response to the format of 'Guitar Hero II' and expects to incorporate more active 'lifestyle' games like it in the future. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Matt Ringel knows there's a certain image that comes to mind when you start talking about hardcore video gamers: think teenage boys with messy hair and dark circles under their eyes from staying up all night, their eyes glued to a screen and their fingers frantically flitting about a keyboard or a controller.</p><br clear="all"/>

Turtles to test wireless network (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070704/ap_on_hi_te/turtle_technology"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070704/capt.91827c53f9414950adef720e97d9cc4b.turtle_technology_manm502.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=FBKOwlvpLFLpmqtE57XiBg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="University of Massachusetts biologist Mike Jones uses duct tape to secure a GPS beacon to ithe back of a 40-pound snapping turtle for research purposes on June 25, 2007 in Deerfield, Mass. 'We're trying to get a better idea of their range, the routes they take and where they hibernate,' said Jones, who is working on a doctoral degree in biology. 'If you have that information for a good number of turtles, you can predict what their patterns will be for the next 50 years or so.' (AP/Nathan K. Martin)" border="0" /></a>AP - From the way he thrashed his head, kicked and tried to make a getaway, M16 made it clear he didn't like human contact. But the researchers wrangling with him could be helping to save his species.</p><br clear="all"/>

Norwegian hacker says he can bypass AT&T on iPhone (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070706/wr_nm/iphone_hacker_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070706/2007_07_06t014139_450x352_us_iphone_hacker.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=6Z6Dlwu4UdWdYw0d0gmzrQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="The new iPhone is seen inside the Apple Store in New York, June 29, 2007. A well-known hacker claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT and T Inc.'s network to use the phone's Internet and music features. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - A well-known hacker claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple Inc.&#39;s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT&T Inc.&#39;s network to use the phone&#39;s Internet and music features.</p><br clear="all"/>

Defective Xbox 360 consoles to cost Microsoft a billion dollars (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/tech/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070706/tc_afp/usitgamecompanymicrosoft"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070706/capt.sge.udl34.060707034434.photo00.photo.default-432x512.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=om6LPoVid18ycUclSICCPw--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="An Xbox 360. Microsoft announced Thursday it expects to spend more than a billion dollars fixing flawed Xbox 360 video game consoles, which have logged &quot;an unacceptable number of repairs.&quot;(AFP/File/Odd Andersen)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Microsoft announced Thursday it expects to spend more than a billion dollars fixing flawed Xbox 360 video game consoles, which have logged &quot;an unacceptable number of repairs.&quot;</p><br clear="all"/>

U.K. company says it's close to unlocking iPhones (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - A company that unlocks cell phones in Europe said it is close to having an application that will allow customers to unlock their Apple iPhones so they can use SIM cards from carriers other than AT&amp;T to activate the phones.

Mozilla security guru backs industry confab (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - While stopping short of volunteering to host the event, Mozilla chief security official Window Snyder said that it could prove helpful for the open-source community to meet at its own conference to debate secure coding, vulnerability reporting, and product patching issues.

Microsoft expands in Canada amid U.S. visa crunch (Reuters)
Reuters - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday it will open a software development center in Vancouver, giving it a place to employ skilled workers snagged by U.S. immigration quotas.

Norwegian hacker says he can bypass AT&T on iPhone (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070706/wr_nm/iphone_hacker_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070706/2007_07_06t014139_450x352_us_iphone_hacker.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=6Z6Dlwu4UdWdYw0d0gmzrQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="The new iPhone is seen inside the Apple Store in New York, June 29, 2007. A well-known hacker claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT and T Inc.'s network to use the phone's Internet and music features. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - A well-known hacker claims to have overcome restrictions on Apple Inc.&#39;s iPhone, allowing highly technical users to bypass AT&T Inc.&#39;s network to use the phone&#39;s Internet and music features.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sochi 2014 Games will offer online progress watch (Reuters)
Reuters - The Russian city of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, will offer online monitoring of venue construction to allow the International Olympic Committee to keep track of progress, its bid leader said.

Solar Web hosting company powers Live Earth sites (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - The Web hosting company chosen to power the Web sites for this weekend&#39;s Live Earth concerts adopts an environmentally friendly business plan: Let the sunshine in.

eBay Quietly Launches Craigslist Competitor Kijiji (TechWeb)
TechWeb - In addition to its investment in Craigslist, eBay has acquired a number of classified marketplace sites over the years.

Google expands its Code Search site (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Google has updated its Google Code Search site for finding publicly available source code, adding greater coverage and improvements in ranking and access.

Student loses ruling on gun shot icon (Reuters)
Reuters - A U.S. school was justified in suspending a teenager for using an Internet icon of a pistol firing a bullet and a message urging the death of his English teacher, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

EBay launches U.S. site for classifieds (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/internet/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070705/ap_on_hi_te/ebay_classifieds"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070628/capt.sge.rqr41.280607095750.photo00.photo.default-512x341.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=zk7vfR9z6tigwnZL2qamTw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="The entrance of eBay headquarters in San Jose, 2005. Online auction giant eBay has made public a promotional site in the Vietnamese language at eBay.vn, hoping to benefit from Vietnam&#39;s economic and trade potential.(AFP/File/Hector Mata)" border="0" /></a>AP - EBay Inc. has launched a free classified advertising site in the United States, an experiment the online auction company says could lead to new sources of revenue.</p><br clear="all"/>

Court holds Belgian ISP responsible for file-sharing (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - A court has ruled that the Belgian ISP Scarlet Extended&#160;is responsible for blocking illegal file-sharing on its network, setting a precedent that could affect other ISPs in Europe, according to a recording industry group. One legal expert doubted that claim, however.

Estonia to bolster cyber defenses after attacks (Reuters)
Reuters - Estonia unveiled a plan on Thursday to boost its cyber security after an assault on its Internet infrastructure which it blamed on Russians angry at its removal of a Soviet-era statue.

Nearly Half Of U.S. Homes Have Broadband, But Adoption Rate Slows (TechWeb)
TechWeb - The Pew organization noted that 31% of rural Americans have home broadband links, compared to 49% of suburban residents and 52% of urban Americans.

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