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M$ compliance with censorship raises alarms

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Human rights groups, including Reporters Without Borders, say Microsoft is sacrificing free speech principles in its headlong quest for profits and that the company should follow a higher standard.

Crime, but no punishment for M$

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Who's in charge of a system where the guilty set their own sentence?

You've been swindled. The conman is caught and brought to trial. Guilty, says the jury. "Guilty, by Jove!" says the judge. "As this is by no means your first offence, I sentence you to... well, what would you like?"

M$ meets hackers, asks for help

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In the name of education, the software giant invites security researchers to infiltrate its systems.

M$ meets hackers, asks for help

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In the name of education, the software giant invites security researchers to infiltrate its systems.

Gentoo founder to 'educate' M$

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Microsoft has hired one of the key figures behind a popular distribution of Linux in order to educate its in-house developers about open source.

M$ sues US software pirates

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Microsoft today announced that it is filing four lawsuits against companies in Virginia and California for alleged distribution of counterfeit and/or illicit software and software components.

PC makers snub Windows sans media player

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Four major PC makers have no plans to sell the media-player-free version of Windows, which Microsoft was ordered to offer by Europe's competition commissioner.

M$ patches more holes

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Microsoft has released 10 security bulletins, three of them describing critical flaws that could let an attacker take complete control over a computer system

Judge dismisses most of Novell's lawsuit against M$

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A U.S. district court judge has thrown out four counts in Novell's antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, but let stand two other counts accusing the software giant of damaging Novell's business through monopolistic behavior.

M$ joins Y!, gg in censoring China's web

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Users of Microsoft's new China-based Internet portal were blocked from using the words "democracy", "freedom" and "human rights" in an apparent move by the US software giant to appease Beijing.

Xbox cable danger resurfaces

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Microsoft must be kicking themselves or those manufacturing their Xbox console this morning, after it was discovered the cable issue from earlier this year has resurfaced.

Windows Mobile 5.0 is vulnerable

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Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) don't succeed to meet the security requirements of an enterprise environment.

M$ denies reports of amnesty for software piracy

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Microsoft Corp. today denied reports in the Asian press that it has reached an agreement with Indonesia to offer amnesty for illegal copies of Windows on government computers.

Sun chief 'doubtful' over M$ remedy

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The chief executive of Sun Microsystems said Thursday that he was "doubtful" that the new version of Windows software for the European market ordered as partial settlement of the Microsoft antitrust case would make a difference in the market for computer operating systems.

Free Software Foundation blasts M$

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'The proposal specifically precludes the information from being used in a Free Software implementation, such as the Samba workgroup server software,' Greve said. 'As Samba is the only remaining major competitor of Microsoft in this market, the Microsoft proposal translates to: Of course we will give you the specifications - unless you happen to be a serious competitor of ours, that is.'

M$ targets Apache Web server

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Tired of playing second fiddle in Web hosting, Microsoft is revamping its server software in an attempt to snatch market share away from the popular Apache-Linux combination.

M$ fined $9 million for patent infringement

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Microsoft has been ordered to pay $9 million for infringing a spreedsheet patent with Excel. The jury in a Californian court awarded $8.96 million to Guatemalan inventor Carlos Amado who had sued the software giant for infringing his patent.

Devil's Advocate: M$ foolish patent policy

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Company out to patent innovations that precede its existence... If large companies are to be granted patents on ideas that have been commonplace for years and are based on fundamental concepts well understood for decades, they might as well be given taxation powers. The idea that their revenues are hard won in competitive markets will be defunct, if it is not already.

EU praises M$ plan, to market test

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"I am happy that Microsoft has recognized certain principles which must underlie its implementation of the Commission's decision." Open source licensing was one of the problematic areas in negotiations between the Commission and Microsoft.

MSN site hacking went undetected for days

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Password-stealing software planted by hackers was active on Microsoft's popular MSN Web site in South Korea for days before the world's largest software company learned about the break-in and removed the computer code.

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