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Microsoft vs. Google: More at Stake Than Books

When Microsoft attorney Thomas Rubin on Tuesday accused Google of taking a "cavalier approach to copyright" and of using its Book Search project to make money off other people's copyrighted creations, he ignited a fiery debate over the ethics of information access, the meaning of copyright and the very rules of free-market competition ...

Microsoft Copyright Attorney Bashes Google Book Search

Google's Book Search project "systematically violates copyright" and deprives content owners of the opportunity to make money from their creations, according to a top Microsoft attorney ...

Gaming Nation: Consoles in 41 Percent of US Homes

More than 40 percent of U.S. households with televisions now also have video game consoles, according to a new report released Monday by Nielsen Wireless and Interactive Services ...

Hawking Begins Space Training With Zero-G Flight

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking will experience weightlessness for the first time when he flies aboard Zero Gravity's G-Force One next month ...

EC Hikes Microsoft Fine Threat to $4M Per Day

The European Commission on Thursday stepped up the antitrust penalties Microsoft could have to pay to a whopping US$4 million a day for what the Commission says are unreasonable pricing practices ...

RIAA Urges Student Pirates to Settle Now for Less

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Wednesday stepped up its efforts to wipe out illegal music sharing on college campuses ...

Sony’s Latest Blu-ray Gambit: A $600 Player

Sony fired the latest salvo in the ongoing high-definition format war Monday when it announced that it will release its second Blu-ray Disc player for about US$400 less than its current one ...

Big Names On Board With Google Video

Google on Monday confirmed that it has signed on several new, big-name partners in its program to distribute video content along with advertising over its AdSense online network ...

With Google Apps, It’s Game On

With the release of Google Apps Premier Edition, there's little doubt that Google has its sights set squarely on Microsoft and the market for office software. Add in the fact that marquee names are on board, including Procter & Gamble for the new software suite, and there's clearly at least some degree of threat behind that challenge ...

NASA, Virgin Galactic May Fly Us to the Moon

Space enthusiasts, take note: Your chance to travel by rocket may be closer than you think. NASA and Virgin Galactic on Tuesday agreed to explore collaborations aimed at making commercial space travel a widespread reality ...

January Console Sales: Wii Is the Champion

The latest reports from the front lines in the video game console wars show that Nintendo's Wii was the U.S. market leader in January, according to new market research data ...

Adobe Takes Training Wheels Off Lightroom 1.0

Following a beta-test process involving half a million photographers, Adobe Systems on Monday released Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 ...

Evolution Wins Latest Round in Kansas Education Battle

In a landmark vote Tuesday, the Kansas State Board of Education once again adopted science standards regarding instruction in evolution ...

Unisys Joins Newly Formed Open Solutions Alliance

Following Wednesday's announcement of the formation of the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) by a group of 10 vendors, Unisys said it would join the nonprofit consortium ...

FBI Still Losing Track of Weapons, Laptops

The FBI loses between three and four of its laptop computers every month, as well as the same number of weapons, according to a recent report by the Department of Justice's Inspector General ...

New Business BlackBerry Borrows From Pearl

Against the backdrop of the 3GSM World Congress wireless trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Research In Motion on Monday unveiled the latest in its BlackBerry line of e-mail phone devices ...

Computers Learning to Read Human Intentions

Computers can now be trained better than ever before to be able to predict what a human being plans to do, according to a new study published Thursday ...

Jobs’ DRM Comments Reignite Antipiracy Controversy

In response to Tuesday's open letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs calling for major record labels to stop requiring digital rights management (DRM) technology on music sold online, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is now calling on Apple to license the antipiracy technology it uses to protect music it sells online ...

Action Video Games: The New Rx for Vision?

Parents, beware: Your video gaming kids may now have a new argument to justify the hours they spend playing. A new study from the University of Rochester has found that playing high-action video games can actually be good for your vision ...

Euro Mobile Phone Firms Pledge to Support Children’s Safety

As part of Safer Internet Day, which is being celebrated Tuesday in 40 countries around the world, a group of more than a dozen European mobile phone companies joined together in Brussels, Belgium, to sign an agreement to help make mobile phones safer for children ...

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