User Pain May Mean Windows Cracks

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Microsoft's attempts to keep the next version of Windows secure could help promote the free software ethic, says technology commentator Bill Thompson. The release of Vista, the latest incarnation of Microsoft's Windows operating system, could...

Light-Based Net May Mean Blazing Connections

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"Photonic network systems" could relay signals around the globe with pico-second switching times. "We've demonstrated a new class of materials which meets the engineering needs of future photonic networks," says University of Toronto's Ted Sargent....

Little things mean a lot for Gates

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LAS VEGAS--Microsoft's latest plan to improve the way you live revolves around wristwatches and refrigerator magnets. Slicked up versions of those common objects--based on Microsoft's previously announced Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT)--were...

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