Gates: Microsoft won't launch iPhone Rival

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During an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Chairman Bill Gates revealed that Microsoft will not launch a product that competes directly with Apple's iPhone: "No, we won't do that. In the so-called smart phone...

Wikia Details Plans for Search Rival to Google

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The ever expanding, and potentially lucrative, market of search engines may soon be welcoming another player into the fray. Last Friday, at OSCON in Portland, Oregon, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced that his commercial startup,...

EU Asks Studios About Rival HD Formats

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The European Commission has asked several Hollywood studios to explain why they have chosen either the Blu-ray disc or the HD DVD format for movie discs to see if they are breaking EU rules that...

Blu-ray Burning Its High-def DVD Rival

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Trade publication Home Media Magazine has released figures, based on studio estimates and Nielsen VideoScan point-of-sale data, which conclude that in the first quarter, 70% of high definition movies were in the Blu-ray Disc format...

Microsoft's YouTube rival enters beta

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Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a public beta of its MSN Soapbox video-upload service, its competitor to Google Inc.'s popular YouTube service. The service, which Microsoft unveiled last September, has been available to beta testers only...

Xerox works deal with start-up to rival Google

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Xerox Corp. research subsidiary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) has struck a licensing deal with Powerset Inc. in San Francisco. The two are developing a search engine based on natural language processing, in hopes that...

Yahoo readies iTunes rival for launch

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Web giant Yahoo is poised to launch a new digital store and music player, aiming to compete more directly with Apple Computer's successful iTunes service, according to sources familiar with the project. ...

Microsoft to launch Google News rival

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Microsoft on Tuesday will begin testing a new online news aggregation service, as part of its growing search rivalry with Google. In conjunction with its own MSNBC news site, the software giant...

Microsoft hires key rival from SuSE Linux

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Microsoft has hired one of its worst enemies, the SuSE Linux salesman whose efforts led the city of Munich to adopt Linux and open-source software instead of Microsoft's products. Karl Aigner, formerly...

Microsoft sued by S.Korean instant messaging rival

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Daum Communications Corp, South Korea's top Internet portal, said on Monday it was suing Microsoft Corp and its Korean unit for alleged unfair business practices related to instant messaging software. "Microsoft used its...

Microsoft to offer rival CDs

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Microsoft is offering to include CD-ROMs of rival software in an effort to settle its competition case brought by the European Commission. The EC believes Windows Media Player was unfairly bundled with the Windows operating...

Gateway makes bid for rival eMachines

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Gateway plans to acquire rival eMachines in a bid to regain its footing in the PC game and broaden the distribution of its Gateway-branded consumer-electronics devices at retail. The Poway, Calif., company...

An Open Source Effort to rival Windows

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The government, electronics manufacturers and software makers launched a forum Friday to promote the development of a new operating system for next-generation networked appliances and other smart devices. The forum is...

MPEG-4 rival raises antitrust specter

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Video-compression provider On2 Technologies is taking a swing at MPEG-4, complaining that companies cooperating to create a digital media standard may run afoul of antitrust laws. New York-based On2 said Tuesday that it has...

Morpheus woes lift rival from obscurity

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Australia-based Sharman Networks came from nowhere to buy the Kazaa Media Desktop and now carries bragging rights as the world's largest file-swapping network. The surprise shutdown of the popular Morpheus file-trading software...

Ballmer dismisses rival Sun's passport service.

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Steve Ballmer, speaking to an industry group, dismissed rival Sun's efforts to compete with his company's Passport identity service as "craziness" built on a "weak foundation" on Wednesday. "I think what we...

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