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March 17, 2006 at 2:00 PM

Qwest for sale?

Qwest shares jumped Thursday on speculation that the company could be the next phone company caught in merger mania, according to a Wall Street Journal story today. One theory is that Verizon could buy Qwest as a response to the AT&T-Bell South merger. It’s unclear what that would mean for investors, but a Verizon-Qwest deal…

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March 16, 2006 at 1:59 PM

Bill’s MIT barbs

Bill Gates may have burned up some of his goodwill at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he helped pay for a computer science building that bears his name. On Wednesday Gates mocked the $100 laptop that MIT is creating for developing countries, according to a Reuters report. The laptop project, which has backing from…

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March 14, 2006 at 2:02 PM

More Origami Project

Still want to learn more about Microsoft’s Origami Project portable computers? They’ll be discussed on KUOW 94.9’s “The Works” show tonight at 8 p.m. The show is available as a podcast, for those who want to hear old media reporters in a new media format.

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March 13, 2006 at 3:40 PM

Winer winds down

The news was lost in the hubbub of a billion blogs, but Web historians may record it as a turning point: Blog pioneer Dave Winer announced today that he’s hanging up his keyboard. Winer’s software largely created the medium in the 1990s and his Scripting News is the Internet’s longest-running blog. But today’s entry…

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March 10, 2006 at 4:29 PM

Origami buzz dissection

Microsoft was being crafty, but not that crafty, when it hyped the “Origami Project.” It turns out the company did not leak the video that supercharged speculation about the device, according to Dustin Hubbard, the Microsoft Mobile PC manager who describes himself as the “primary driver” behind the buzz campaign. “I can guarantee you that the…

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March 7, 2006 at 10:44 AM

Microsoft’s newest product: Aloha Bill?

To help customers transfer data to new PCs running Windows Vista, Microsoft bought Apptimum, a Florida company best known for its consumer Alohabob PC Relocator software. The deal was announced this morning. Apptimum also sells products to help IT shops migrate files, applications and settings to different PCs. Microsoft said it will use Apptimum technology to develop…

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March 6, 2006 at 3:53 PM

Microsoft serving Alice’s Ristorante

In the latest win for Microsoft’s TV and Web services platform, the company today announced a huge contract to provide technology to Telecom Italia. The carrier, which markets its consumer Internet services under the “Alice” brand, has been testing an Internet protocol TV service called “Alice Home TV” that’s based on MIcrosoft and Alcatel technology….

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February 28, 2006 at 4:09 PM

Sony PS3 ship date leaked by Costco?

Sony isn’t saying when its new PlayStation 3 console will go on sale in the United States, but Costco wasn’t so bashful. The Issaquah-based retailer’s Web site on Tuesday said the highly anticipated console will be available in November 2006. Retailers tend to guess when hot video game products will hit the shelves, but Costco moves…

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February 28, 2006 at 12:54 PM

Apple’s announcements: Another take

Talk about crying wolf. Apple Computer teased folks into thinking it would make some big news today, but all it announced was a $99 leather iPod case, a $349 boombox and a couple of Mac minis with Intel processors and TV plugs in back. If Apple had put a TV tuner and some TiVo-type features…

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