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Windows Live Adding Social Features

Microsoft wants Windows Live to be the center of user's online lives...so it's adding email, IM, photo-sharing, Web applications, and other social Web features.

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Sharp, LG, and Chunghwa Admit Price Fixing

LCD manufacturers LG, Sharp, and Chunghwa have pleaded guilty to conspiring to drive up LCD prices...and will pay $585 million in a plea deal.

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Monster Unveils Turbine In-Ear Speakers

Monster Cable is getting into the earbud business with its new Turbine In-Ear Speakers, designed to offer high-quality sound...and for $150, they'd better.

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IBM Backs Broadband over Power Lines

A new deal between IBM and IBEC, a BPL provider, will bring BPL coverage to 340,000 rural homes, many of which currently have no access to cable or DSL broadband.

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Staples Offers Free Dell Recycling

Dell and office supply store Staples have announced a deal enabling customers to recycle any amount of Dell gear free at Staples locations.

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YouTube to launch Live Event Webcasting

Later this month YouTube plans to start Webcasting live events, featuring both YouTube and real-world celebrities.

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Gibson Debuts New Dark Fire Robot Guitar

Folks cutting their teeth on Guitar Hero take note: Gibson's new Dark Fire robot guitar tunes itself faster, and sports a piezo bridge pickup.

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Philips’ iPill Has CPU, Can Dispense Drugs

Philips new "intelligent pill" contains a microprocessor, battery, a wireless radio, and a drug reservoir for releasing medication after it's been swallowed.

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How Can You Get to Sesame Street? Online.

Venerable children's programming favorite Sesame Street is taking to the Internet, with episodes hitting iTunes and segments on YouTube and Hulu.

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Court Bars Ex-IBMer from Position at Apple

An injunction has temporarily prevented Mark Papermaster from taking over as Apple's new chief of iPod design, until he sorts out matters with his former employer.

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German Crackers Pry Open WPA Encryption

The once-venerable WPA-TKIP encryption standard used in wireless networking has been cracked, and the team responsible will release a tool for doing it later this week.

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MGM Brings Full-Length Content to YouTube

YouTube plans to offer full-length television shows and programs from MGM...and they're launching with the 1990's version of American Gladiators.

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Circuit City Declares Bankruptcy

Just a week after announcing plans to close 155 stores, Circuit City has filed for bankruptcy protection in order to keep its remaining stores open.

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Panasonic May Acquire Rival Sanyo

Sanyo's solar power and rechargeable battery divisions have caught the major Japanese competitors' eye.

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Wal-Mart Jumpstarts Holiday Sales

An upcoming Saturday sale will offer Black-Friday-like deals, including a notebook for $298 and 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $798.

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