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Scarlet Pruitt is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

EC gives Microsoft May deadline to agree on sanctions

Microsoft Corp. has until the end of May to reach an agreement with the European Commission on how it will meet antitrust sanctions imposed against it or face a US$5 million a day fine.

AOL begins campaign to block phishing sites

America Online Inc. (AOL) has begun a campaign to identify and block fraudulent Web sites that attempt to solicit personal information from visitors, it said Wednesday.

Adobe to buy Macromedia for $3.4 billion

Adobe Systems Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia Inc. for US$3.4 billion in stock, the company said Monday.

Microsoft to pay Gateway to settle antitrust claims

Microsoft Corp. and Gateway Inc. have reached an agreement to settle all past legal issues arising from the U.S. antitrust case against the software maker, the companies said Monday.

Experts look to digital IDs to boost Net security

Rampant identity theft is eroding users' trust in the Internet, and could threaten to erase some of the progress companies have made in doing business online, security experts warned Friday.

Spamming trick puts pressure on ISPs, experts say

A cunning technique used by spammers to hide the origin of their messages underscores the need for a multi-tiered approach to tackling the plague of unsolicited email, security experts said this week.

CES : Microsoft eyes Sony deal in digital music push

While Microsoft Corp. took the opportunity to announce a handful of new digital entertainment partnerships at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, the company has yet to unveil any broad-based initiatives to catapult it to the center of the digital music world.

US online holiday spending rose 25 percent, study finds

Tempted by lower prices and a wide selection of goods, U.S. shoppers clamored to the Web this holiday season, spending US$23.2 billion, or 25 percent more than in the previous year, according to a survey released this week.

Court to rule on stay of Microsoft EU sanctions

A decision on whether to suspend the European Commission's anticompetition sanctions against Microsoft Corp. pending appeal is expected to come in the first half of next week, according to a source close to the company.

Microsoft to launch new search engine technology

Microsoft Corp. is set to unleash its much-anticipated search technology on Thursday, as it ramps up efforts to take on market leader Google Inc. The new search engine will go live on the company's MSN Web site, a representative for the company said.

Study: Mobile phone use increases brain tumor risk

Ten or more years of mobile phone use can dramatically increase the risk of developing a benign tumor on the auditory nerve, according to a study conducted by the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Microsoft asks EU court to suspend remedies

Microsoft Corp. asked a judge to suspend the European Commission's antitrust ruling against it on Thursday, arguing that secrets revealed now cannot be retracted. The software maker made its case during the first day of a two-day public hearing at the Court of First Instance (CFI) in Luxembourg, where the company is waging its battle to appeal a decision that could significantly impact the way in which it does business, a court representative confirmed Thursday.

Airbus withdraws support for Microsoft in EU case

European aircraft maker Airbus SAS has withdrawn its petition to intervene in the European Commission's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., one week before the software maker is set to have a hearing in its appeal, a Microsoft representative confirmed on Friday. News that Airbus filed a petition with the court handling the appeal became public last week. In the petition, Airbus asked for clarification of certain points in the Commission's antitrust ruling and expressed concerns that the ruling could hamper its business practices. Although Airbus declined to give further details, it reportedly feared that the decisions would hinder its ability to choose providers for parts such as plane seats and galleys.