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Stacy Cowley is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

Google CEO on censoring: 'We did an evil scale'

Google's CEO said the company decided that a censored version of its search services in China would be a lesser evil than boycotting the country.

February date set for BlackBerry injunction hearing

The judge presiding over NTP's patent dispute with RIM scheduled a Feb. 24 hearing on NTP's request for an injunction blocking BlackBerry service.

PC market achieved double-digit growth in 2005

Worldwide shipments of personal computers registered a double-digit percentage increase in 2005, according to figures published Wednesday by two major market analysts.

Experian buys PriceGrabber.com for $485 million

Experian acquired comparison shopping site PriceGrabber.com for $485 million.

TiVo makes play for iPod, PSP, sans Mac

Tivo's TivoToGo service will soon expand to content that can be copied to an iPod or PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Study: AMD chips edge past Intel in retail PC sales

Chip-making underdog Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) edged past Intel Corp. last month in supplying processors for the U.S. retail PC market, according to a study by research firm Current Analysis Inc.

Sprint Nextel debuts wireless music download service

Sprint Nextel is launching an over-the-air music service, selling wireless song downloads for $2.50 per track.

Steve Case resigns from Time Warner board

AOL co-founder Steve Case resigned from Time Warner's board, saying he wants to devote more time to his new company, Revolution.

US initiates WTO investigation of China piracy

The U.S. Trade Representative's office launched an investigative process through the WTO to obtain information on China's IP enforcement efforts.

Google's plan for city signals Wi-Fi ambitions

Google Inc.’s expansion into public Wi-Fi could be a boon to the embattled municipal broadband movement and presents intriguing new possibilities for the search giant, though putting the traditional carriers out of business isn’t likely to be one of them.

Wall Street Beat: Investors shrug off Google Talk

Google dominated this week's tech news headlines thanks to its new instant messaging service Google Talk, though the news had little effect on the company's astronomical stock price.

Adobe posts solid Q2, prepares for Macromedia takeover

As it prepares to take over Macromedia Inc., Adobe Systems Inc. reassured Wall Street by turning in solid second-quarter financial results, with revenue and income hitting expectations and sales reportedly on target around the world.

Nintendo invites shoppers to its retail World

Stacy Cowley looks at Nintendo’s first retail store, a showcase that’s reminiscent of Apple’s efforts.

Google buys Dodgeball networking service

Google Inc. continued extending its reach beyond the PC this week by acquiring social networking service Dodgeball.com, according to a note posted Wednesday on Dodgeball.com’s Web site. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. A Google spokesman confirmed the acquisition but declined further comment, saying the company is not yet ready to discuss its plans for Dodgeball.com.

Adobe aims at Microsoft

Adobe Systems Inc.’s agreement to acquire Macromedia for approximately US$3.4 billion will give the company a formidable collection of Web publishing and document management software—and will place it squarely in the path of tools rival Microsoft.