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Google changes tack on pay-per-action offerings

Google is rolling out two new offerings that let advertisers more precisely target people who will likely be receptive to their products.

MySpace users struggle to overcome cybervandalism

One of the first social networking upstarts, MySpace, is facing continuing security problems that threaten to spoil many of the innovative features that make the site useful.

Judge lets settlement in ConnectU vs. Facebook stand

Dating Web site ConnectU won't get more money out of Facebook after the two settled a dispute earlier this year.

Yahoo fixes e-mail cross-site scripting flaw

Yahoo has fixed a vulnerability in its Web mail site that could allow a hacker to get access to a person's account.

Dutch launch open-source smart card software project

A Dutch charity is funding an open-source project to design smart card software that offers stronger protection of personal data in light of security vulnerabilities found with cards used today in the U.S., U.K. and Netherlands.

Microsoft scoops up TV ad-placement company

Microsoft is moving into the TV advertising realm with the acquisition of Navic Networks, which specializes in delivering targeted, interactive ads to users of digital cable set-top boxes.

EU says governments could bar Microsoft from bidding

Governments contracting IT work could conclude that Microsoft's antitrust history constitutes "grave professional misconduct" and ban the company, according to the European Commission.

British hacker faces extradition hearing next week

A British hacker fighting extradition to the US on computer hacking charges is preparing for his final UK appeal.

New data research sees the forest from the trees

Microsoft and several academics published two research papers on Thursday outlining how improved data analysis and new mathematical models can more accurately predict how climate change could affect the world's forests.

HP launches broad array of redesigned notebooks, displays

In one of its largest product releases, HP unveiled a bevy of PCs and displays, zeroing in on key trends such as touch-screen technology and compact laptops for business and consumer users.

HP shakes up research labs, places 'big bets'

Hewlett-Packard is forging ahead with a revamp of its research labs that it hopes will put cutting-edge developments into its products much faster.

Google, Louis Vuitton face off in trademark spat

Europe's highest court will hear a trademark infringement suit concerning Google's keyword advertising system, a case that ventures into an untested area of law that could impact the company's lucrative ad revenue.

Microsoft links with VitalPay for payment processing

Microsoft has made an unspecified agreement with a payment processing company, in what could be another step toward establishing its own online payment system.

Microsoft: CardSpace attack works but was too rigged

Microsoft is disputing that its CardSpace authentication management technology can be hacked despite a research paper that outlines a proof-of-concept attack.

Without Microsoft, British Library keeps on digitizing

The British Library's ongoing projects to make thousands of books and other resources available digitally won't slow down significantly, despite the ending last week of a partnership with Microsoft, a senior library official said Friday.