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Microsoft to open retail stores near Apple's this fall

Microsoft to open retail stores near Apple's this fall Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft is slowly giving out details about the upcoming openings of their new retails stores. They're not expected to be clones of Apple stores but they should be easy to find.

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RFID passports: a tragedy waiting to happen

RFID passports: a tragedy waiting to happen Robin Harris: You're strolling in the south of France when a van stops, men burst out and, in seconds, hustle you into the van. "American scum!" they hiss as they hood you. But wearing a Sorbonne t-shirt and no fanny pack, how did they know? Thank your government -- and a bad storage choice.

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SmartPlanet: General Electric appliances strive for 'net-zero energy homes' Dana Blankenhorn: General Electric has unveiled a research project that intends to help homeowners cut annual energy consumption to zero by 2015. GE plans to "combine on-site power generation through solar panels or wind turbines with energy-efficient appliances and on-site storage."

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