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It's official: Microsoft-Yahoo ink 10-year search pact

It's official: Microsoft-Yahoo ink 10-year search pact Larry Dignan: CEOs Carol Bartz and Steve Ballmer announce a 10-year pact where Microsoft will power Yahoo search. Yahoo also becomes the sales force for Microsoft's premium properties. But will regulators go for it?


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Microsoft privately testing Office 2010 streaming-download model

Microsoft privately testing Office 2010 streaming-download model Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft has invited selected testers to try out a new way of delivering Office 2010 to customers using virtualization and streaming technologies.


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Verizon Wireless to developers: 'Our success is tied to you'

Verizon Wireless to developers: 'Our success is tied to you' Larry Dignan: Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam pitched application developers on the company?'s strategy as it moves toward its 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network. Verizon said that its app marketplace will complement existing stores from platform partners.


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SmartPlanet: What exactly is a 'smart grid'? An explanation

SmartPlanet: What exactly is a 'smart grid'? An explanation John Dodge: What is a smart grid, anyway? I caught up with Mike Butts, director of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, to learn what its ambitious smart grid and metering system will look like. Hint: think Wi-Fi.


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The Impact of Messaging and Web Threats

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