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A killer Windows 7 bug? Sorry, no

A killer Windows 7 bug? Sorry, no Ed Bott: The blogosphere is abuzz over a newly publicized bug in Windows 7. I read about it yesterday on a blog, where it was described as a "critical bug in Windows 7 RTM." My take? It's alarming behavior if you're unaware of what's happening.

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A look at On2 Technologies and why Google wants it Larry Dignan: It's not very often that Google makes an acquisition of a company no one's heard of. That's what happened when the search giant bought On2 Technologies, a penny stock trading in obscurity on the American Stock Exchange, for 60 cents a share. Here's a look at On2's business and Google's grander plans.

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SmartPlanet: Is high-speed rail worth it in the U.S.? Andrew Nusca: Is the Obama administration's proposed high-speed rail project a much-needed infrastructure project or an optimistic waste of financial resources? According to Harvard economics professor Edward Glaser, it's a bit of both.

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