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What's Microsoft's next billion-dollar business? (Hint: it's not search)

What's Microsoft's next billion-dollar business? (Hint: it's not search) Mary Jo Foley: While many company watchers continue to fret over what Microsoft will and won't do to make money in the search/online advertising space, there are other less sexy Microsoft business units plodding successfully along with relatively little public notice.

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Hacker demos persistent Mac keyboard attack

Hacker demos persistent Mac keyboard attack Ryan Naraine: Apple's sleek $49 Mac keyboards can be hacked and infected with keystroke loggers and impossible to detect rootkits, according to a security researcher presenting at this year's Black Hat/DEFCON conferences.

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Where's the competition to Sony's P-Series?

Where's the competition to Sony's P-Series? Andrew Nusca: Way back in January, Sony debuted its P-Series Lifestyle PC, an 8-inch laptop computer that shoehorned netbook-level innards into a men's suit wallet -sized form factor. Upon its introduction, there was nothing like it. But it's been eight months. Where's the competition?

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SmartPlanet: Why your children won't land on the moon

SmartPlanet: Why your children won't land on the moon Dana Blankenhorn: Radiation and the cost of getting out of gravity are keeping us from reaching other planets, and a Presidential commission looking into NASA's future sees no easy answers. I think it's time that private industry and global citizenry started driving this train.

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HD DVD returns and kicks Blu-ray to the gutter

Robin Harris: What happened to Blu-ray's dominance? Blu-ray's dominance. Watching the CD business crater, studio thought that HD would drive their business to new heights while eliminating piracy. It was an optical gold rush that has turned into a mirage.

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