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January 2006: Journalist.


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Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Washington Post Source May 15, 2007

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Jun 12, 2007 Vista Limits Choices, Google Alleges

QUOTE: Allegations by Google that Microsoft's new operating system unfairly disadvantages competitors has revived antitrust accusations against Microsoft and opened a front in a bitter war between the two technology giants .... Google, which submitted a 50-page document detailing its concerns, has told federal and state officials who monitor the consent decree that Vista's design makes it difficult for users who want to run Google's desktop search instead.

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Jun 01, 2007 Longtime 'Spam King' Charged With Fraud

QUOTE: From his 17th-floor Seattle apartment overlooking Puget Sound, Robert A. Soloway allegedly ran an illicit network of computers around the world, secretly commandeering the machines of thousands of unsuspecting bystanders. .... But federal authorities caught up this week with the man prosecutors call the "spam king" and arrested him on 35 charges of fraud, identity theft and money laundering, casting a light on the byzantine, highly lucrative underworld of mass e-mail marketing.

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May 19, 2007 Web Ads With An Audience Of One

QUOTE: Microsoft's $6 billion purchase of a major online advertising company announced yesterday underscores a core moneymaking strategy of the digital economy: watching you. The deal would give Microsoft the ability to place ads on sites other than its own, as well as evaluate whether the ads are effective. It also would enhance Microsoft's ability to target advertising based on users' Web-surfing habits.

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May 15, 2007 A Casualty Of War: MySpace: U.S. Military Blocks Popular Web Sites, Cutting Ties to Home

QUOTE: The Defense Department began blocking access on its computers to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other Web sites yesterday, severing some of the most popular ties linking U.S. troops in combat areas to their far-flung relatives and friends, and depriving soldiers of a favorite diversion from the boredom of overseas duty .... Senior officers said they enacted the worldwide ban out of concern that the rapidly increasing use of these sites threatened to overwhelm the military's private Internet network and risk the disclosure of combat-sensitive material.

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Apr 18, 2007 Patently at Odds: Drug and Tech Sectors Battle With Reform High on Agenda

QUOTE: Two of the country's leading industries, computer technology and drug manufacturing, are battling over an effort by Congress to overhaul the way inventors profit from ideas, with executives on both sides saying billions of dollars are at stake.

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Feb 22, 2007 Microsoft Loses Big In MP3 Patent Suit: $1.52 Billion Penalty Could Be Harbinger

QUOTE: The company [Alcatel-Lucent] successfully argued that Microsoft infringed on the patents by including the digital music technology in its Windows operating system starting in 1998. The same technology later was used in Microsoft's Windows Media Player and is included in the Windows Vista operating system, which was released to the public last month.

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Feb 22, 2007 Court Takes on Software Patents: Microsoft Case May Have Global Reach

QUOTE: Microsoft admitted it infringed the AT&T patent on computers sold domestically but contends that it is not liable for its programs installed by computer manufacturers overseas. In 1984, Congress amended the patent law to forbid companies from shipping components of patented inventions overseas and having the parts assembled elsewhere in an attempt to skirt patent laws.

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Dec 30, 2006 Apple Admits Wrongdoing But Rallies Around Leader

QUOTE: Apple Computer disclosed yesterday that it had falsified approval of 7.5 million stock options for its chief executive and innovative co-founder, Steve Jobs, raising new questions about the role he may have played in a scandal that has swirled around the dynamic technology company for months.

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Nov 14, 2006 Internet Firms Seek Rollback of Quote Fees: Coalition to Ask SEC to Reconsider Charges for Posting Real-Time Stock Prices

QUOTE: "A coalition of leading Internet companies, including Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and IAC/Interactive Corp., plans today to petition the Securities and Exchange Commission to reconsider new fees that U.S. stock exchanges charge them for posting real-time stock quotes on their Web sites."

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Jan 07, 2006 Asia Keeps Burmese Industry Humming: Trade, Both Legal and Illegal, Blunts Effect of U.S. Economic Sanctions

QUOTE: Burmese industry and exports were on the decline in the 1990s as a result of progressive attempts by the United States to tighten economic sanctions on Burma, protesting its suppression of democracy. But the effort to pressure its rulers has been vastly undercut by the enthusiasm of other countries, especially Burma's Asian neighbors, to tap its cheap workforce and abundant natural resources...

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Jan 03, 2006 Ex-Inmates Describe Torture In Burma: Two Who Challenged Junta Still Pressing for Change

QUOTE: ...psychological and physical abuse endured by political prisoners in Burma, which is ruled by a military junta. More than 1,100 people remain in jail for seeking democratic reform, according to Amnesty International.

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Oct 22, 2005 Hughes Misreports Iraqi History: Envoy Vastly Overstates Fact in Justifying War to Indonesian Students

QUOTE: envoy Karen Hughes...defended the invasion of Iraq by telling skeptical students that deposed president Saddam Hussein had gassed hundreds of thousands of his own people. Her remark was an impassioned answer to familiar criticisms of U.S. policy...But it was also wrong.

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Jun 22, 2005 China Denies Promoting Use of Drug on Chickens

QUOTE: "China's Agriculture Ministry denied Tuesday that the government had encouraged farmers to use an influenza drug intended for people to treat bird flu in poultry, a practice that researchers say would make the drug ineffective if the virus broke out among humans."

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Sep 22, 2004 Indonesian Plans to Act Swiftly on Graft Cases: President-Elect to Battle Corruption, Advisers Say

QUOTE: Aides to the retired army general said he would set a tone for his presidency by accelerating highly publicized corruption cases now languishing in the hands of prosecutors.

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Sep 19, 2004 Surprise Victory in Philippines Puts Crack in Dynasty Tradition

QUOTE: Padaca's victory not only broke the power of Dy's family over most of the key posts in Isabela but also exposed cracks in the dynastic system of government that has long characterized the Philippines at provincial and national levels.

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May 28, 2002 U.S. Considers Outlining Terms for Mideast Pact

QUOTE: ...any new [U.S.] effort to draw the outlines of a permanent agreement on such issues as borders, Jerusalem or Palestinian refugees, or to accommodate an Arab demand for a timeline, could bring the administration into conflict with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

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