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+ - Forbes: Microsoft's "Sneak" Attack on Goog->

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Gaurav writes "Pursuing their usual goals of accurate and honest newsreporting, Forbes has a small article on Microsoft's upcoming "sneak attack" on Google.

Ballmer isn't portraying the updated browser as a Google destroyer, but many of its features turn out to be a crafty way for people to get around using the most popular search service. [..] The new browser comes with a search box in the upper right-hand corner and, just below that, a row of tiny logos for various search destinations, such as Yahoo, Ebay and MySpace. You can select which destinations you want to include here. [...] Another Google-dodging feature in the new browser: Highlighting a street address on a Web page launches a map, with the default set to Microsoft's Live Maps (though you can change this default to Google Maps).

It's like being back in 2000 all over again."
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+ - China's music industry find piracy "a lost cau->

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Gaurav writes "According to BBC World, China's music industry is already embracing a world where piracy makes selling music a losing proposition. From the article:

Whereas the US and Europe are still finding ways to counter piracy, Chinese record companies have already decided it is a lost cause, finding other ways to make money which are not directly related to music sales. This comes from necessity rather than by choice, says Shen Lihui, the head of China's largest independent label, Modern Sky, based in Beijing. [...] "It's the first place that encountered the problem (of piracy)," says Shen Lihui. "But you can do anything in China. It's the freest place. Try another business model."
This label has also made its entire record catalog available for free download online."

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