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Newswatch 12.24.07: FBI building biometric tool

Vonage settles with AT&T

[Reuters] AT&T sued the company, accusing it with using packet-based telephony products, which allows voice conversations to be carried over the Internet, based on products that use technology covered by AT&T patents.

FBI prepares vast biometric database

[WashPost] The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.

Store scalps Wiis on eBay

[Ars] "The real crime is that we get Wii shipments regularly. In fact, right now we have about 20, but none of them make it to the store front. They all get put on the store's eBay site at a minimum $499.99 buying price."

YHOO China infringes copyright

[News.com] "The ruling against Yahoo China is extremely significant in clarifying copyright rules for Internet music services in China," John Kennedy, chairman and CEO of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries, or IFPI, said in a statement Thursday.

RedHat hires Delta exec as CEO

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution] Former Delta Air Lines executive Jim Whitehurst, one of two internal candidates who were not chosen as the carrier's new CEO, has landed in the top post at a well-known technology company.

IBM acquires high-speed DB maker

[InfoWeek] Solid specializes in developing databases that are stored in a computer's high-speed random access memory (RAM), bypassing the hard drive. The result is a system that can deliver data to applications virtually in real time, according to Solid.