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Newswatch 7.26.07: ConnectU suit on verge of dismissal

Judge: ConnectU suit 'gossamer thin'

[News.com] "Claims must have a factual basis," the judge said. The allegations, which ranged from breach of confidence to fraud to misappropriation of trade secrets, comprised a "most evanescent of explanations," Woodlock said.

MSFT acquires ad company AdECN

[News.com] Venture-backed AdECN has built a platform for buying and selling display advertising, which will be folded into Microsoft's Online Services Business.

Meebo names fastest growing IM client

[Mashable] As Meebo is a very inclusive chat network, aggregating the most popular chat clients, it has a wide appeal. Google Talk has also gained significant traction in the last year, tripling its user base and has reached 2.3 million unique visitors.

GOOG offers portal for Sprint WiMax

[Ars Technica] Google will offer an Internet portal to Sprint's WiMAX customers when the wireless broadband network begins to roll out in US test markets in 2007 and 2008.

Target picks BluRay, which is looking like a winner

[AP] Target Corp., the nation's second-largest retailer, will start selling a Sony Blu-ray high-definition DVD player during the critical holiday shopping period and feature the player along with Blu-ray discs in store displays, dealing a potential blow to the rival HD DVD format.

GOOG raises Turing prize to $250K

[Register] 2005 winner Vint Cerf: 'Google is proud to provide support for ACM's Turing Award and its unique role in celebrating innovations in technology that benefit society.'

Mozilla ditches Thunderbird

[Computerworld] Mitchell Baker: 'Mozilla doesn't focus on Thunderbird as much as we do browsing and Firefox, and we don't expect this to change in the foreseeable future.'

Ballmer asks for patience

[InfoWorld] 'Vista doesn't get done by three people in a garage in three days. A great misconception in the tech industry is that most successes happen overnight.'