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Newswatch 8.30.07: Decker clears Yahoo's decks

Decker shakes up staff at YHOO

[NYT] The latest in a string of internal shake-ups will bring together Yahoo’s sales operations with the company’s publisher network, corporate partnerships and HotJobs to form a “global partner solutions” division. It will be led by Hilary Schneider, a fast-rising protégée of Ms. Decker.

Eolas settles with MSFT over IE patents

[Seattle PI] Microsoft and Eolas Technologies Inc. have settled their high-profile patent dispute over technology in Internet Explorer, according to a letter to Eolas shareholders from Mark Swords, the company's chief operating officer. The agreement resolves a case in which Microsoft was previously hit with a judgment of more than $500 million.

YouTube cuts a deal with UK music publishers

[Ars Technica] YouTube has made an agreement with the UK-based MCPS-PRS Alliance, a group that pays royalties to publishers, songwriters, and composers. YouTube will pay a flat fee in order to use its members' work on the site, while another US-based publishing group waits for a similar deal.

Monster tries to defend delay in notifying jobseekers

[News.com] Some two weeks after Symantec told Monster of a, um, gargantuan breach of the system, executives admit the theft may have been much larger than the 1.2m names Symantec originally reported and defended the delay in notification.

Conference call? Dell would rather not

[News.com] Dell has failed to file its last six quarterly earnings reports and its last annual report with the SEC due to the company's internal investigation into its accounting practices. Dell says it's going to get current with its SEC filings in the first week of November, which is good timing. The NASDAQ informed Dell last week it had until November 12 to get its act together or it will be delisted.

Net must stay open, says Cerf

[FT] “The most important thing is to make sure we have a secure and stable network. There are ways to attack the system which we need to defend against.”

MSFT delays Longhorn

[InfoWorld] When Microsoft unveiled the long-awaited details of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on Wednesday, the company also quietly pushed back the release date for another highly anticipated product, Windows Server 2008. The update to Microsoft's server OS, formerly code-named "Longhorn," had been due for release by the end of the year, but the company said Wednesday that the new target for release is the first quarter of 2008.

US ready to end antitrust decree on MSFT, states not

[InfoWorld] Key parts of the consent decree -- which grew out of the 2002 antitrust settlement struck with Microsoft by the U.S. Department of Justice and 20 states -- are scheduled to expire Nov. 12. On one side, the U.S. Department of Justice and five states -- New York, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin -- told the judge that the decree had done its job.

Sony intros video Walkman

[Reuters] The devices will support an open platform -- which means they will play a variety of music formats such as MP3 and Microsoft Corp's WMA, providing more choices for downloading and managing music and video collections online.

MSFT buys Parlano for corporate social networking

[AP] Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it will buy a small Chicago-based technology company and add its group-chat software to a broad vision for integrated office communications programs.

IBM makes headway on nanocomputing

[Reuters] Imagine cramming 30,000 full-length movies into a gadget the size of an iPod. Scientists at IBM said on Thursday they had moved closer to such a feat by learning how to steer single atoms in a way that could create building blocks for ultra-tiny storage devices.