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  • Microsoft pay tv. Two sources "familiar with the situation" reportedly told Reuters that a Microsoft pay-television subscription service would allow people to view content through multiple Microsoft devices, like the Xbox. Microsoft has already tested the waters by adding live-streamed ESPN content to its Xbox Live 2010 update. "We think the more competition the better, we will price and package it in such a way that we still make the dual revenue stream," a Microsoft employee reportedly told Reuters. "We could probably charge more for interactive advertising."
  • Microsoft has started letting developers build and release applications for Windows Phone 7 using Visual Basic, potentially opening the door to more applications on the new smartphone platform. The release is limited for now. Developers must use Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher. Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone is not supported. In addition, developers can only use Visual Basic for Silverlight WP7 apps. That means that Visual Basic developers can't build WP7 apps in the XNA Framework, which is Microsoft's gaming runtime environment.
  • The Apple iPad and other tablet devices are turning quite a few heads and chipping away at your business. Gartner on Monday said it has cut its forecast for global PC shipments in 2011, largely due to growing popularity of tablets, like the popular iPad, which are diverting traditional PC sales. Gartner is now projecting that 352.4 million PCs will ship this year, 14.3% more than 2009. Gartner had previosuly projected that 2010 PC shipments would increase by 17.9%. "These results reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on expectations of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such as the iPad," said Ranjit Atwal, a Gartner research direct, in a statement. "Over the longer term, media tablets are expected to displace around 10% of PC units by 2014."
  • Comcast customers from Boston to Washington, D.C., lost Internet access late Sunday evening due to an issue with the DNS servers. Comcast subscribers up and down the East Coast lost Internet access on Nov. 28. While the company said access was restored, there were still a handful of users reporting issues as of Monday morning. Comcast's customer service initially reported an "Internet-related issue" on Twitter under the account Comcastcares late Sunday evening before following up with, "Internet outage larger than just Boston.
  • Hoping to finally launch thefaceslap.com? Sorry, Charlie, you're too late: Facebook may have just won the rights to the word "face." The social-networking giant was just given a green light in its efforts to trademark the word "face." The company's efforts have moved Facebook's pursuit of face past the opposition period, according to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, and a "Notice of Allowance" has been issued. And it looks like the application will be approved, Neil Friedman, a partner at law firm Baker and Reynolds who regularly practices trademark law, told FoxNews.com.
  • Patents before the International Trade Commission, the first of several disputes over intellectual property that could redefine the smartphone market. The current conflict began in October 2009 when Nokia sued Apple, alleging that the Cupertino-based company had infringed on 10 of its patents with the iPhone. Apple countersued in December 2009, upping the ante by saying Nokia was in violation of 13 of its patents.
  • The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency picked the busiest online shopping day of the year to shut down 82 websites -- including the domain of a BitTorrent meta-search engine -- the federal government said are offering counterfeit or pirated goods. The ICE has sent the sites seizure orders on what's known as "Cyber Monday" as part of a government operation called Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0, according to a the Department of Justice (DoJ). commentary Internet shoppers once again have reason to question whether Visa and Mastercard are the best means for buying online.
  • People have been taking to Twitter and online forums to express shock about a compelling expose published in The New York Times on Friday. The story focused on an online retailer with a dubious history of customer service that included responding to complaints by unhappy patrons by allegedly threatening their lives. The newspaper reported that Vitaly Borker, a resident of New York, had generated so many complaints from selling eyewear on his site, DecorMyEyes.com, that all the negative comments had served him by raising his site higher in Google's search results. Besides potential problems with Google's search algorithms, David Segal, the story's author, unearthed all kinds of e-commerce collateral damage. Among the companies that should be embarrassed by the report for either failing to protect their customers or their inability to track down rogue retailers were eBay, Citibank, and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • Among the nearly 250,000 diplomatic cables that were released this weekend by Wikileaks is the revelation that China's Politburo orchestrated an attack on Google's computer systems. China's Politburo, which oversees the country's Communist Party, "directed the intrusion into Google's computer systems in that country," according to a report published by The New York Times. A Chinese contact reportedly relayed the information to the American Embassy in Beijing in July.
  • Nintendo said Monday that it sold 1.5 million of its video game consoles during the week of Black Friday. Between November 21 and November 27, Nintendo sold 900,000 of its Nintendo DS systems and 600,000 Wii consoles, according to internal sales estimates. "U.S. shoppers bought about 9,000 Nintendo hardware systems nonstop for every hour of every day during the week of Black Friday," Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president, said in a statement.

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