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Microsoft Buys RSS Alert Company

Steve Rubel reports that Microsoft has purchased MessageCast, an RSS alert company. Microsoft describes it in the press release as “a leading provider of automated alerting and messaging technology”. Microsoft has used MessageCast until now in MSN as part of the MSN Alerts service, which helps users receive time-sensitive information from various news sources, delivered via Messenger, e-mail, text messaging and other methods. Microsoft calls this a “natural progression” of their relationship with MessageCast.

May 11th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | MSN, General | no comments

MSN UK Wants You To Find “Thought Thieves”

MSN UK has a new competition, asking people to send in their short films on intellectual property theft for a chance to win £2,000 worth of film and equiqment vouchers. Called “Thought Thieves”, the site says:

Thought Thieves short film competition - get creative and win £2,000 of film and equiqment vouchers……
plus trips to the London screening for the finalists!

Thought Thieves is about people stealing and profiting from your creation or innovation. Think about it: how would you feel if you saw your hard work being passed off as the property of someone else? What would you do?

We want to know!

Send us your short film on intellectual property theft by 1st July 2005 for your chance to win £2,000 worth of film and video equipment vouchers. And finalists will be invited to attend a special screening of their films and presentation ceremony in London.

I recommend stealing someone else’s film and sending that in as a bit of irony.

Come on! With “Thought Thieves” as the title, did they think BoingBoing wouldn’t be making fun of them?

Google’s Chris DiBona says:

I can’t be the only one that finds the Microsoft “Thought Thieves” competition ironic and offensive. “Thought Thieves is about people stealing and profiting from your creation or innovation.” I mean, leaves you speechless, really. Thought Thieves? You have got to be kidding me how newspeak is that! It must be the week for chutzpah.

May 11th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | MSN, General | 4 comments

Firefox Takes Another Point Of Market Share

TechWeb reports that Firefox has taken another percentage point of market share from Internet Explorer, capturing 6.75% of the market. This is from numbers provided by WebSideStory, which show a one point increase since the previous numbers in February. Over the same period of time, IE saw its share decrease one point to 88.8%, considerably down from the 95% it enjoyed a year ago. Geoff Johnston, an analyst for WebSide Story, predicts Firefox will reach 10% by the end of the year.

Interesting enough, added Johnston, the U.S. isn’t the leader in Firefox fever. In Germany, for instance, 22.6 percent of Internet users hit the Web with Firefox. Under 70 percent, meanwhile, rely on Internet Explorer.

Japan, on the other, hand, has essentially ignored Firefox. WebSideStory’s numbers show that only 2.8 percent of that country’s users run Firefox, compared to 93.9 percent who use Internet Explorer.

May 11th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Internet Explorer, Open Source, General | no comments

Office 2006 Confirmed

Computerworld reports that Bill Gates confirmed yesterday that the next version of Microsoft Office will ship in 2006, several months ahead of Longhorn. Amit Agarwal says Beta 1 should arrive on August 29 of this year, followed by Beta 2 on December 5. Office 2006 is projected to be released to manufacturing on May 22, 2006, which a planned street date of July 17, 2006.

May 11th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | no comments