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Silicon laser could replace copper wiring in PCs

Researchers from Intel and the University of California at Santa Barbara have found a way to build low-cost "laser chips" that could eventually shuttle data around PCs at much higher speeds than today's copper wire interconnects.

Microsoft releases new OS for old PCs

Microsoft released a new version of its operating system for businesses this week that extends the life of older PCs by effectively turning them into thin-client computers.

Scientists pave way for cheaper, cleaner chips

U.K. researchers have found a way to use ultraviolet (UV) light instead of furnaces to create the silicon dioxide insulation layer on computer chips, a breakthrough that could lead to big energy savings for chip makers and lower prices for customers.

Music industry prepares suit against Yahoo China

A recording industry group is preparing to file a lawsuit against Yahoo China for allegedly infringing its members' copyrights by providing links to illegal music download sites, a spokesman for the group confirmed on Tuesday.

Microsoft enters the robotics market

Microsoft released the preview version of a software toolkit for building robot applications on Tuesday, pledging to ignite the robot market in the same way it did the PC market some 20 years ago.

Parts of JPEG patent rejected; Forgent to appeal

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected 19 of the 47 claims in a patent held by Forgent Networks, which the company has been using to assert licensing rights related to the JPEG digital image standard.

Microsoft advises switching Word to 'safe mode'

Microsoft is advising people to run its Word application in "safe mode" to help guard against a Trojan program that surfaced recently, although security experts on Wednesday said there still appears little cause for alarm.

Google to sell video ads

Google will soon begin selling video advertisements on the Web, opening a new front in its battle for a bigger slice of the online advertising market.

Skype patches medium-risk security hole

Skype is advising users to upgrade to a more recent version of its VoIP software to fix a security bug reported late last week by a security researcher in New Zealand.

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