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October 16, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp., lagging behind Google Inc. in Internet search, introduced a new version of its search engine for Windows-based mobile phones that enables customers to find listings using their voice. Live Search Mobile, which users have to download to their handsets, displays listings and driving directions on maps, Microsoft said Monday. The company will also offer free 411 directory assistance from any phone.
October 12, 2007 | Sam Farmer
Lots of people remember the career of former Buffalo Bills safety Mark Kelso because of the cartoonishly large helmet he wore. Thanks to that helmet, Kelso also can remember his career. Kelso, 44, is an administrator and assistant football coach at a Catholic high school in western New York. As a dad with two teenage sons who play, and as a pro football fan with a better understanding than most, he shudders when he sees a player knocked out the way Miami quarterback Trent Green was last Sunday.
October 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Adobe Systems Inc. plans to acquire Virtual Ubiquity Inc., maker of the Buzzword word processor, to compete with Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. San Jose-based Adobe is looking to a team of former Lotus application developers to enable users of its Adobe Acrobat software to work together on publishing shared documents. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The software lets users collaborate on shared documents and allows them to save data or format changes online.
October 2, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
san francisco -- Yahoo Inc. has spent almost four years trying to catch up to Google Inc. in Web-search technology. Today it's trying to jump ahead. Yahoo plans to unveil a revamped search engine that it says delivers faster, more relevant and engaging results than market leader Google, which handles more than half of the Web's search requests. Sunnyvale, Calif.
August 31, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is expected to announce a souped-up iPod and a deal to let iPhone users buy ring tones through the iTunes store at an event next week, music industry sources said. Following its custom, Apple recently sent invitations to analysts and reporters for a Sept. 5 event but didn't say what it was about.
August 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Computer maker Apple Inc. and German automaker Volkswagen are discussing the possibility of building an "iCar" that would feature products by the producer of the ubiquitous iPod personal music player. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn met several days ago in California and plan to meet for further discussions, said Hans-Gerd Bode, a spokesman for VW. There are "scores of ideas" but few concrete plans at this point, Bode said.
August 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Philip Morris USA said it would introduce a moist smokeless tobacco product this fall under the Marlboro brand, selling it first in the Atlanta area. The Richmond, Va.-based company will sell the spitting tobacco in original and wintergreen flavors for about $3 a can. It is part of a wider effort to sell more smokeless products in the U.S. as cigarette consumption declines because of health concerns, smoking bans and price increases. Philip Morris USA is owned by New York-based Altria Group.
August 17, 2007 | From Reuters
Sprint Nextel Corp. made its biggest push yet to convince investors of its bet on WiMax technology, saying it would spend as much as $5 billion on a high-speed wireless network by 2010 and it forecast $5 billion in revenue a year later. The No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier also said Thursday that it expected spending on the network through 2008 to be at the low end of its previous estimates because of an agreement to connect its network with smaller provider Clearwire Corp.
August 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Merck & Co. stopped development of an experimental pill for chronic pain, the latest setback in its bid to replace the recalled painkiller Vioxx. The drug, MK-6721, "does not demonstrate the ideal pharmaceutical characteristics considered necessary to advance the compound further in development," Merck's partner on the pill, closely held Neuromed Pharmaceuticals, said in a statement. Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck declined to comment. The company is trying to recoup some of the $2.
June 27, 2007 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Soulless. Repetitive. Clunky. Those were some of the kinder words that critics have bestowed on video games based on Hollywood films. But many of those games have nonetheless sold well thanks to the movie marketing blitz that accompanies box-office releases. For example, the "Enter the Matrix" game, which one critic called "astoundingly dull," sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S.
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