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The software giant then announced it will mark the business launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 with an event in New York on Nov. 30.

Microsoft also plans to tout the launch of Exchange 2007 at the "New Day for Business" event, to be held at the Nasdaq stock exchange and starring CEO Steve Ballmer. "This event will mark the business availability of three major releases from Microsoft," the company said in an invitation e-mailed to a set of journalists on Wednesday.

Also announced this week, Zend has signed a partnership with Microsoft to improve its open-source PHP software for creating dynamic Web pages.

PHP is used to create customized Web pages, typically by running scripts that process data stored in databases. It's commonly used in conjunction with Linux, Apache Web server software and MySQL database software, a package known as LAMP.

Like the aforementioned Microsoft-Novell partnership, the move spotlights a growing pragmatism, not just because Microsoft is accommodating previously shunned open-source software, but also because open-source companies are willing to work with Microsoft.

Copyright crackdown
Copyright infringement continues to be a hot topic with the increasing popularity of social networking and video sharing online, and on the heels of the news that Google is acquiring popular video-sharing site YouTube.

YouTube, for example, was set this week to remove from its site all copyright content from the Comedy Central Network, including video clips from "South Park," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report."

But content from "The Colbert Report" still lingered for a while on the site, perhaps an illustration of how little headway has been made in finding an effective way to review video.

Gracenote is among the first to cash in on technology that helps weed out copyright material, but given the demand, it won't likely be the last. MySpace used Gracenote's technology this week to eliminate unauthorized music from reaching the site.

Meanwhile, Revver.com, which recently came out of beta, sets itself apart from video-sharing sites like YouTube by paying its content creators through an ad revenue-sharing agreement.

Revver's model, inspired by its CEO's years looking out for budding talent, has landed YouTube stars like Lonelygirl15. But some wonder if it sullies the communal aspect of video sharing.

Copyright and related Internet policy are among the issues News.com examined in grading candidates on technology for next week's midterm elections, which come amid fears of glitches and foul play on computerized voting machines.

Also of note
Former CA exec Kumar sentenced to 12 years...FBI nabs phishers in U.S., Eastern Europe...Forgent settles JPEG patent cases...'Second Life' land prices get hefty hikes...Explosive shatters window at PayPal headquarters...Berners-Lee, universities launch 'Web science' initiative...Cingular to offer a new music download service...New questions for Mark Hurd, but few answers...Google thanks bug hunters.

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