Microsoft changes video ad tactic

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| Instead of forcing MSN Video visitors to watch an ad before every clip,
| Microsoft now shows one ad before their first video selection.

Popups in Windows...


Microsoft patents Tivo for commercial breaks

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| Microsoft has patented the idea of inserting fresh advertisements
| into old recordings on personal video recorders, to ensure you see
| today's ads even if you're watching a recording from last week.

Next version of Microsoft Works will be free but ad-driven

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| With all the hype being gathered up by Microsoft Office 2007, there is a
| tendency to forget about Microsoft's other office suite known as Microsoft
| Works. Â*

Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

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| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files,
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status
| messages? Â* Â*

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| Vista—Microsoft’s latest operating system—may prove to be most
| appropriately named, especially for those seeking evidence of how a
| computer was used.

Will Microsoft Put The Colonel in the Kernel?

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| "The kernel meets The Colonel in a just-published Microsoft patent
| application for an Advertising Services Architecture, which delivers targeted
| advertising as 'part of the OS.' Â*

"Microsoft Selling SEX to children!"

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| It advertises “Check out todays top 10 videos” with a picture of
| children watching videos and eating popcorn. SHAME ON YOU MICROSOFT
| for selling sex to children!

New Microsoft Ad Features Girl's Orgasm

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| The ad shows a teenager asking her dad if she can stay out late on
| a date. The dad agrees on a 10:30 curfew, then answers the door.
| When he sees a cigarette-smoking punk at the door to take out hisd
| aughter, the video flashes to a half-second scene showing a car
| parked in some disreputable section of town, bouncing up and down,

UK advertising authority nixes Xbox 360 spot

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| The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, an industry self-policing
| group, has ruled that an ad for Microsoft's Xbox 360 is out of
| bounds and can't be aired there again.

Viral Marketing Leads to Mock Gunfight

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| The latest in a series of attempts around the world to mimic the
| segment that, according to media analysts, amounts to free "viral
| advertising" for Microsoft Corp.
| The latest incident took place on Tuesday in the cafeteria at
| South Carleton High School when a crowd of students shot finger
| guns at one another and feigned death by either falling or
| slumping to the ground.