The spending bill Congress pushed through over the weekend includes a provision that will increase the number of foreign high-tech workers that U.S. companies can hire each year. Critics say the measure will make it more difficult for tech workers to find jobs.
Investment by Thompson could help Microsoft's avoid another clash with the European Union, while helping entertainment companies push forward with digital rights management software applications.
The technology specified in a new international standard won't protect travelers from identity thieves, critics say.
The far-reaching Intellectual Property Protection Act would deny consumers many of the freedoms they take for granted.
The ban on state and local governments from taxing consumer Net hookups is extended for three more years.
Companies say the deal would allow customers to access entertainment and communications content from almost anywhere.
New service will provide video-on-demand to 18 million SBC customers through fiber-optic cable by the end of 2007.
Microsoft and UNESCO will work to increase computer literacy and 'remove barriers to digital inclusion' in poorer countries.
Acquisition of MeshNetworks aims to promote the rollout of broadband wireless networks.
Infosys and Microsoft plan to invest $8 million in a new venture; Microsoft will hire hundreds more programmers in India.