Microsoft Moving To Pay-TV System

Eager to break into lucrative web-based pay TV, Microsoft has held discussions with television networks and other media companies about developing a system to stream programs via its devices and software, company sources have told Reuters. The new venture would compete with Google TV, Apple TV, and Netflix, which already stream TV shows and movies.

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China Crackdown on Piracy

China’s government announced a new crackdown Tuesday on rampant illegal copying of products from software to music that is adding to tensions with Washington and other governments over trade and currency complaints.

Trade groups say Chinese piracy of software and some other goods is growing despite repeated promises to stamp it out. The World Trade Organization sided with Washington in January in a complaint that Beijing was failing to enforce patents, copyrights and trademarks aggressively enough.

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