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Microsoft looks to decipher your scribblings. The Tablet PC operating system matches people’s scrawls against the company’s own database of handwriting samples. But there is some debate as to whether to tailor it to the individual. [CNET]

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Showtime, Microsoft Style. Does the world really want Microsoft dictating multimedia formats to the Internet and entertainment industries? By Rob Fixmer. [New York Times: Technology]

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Bob Wallace, Software Pioneer, Dies at 53. Bob Wallace developed an early version of the Pascal programming language and helped to invent “shareware” software marketing. By John Markoff. [New York Times: Technology]

Hydrotopia Say Goodbye To Foss

Hydrotopia. Say goodbye to fossil fuels. Author and environmentalist Jeremy Rifkin explains why hydrogen is the next great power source. []

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Second Ruling Against U.S. Death Penalty. A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that the federal death penalty law denies defendents the right to due process. By Pam Belluck. [New York Times: Politics]

Palestinians Will Not Surrender To Israel Pal

Palestinians ‘will not surrender’ to Israel. Palestinian intelligence chief Tawfiq Tirawi says he and other men besieged in Yasser Arafat’s HQ will fight to the death rather than surrender. [BBC News | WORLD]

Ukraine Faces Iraq Radar Sales Claim Ukraine Comes

Ukraine faces ‘Iraq radar sales’ claim. Ukraine comes under increasing pressure to explain allegations it broke UN sanctions on Iraq by supplying sophisticated radar equipment. [BBC News | WORLD]