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EU Victory Leaves Questions for Vista

European antitrust regulators' victory over Microsoft was a resounding smack at the software maker's old business practices, but it left analysts divided as to how the company's new businesses, including Windows Vista, might be affected. Last year, Microsoft faced complaints from rivals about the way the pending Vista operating system handled search, antivirus security and certain document...

Apple Partners with O2 for iPhone's UK Launch

Apple's iPhone officially has a phone company partner in the UK. After weeks of rumors, Apple announced Tuesday that O2 -- the largest UK mobile phone operator -- would be its exclusive wireless carrier there. The UK launch is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 9, with iPhones sold through Apple and O2 stores, as well as through 1,300 Carphone Warehouse locations. The price for the...

EBay stops sale of Belgium

Internet auction website eBay on Monday withdrew an unusual second-hand sale item, the country of Belgium, which had attracted an offer of 10 million euros (13.9 million dollars).

E. Coli Fears Trigger Nine-State Lettuce Recall

A package of Dole salad mix that tested positive for E. coli has triggered a recall in at least nine states, prompting new produce fears almost exactly a year after a nationwide spinach scare. The tainted bag of Dole's Hearts Delight salad mix was sold at a store in Canada, officials said. Neither Canadian health officials nor Dole Food Co. have received reports of anyone getting sick from...

New Osteoporosis Drug Said To Be Promising

For the first time, an osteoporosis drug has reduced deaths and prevented new fractures in elderly patients with broken hips, according to new research. Some experts called the drop in deaths "striking" but said other drugs could have a similar effect. In the study, there were 28 percent fewer deaths and 35 percent fewer fractures in the group that got a once-a-year infusion of the bone...

Leaky Seals on Shuttle May Delay Flight

Leaky hydraulic seals on space shuttle Discovery must be replaced, and the extra work may end up delaying next month's flight, a NASA official said Monday. NASA plans to replace the seals in the right main landing gear strut later this week with help from contractor BF Goodrich, said George Diller, a space agency spokesman. The job includes removing the brakes, wheels and tires, and NASA was...

Health Care Spending Highest in the Northeast

Staying healthy is a costly business in the United States, particularly in the Northeast, government statistics show. Annual health care spending per person totaled $6,409 in New England and $6,151 in the rest of the Northeast, compared to a national average of $5,283, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports in Tuesday's issue of the journal Health Affairs. The totals...

Letters: GM seeds of discontent

Letters: The government should take a close look at the how poorly GM crops have performed before getting into bed with the biotech industry and the NFU (Return of GM: ministers back moves to grow crops in the UK, September 17).

AOL Wants to Consolidate Digital Media

(AP) -- AOL wants to become your digital warehouse. Its BlueString service, announced Monday, is intended as a repository for all your media files. It'll even keep track of collections you have at competing sites like Yahoo Inc.'s Flickr, and it'll let you create and share slideshows combining photos, video and songs no matter where they are stored.

EU Victory Leaves Questions for Vista

(AP) -- European antitrust regulators' victory over Microsoft was a resounding smack at the software maker's old business practices, but it left analysts divided as to how the company's new businesses, including Windows Vista, might be affected.

FDA OKs Genetic Test Linked to Warfarin

(AP) -- A genetic test that can reveal what patients are especially sensitive to the blood-thinner warfarin won federal approval Monday. Such screenings could prevent thousands of complications each year, health officials estimate.

Google Expands Online Software Suite

(AP) -- Google Inc. has expanded its online suite of office software to include a business presentation tool similar to Microsoft Corp.'s popular PowerPoint, adding the latest twist in a high-stakes rivalry.

Health-related spam

A new study in PLoS Medicine has found that a third of all spam messages advertise health products such as drugs and natural health products and that it is easy to purchase prescription drugs and controlled substances advertised in these messages.

Mars Orbiter in Safe Mode After Glitch

(AP) -- The Mars Odyssey orbiter was in safe mode Monday after a computer glitch prevented the 6-year-old spacecraft from relaying data from the twin rovers rolling across the Martian surface.