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Microsoft to open own retail stores

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced plans to open its own stores despite the economic downturn that has left many retailers struggling.

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Review: Asus `kitchen computer' does the job

Posted: 02/16/2009 - AsusTek Computer Inc. upended the laptop market when it brought out the tiny, cheap Eee PC a year and a half ago. As a follow-up, the plucky Taiwanese company is trying something harder: conquering the kitchen.

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Backlog still large for TV converter box coupons

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Though hundreds of TV stations are turning off their analog signals next week, households in line for their $40 coupons for digital converter boxes are likely to have to wait at least several weeks longer

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Decoding The Common Cold

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Scientists create genetic map of all known rhinoviruses, first step toward a cure.

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Can all that Twitters turn to gold amid the gloom?

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Twitter Inc. has spawned a new way to communicate by limiting messages to 140 keystrokes. So here's a way to describe the Internet's latest craze within Twitter's space restrictions:

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For millions, digital TV deadline still is now

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Isidro Diaz surfs channels on his old TV about three hours a night in the trailer he rents for $350 a month. Come Tuesday, his limited choice of programs will be much more limited.

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Chinese blogger stabbed after public reading

Posted: 02/16/2009 - A Chinese blogger whose satirical postings have gained a wide following was stabbed in the stomach at a Beijing book store after giving a reading, witnesses and friends said Monday.

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Kosovo struggles 1 year after independence

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Giant steel letters still spell out an exultant "NEWBORN" on a downtown square in Kosovo's gritty capital. But a year after the majority Albanian territory defiantly declared independence from Serbia, the elation has given way to frustration.

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South Korea's first Roman Catholic cardinal dies

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, South Korea's first cardinal and a tireless advocate for democracy who stood up to a string of military dictators, died Monday. He was 86.

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Chavez calls Venezuela vote mandate for socialism

Posted: 02/16/2009 - President Hugo Chavez says a referendum victory that removed limits on his re-election is a mandate to intensify his socialist agenda for decades to come. Opponents warn of an impending dictatorship.

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Roadside bombs kill 8 Iraqi Shiite pilgrims

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Roadside bombs struck two minibuses filled with Shiite pilgrims returning to Baghdad on Monday, killing eight people, officials said, in the latest of a series of deadly attacks targeting the pilgrims.

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British, French nuclear subs collide in Atlantic

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, authorities acknowledged Monday - touching off new concerns about the safety of the world's deep sea missile fleets.

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Airstrike in Afghanistan kills Taliban commander

Posted: 02/16/2009 - A coalition airstrike has killed a powerful Taliban commander who broke a promise to renounce violence after village elders persuaded President Hamid Karzai to free him from prison, officials said Monday.

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Chinese blogger stabbed after public reading

Posted: 02/16/2009 - A Chinese blogger whose satirical postings have gained a wide following was stabbed in the stomach at a Beijing book store after giving a reading, witnesses and friends said Monday.

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Roadside bombs kill 8 Iraqi Shiite pilgrims

Posted: 02/16/2009 - Roadside bombs struck two minibuses filled with Shiite pilgrims returning to Baghdad on Monday, killing eight people, officials said, in the latest of a series of deadly attacks targeting the pilgrims.

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Islamic law to be imposed in parts of Pakistan

Posted: 02/16/2009 - The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across a large swath of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at pacifying a spreading Taliban insurgency there.

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Obama to appoint panel for auto recovery

Posted: 02/16/2009 - It will take more than one "car czar" to help get the embattled U.S. auto industry back on track, President Barack Obama has decided. Instead, his administration is establishing a presidential task force to direct the restructuring of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, a senior administration official said Sunday night.

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