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Week in review: Microsoft getting lucky with 7?

Sales and usage of new OS are up, while Intel attracts additional antitrust attention. Also: AT&T has a lawyer for that app ad.

It looks as though Microsoft may have a winner in Windows 7, at least in comparison to Vista.

The software giant saw relatively strong early adoption of Windows 7 in the 10 days since its official launch. According to Net Applications, more than 3 percent of PCs accessing the Web in the past two days have been doing so using the new operating system. Usage of the operating system has been growing strong in recent days, though Windows 7 already accounted for 2 percent of global Web traffic in the days ahead of its formal launch.

Judging by its initial sales, Windows 7 is certainly proving more popular than Vista. Microsoft sold 234 percent more boxed editions of Windows 7 than it did Vista in the initial releases of both products, according to research released by NPD Group.

In actual dollars, Windows 7 has also been more successful than Vista. However, early discounts on pre-sales copies and a lack of a promotional boost behind Windows 7 Ultimate led to revenues only 82 percent greater than those of Vista.
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More headlines

New York antitrust suit accuses Intel of bribery

Intel used payments to keep computer makers from selling systems with AMD chips, according to New York's attorney general. It's a new front in an old Intel war.
•  N.Y. lawsuit details Intel's 'largesse' toward Dell

T-Mobile experiencing widespread outage

The cellular carrier acknowledges problems affecting both its voice and data networks.
•  T-Mobile users still reeling from outage
•  T-Mobile says software error behind outage

AT&T vs. Verizon: There's a lawyer for that

AT&T is suing Verizon Wireless over its "There's a Map for That" ad campaign, stating that it misleads consumers about AT&T's network coverage.

Corporate bank accounts targeted in online fraud

Small and medium-size businesses, governments, and school districts are targets of online bank fraud involving malicious e-mails, key loggers, and money mules, FBI says.
•  Phishing, worms spike this year, say Microsoft and McAfee
•  New Trojan encrypts files but leaves no ransom note
•  Hacker breaks into jailbroken iPhones, asks for $7

Barnes & Noble hit with suit over Nook

A Cupertino, Calif.-based start-up claims the bookseller misappropriated its trade secrets in its design of a similar e-reader.
•  Spring Design seeks injunction barring Nook sales

Microsoft gives the MSN butterfly a makeover

It's given a new look to both its home page and the MSN butterfly logo. The main page now has just half as many links, with more videos and photos.
•  Microsoft to fix holes in Windows, Office

Mozilla: Firefox 3.6 won't be late

The first beta of Firefox 3.6 may have crossed the finish line weeks late, but Mozilla says the final version should still be done this year.
•  Firefox gets a quick fix
•  Firefox gains Windows 7 features

Lack of global climate deal won't crush green tech

No matter what happens in Copenhagen next month, green-tech companies say industry and national governments will drive investment in the near term, an analysis shows.
•  Waste Management squeezes fuel from landfills
•  LA changing its glow for more efficiency
•  PetroAlgae signs deal with Indian Oil

Mac game: Art project or malware?

Is the Lose/Lose game a legitimate art project, or should it be flagged as malware because it deletes files?

Virtual goods: Duping the masses?

When is ad not an ad? When it's an offer for something other than what you think you are signing up for.
•  After onstage spat, Offerpal replaces CEO
•  Offerpal Media mess gets stickier

Beatles copyright case down a legal rabbit hole

BlueBeat is streaming Beatles recordings for free and selling them for 25 cents apiece, claiming that they aren't the original recordings and therefore aren't copyright-protected.
•  Beatles catalog comes to USB
•  No Doubt says 'no' to Band Hero depiction

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•  Best Buy to launch branded movie download service
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