If you want a headstart on tomorrow’s headlines, here’s an article about today’s appeals court ruling vacating the remedies ordered by Judge Jackson and remanding the case back to a different trial judge.

Microsoft also backed away from the controversies about the “smart tags” feature planned for Windows XP. (See the June 19 item below and this article about today’s decision.) People raised the specter of Microsoft trying to take control of the Internet. It was mostly nonsense, but Microsoft first decided to turn the feature off by default, and now has decided to leave it out of Windows XP altogether. It would be nice to think that Microsoft would bow to public pressure and back away from “product activation,” but they seem to be holding firm on that one.

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