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HP Reschedules Technology Forum

Hewlett-Packard Co. has rescheduled its Technology Forum 2005, which had been slated for last week in New Orleans but was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The event will now be held Oct. 17-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The forum is the first general user conference sponsored by HP itself.

Youth Sentenced In Hilton Hack

A Massachusetts juvenile pleaded guilty to a January hacker attack that exposed the address book of socialite Paris Hilton to the Internet, said T-Mobile USA Inc., whose servers were compromised. The hacker was sentenced to 11 months' detention. The juvenile tricked T-Mobile employees into revealing the sensitive data and exploited a flaw in the company's Web site.

Eatoni Sues RIM for Patent Infringement

Eatoni Ergonomics Inc. has sued BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. over the design of the BlackBerry 7100 keyboard, claiming it holds a patent for the technology. Eatoni claims RIM infringed on a patent that covers mobile keyboards that use predictive-text technology. A RIM spokeswoman had no comment.

Ex-Microsoft Exec Can Help Google

A former Microsoft Corp. executive can help his new firm, Google Inc., set up a research and development facility in China while a Microsoft lawsuit challenging his hiring comes to trial in January 2006, a Washington Superior Court judge ruled. Kai-Fu Lee will be able to employ "his general knowledge, personal attributes, general reputation and skills" to set up and staff the Google center, Judge Steven Gonzalez wrote.

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