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Microsoft to Buy Great Plains Software

Microsoft Corp. said it will buy Fargo, N.D.-based business software developer Great Plains Software Inc. in a $1.1 billion stock-swap deal that propels Microsoft into the corporate applications market - potentially putting it in competition with other vendors that support its operating systems and SQL Server database. Great Plains will continue to develop, market and support its current line of business management software, Microsoft said.

Oracle Extends $1M Bet for Speedy Sites

Oracle Corp. said it's extending its Web site performance guarantee to all customers of San Jose-based e-business software vendor BEA Systems Inc. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison originally made the guarantee in October during the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference, where he pledged $1 million to any company whose Web site doesn't run at least three times faster using the Oracle9i Application Server than it does using Microsoft Corp.'s SQL Server or IBM's DB2.

Filtering-Software Law OK'd By Congress

As part of its final budget agreement, Congress last month approved legislation that will require the use of filtering software at schools and public libraries. The Children's Internet Protection Act requires software that will block material considered "harmful to minors." But the American Civil Liberties Union said the use of this software in libraries is censorship and that it plans to make a legal challenge.

Yahoo Seeks U.S. Help

Yahoo Inc. on Dec. 21 asked the U.S. District Court in San Jose to enter a ruling declaring that the French government has no jurisdiction over the company. The filing was prompted by an order issued in November by a French court demanding that Yahoo prohibit the sale of Nazi artifacts from its online auction site to users in that country.

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