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Around the Web 10.1.08: Apple threatens, Microsoft pays, Activision sues

October 1, 2008 |  9:03 am

-- A Norwegian agency says it will sue Apple to force the company to change the digital rights management for its iTunes store so songs can be played on devices other than iPods. Reuters

-- Apple threatens to shutter iTunes if music royalties are raised from 9 cents to 15 cents a tune. Fortune

-- World of Warcraft creator Blizzard wins a $6-million judgment against the maker of a software program that lets players advance faster in the game. BBC

-- Microsoft pays users to use its search engine via SearchPerks. CNet

-- Hewlett-Packard pays $360 million for storage specialist LeftHand Networks. MarketWatch

-- Activision heeds call of duty to hunt down software pirates. Ars Technica

-- Netflix to add Starz flicks to its streaming service. LAT

-- StumbleUpon eliminates the need for a software toolbar to use its website discovery service. CNet

-- News flash: Apple to add a Flash player to the iPhone browser. Flash Magazine

-- Italian designer makes yummy Pac-Man furniture. BoingBoing

-- Facebook widgets face extinction. Valleywag

-- Alex Pham

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