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[News] Free Software Receives Boost from the Economy

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Hawking Open Source in Tough Times

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| When budgets are tightening pretty much everywhere, selling businesses on new 
| software systems is not an easy job. However, open source development and 
| support firms are using the world's economic malaise to underscore their 
| value propositions, hoping cash-strapped companies may give free software a 
| closer look.    
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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/enterprise/66272.html?wlc=1235595301

Opengear Reports Record Order Bookings in Q4 2008

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| Opengear experienced record order bookings in the fourth quarter of 2008 
| ending December 31, 2008 and has started off the first quarter of 2009 with 
| what will be a record first quarter for the company despite the economic 
| slowdown. Opengear attributes their success to an increase in new channel 
| partners and customers, leading edge marketing initiatives, next generation 
| product features and the best customer service and technical support in the 
| console server market space.       
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http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/opengear-reports-record-order-bookings/story.aspx?guid={2B469B5C-9362-4808-8463-71BBD59457E5}&dist=msr_9


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Microsoft's Ballmer Warns Of Downturn Revenue Impact

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| The company recently revealed declining profits in the fourth quarter of
| 2008, and announced a plan to cut 5,000 jobs as a result.
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http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=22337


Microsoft's Market Cap Falls $24B in 17 Days

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| Microsoft is on the list. Today, the stock closed at $25.01 a share, down
| $2.39, or 8.72 percent.
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/corporate/microsofts_market_cap_falls_24b_in_two_weeks.html?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535


Microsoft calls on Congress to reconsider bailout

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| Following the massive Wall Street sell-off, Microsoft on Monday called on
| Congress to revisit its bailout decision, saying government action
| is "vitally important."
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10053774-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20


Ballmer: Congress must 'stabilize' financial crisis

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10054252-75.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20


Ballmer says Microsoft not immune from global crisis

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080930/bs_nm/us_microsoft_ballmer;_ylt=Au5VO.rh_OuPGHCBr9O.m4K573QA
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