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Microsoft and Intel this week are expected to reveal that computer makers soon will introduce smaller and lighter versions of a tablet PC, which will be aimed at the consumer market and cost less than $1,000. ... Hewlett-Packard will get $47 million from Gateway to settle 2-year-old patent litigation. ... Wal-Mart is testing RFID sensor technology to monitor temperatures to ensure the quality of produce and fresh foods on store shelves. ... Google has started offering payment services for buyers and sellers on Google Base, an online database that lets people submit content and items for sale. ... A survey of home workers finds that 12% of men and 7% of women work naked, while 39% of both sexes wear sweats. ... IBM and Novell are contributing code to an open source initiative to build a user-centric, online identity management system. ... A new version of the Bagle worm appeared last week and tried to bully people into installing its payload by threatening to report them to the police. ... U.S. Internet ad revenue for 2005 soared 30% to $12.5 billion, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers say. ... BEA Systems bought Fuego, a business process management software maker, for $87.5 million.

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