Microsoft doesn’t get mad; it gets even

Microsoft is plotting its next move after being rebuffed by Yahoo. Analysts say there’s no easy way for Microsoft to cut into Google’s business, but they don’t know about the never-say-die attitude in Redmond.

For starters, the next version of Internet Explorer won’t recognize Web addresses with two straight O’s in them. And Google execs can forget about counting their money in Excel. Microsoft is never going to let it calculate bajillions of dollars.

“American Idol” is cracking down on the father of finalist David Archuleta. Dad was meddling too much during rehearsals, so now he’s banned.

It seems a little harsh. Paula Abdul keeps saying crazy things, too, but they haven’t banned her from the martini bar.

A lot of people are carrying too much debt, so there’s a campaign to help them cut down. The idea is to do a national campaign in the same spirit as anti-smoking efforts.

Sure, they can try surgeon general’s warnings in the fine print of credit card bills, but they’ve got a steep hill to climb. People still think debt makes them look cool. And it still feels good to light up a cash register after sex.

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