A sordid affair in France;

The Nation’s notes on Roberts;

WashPo – Under fire for presidential adviser Karl Rove’s role in the leak of an undercover CIA agent’s identity, the Bush administration on Wednesday labeled as “bad public policy” legislation to protect reporters from being jailed when they refuse to reveal their sources;

and…Microsoft sues Google for luring away exec

Microsoft (MSFT) sued Google (GOOG) on Tuesday, accusing it of poaching a top executive the search engine company had wooed away to head a new research lab in China.

In a complaint filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Microsoft accused Lee of breaking his 2000 employment contract, in part by taking a job with a direct competitor within a year of leaving the company.

Microsoft also accused Google of “intentionally assisting Lee.”

“Accepting such a position with a direct Microsoft competitor like Google violates the narrow non-competition promise Lee made when he was hired as an executive,” Microsoft says in its lawsuit. “Google is fully aware of Lee’s promises to Microsoft, but has chosen to ignore them, and has encouraged Lee to violate them.”

Microsoft and Google, along with Yahoo (YHOO), are locked in a fierce battle to dominate search, both online and through programs that index computer hard drives so files can be instantly located. Google also has begun offering new services, including e-mail, that compete with Microsoft offerings.

Hey, it’s like Godzilla against that other ugly monster – I hope they batter each other to death – too sweet 😉

And the clause seems a little stupid to me, a whole year?

Global sales of cell phones will reach nearly 800 million this year, and the annual tally will surpass 1 billion in 2009 though market growth will soon slow sharply, the research firm Gartner Inc. (IT) says in a new forecast.

The report Wednesday also estimated 2.6 billion mobile phones will be in use by the end of 2009.

Amazing! The biggest global revolutionary invention that came after computers.