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- Microsoft is boosting its operations in Tunisia . The inauguration on Thursday at la Ghazala technological park in Tunis of the "Microsoft Innovation Center" which is part of a partnership agreement signed in July 2006, between the software giant and the Tunisian government, is an indication of the company's desire to intensify its strategic partnership with the country.

- A version of Wikipedia aimed at school children has been launched with the content limited to articles suitable for children. Accessible online and as a download, the encyclopedia will soon be found in all tuXlab schools in South Africa.

- In Kenya, the Government plans to invest Sh7.8 billion to lower the cost of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) connectivity. The elaborate investment plan, dubbed Kenya Transparency and Communications Infrastructure, is expected to finance government's initiatives to computerise its systems and facilitate high-speed connectivity to rural areas.

- Ingram Micro SA, a division of Ingram Micro, a global technology distributor, has officially opened its doors in South Africa, promising to bring the most complete portfolio of IT components, peripherals and accessories to the local reseller and system-builder community.

- UNIDO and Microsoft signed an agreement in Ouagadougou to implement a common initiative to equip African Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with second-hand computers collected from big companies.

- Intel is to team up with Asustek Computer Inc to produce a cheap computer for developing countries that might sell for as little as $200 but going up to $4-500. One Laptop Per Child has moved its launch date back to July this year. It may well have a flash memory hard drive, a 7-10 inch screen and wireless Internet. It will either run a freely available Linux operating system or Windows XP.

- Several reports reach us of customers on a variety of PCs suffering screen “blue-outs” when running Windows Vista. One customer said Microsoft responded very quickly with no less than 40-plus patches that had only been written in the previous week. Any other readers have this experience?

- IATA has extended its e-ticketing deadline by five months according to an announcement made by IATA in Vancouver lat week. IATA expects Africa to reach 84% compliance by the end of the year.