COMPUTING

Microsoft Releases File System for Testing

Microsoft, whose Windows software runs almost 95 percent of the world's personal computers, released a test version of a system for storing, retrieving and naming files. Called WinFS, the system is not expected to be finished in time for the next version of Windows, Vista, due for release in the second half of 2006.

Guilty Plea in Sale of Windows Source Code

William Genovese Jr., 28, of Meriden, Conn., pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges related to the unlawful sale and attempted sale of the source code for Microsoft's Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. The code had previously been obtained by other people and unlawfully distributed over the Internet, prosecutors said. Genovese -- known on the Internet as "illwill" -- faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

PRODUCT SAFETY

Guidant Appoints Ex-FDA Official

Guidant, which recalled 109,000 defibrillators in June, named the former chief U.S. regulator of medical devices to a company panel on product safety. David W. Fiegel, who directed the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration, and other panelists will help find ways to improve warnings to doctors and patients, the Indianapolis-based company said.

imaging

Kodak Retakes Walgreen Business

Eastman Kodak is retaking the photo-kiosk business at Walgreen from Fuji Photo Film, making it the choice of the three biggest U.S. retailers of prints. Walgreen has installed Kodak kiosks at a quarter of its drugstores, a Walgreen spokesman said.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Verizon Wireless Cuts Access Price

Verizon Wireless is cutting the price of its fast wireless Internet access by $20 as it expands the service to seven markets across the country. Current customers will pay about $60 a month, down from $79.99, for unlimited Web access under new, two-year contracts.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.