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Slashdot is running a story with a link to an article on The Wall Street Journal about Microsoft's Smart Tags. In brief, Windows XP and it's associated programs will insert tags into your web pages with links to Microsoft or Microsoft-blessed content about that topic (For example: If I had typed in Babe Ruth, the Microsoft site probably have put in a link to a search through MSN for Babe Ruth (this one goes to google instead) all without my input). One Microsoft official said it was to prevent underlinking in sites (Sites that don't look like JWZ's must be an eyesore for Microsoft... all that plain text and everything. :) ) Of course, they'll turn it off in the final version, and let the unsuspecting turn it on themselves, but this is yet another example of Microsoft telling people where to go today.


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