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EarthLink to buy own shares from Sprint for $53 million

EarthLink Inc. has agreed to purchase nine million shares of its common stock from Sprint Corp. for $53.1 million.

Microsoft Tries to Boost MSN Web Searches

Microsoft Corp. is searching for a larger role in the area of Web searches, planning to upgrade its MSN site and sparking speculation that it might assume the lucrative paid-search functions now handled by its partner Overture Services Inc.

HP shareholders riled

Shareholders sent an angry message for corporate reform to Hewlett-Packard management Wednesday as three of four governance proposals opposed by the company’s board of directors were approved or nearly approved at the Palo Alto company’s annual meeting.

Microsoft Manager Accused of Theft Dies

A Microsoft manager accused of stealing $9 million worth of software to buy fancy cars, diamond rings and a yacht died from drinking antifreeze, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported.