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SHENZEN, CHINA -- Halfway around the world from the Washington, D.C., courtroom where the U.S. Department of Justice's landmark antitrust case against his company is in recess, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates previewed a new computing project, code-named ``Venus,'' designed specifically for the Chinese market. Based on the Windows CE operating system, the Venus project will create easier access to the Internet and e-mail. ``By delivering this technology in a low-cost and easy-to-use format, we hope to increase access to educational software and, ultimately, the Internet for China's consumers,'' Mr. Gates said. The launch is expected in the second half of this year.
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