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As predicted last week, Microsoft has settled out of court with teenager Mike Rowe after the young wag established mikerowesoft.com, much to the chagrin of his Imperial Majestyness Sir Bill Gates of all the Microsofts.

In return for handing over the offending url, Mike gets expenses, a new site, subscription to MS's Devlopers' Forum and, wait for it, a shiny Xbox.

This is a big improvement on the original $10 Microsoft offered the 17-year-old Canadian to desist in his "copyright-busting" shennanigans although we can't help but feel they could have thrown in a few porn site subscriptions and a Segway, too.

Still, the whippersnapper can console himself with the further incentives of training for MS product certification and an all-expenses-paid trip to MS's headquarters for himself and his parents.

Which will give Baron Bill von Vindows-Seattlehausen the chance to meet the child prodigy described by an MS flunkey as "a bright young man with great potential".

So, all well that ends well. This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. ®

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