Ruling on Microsoft


A state judge, ruling in a case that exposed the behind-the-scenes animosity between two high-tech titans, said a former Microsoft Corp executive may begin working at Google Inc in China in a limited capacity. King County Superior Court Judge said a noncompete pact Kai-Fu Lee signed with MS is valid, but recruiting and staffing a Google center in China would not violate it. —AP

DC to roll in China


DaimlerChrysler (DC) AG had received approval from the Chinese government to start offering auto financing, and would launch services. A new operation to be called DaimlerChrysler Auto Finance (China) Ltd will offer financing to dealers and customers, insurance for passenger cars and financial services. — AP

Boosting gas supply


President Saparmurat Niyazov inaugurated a compressor station at Turkmenistan’s major Kopetje natural gas field to boost gas supplies to neighbouring Iran. The $140 million station has a capacity to process three billion cubic metres of gas annually. — AP