U.S. and China trade negotiators agreed to raise the allowable U.S. import growth rate for Chinese pants, knit shirts, bras and other items to 10 percent next year and about 16 percent by 2008, representatives for importers and producers said on condition of anonymity.

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U.S. and China trade negotiators agreed to raise the allowable U.S. import growth rate for Chinese pants, knit shirts, bras and other items to 10 percent next year and about 16 percent by 2008, representatives for importers and producers said on condition of anonymity.


Under the accord, U.S. textile makers win a set standard of trade restrictions they say is needed to protect them from low-priced Chinese clothing flooding the market.


The U.S. is likely to sign the agreement in Geneva as early as Tuesday, said industry officials, who confirmed the accord is still not completed.


Even with caps on their goods, China’s textiles and apparel exports to the U.S. are likely to rise more than 60 percent this year from $15 billion in 2004, based on U.S. government data.

Microsoft

Debut for latest server software


Microsoft today is releasing a new version of its software for helping companies house large amounts of data.


The new version of SQL Server 2005 has functions for culling data from large amounts of information, called Business Intelligence. For example, Barnes & Noble plans to use it to help stores better decide what books to stock, Microsoft said.


Also being launched today are updates of BizTalk Server 2006, which pulls information from different applications together; and Visual Studio 2005, which is a product for developers.

Yahoo!, TiVo

Partnership melds TV, Web services


Yahoo! and TiVo are teaming to blend some services, a move that further fades the lines between offices and living rooms, TVs and PCs.


Under a partnership being announced today, they will collaborate to offer Yahoo!’s Internet-based content and services through TiVo’s digital video-recording devices.


Users of Yahoo!’s TV page will be able to click on a record-to-TiVo button directly from a television program listing to remotely schedule recordings.


Possibly by the end of the year, Yahoo!’s traffic and weather content, as well as its users’ photos will be viewable on televisions via TiVo.

Shockwave.com

Ads to invade online games


Online game provider Shockwave.com is offering advertisers a way to insert ads within the games.


Shockwave.com, a division of San Francisco-based AtomShockwave, hosts more than 200 games and claims 20 million visitors to the site last month played more than 25 million game sessions.


The new ad network will allow marketers to insert their images or brand names and track the “impressions” or viewing times each ad gets, as well as tailor their ads to geographic markets.


SBC Communications, Sprint Nextel and Sony Pictures are among the first that plan to use the feature.


Shockwave.com plans to start ad insertions with action games, where the landscape, say of a racing game, or sport, lends itself to billboardlike advertisements.

Google

New software aids search, mapping


Google is introducing software today designed to make its local search and mapping service easier to navigate on mobile phones.


Users who download and install the new software will be able to skip some of the steps that had been required since Google began offering a mobile version of its maps nearly seven months ago.


They won’t have to type in their location before getting directions to a specific location, as long as their phone has global-positioning system, or GPS, capabilities, said Deep Nishar, a director of Google’s mobile products.


Java-enabled phones are required for the service.


Compiled from Bloomberg News and The Associated Press