Legal action taken against 784 file sharers

The music industry has announced a fresh series of legal actions against 784 people they suspect of illegally downloading songs from the internet. The action is brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), bringing the total number of actions to nearly 11,000. Police in 12 countries have seized computers and made arrests in …more

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IBM’s Chip Plant Elevates Automation

IBM is showing off how their manufacturing process does not require much human interaction.  Not sure if that is a good thing, but it is making the news headlines this morning. IBM is hands-off when it comes to manufacturing its most powerful processors, including chips used by Apple Computer. The plant, officially called Building 323 …more

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Microsoft settles IBM antitrust suit

Microsoft Corp. settled antitrust claims made by International Business Machines Corp., agreeing to pay IBM $775 million, the companies just stated this morning. Good news for IBM and Microsoft, but now we have to watch Intel and AMD battle it out in court once again. The settlement, which resolves discriminatory pricing and overcharge claims, also …more

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Delay of ATI R520 to boost Nvidia 4Q sales

ATI’s problem with leakage on the R520 on the 90nm front sounds like the original Intel Prescott all over again.  Looks like nVIDIA will get luck and have a great 4Q thanks to ATI’s delays. The delay of the ATI Technologies R520 graphics processing unit (GPU) will benefit sales of the Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX …more

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RSS in Longhorn Raises Security Fears

Analysts warn that Microsoft’s plan to bake content syndication deep into the belly of Longhorn will open new attack vectors for spammers, phishers and malware writers. Basically the idea is that an RSS item could have embedded scripting, which would easily allow a virus to spread quickly due to the RSS feed. Pretty interesting debate …more

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China Now Has 100+ Million People Online

The number of internet users in China has risen above 100 million for the first time, according to reports in the country’s state media. This is great news for the IT industry as pretty much every company sees China as the next exploding market in the world. Of the 100 million net users, about 30 …more

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India Close To $100 Personal Computer

In about three months, a little-known company called Novatium plans to offer a stripped-down home computer for about $70 or $75. That is about half the price of the standard “thin clients” of this kind now sold in India, made possible in part by some novel engineering choices. Adding a monitor doubles the price to …more

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Intel to cut Celeron D processor prices 5.4-13.5%, AMD to follow suit

On the heels of introducing support for extended memory 64 technology (Intel EM64T), or 64-bit memory addressability, to its Celeron line with the its Celeron D 351, Intel plans to cut the prices of its desktop-use Celeron D processors 5.4-13.5% on July 24, according to PC makers. In addition, Intel has scheduled price cuts for …more

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Military might draft XM Satellite Radio

Customers of XM Satellite Radio aren’t the only ones who appreciate its digital quality and nationwide coverage. The U.S. military might draft XM’s service for homeland security purposes. XM and Raytheon have jointly built a communications system that would use XM’s satellites to relay information to soldiers and emergency responders during a crisis. The Mobile …more

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Futuremark releases PCMark2005

Listen up you benchmarking geeks, futuremark has released the latest in their series of fine benchmarks….. make sure to check it out and let us know what you think.  PCMark05 is the latest version of the PC performance benchmark program from Futuremark Corporation. This unique program provides an accurate and consistent assessment of the performance …more

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Supreme Court rules against file swapping

Looks like the entertainment industry secured a major win in the battle against online P2P sites. Could BitTorrent be next? The Supreme Court has handed movie studios and record labels a sweeping victory against file swapping, ruling that peer-to-peer companies such as Grokster could be held responsible for the copyright piracy on their networks. CNET …more

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AMD files antitrust suit against Intel

AMD Inc. has gone after Intel Corp. in the United States as they filedan antitrust case yesterday in Delaware. The lawsuit claims that Intel “bullied”, or paid off in reality, 38 companies into using Intel CPU’s. I’m sure this case will drag on for a LONG time. hip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has filed …more

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Yahoo overhauls free Web e-mail service

Yahoo is planning to overhaul its free Web-based e-mail service to make it work more like a desktop e-mail program, the company announced late Monday. The service will feature e-mail caching to shorten response time, message preview and drag-and-drop filing, the company said. A limited number of customers will be able to participate in the …more

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Intel seeing weak dual-core sales, but memory makers remain hopeful

Taiwan-based DRAM makers expect the upcoming price cuts for Intel 945 chipsets will speed the market?s migration to DDR2-667, while motherboard makers may be hoping the drop in price will provide a needed jolt to the less than satisfactory Intel dual-core CPU system sales, according to Taiwan motherboard and DRAM makers. Intel is unlikely to …more

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