Hedge Funds Flog Micron/Lexar Deal

Several hedge funds continue to oppose Micron’s acquisition of Lexar Media, and recently told the companies that they plan to vote against the merger when shareholders vote on the matter Friday. Interesting twist in the merger between Micron Technology and Lexar. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday, fund partners Elliot Associates …more

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AMD Launches AMD LIVE PCs for Pure Digital Entertainment

AMD announced today the next milestone in digital entertainment with the AMD LIVE! PC – a full-featured, easy-to-use media center PC, designed to enable consumers to organize, distribute, share, and enjoy their content collection throughout the home and on the go. Leading OEMs including Acer, Alienware, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, Sahara, and Tsinghua Tongfang, …more

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Online journalists have the same rights as traditional reporters

Online journalists have the same rights as traditional reporters, a Californian court has ruled. The decision was made in a case brought by Apple against a number of reporters who published information online about a future Apple product launch. This court ruling is a big deal and I’m glad to see that online journalists are …more

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Middle class goes broadband as price falls

Middle- and working-class Americans signed up for high-speed Internet access in record numbers in the past year, apparently lured by a price war among phone companies. This is good news for all of us as more people are using the internet from day to day. Broadband adoption increased 59 percent from March last year to …more

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Virgin Mobile introduces ad-subsidized calls

Virgin Mobile USA, a cell-phone service used mostly by teenagers and 20-somethings, said on Tuesday it was giving its customers the option to earn free calls if they view and respond to ads on their phones. An interesting idea and if the text ads are free I might do it, but I don’t have Virgin! …more

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Newegg Keeps on Getting Bigger

Newegg.com, an online retailer of computer and electronic products, intends to recruit Taiwan’s second-tier IT brands for its online shopping offerings through the upcoming Computex 2006 IT trade show, according to Luke Lu, Product Management Director of Global PM Center at Newegg.com. The online retailer expects to bring more Taiwan brands, especially companies that specialize …more

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Superhighway toll booths have an ally: Cisco

In the growing debate over whether companies that send a steady stream of big video and other files over the Internet should pay extra for filling the pipeline, there is one group that has kept relatively quiet — until now. Network companies such as Cisco Systems stand to reap billions if the government lets phone …more

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Scientists trace AIDS origin to wild chimps

Twenty-five years after the first AIDS cases emerged, scientists have confirmed that the HIV virus plaguing humans really did originate in wild chimpanzees, in a corner of Cameroon. Maybe now they can hurry and find a cure! ?We?re 25 years into this pandemic,? Hahn said. ?We don?t have a cure. We don?t have a vaccine. …more

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Prices for Intel’s upcoming 64-bit Merom chips revealed

Intel’s August launch of its 64-bit dual-core Merom processors will include the high-end T7600 series and mainstream T7200 and T7400, according to sources. Of the Merom lineup, the T7600 will feature a 2.33GHz core speed and will be priced at over US$600. The 2GHz T7200 and 2.16GHz T7400 will be priced at US$294 and US$423, …more

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AMD to Invest $2.5 Billion in Dresden, Germany Facility

Advanced Micro Devices announced today that they will would invest $2.5 billion to expand its two chip-building facilities in Dresden, Germany. This is good news for AMD and Germany! AMD said Monday it intends to complete a “major transformation” of its existing Fab 30, enabling the facility to make 300 millimeter wafers capable of holding …more

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Earthlink to build New Orleans Wi-Fi network

Earthlink Inc., the Internet service provider, said on Friday it has won approval from the New Orleans City Council to build a wireless high-speed Internet network in the city. The company said the wireless network will provide Internet access for residents, businesses and visitors in New Orleans. It will offer a free service for a …more

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Women gain prominence in video game world

For years PC video games have been created by men for men, but it seems that times are quickly changing. With more women getting into the industry games are now being designed for both groups and it is likely that more women are starting to play games as a result. `For this industry to mature …more

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Microsoft CEO says Windows Vista on track

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said the Windows Vista operating system is still on track for early January shipment. Anyone taking bets on this one? “This design track (is) for a January shipment, but we’re going to see what kind of feedback we get from users,” Ballmer told reporters Thursday on the sidelines of …more

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Web inventor warns of ‘dark’ net

The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said. Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels of online access web were not “part of the internet model,” he said in Edinburgh. He warned that if the US decided …more

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