Microsoft slapped with $357 million fine by the EU

European regulators hit Microsoft with a $357.3 million fine Wednesday, citing the software giant’s continued noncompliance with its landmark 2004 antitrust ruling. I know that Microsoft can pay the fine, but damn that’s a bunch of money. The European Commission issued the 280.5 million euro fine for the period between Dec. 15 and June 20. …more

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First-tier notebook shipments to miss 2006 targets

First-tier Taiwan-based notebook makers are expected to see their notebook shipments in 2006 fall short of their targets by 5-10% due to slower-than-expected shipments in the first half of this year, according to sources at the makers. It looks like the blame is being put on Microsoft fot the delay in launching their upcoming Vista …more

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Rumor: Google to hire 1,000 in Ann Arbor, Mich., area

Google Inc. plans to open a new facility in the Ann Arbor, Mich., area that will employ 1,000 people within five years to handle advertising generated by the Internet search engine, people familiar with the deal said Tuesday. he plan, which could be a significant boost to Michigan’s lagging economy, was scheduled to be unveiled …more

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Bill Gates Says Vista likely to be ready in January

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company’s next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January. However, Gates said at a presentation in Cape Town to Microsoft software partners that he would delay the launch if beta testing uncovered shortcomings. He said Microsoft was investing $8 …more

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Transcend profits up 85% on quarter

In line with posting continued revenues growth in June, Transcend Information should report that its second quarter profits jumped 85% sequentially and earning per share (EPS) will exceed NT$2. The memory module maker was not affected by traditional seasonality in the second quarter and had accumulated sales of NT$5.55 billion for the quarter, representing on-quarter …more

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The Definitive Multi-GPU World Tour Kicks Off!

Today we are kicking off the opening installation of a 9 part series from 9 different sites worldwide covering the Multi-GPU market from top to bottom. Covering over 60 benchmarks and applications with six complete test systems, this is the definitive coverage of multi-GPU systems to date. My introduction sets the stage for a series …more

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Dell to Unveil Pricing Initiative on Thursday

Dell plans to announce a new “pricing initiative” on Thursday that should help concumsers looking to buy small-business and home products. Sounds like a great move if you ask me! The “major” move, which the PC maker plans to unveil on Thursday, will affect the company’s products and services aimed at home and small-business customers, …more

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Take-Two Gets SEC Inquiry AGAIN!

Take-Two Interactive is facing another inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission, this time over its stock-options grants. I swear Take-Two Interactive can’t get a break this year! The video-game software maker disclosed on Monday that the SEC has launched an informal investigation into its grants dating back to 1997. The company did not say …more

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Intel takes the crown from AMD for being number one in U.S. retail

ntel is back on top in retail in the United States, and it can thank Toshiba. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant saw its share of computer processors sold in retail outlets in the United States rise from 42.2 percent in May to 51.2 percent in June, according to Current Analysis. Meanwhile, the percentage of …more

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Intel aims for 32 cores by 2010

Forget the term “dual-core” and get ready to see the term “multi-core” when it comes to processors. Five years ago, Intel envisioned processors running at 20 GHz by the end of this decade, but that isn’t going to happen. Now Intel is looking to have 32 core processors out on the market by 2010. The …more

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Matsushita to sell 103-inch plasma TVs

I think I just found the next TV that is going in my living room, the 103-inch Matsushita plasma TVs! The Matsushita 65″ TV is available on the market and is selling for an impressive ~$7,500 in Japan, so who knows what the 103″ model will run. Measuring 2.4 meters by 1.4 meters (94 by …more

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The Inq Says AMD Reverse Hyperthreading Does Not Exist

After weeks of AMD’s Reverse HyperThreading rumors going around the web Fudo over at The Inq. has made a post saying that it’s all a dream. Bummer for all you AMD fans and good news for the Intel fans. Apologies to the fanbois, but I am about to kill some nice AMD dreams. Reverse Hyperthreading …more

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Freescale Unveils New Memory Chip – MRAM

Freescale Semiconductor began selling a new generation of memory chips Monday, becoming the first company to commercialize a technology that has until now been confined to the R&D labs of various firms. The Austin, Texas, company is producing a 4-megabit MRAM chip in volume quantities, culminating more than 10 years of its own development work. …more

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Dell’s exploding computer hurts image

A Dell notebook computer that burst into flames last month in Osaka, Japan, has damaged more than just the conference table where it sat smoldering. The incident, publicized in photos on the Internet, has also hurt Dell’s recent attempts to improve its image. Having personally used Dell laptops and others I’m pretty sure that this …more

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