North Korea Conducts Underground Nuclear Bomb Test

North Korea faced a barrage of global condemnation and calls for harsh sanctions Monday after it announced that it had set off an atomic weapon underground, a test that thrusts the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations. I can’t believe that North Korea would actually do a live test, but hey …more

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China jamming test sparks U.S. satellite concerns

China has beamed a ground-based laser at U.S. spy satellites over its territory, a U.S. agency said, in an action that exposed the potential vulnerability of space systems that provide crucial data to American troops and consumers around the world. The Defense Department remains tight-lipped about details, including which satellite was involved or when it …more

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Analysts split over MIcrosoft Vista launch date

Microsoft is on track to ship Windows Vista to businesses in November and to consumers in January, according to investment bank Goldman Sachs. But analysts at Gartner believe Microsoft could benefit by delaying Vista until Easter. Both Gartner and Goldman Sachs broadly agree that there is no technical reason why Vista should be delayed. Divergence …more

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PC makers prepare for convergence

The PC is changing. Once simply a computer with spreadsheets for the family budget and games for the kids, home PCs are rapidly evolving into home entertainment systems, equipped with digital television tuners, high-definition displays, and other features drawn from consumer electronics. Globally, media PCs represent a fraction — just 5 percent — of desktop …more

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Google crawls into source-code search

Google on Thursday launched a Web site, Google Code Search, which the company says will let programmers search billions of lines of code for tips on how to write their own software. The service, conceived by the Google Labs early technology group, will crawl publicly available code, most of which is made available through open-source …more

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H-P Insiders Charged – Dunn Faces Felony Charges

An arrest warrant was issued for Hewlett-Packard’s former Chairwoman Patricia Dunn Wednesday, less than two weeks after she resigned amid a scandal involving a company-sponsored spying campaign. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer brought felony charges against Dunn and four other players involved in the affair, including a senior lawyer at H-P who has also resigned. …more

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Mobile phone sales start to slow

Worldwide sales of mobile phones will hit a billion next year but the days of massive growth could be over, says an industry report. According to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media, the battle now will be persuading users to upgrade their phones regularly. Emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa will continue …more

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Rumor: Foxconn reportedly to invest in Quanta Storage

Foxconn (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) reportedly will invest in Quanta Storage, the largest maker of slim-type optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, through subscription to the ECB (euro convertible bond) to be floated by the latter, according to industry sources. However, both Foxconn and Quanta Storage denied the report on …more

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Intel Lays Down The Hammer In Marketing – Mass Layoffs

It has come to our attention that Intel has started laying off people today. One ex-Intel employee said that they saw entire marketing divisions get cut, so this is the real deal and no joke. No word on how many people were cut in what departments, but when the dust settles we are sure that …more

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Cybercrooks turn attention to home PCs

The endless struggle between good and evil has spilled into cyberspace. Online criminals are becoming dramatically more organized, efficient and dangerous. This continuing battle, largely unseen by everyday Internet users, became briefly visible last week when Cupertino-based Symantec released its semiannual Internet Security Threat Report. Symantec, in its report, said it detected 157,477 unique phishing …more

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McAfee cries foul over Microsoft Vista OS security

Top executives from the security firm McAfee went on the offensive this week against Microsoft, saying Vista will be even less secure for customers than previous versions of Windows. The day after McAfee took out a full-page advertisement in the Financial Times to publicly air its grievances over the security of Vista, McAfee Chairman and …more

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Fujitsu to recall 287,000 Sony batteries

Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu said on Wednesday that it would recall 287,000 notebook PC batteries made by Sony, bringing the number of Sony batteries recalled to more than 7.5 million. Besides Fujitsu, Dell, Apple Computer, Lenovo, IBM and Toshiba have recalled the laptop PC batteries, which Sony has said can short-circuit on rare occasions, overheat …more

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Fuelcell-powered cellphones years away

Consumers will still have to wait a few years before they can swap the batteries of their cellphones for more environment-friendly fuelcells, the world’s top handset maker Nokia said on Tuesday. “It is not a technology question, it is more like a supply-chain issue at the moment,” Tapani Ryhanen, head of strategic research at Nokia …more

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Marvell Shares Hammered After Bad News – Down ~15% Today

Marvell Technology’s shares were sinking a day after the chipmaker said third-quarter revenue will be less than expected and told investors it will restate past financial results because of discrepancies in its past stock-option grants. The news took the shares down more than 15% in early trading Tuesday. The stock was recently off $2.94 to …more

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