AMD to be at 45nm in 2008

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is proceeding to switch 90% of its desktop-processor production to the 65nm node by the end of 2007, according to motherboard makers familiar with AMD’s latest roadmap. In mid-2008, AMD is scheduled to implement 45nm process technology, with the aim of making further cost reductions, said the makers. By the end …more

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Chip sales rise to record $20.5 billion

Global sales are up, but analysts are concerned that the strong increase will lead to slower growth next year. Global sales of semiconductors rose 10.5 percent to a record $20.5 billion in August from the year-ago period, and increased 2.1 percent from July, the Semiconductor Industry Association said on Monday. The previous record for one-month …more

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Marvell Tech Cuts Revenue Outlook

In a double-dose of bad news, Marvell said third-quarter revenue will be less than expected and told investors it will restate past financial results due to discrepencies in its past stock-option grants. Shares of Marvell were halted prior to the announcement. Marvell blamed the shortfall to slumping demand among its hard-disk drive customers. Marvell said …more

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Netflix offers $1 million for a better review

Netflix, the popular online movie rental service, is planning to award $1 million to the first person who can improve the accuracy of movie recommendations based on personal preferences. To win the prize, which is to be announced Monday, a contestant will have to devise a system that is more accurate than the company’s current …more

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Nvidia to launch DirectX 10 chip in mid-November

Nvidia is expected to announce the world’s first DirectX 10-compliant graphics chip, the GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), in the middle of November, graphics card makers revealed. However, despite the advantage of early launch, demand for the new graphics processing unit (GPU) will depend on penetration rate of the new Windows Vista OS and availability of …more

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AMD/ATI Merger Receives Merger Control Clearance in Taiwan

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and ATI Technologies Inc. today announced that the Fair Trade Commission of Taiwan has cleared the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD. This is a good start, but by far not the end of the merger process! The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24, 2006, still remains subject to the approval …more

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Hackers claim zero-day flaw in Firefox

The open-source Firefox Web browser is critically flawed in the way it handles JavaScript, two hackers said Saturday afternoon. An attacker could commandeer a computer running the browser simply by crafting a Web page that contains some malicious JavaScript code, Mischa Spiegelmock and Andrew Wbeelsoi said in a presentation at the ToorCon hacker conference here. …more

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Dell starts free computer recycling program in the U.S.

Dell Inc. said Thursday it will launch a free computer recycling program in the U.S. on Friday. It only works on Dell systems and Legit Reviews fully supports Dell’s latest move to become green! Dell owners can visit the company’s Web site, enter product information numbers of used Dell computers and printers, print a prepaid …more

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Only a ‘moron’ would buy YouTube: Mark Cuban

Billionaire investor and dot-com veteran Mark Cuban had harsh words on Thursday for YouTube, the online site that lets people share video clips, saying only a “moron” would purchase the wildly popular start-up. Pretty harsh words from Mark Cuban, but I guess he does have a point! Cuban, co-founder of HDNet and owner of the …more

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PayPal pays $5.2M to settle lawsuits

EBay’s PayPal payment division will pay $3.5 million to consumers and $1.7 million to 28 states in settlements for two different actions regarding its notification of users regarding their rights, the company said Thursday. The online payment company will establish a $3.5 million settlement fund to conclude a class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court …more

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Verizon sues data brokers linked to HP

Verizon Wireless sued 20 unnamed data brokers for fraudulently obtaining private telephone records belonging to Hewlett-Packard board members and journalists as part of an HP investigation into boardroom leaks. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Trenton, N.J. on the same day current and former HP executives were questioned by a congressional committee …more

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US still leads in electronic design influence

The United States in 2006 is expected to maintain its lead in the worldwide electronic equipment design business, with the nation’s activities in this area driving the most semiconductor purchasing of any country on earth, according research firm iSuppli. However, China’s rapid growth in electronic-design-generated semiconductor purchasing activity is continuing and the country is closing …more

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More Problems for Sony Over Batteries

So you thought the scare with Dell, Apple, and Lenovo/IBM laptop batteries was over? Think again. On Friday, Toshiba and Fujitsu said it would recall 830,000 laptop computer batteries made by Sony. Dell, meanwhile expanded its earlier recall and said owners should recheck their batteries if they haven’t received a replacement. Toshiba said it would …more

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HP to Acquire VoodooPC

HP today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VoodooPC, a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance and personalized gaming computer systems. Following the close of the transaction, HP will form a separate business unit within its Personal Systems Group focused on the gaming industry. VoodooPC co-owner Rahul Sood will become …more

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