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News from around the Web is back and better than ever! “The Cyber Snipa Dog Tags take the simplicity of a USB flash drive and turn it into quite the geek chic multipurpose gadget while still maintaining functionality. Personally, I can’t say I’ll be wearing these around my neck but I’ll definitely be carrying them …more

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YouTube generation needs more broadband speed

Technology industry experts meeting in Silicon Valley recently said broadband Internet access in the U.S. needs to improve for the “YouTube generation” to really flourish. An improved broadband network will better serve users of sites such as YouTube.com, at which millions of videos from the general public are shared online. Although the U.S. broadband penetration …more

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Kingston revenues reach US$3.8 billion in 2006

Kingston Technology’s revenues hit a record high of US$3.8 billion for 2006, with US$800 million coming from NAND flash products, according to company vice president David Sun. The 2006 revenues, which represent a 26% on-year growth, beat Kingston’s previous forecast, which estimated the company’s revenues would total US$3.6 billion for the year. Although NAND flash …more

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Samsung develops new mobile memory chip

Samsung claims it has developed the first 1-gigabit DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip for mobile products, using 80-nanometer process technology. The new chip is at least 20 percent thinner than existing chipsets that use up to two 512-megabit chips, and it uses about 30 percent less power, the company said in a press release. …more

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Madden NFL 07 Named Best Selling Game of ’06

No surprise here, but EA is claiming the crown of best selling video game of 2006. With more than 5 million copies for 10 different gaming platforms sold, Madden 07 will finish the year in the #1 spot. In its 17th year and with more than two billion in retail sales life to date, Madden …more

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Chipmakers TSM and UMC Not Impacted By Tsunami in Taiwan

A 3-foot-high tsunami was rolling toward the east coast of the Philippines Tuesday after a large earthquake hit off the shores of Taiwan. Officials in Taiwan said the earthquake had a magnitude 6.7. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a 7.1. Reports said a magnitude 6.4 aftershock followed the initial quake. Dow Jones …more

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Elpida begins mass production of DDR2 on 70nm

Elpida Memory announced that it has begun mass production of DDR2 SDRAMs in 1Gbit and 512Mbit density on 70nm technology at its main fab facility, Hiroshima Elpida Memory. First product shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007, the company said. Elpida offers the DDR2 chips in 800MHz and 1GHz frequency. The …more

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AM2 to account for 95% of AMD shipments in 1Q

Socket AM2 will account for 95% of AMD’s CPU shipments in the first quarter of 2007, but the chip supplier will begin shifting its focus to AM2+ in the third quarter, according to AMD’s product roadmap. Socket 1207 will still be in the market in the first and second quarter, accounting for 5% of AMD’s …more

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The Microsoft Xbox 360 gets a longer warranty

Microsoft Corp. is extending its warranty on the Xbox 360 video game console to one year from the previous limit of 90 days. The change announced Friday applies to future and present owners. Customers who already have paid repair bills on Xbox consoles that they’ve owned for less than one year will automatically get refunds, …more

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Incoming Dell CFO will receive $700,000 salary

Incoming Dell Inc. vice chairman and chief financial officer Don Carty, the former American Airlines chief who left three years ago when American’s parent was struggling to remain solvent, will earn $700,000 when he starts at the computer maker next month. Damn I guess they looked over my application! 😉 Details of Carty’s salary, approved …more

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Sony rootkit payouts hit $5.75M

Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s botched attempt to stop unauthorized music copying has cost the company another $4.25 million. Two days after reaching settlements worth $1.5 million with Texas and California, Sony agreed on Thursday to pay another 40 states the money to end investigations into its use of two copy protection programs: First 4 Internet’s …more

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DirectX 10 will not take off until 2H 2007, AMD executive says

Despite that Nvidia recently launched its DirectX 10-compliant GPUs (graphics processing units), demand for DirectX 10 graphics cards will not pick up in the market in the first half of the year because of a lack of games to support the technology, according to Edward Chow, AMD graphics marketing director for the Asia-Pacific region. With …more

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Record firms sue Russian MP3 site – Allofmp3.com

A group of US record labels has started legal action against Russian music download site Allofmp3.com. The lawsuit was filed in New York on behalf of Arista Records, Warner Bros, Capitol and UMG recordings. They are suing Moscow-based Mediaservices, which runs Allofmp3.com and another music site, allTunes.com. The record labels say the sites are selling …more

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Rumor: Intel to launch pricing campaign in 2Q 2007

Intel will launch a pricing campaign in the second quarter of 2007, with the price for the Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor falling to US$530, according to industry sources. The Q6600 processor is expected to hit the market in January 2007 at US$851 in 1,000-unit quantities, and later on, cutting the price, Intel will try …more

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