Judge stays Google suit vs. Microsoft

A federal judge ordered a tentative stay in Google Inc.’s suit against Microsoft Corp., according to a court Web site, dealing a blow to the Internet company’s legal fight over its hiring of a former Microsoft executive. I wonder how much money the companies are going to spend on this one. Since this is the …more

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Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts Team Up

Acclaimed film director Steven Spielberg is working with games giant Electronic Arts to develop three original titles. No word is out on what the three games are, but I’m sure that will change over the next couple months. Nothing is a secret in the gaming/hardware industry for long. The aim of the deal is to …more

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AMD Opens New 300MM FAB 36 in Dresden, Germany

AMD is opening a new fab in Dresden that will help AMD nearly double its output over the next three years. This will help meet the growing demand for AMD64 processors and achieve a more aggressive growth plan. Our hats off to AMD for getting fab 36 up and running on schedule and we can’t …more

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Samsung Fined $300 Million for DRAM Price Fixing

South Korean chip and electronics maker Samsung will plead guilty to allegations of price fixing and pay a fine of $300 million in a pact reached with the Justice Department. This doesn’t come as a big shock since other DRAM companies have already paid their fines. Samsung’s plea and fine resulted from a government probe …more

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Comcast, Google eye AOL

Comcast and search-engine giant Google are teaming up to strike a deal with Time-Warner in which all three companies would own the popular web portal AOL, though it could very well disrupt talks between Microsoft and AOL. Comcast Corp., the country’s largest cable TV company, is teaming up with Internet search leader Google Inc. in …more

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ULi will keep using HyperTransport in Intel-platform solutions

ULi, a popular chipset vendor, has decided to keep utilizing the HyperTransport technology on Intel-based platforms. Their latest Intel implementation, the M1685, boasts a 1.6GB/s maximum bandwidth and support for DDR-400 and DDR2-667, with DDR2-800 support upcoming in later chipsets. Chipset vendor ULi Electronics will continue utilizing HyperTransport bus technology as the northbridge-to-southbridge interconnect in …more

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New ATI tool increases Doom3 scores ‘up to 35%’ with AA enabled

Have you ever wanted to overclock your video card? Do you want excellent performance on Doom 3? Well, how about both? Apparently, now that is possible. ATI has released a new version of the ever-popular modding software ATI Tool. It boasts up to a 35% increase in performance in Doom 3 with Anti-Aliasing (AA) enabled. …more

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Apple Introduces the New iMac G5

Being nothing short of a $1300 entertainment machine, Apple reported today that they have released their newest I-Mac: the G5. Having standard features like a built-in video conferencing camera, a wireless network card, and Bluetooth EDR, not to mention a mouse (finally, they include it), the new I-Mac can be considered a multimedia whiz. What …more

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Japan to offer VoIP cell phones

Japan is getting set to build a new network for cell phones that utilizes VOIP. This would greatly reduce costs and transmit data faster. The government plans to introduce mobile Voice over Internet telephony by 2007, officials said on Thursday. Imagine getting a deal from Vonage with unlimited minutes for home and cell for around …more

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Symantec quietly increases Norton software renewal prices

Did you know that on Monday, Symantec raised the prices Norton users pay for another year of updates to their installed products by as much as 33 percent? The updates include traditional virus signatures and product enhancements, which are a new feature and part of Symantec’s move to a subscription model. Some are calling this …more

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Apple unveils new video-playing iPod

Apple has revealed a new top of the range iPod that plays songs and videos. The video-playing iPod has a 2.5 inch (6.35cm) color screen that is 320 by 240 pixels in size. Steve Jobs said the 30 GB iPod should be able to store 75 hours’ worth of video and the 60 GB version …more

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ProMOS to start 90nm process DDR2 production at 12-inch plant

ProMOS Technologies will start a pilot run production for their 90nm DDR2 IC process at its 12-inch wafer plant later this month in Taiwan. This is good news for consumers because some of the cost savings related to the 12″ wafers might be passed along to consumers. Since yield rates for 90nm process DDR has …more

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Apple’s Profit Quadruples, Yet Stock Falls

It appears numbers are looking both good and bad for Steve Jobs and Co. Though their net income for the fourth quarter was a reported $430 million (up from $106 million the previous year), they didn’t quite hit the mark with their iPod sales, shipping only 6.5 million units, as opposed to the 7 to …more

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DFI rides high on strong ACP sales

DFI, a manufacturer of mid and high-end motherboard solutions favored amongst many computer enthusiasts, are showing strong third-quarter numbers on the industrial end of their computing solutions. They also predict strong numbers FY06, with LANparty sales forcasted to jump 50 percent. DFI reported unaudited pre-tax profits of NT$61.9 million (US$1.86 million) and gross margins of …more

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