US FCC: Internet phones must pay into subsidy fund

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted to require Internet telephone services like Vonage Holdings Corp. to contribute to the universal service subsidy program. With Vonage’s IPO leaving their customers that bought the reserved shares at $17.25 hurting (currently $8.90) the FCC price hike is going to add salt to the wounds. I wonder …more

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Rumor: AMD considering plant site in upstate New York

State leaders and semiconductor maker Advanced Micro Devices are in discussions to build a $3.5 billion chip manufacturing plant that could bring 2,000 permanent jobs to upstate New York, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Tuesday. Good news for the United States as more jobs are staying here and also New York for getting 2,000 high …more

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H-P Resellers will get a 50 percent jump in compensation

Resellers selling H-P systems will be happy to learn that H-P is going to increase their compensation on select systems by up to 50%. This is a huge increase and hopefully the systems will be those that consumers need, otherwise consumers are going to be buying the wrong things. Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest printer …more

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Intel Price Cuts and World Cup Soccer Slow NAND Flash Sales

Is everyone watching the World Cup? It seems that the World Cup and the fact that Intel is cutting processor prices in July has put the hurting on NAND Flash pricing. With sufficient inventory already built up in the market, spot transactions in the week from June 13-20 were constrained, and the World Cup also …more

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Electronics Arts Buys Mythic

Electronic Arts is expanding its realm, agreeing on Tuesday to purchase Mythic Entertainment, developer of Dark Age of Camelot, an online multiplayer game. The move is only the latest in an ongoing effort by EA, the leading video-game publisher, to diversify its products beyond traditional console games. This buy sounds like a smart move to …more

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Opera 9 Released with Widgets and BitTorrent Support

Opera Software today released Opera 9, its newest Web browser for PCs. You can download it free in more than 25 languages for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms from www.opera.com. Opera 9 enhances the way you access, share and use online content by including innovative widgets – fun, small and useful Web programs – …more

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Bill Gates’ Legacy: Microsoft’s Top 10 Flops

Gates will be remembered as a visionary and PC industry leader. But even Microsoft’s Chairman hasn’t been right in all of his bets. Microsoft-Watch has a top 10 list of his flops that is well worth a look for all in the tech industry. 10. No Microsoft Linux!: Microsoft could have and should have done …more

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L.A. to use surveillance drones

In the months ahead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Department will test an unmanned, remote-controlled surveillance plane. The next time you think that you are being watched look up and search the sky for a drone. Depending on the outcome of the tests, the department could eventually put as many as 20 of the aircraft …more

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Georgia Tech/IBM Demonstrate 500 GHz Silicon-Germanium Transistor

A research team from IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology has demonstrated the first silicon-germanium transistor able to operate at frequencies above 500 GHz. Though the record performance was attained at extremely cold temperatures, the results suggest that the upper bound for performance in silicon-germanium devices may be higher than originally expected. The silicon-germanium …more

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Kingston Launches Mobile Phone Village Web Community

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. today announced it is launching a special portal within the Flash products area of the Kingston Web site to support the usage and promote the benefits surrounding expansion memory for feature-rich mobile phones. Dedicated to serving the growing global community of mobile phone consumers, the new Kingston Mobile Phone Village will …more

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Dutch site linking to MP3 files loses court case

A Dutch music website which links to MP3 files had to stop promoting the infringement of artist rights and copyrights, the Dutch court of appeal said in a ruling that overturned an earlier one in favor of the site. I’m not sure about the $13,000 a day fine, but I’m sure there has been worse. …more

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UBS Slaps a Buy on Intel Stock

Headcount reductions and improving microprocessor unit sales should help Intel raise margins over the next two years, UBS argued in upgrading the shares to buy from hold Monday. UBS also raised its Intel price target to $23 from $21, reflecting a higher 2007 earnings estimate of $1.28 a share and a higher estimate of Intel’s …more

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ATI to begin 80nm production at UMC later this year

In addition to scheduling 80nm production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for September, ATI Technologies will begin producing its graphics processor (GPU) on an 80nm manufacturing process at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) in the second half of 2006, according to industry sources. If this is true that means we could see ATI’s R600 based …more

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Core 2 Extreme benchmarks hit the scene. Should AMD worry?

If you’re into the electrical engineering side of the equation, the slides should make your mouth mater with anticipation. For the rest of us, we rely on the numbers, and there’s certainly no shortage of them. The Core 2 Extreme X6800 steals the show from AMD’s AM2 FX-62 in nearly every test, all the while …more

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