Beijing bans ‘naked computers’ and goes Microsoft

Sales of personal computers without software — known as “naked computers” — will be banned in the Chinese capital to reduce software piracy, the Beijing government said Friday. If you read the news post located here it seems that President Hu Jintao will be visiting Bill Gates this week about some Microsoft deals. Anyone else …more

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Level 3 Buying ICG For $163 million

Level 3 signed a definitive agreement to acquire closely held ICG Communications for $163 million in cash and stock. Level 3, Broomfield, Colo., said it would issue $127 million in unregistered shares and hand over $36 million in cash for ICG, which provides transport, IP and voice services to wireline and wireless carriers, Internet service …more

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Rumor: Intel server roadmap lists Clovertown and Dunnington

If you are a big fan of servers, or paid to run one for a living, then you might want to check out the lastest readmap leak by Microsoft-Intel. Listed in the presentation are the Clovertown and Dunnington quad-core server processors. The 20 slides, entitled Multicore Platform and Hardware Virtualisation Technology for Windows Server 2003, …more

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Chinese President Hu Jintao To Visit Bill Gates, Not George Bush

When Chinese President Hu Jintao makes a historic first visit to the US, he will not be rushing to the White House to have dinner with President George W.Bush! Instead Jintao be goign to the home of the Mr. Bill Gates Seattle. I’m not sure how you feel about this situation, but when the first …more

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Dell markets sub-$1,000 dual-core notebook

Dell recently cut prices of its dual-core notebook series, the Inspiron E1705 and Latitude D620, to less than US$1,000, according to the company’s website. The price-cut could herald a price war in the brand-new dual-core notebook market worldwide and accelerate migration of the mainstream notebook platform from single-core to dual-core. Dual-core notebooks starting at less …more

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Confirmed: Ubisoft dumps StarForce

After years of complaints from users, the StarForce boycott finally seems to be making progress. Ubisoft, maker of some of the most prominent StarForce protected titles has officially announced that they are dropping StarForce in favor of less intrusive copy protection. Gamers can rejoice now that they can play the ever popular Tom Clancy and …more

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EBay CEO’s Meg Whitman Gets Pay Cut

It is being reports that eBay cut Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman down to a salary of $10 million in 2005. I’m not sure what the pay was before, but $10 million is something I’m sure 99.9% of America could live with. Online auctioneer eBay Inc. cut Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman’s pay to $10 …more

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AMD sees revenue leap 8 percent in Q1

Advanced Micro Devices reported a big surge in revenue in the first quarter on Wednesday, as the computer chip maker said it gained on its rival Intel because more business customers adopted its chips for computer servers, desktop computers and laptops. Great news for AMD and the entire PC industry. For the first quarter ended …more

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Rumor: Ubisoft dumps Starforce DRM

Staff members at Ubisoft have been telling forum sites that they are no longer using the controversial maker of DRM products Starforce. Don’t think that Ubisoft is going to no longer have DRM as they are just changing the company that does their current DRM. They say that maker of Heroes of Might & Magic …more

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Hard Drive Shipments See Record Increase In 2005

The global hard disk drive (HDD) industry set an all-time record for growth in 2005, with shipments rising a stunning 71 million units for the year. A total of 376 million hard drives were sold in 2005, which is an amazing number! Global HDD shipments increased to 376 million units in 2005, up 23% from …more

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Rumor: Sony Playstation 3 Not Ready

Fellow journalist Charlie Demerjian blew off some steam this morning when he posted a blurb about the Sony Playstation 3 and how it is having a number of problems coming to the retail market. He states that companies are still bidding on components and that the current hardware wont fit in the case they designed. …more

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Microsoft Fiji follows Vista, but will Vista Delays Hurt Fiji?

Microsoft has a code name for the next version of Windows, but why is everyone making a big deal out of this? Shouldn’t we all be worried about Vista? All the buzz today is about Microsoft Fiji and Vienna, but I might have grand children by the time those come out! Microsoft has not shared …more

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Microsoft releases three Windows patches

Microsoft Corp. released three critical patches Tuesday for its Windows operating system, including one to fix an Internet Explorer browser flaw that had already been exploited in some Internet attacks.Users can go to http://www.microsoft.com/security to download the Microsoft patches. As part of Microsoft’s routine, monthly security update cycle we released five new security updates on …more

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The IRS reviews PayPal accounts for unreported income

Are you one of the many people that sell things on eBay and keep the money off your income records? If so, you better keep an eye out in the mail box for some nasty mail from the IR. It seems that our IRS has enough time to examine PayPal accounts for people that are …more

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