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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Creator of Morpheus Is Found Liable

In a ruling that is sure to depress users and fans of peer-to-peer (P2P) networking, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday against the creators of the Morpheus file-swapping software. The judge said that StreamCast Networks Inc., the distributor of Morpheus software, actively encouraged millions of users to break the law. The ruling was …more

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Microsoft Signs ‘Rings’ Director for ‘Halo’

The director of LOTR is set to help Microsoft develop future game titles, like the next Halo, for the XBox 360 and XBox LIVE. Sounds like a good deal from a marketing perspective, but I’d be interested to see if the end result justifies such a deal! Peter Jackson, the creator of Lord of the …more

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Sharp develops triple-vision LCD panel

I remember hearing rumors about this… it looks like a normal LCD when it is turned off, but as you walk past it, the image changes! Imagine billboard companies investing in this technology! TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Japan’s Sharp Corp. said on Wednesday it has developed the world’s first liquid crystal display (LCD) panel that …more

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AGEIA Joins Futuremark’s 3DMark Benchmark Team

AGEIA has officially joined the 3DMark Benchmark Development Program and wants the world to know as they just sent out a press release. Futuremark created the 3DMark Benchmark Development Program (BDP) to build partnerships with leading PC and gaming industry stakeholders that have an interest in the development unbiased benchmark software that accurately measures the …more

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French surgeons perform zero-gravity operation on plane

French surgeons performed the first zero-gravity operation on Wednesday aboard a plane free-falling to create weightless conditions in what they hope can be a trial run for surgery on astronauts in space. The operation lasted around 11 minutes and was performed in 32 sequences, during which an Airbus 300 Zero G aircraft flew in arcs …more

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GE laptop theft exposes data on thousands

General Electric said on Tuesday that a company laptop containing the names and Social Security numbers of 50,000 current and former employees was stolen in early September. The laptop, issued to a GE official who was authorized to have the data, was stolen from a locked hotel room, the company said. The Connecticut-based company began …more

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Intel Helps Drive The Dell To Near Record Highs

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was nearing the level of its best-ever finish Wednesday, as investor optimism was overcoming concerns about sluggishness in the economy. Advances of 2% or more in McDonald’s, General Motors and Intel were driving the Dow. Lately, the Dow was adding 34 points, or 0.3%, at 11,703. The S&P 500 was …more

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ATI CATALYST Drivers WHQL Certified for Windows Vista

Underlining the company’s leadership in developing hardware and drivers to support Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system, ATI Technologies Inc. today announced that its driver has been granted the graphics industry’s first Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification for Windows Vista by Microsoft. WHQL certification sets a high bar for quality and reliability, and is …more

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Intel’s Quad Core Coming Sooner Than Later

News from the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco reports that PC makers are ready to launch new systems featuring the upcoming quad-core Core 2 Extreme processor (that’s a mouthful). These chips – rated about 70% faster than the current duo-core – are right around the corner hitting the streets in November! Intel will ship …more

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