Hewlett-Packard To Aquire Bitfone

Hewlett-Packard has announced plans to acquire a software company focused on managing mobile devices, strengthening its lineup in its nascent handheld business. H-P said it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Bitfone of Laguna Niguel, Calif., on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. H-P said the acquisition adds a strategic …more

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Intel to launch Core 2 Quad in January

Intel plans to launch the third model of its four-core processor in January, continuing its efforts tostay ahead of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on the next-generation processor family. Intel will launch the Core 2 Quad chip for high-end desktop PCs during the CES trade show in Las Vegas the week of Jan. 8, industry sources …more

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Dell CFO stepping down in January

Jim Schneider, Dell’s chief financial officer, will step down from his position by the end of January, while the SEC continues to investigate the company’s accounting practices. Donald Carty, the former chief executive and chief financial officer of AMR–the parent company of American Airlines–will replace Schneider, Dell announced Tuesday. Schneider has been with Dell since …more

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Micron – Lexar — Was it worth the Merger?

The deal was supposed to give Micron a direct link to consumers. By subsuming Lexar Media in an $850 million merger six months ago, Micron acquired one of the top two brands in the market for flash cards. It also got an established retail distribution network — just what Micron needed as its factories began …more

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Google, NASA finalize imagery, info deal

Google Inc. and NASA Ames Research Center said Monday that they have finalized an agreement to deliver more of the space agency’s imagery and information through the Internet’s leading search engine. The collaboration marks another step in a partnership announced 15 months ago when Google unveiled plans to build a 1 million-square-foot campus at the …more

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The Windows Vista zero-day Exploit Is For Sale: $50K

An online criminal has offered to sell software that exploits an unpatched bug in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system, according to security vendor Trend Micro Inc. The code was offered for sale in an underground hacker discussion forum last month, said Raimund Genes, Trend Micro’s chief technology officer. The asking price? US$50,000. If the …more

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Sharp starts blue laser diode production

Japanese consumer electronics maker Sharp Corp. said on Tuesday it has started the commercial production of blue laser diodes, taking aim at a market with strong growth potential. This is good news as the cost of these laser diodes will decrease over time and bring down the prices on the latest Blu-Ray and HD DVD …more

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Rumor: TSMC fab shuts down briefly due to power problem

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) yesterday shut down production at its Fab 8 in Hsinchu briefly after a voltage drop, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN). Doesn’t sound like it will delay the upcoming chips that we are all waiting for, but it isn’t something we like to hear about! The foundry managed …more

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Digg continues to battle phony stories

Digg continues to crack down on users who plant phony stories on behalf of marketers, recently deleting a user who posted a story about a company that offered to compensate him. “I receive two or three offers (from marketers) a week to promote some product or service,” Yergaliyev, 19, said in an interview with CNET …more

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Cingular in deal with MySpace.com

Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation’s largest cell phone provider, has made a deal with MySpace.com that will allow MySpace users to access their profiles through Cingular phones. Under the agreement, cell phone users will be able to go to their MySpace.com page to edit it, post photos and get messages, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday …more

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NEC says 2 desktop power units caught fire in Japan

NEC Corp. said on Monday there had been two cases of power units inside its Japanese desktop computers catching fire, but no one was injured. Japanese electronic conglomerate NEC said an outside manufacturer provided the power supply unit part that caught fire, but declined to name the supplier. The desktop in question is its Valuestar …more

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A short circuit for cellular E911- Where are you?

It’s very likely that when you call 911 from your cell phone in an emergency, the operator on the other end won’t automatically know your location. This is despite the fact that most U.S. mobile phone companies have met a Federal Communications Commission mandate to provide location information to 911 operators for millions of wireless …more

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Panasonic develops battery that won’t overheat

Japan’s Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Panasonic) said it has developed a lithium-ion battery that won’t overheat even if a short circuit occurs. The new battery includes a heat-resistive insulator inside the battery cell, next to an existing separator that insulates the anode and cathode. If that separator is punctured a short circuit occurs that typically …more

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F-35 Lightning 2 fighter completes first test flight

he costliest international warplane project, the F-35 Lightning 2 Joint Strike Fighter, safely completed its first test flight on Friday, advancing a $276.5 billion program financed by the United States and eight other countries. The flight over Fort Worth, Texas, lasted 38 minutes — about two-thirds the 60 minutes or so the Pentagon’s program office …more

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