Google shares top $500 for first time

Google's stock price surpassed $500 for the first time Tuesday, marking another milestone in a rapid rise that has catapulted the Internet search leader into the corporate elite.

Top 5 makers aim to ship 46 million LCD TVs in 2007

The top-five LCD TV vendors, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Sony, Philips and LG Electronics (LGE), aim to ship a total of 46 million LCD TVs in 2007, with AU Optronics (AUO), Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) likely to supply half of the panels those vendors will need, according to sources in Taiwan's panel sector.

Ballmer: Linux infringes on Microsoft intellectual property

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at a conference in Seattle last week, said Microsoft signed the recent deal with Novell because Linux uses Microsoft's intellectual property and Microsoft wants to get the "appropriate economic return" for its innovation.

Universal Music Group sues MySpace over copyrights

Universal Music Group late Friday sued News's MySpace unit, alleging the social networking site has allowed its users to post millions of Universal's songs and videos onto the Internet in violation of copyright law.

Demand for Nvidia G80 chips weak as market expects G84 and G86 lineup

Nvidia's launch of its DirectX 10-compliant GeForce 8800 GPU (codenamed G80) earlier this month seems to have failed to significantly stir up demand for high-end graphics cards, although the new chips took a lead in 3D computing processing, according to sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

DRAM price likely to remain stable throughout November

Some DRAM makers and market research firms are seeing a stable price trend persist through the second half of November.

Edwards acknowledges staff asked Wal-Mart for Playstation 3

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards acknowledged Thursday that amid his criticism of Wal-Mart Stores, a volunteer member of his staff asked the world's largest retailer for help obtaining a hot new Sony Playstation 3 for Edwards' family.

Dell slammed on earnings delay, SEC probe

Computer maker Dell said it is delaying its earnings report, originally set for this afternoon, and shares tumbled more than 4.3% on the news.

Ebay limits PS3 sales

People pining for the sleek PlayStation 3 gaming console might find shortages on Ebay as well.

Material costs for LCD lower than PDP in 40" panels in Q4

Material costs for 40" class LCD panels have fallen below than that for PDP (plasma display panels) of the same class in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to the latest report from Displaybank.

Former Gizmondo exec gets jail time

Bo Stefan Eriksson, the one-time Swedish gangster who co-founded the ill-fated Gizmondo handheld gaming startup, has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail in California.

Former HP chairwoman pleads not guilty

Former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four felony identity theft and fraud charges for allegedly instigating the company's ill-fated spying probe into boardroom leaks.

Acer and Asustek have nearly 15% share of global notebook market in Q3 2006 - IDC

Combined shipments of Acer- and Asustek-branded notebooks totaled 3.174 million units in the third quarter of this year, accounting for 14.9% of the third-quarter's global shipments of 21.3 million units, according to data from International Data Corporation (IDC).

Large-size LCD TV sales continue to boom in Q3

Over half of the LCD TV unit and revenue sales in the US market were of the screen sizes above 30 inches during the third quarter of 2006, according to Quixel Research.

Coretronic ending PDP TV production for Dell

Taiwan-based Coretronic, which makes 42" and 50" PDP TVs for Dell, will end that partnership with Dell as early as mid- December, according to industry sources.

AUO beats Samsung as largest LCD monitor panel supplier in October

LCD monitor panel shipments from AU Optronics (AUO) surpassed that from Samsung Electronics in October, making the Taiwan-based company the world's largest supplier in terms of shipments, according to Taiwan-based panel makers.

Gates: Vista survived rivals' attacks

Microsoft has drawn criticism in recent weeks from security vendors Symantec and McAfee for being reluctant to give the firms more access to some of the core elements of Windows Vista. While Microsoft has made certain concessions to placate such demands, Bill Gates said this week that Windows Vista has remained intact.

ISPs 'should be responsible' for hacker attacks

Internet service providers (ISPs) should be made legally liable for the damage caused by "denial of service" (DoS) attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says.

Verizon and YouTube in mobile video talks

US telecoms firm Verizon Communications and Google-owned YouTube are in talks to transmit video clips from the video-sharing website onto mobile phones.

First-tier notebook makers see record October sales

Except for Wistron, all first-tier Taiwan notebook makers including Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Inventec, had record revenues in October.