U.S. overtakes Europe in Q3 06 LCD TV sales

According a report published by Displaysearch, U.S. Q3 2006 shipments of LCD TVs eclipsed shipments in Europe.

Universal gets a share of Zune sales

Redmond (WA) - A deal struck by Microsoft and Universal Music Group gives the popular record label a cut of the sales of Microsoft's anticipated Zune media device, in a move that is possibly more about potential legal action than it is a good faith partnership. See the Microsoft Zune in detail here ...

Microsoft targets 15 million shipped Xbox 360 consoles by June 2007

New York (NY) - In yet another bid to draw attention to itself before the release of the more closely watched PS3 and Wii consoles, Microsoft today announced the latest shipment forecasts for its Xbox 360 system, which is expected to get a bump in sales during the holiday shopping season.

Palm rejects NTP's lawsuit claims

Sunnyvale (CA) - Threatened by a potential shutdown of its Blackberry network, Research in Motion settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by NTP with a $612.5 million payment earlier this year. Now, Palm fins itself in hot waters with NTP as well: However, the company declines to pay for patents that the company considers "doubtful."

Convert Solaris code to Linux with Transitive's new app

Transitive Corporation is trying to ease the pain of converting legacy Solaris applications to Linux with its new QuickTransit software application. QuickTransit converts Solaris/SPARC applications into Linux x86 binary code on the fly and promises to work at about 80% native speed.

Intel and Micron to build 50 nm flash fab

IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between Intel and Micron, today announced that it will break ground on a fourth flash manufacturing facility in the first half of next year. The factory will initially focus on producing 50 nm flash memory chips from 300 mm wafers.

Google to sell newspaper advertising

According to report published by the Associated Press, Google has plans to sell advertising space in 50 newspapers across the country, marking a new venture for the Internet search giant that goes outside of the online world.

Microsoft to recommend Suse Linux, sorta

No, it's not a misprint: Microsoft today announced one of those if-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em decisions and confirmed that it will be working closely with Novell to improve the interoperability and manageability between Windows and Linux. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will even recommend Suse Linux Enterprise for mixed OS environments.

Battle of the Tubes: uTube sues YouTube

Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment Corporation, a maker of tube manufacturing machines, is suing video-sharing giant YouTube because of its similarly sounding web name. Universal Tube's website, utube.com, has been knocked offline several times from people who misspelled youtube.com's website.

PayPal headquarters bombed

PayPal's San Jose headquarters was bombed Tuesday night. The bomb had been placed outside the conference center exit and the blast shattered one window in the four-story 100,000 square-foot building. Twenty-six employees were inside the building, but no one was hurt.

Kingston maintains dominant lead in third-party DRAM segment

Third party DRAM companies are following the current trend in the DRAM industry and are on track on to post record revenues for the year. According to a report released by Isuppli, third-party suppliers reported sales of about $5.1 billion in the first half of the year, which is up 15.7% from $4.3 billion in the same period of 2005.

Google bombing becomes new tactic for political campaigns

Chicago (IL) - With the Democrats desperately trying to take back control of Congress, and Republicans seemingly in the news every day for a new scandal, Chris Bowers has set into motion a plan to further expand both of these issues by calling for a national liberal team of "Google bombers" who would ideally flood the search engine's online algorithm to highly associate Republican candidates with a single scandal that's been reported about them.

A dull holiday season for consumer electronics?

Because of product delays, supply problems, and consumer confusion in various areas of the consumer electronics market, Isuppli, a marketing research firm, is predicting a "dull holiday season" for sales of electronic devices.

Vista coupon program to have a $1.5 billion impact on Microsoft

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft today announced another solid quarter that pushed revenues beyond $10 billion and profits in the range of $3.5 billion. During the quarter, Microsoft made substantial investments to launch upcoming products such as Zune and Vista and, surprisingly, also encountered rising unit costs of its Xbox 360 console, which sold six million times to date.

Vista, Office 2007 coupons worth a second look

Redmond (WA) - Many computer buyers will have a Déjà vu experience when shopping for a new computer this Christmas season. Microsoft is, once again, offering an upgrade coupon for its operating system: Vista won't arrive in time for the holidays, so Microsoft company tries to lure customers with seemingly free Vista upgrades. Before you buy, take a look at the fine print.

Falcon Northwest goes retail

The boutique PC segement is getting increasingly competitive and we are beginning to see some ideas from those companies to break out of their familiar segment.

SGI goes after ATI with patent infringement suit

Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI) announced Monday that it has filed a patent infringement suit against graphics processor manufacturer ATI in a Wisconsin US District Court.

Lik-Sang sued out of existence by Sony

Lik-Sang, one of the most popular online retailers for purchasing imported video games, announced today that it is going out of business for good, with costly lawsuits brought forth by Sony as the major factor. The dot-com retailer, which is based in Hong Kong, will no longer take new orders, and will not even fulfill orders already placed.

SGI is back, sorta

Silicon Graphics, also more commonly known as SGI, is back on a major stock exchange. After spending the last year as a penny stock, SGI has begun trading today on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol SGIC. SGI was once a Silicon Valley darling, producing expensive graphics workstations for corporations and the movie industry, but hit hard times when powerful computers and graphics cards become increasingly cheaper.

Microsoft opens up Sender ID specification

Microsoft is trying to make the brutal and never-ending battle against spam a little easier by opening up its Sender ID specification. The specification will now fall under the company's Open Specification Promise which is an "irrevocable promise" to offer the technology for free. Microsoft has been touting Sender ID as an upcoming global standard, but some in the open-source community have rallied against the specification because of its previously proprietary nature.