Universal, NBC, and other entertainment companies are increasingly upset about Youtube's potential for copyright infringement. Japan is getting in on the act, too, asking for much stricter uploading and screening processes.
Wilmington (NC) - One of the many cases of Playstation 3 robberies ended fatally as police gunned down a suspect in North Carolina accused of stalking a customer on the PS3 launch day back to his apartment, beating him up, and stealing his console.
The robbery victim, a student at UNC, was one of the first to get a PS3 in the state, having waited over three days to purchase the console at Wal-Mart at midnight on the November 17 launch day.
The legal battle brewing between Universal Music and MySpace could shape the broader commercial relationship between traditional media companies and a new generation of internet start-ups that rely on them for content.
The NPD research group says technology sales grew 11.8% for the week ending November 25 which includes the major Black Friday shopping day after Thanksgiving. Sales surpassed $2 billion dollars, but the group says the growth rate has slowed from previous years.
Bangkok (Thailand) - Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system will not launch until January 30, but software pirates around the world are already churning out illegal copies of the recently released RTM Vista. Often these copies are sold for pennies on the dollar when compared to the original price: We were able to purchase a copy of Vista Ultimate, which will retail for $400, for a mere $3.50 (US).
Surging microprocessor sales as well as the acquisition of ATI have made AMD an official member of the world's ten largest chip manufacturers, according to a report released today by iSuppli. AMD checks in at #7, while Intel is seeing double-digit declines in revenue.
Waltham (MA) - A new advancement for Office clones was reached today, as Novell and Microsoft announced that OpenOffice will receive support for the Open XML platform, a file format developed by Microsoft for the upcoming Office 2007 suite.
Even though there's only a few hundred thousand consoles across the globe right now, Sony is already making clear that it wants no one to import the PS3 from foreign countries, threatening legal action against anyone who does so.
Qualcomm today announced that it will acquire for cash WLAN MIMO innovator Airgo Networks and the majority of RF Micro Devices' (RFMD's) Bluetooth assets.
Overall growth in the number of PCs sold in the US retail channel slowed during the Black Friday week of 2006, compared with the Black Friday week of 2005, according to Current Analysis.
The US District Judge hearing SCO Group's breach-of-contract and copyright case against IBM has affirmed an earlier ruling limiting the Unix vendor's claims to just 106 items of claimed evidence.
Berkeley (CA) - AMD yesterday presented the first native quad-core CPU, a processor that combines four cores within one die, to analysts. Few details have been provided at the time of the announcement, but the puzzle is coming together and suggests that AMD may have a shot at trumping Intel by mid-2007, at least until the blue team rolls out 45 nm chips.
Just when the dust had finally settled from the big scandal earlier this year, when HP executives were accused of spying on journalists, there are new claims of ethical violations, as records show that executives cashed in their stocks during the fiasco, trying to avoid a dip in stock price, according to a story by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Nvidia and AMD, the new owner of graphics chip maker ATI, have confirmed idependent from another that they have subpoena from the San Francisco Office of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
With Picvue Optoelectronics International (POI) closing down its business, Taiwan is officially out of the LCD glass substrate market.
Gigabyte Technology on November 30 announced it will formally transfer its own-brand desktop PC motherboard and graphics card operations.
After many problems with the launch of the PS3, Sony today announced a bit of a shake-up in the corporate level. Ken Kutaragi and Kaz Hirai, two of the most high-profile executives, are among the handful of people with new titles.
Having trailed Dell in worldwide PC sales for four years, Hewlett-Packard has surpassed its rival during the third quarter of this year. According to a report from iSuppli, HP now leads the ranking with a global market share of 16.5%, while Dell fell behind with 16.3%.
New York (NY) - Amid the typical marketing hyperboles tossed around at today's launch event at Nasdaq, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made one statement very clear. He referred to today as the biggest launch event in the company's history and deemed Vista and Office 2007 "the two most significant releases we've ever done."
After the planned launch of 45 nm processors in the second half of 2007, Intel will likely reach the crossover between 45nm and 65nm nodes in CPU production in 2008, said Rob Willoner, technology analyst at Intel's technology and manufacturing group.