Taking one of its most aggressive moves in its 20+ year history of producing video games, Nintendo has said that it has plans to spend more than $200 million to advertising and marketing campaigns for its upcoming Wii console. The offensive move demonstrates Nintendo's hopes to capture more market share in the new generation, and climb up from its struggling position in last place in the previous console battle.
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.
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.
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.
US telecoms firm Verizon Communications and Google-owned YouTube are in talks to transmit video clips from the video-sharing website onto mobile phones.
Intel will increase the size of the assembly and test facility it is building in Vietnam from 150,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and raise its investment from the $300 million announced in February to $1 billion, the company announced today.
The Entertainment Software Association has set its legal dogs upon game blogs including Kotaku and bits bytes pixels & sprites, sending a Cease & Desist nasty letter over a parody ERSB rating t-shirt, "Your Mom Rated E for Everyone."
Except for Wistron, all first-tier Taiwan notebook makers including Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Inventec, had record revenues in October.
Global LCD TV demand will grow 40-50% in 2007, driven mainly by CRT TV replacement demand and the increase in digital TV (DTV) broadcasting, according to Satoshi Okawa, deputy president, TV Group, Sony.
Nvidia reported "one of its best quarters" in the firm's history. Revenues surged 41% year-over-year to $820.6 million in the company's fiscal Q3 2007, ended October 29.
Adobe announced that its chief financial officer Randy Furr has resigned his position, effective November 7.
Santa Clara (CA) - Marvell today said that it has completed the acquisition of Intel's Communications and applications processor business, which mainly consists of the Xscale processor platform for handheld devices. According to Marvell, the transaction involved a $600 million cash payment and the assumption of "certain liabilities." The company said that the product line and patent portfolio will provide Marvell with a "strong presence in the growing market segment for cellular baseband and applications processors used in cellular and smart handheld devices."
According a report published by Displaysearch, U.S. Q3 2006 shipments of LCD TVs eclipsed shipments in Europe.
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.
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Sources at Taiwan optical disc makers makers indicated demand has been warming up for DVD+R/-R DL (single-sided double-layer) discs recently, following the increased availability of a modding hack that allows for the playing of pirated games on Xbox 360 consoles.
Gigabyte Technology announced that it will transfer its existing own-brand desktop PC motherboard and graphics cards business, valued at $124 million, to Gigabyte United Incorporated, a joint venture it will establish with Asustek Computer in January of 2007.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today held a meeting of its board of directors, which approved capital appropriation of $1.133 billion to expand 65 and 90 nanometer process capacity in 300 mm wafer fabs, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).
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.
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."
Sony NEC Optiarc, a joint venture between Sony (55% stake) and NEC (45% stake), has begun shipments of optical disc drives (ODDs) for use in IT products and game consoles as well as audio/video optical disc devices, and expects to become the world's largest supplier for such products by the end of 2007, according to the Kyotaro Imamura, general manager of the Computer Peripherals & Optical Media Devices Division of Sony Taiwan.