Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, has been elected to Apple's board of directors.
In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm, is hiring a former Intel vice-president to lead the company.
Chicago (IL) - Amazon.com's pre-order pages are revealing prices for Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows Vista. The new features and especially Microsoft's Aeroglass user interface won't be cheap: Plan on spending at least $100 for the least expensive upgrade and $400 if you are aiming for the full feature set.
Six out of ten notebooks shipped in the second quarter of this year integrated a wide-aspect ratio screen, according to a report released today by Displaysearch.
Corel today said that it has bought a slice of the HD media pie. For about $196 million, the company which not too long ago was only known for its Corel Draw vector graphics software, adds media software maker Intervideo to its growing portfolio of applications.
In a deal announced this morning, Google and Ebay will, beginning early next year, jointly produce "click-to-call" functionality, with an integration plan that should include Google Search, Google's integrated shopping site Froogle, eBay's online auction service, and Google's own Talk IM client (even though Skype already has one).
Japan-based Ricoh on August 24 filed legal proceedings at a US District Court in Wisconsin against Quanta Storage and Asustek Computer, two leading makers of optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, for infringing on four of its patents related to CD-RW and DVD+RW formats, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced filing a lawsuit against Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in a California court, alleging that the company is in breach of a 2005 settlement with TSMC and that SMIC continues to misappropriate TSMC's trade secrets.
Chicago (IL) - A report published in a German newspaper today suggests that Electronic Arts (EA) could snuggle up with Crytek closer and beyond the distribution deal for the upcoming Crysis first-person-shooter. The developer of FarCry would be the second German game developer EA would be acquiring within a short period of time.
Sony NEC Optiarc, a joint venture (JV) that combines Sony's and NEC's optical disc drive (ODD) businesses, will launch its first product, a 18x DVD burner (called the AD-7170A), next month, and the company will manufacture it at its own plant in Malaysia, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
With the peak season coming, panel makers plan to raise prices for monitor panels in the range of $5-12, according to the makers.
Samsung Electronics has notified its clients that it will raise its NAND flash contract prices in the beginning of September, according to other NAND flash makers.
Microsoft today announced the final results of its "Dutch Auction" tender offer in which the company agreed to purchase 1.5% or 154,517,593 shares of its outstanding common stock at a price of $24.75 per share, totaling a cost of $3.8 billion.
IBM's spending spree continues as it plans to buy Internet Security Systems for $1.3 billion Dollars. IBM will pay $28 Dollars for each share of the network security service provider and will gain almost 11,000 worldwide customers.
Another major deal in the very-fast-growing Web video sharing field was announced today, with Sony Pictures acquiring Grouper Networks, proprietor of one of YouTube's most intriguing competitors. The deal may make Sony content more visible in Grouper's digital playground. But if that's not what users want, will Sony be getting its money's worth?
Gateway today said that it has received "an unsolicited expression of interest" from Lap Shun (John) Hui to acquire its retail operations.
Microsoft has issued an open invitation to the Mozilla to bring both its Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application into the Windows fold.
Just as DSL customers were set to see their monthly bills drop due to the technology being excluded from the Universal Service Fund, Verizon has announced it will impose new fees on its subscribers that largely negate any savings.
San Mateo (CA) - News sources today covered an announcement made by YouTube CEO Chad Hurley in the Hollywood Reporter, saying the company will launch the first of what it hopes to be many "brand channels" where advertisers and YouTube partners can pitch their wares through opt-in videos. Users may select these videos, and even rate them and comment just as they would for unsolicited items.
Yahoo was able to substantially increase its search market share during July, while Google saw its share dropping for the first in several months, according to a report released by market research firm Nielsen Netratings.