Tom's Hardware is 10 Years Old Today

Today, Tom's Hardware Guide turns ten years old. Over the years, the site has gone from being a simple hobbyist site for hardware enthusiasts to a media business that reaches out across the globe, appearing in 11 languages, on three continents, and reaching an audience of over 10 million unique visitors a month.

Pioneer sues Samsung for patent infringement

Pioneer is suing Samsung in the US for patent infringement over technology used in plasma display panels. Samsung plans to file a counter-suit in reply.

Angry publishers stamp on Google spiders

Publishers around the world are collectively putting their foot down against search engines in a new global initiative to regain control of their content.

Philips revokes CD-R patent license for CMC and Ritek

Royal Philips Electronics has revoked CD-R disc patent licenses for CMC Magnetics and Ritek, the top two producers of optical discs in Taiwan, as well as Prodisc Technology and Lead Data, two second-tier makers, according to a list of CD-R licensees published on Philips Intellectual Property & Standards' (PIPS') global website.

NAND flash market shows signs of life

The NAND flash market has finally started showing signs of life, and prices are now increasing across the board.

Samsung exec pleads guilty to price-fixing

Thomas Quinn, a Samsung Semiconductor executive, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of fixing prices for dynamic random access memory (DRAM).

Adobe, Symantec press EC to remove Vista tanks from their lawns

Symantec and Adobe have raised objections to the inclusion of security software and electronic document technology in Windows Vista. Adobe has asked the European Commission to prevent the bundling of PDF document creation and reading tools that compete with its software.

Mark Hurd named HP chairman, Dunn to leave earlier than expected

HP's boardroom scandal reached a new level on Friday when chief executive officer Mark Hurd was named chairman, replacing Patricia Dunn three months earlier than originally announced. A counseling law firm also confirmed that Hurd was aware of parts of the investigation, which included an email tracer, the search of phone records and the surveillance of individuals.

US Commerce Department loses 1137 laptops

The US Commerce Department, which is responsible for counting things, has calculated that it has lost more than 1100 laptops since 2001.

Details about upcoming Ubisoft titles leaked to the net

Ubisoft, the company behind video game franchises such as Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell, deals with a leak that revealed details such as images of virtually every upcoming major title to the Internet. The incident included information about unannounced games such as Farcry 2, Prince of Persia 4, and Splinter Cell: Conviction.

Tulsa to account for 85% of 4-way server CPU shipments from Intel in Q1 2007

Intel's Tulsa processors, which were officially launched last month as the Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series, are expected to account for 85% of the company's total shipments of four-way server CPUs in the first quarter of 2007, up from 60% projected for the fourth quarter of this year, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Hannstar lands new 19" panel order from Dell

Hannstar will start shipping 19" monitor panels to Dell in the fourth quarter of 2006, with monthly shipments of 100,000 units, according to sources.

New board scandal details prompt HP to become proactive

Several new details surrounding HP's boardroom leak scandal were made public on Thursday and upgraded the investigation into what the Associated Press called a "new weirdness level": CEO Mark Hurd is suspected to have approved a spying campaign against a reporter, to extract details about the origins of a leak. HP reacted and said it plans to brief the press on Friday.

Yahoo may acquire Facebook - WSJ

Yahoo apparently is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire social network directory Facebook.

NASDAQ informs Dell of potential delisting

Dell today said that NASDAQ informed the company of a potential delisting, pending a decision by the qualifications panel of the trading organization. The letter is part of a standard procedure of NASDAQ that followed Dell's decision to delay the filing of its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended 4 August of this year. Dell stated that it is currently unable to file the form, because of "questions raised in connection with an informal investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into certain accounting and financial reporting matters."

Alliance formed to promote digital watermarking

The Digital Watermarking Alliance (DWA), an international group of industry leading companies, has announced its formation to promote the value of digital watermarking to content owners, industry, policy makers and consumers.

Dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handset shipments to top 300 million in 2011

Shipments of dual-mode (cellular/voice over Wi-Fi) wireless handsets will be well in excess of 300 million worldwide in 2011, but the arrival of femtocell access points may prove disruptive for the market, according to ABI Research.

T-Mobile invests $4.2 billion in 3G

T-Mobile has won the federal government auction for additional radio-wave spectrum. T-Mobile's winning bids totaled nearly $4.2 billion and will allow the company to increase its coverage area to Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities as well as other scattered areas throughout the country. Most importantly, T-Mobile now can build a solid 3G network in the U.S.

Desktop graphics market worth more than $23 billion - JPR

Market research firm Jon Peddie Research (JPR) today said that the desktop PC graphics market has reached a volume of $5.88 billion in the second quarter of this year.

New Ipod Nano could bump Apple's profit margin by 20%

El Segundo (CA) - The new Ipod Nanos may offer twice the memory capacity for the price of their respective predecessors at launch, but don't think Apple is giving away anything for free: According to a teardown analysis conducted by Isuppli, Apple fine-tuned the layout and components of the player and is able to build the 4 GB model for less money than the original 2 GB version.