Authors of Zotob virus sentenced

Two Moroccan men have been sentenced to prison terms for helping write the Zotob computer virus that attacked major U.S. networks last year, a court official said Wednesday.

LCD panel maker BOE Hydis files for bankruptcy - report

LCD panel maker BOE Hydis Technology filed for bankruptcy at a local Korean court on 11 September due to losses caused by unsuccessful investments and loss of technical workforce, according to the Korean-language Digital Times.

Fall VON: Broadcom gets VoIP chip wins with Samsung, TCL

Broadcom today announced two design wins in the consumer VoIP market.

Recalled notebook batteries to cost Sony up to $267 million

Chicago (IL) - The recent global recall of Sony batteries that has been reported to affect nearly 6 million owners of Dell and Apple notebook computers, will cost Sony as much as $267 million, according to a Sony China official. Click here to see actual pictures of a Dell notebook whose battery exploded...

A Perspective on the HP Witch Hunt

Last week the news broke at HP about an investigation into a board leak at that company which may have been done improperly. In looking into this, I personally think this is an attempt to cover up what the big problem was and to misuse political influence. Since I'm writing this on September 11th, I'm very sensitive to the whole concept of cover your ass politics right now and feel it is worth while to provide what I think is a clearer perspective on the HP problem which, I think, has more to do with a misguided power play on HP's board than anything else right now.

Board scandal forces HP chairman to step down

Palo Alto (CA) - UPDATE Hewlett Packard this morning announced that Patricia Dunn, chairman of the board of Hewlett-Packard, will step down from her position in January, as a result of the recently reported board scandal. She will be replaced by CEO Mark Hurd. Dunn will continue to serve as an HP director.

Dell's accounting troubles cause delay of 10-Q filing

Dell's announcement today that the company would delay the filing of its Form 10-Q for its fiscal second quarter ended August 4, 2006 did not come as a surprise, after the company had confirmed an "informal investigation" into accounting issues last month. However, the simple fact that Dell apparently will miss the filing deadline, will raise additional concerns and clearly contradicts CFO Jim Schneider's initial believe that the SEC probe wasn't a big deal.

HP chair's job on the line

There was a question mark hanging over Hewlett-Packard chair Patricia Dunn after revelations that an investigation she launched violated the privacy of her fellow HP directors, several journalists and their families, and probably broke the law.

Freescale to be acquired for $16 billion?

Freescale on Monday confirmed that it "is in discussions with parties relating to a possible business transaction." The chip company did not provide further details about a possible acquisition and mentioned that "there can be no assurances that any transaction will result from these discussions." However, the New York Times reports that a consortium of investment firms was close to reaching a deal to acquire Freescale for more than $16 billion. If completed, the deal would be the largest leveraged buyout ever in the technology sector, the newspaper said.

Edward Coleman named Gateway CEO

Gateway has hired J. Edward Coleman as its new chief executive officer. Coleman joins Gateway from Arrow Electronics, where he held the position senior vice president and president of Arrow's Enterprise Computing Solutions.

Netflix sues Blockbuster

A legal clash between Blockbuster and Netflix has triggered a patent debate over who has the right to offer DVD-rental services over the Internet.

Credit card companies forge security alliance

Five major credit card companies have teamed up in the interest of creating better security.

Worst is over for SDRAM, says Etron chairman

With DRAM makers devoting more capacity to DDR2-667 and NAND flash, Etron Technology chairman Lu Chao-chun yesterday said he remains optimistic about the SDRAM market in the next few months.

Nintendo DS expected to outship Sony PSP by as much as 30% this year

Scottsdale (AZ) - Sony's Playstation Portable (PSP) was the best-selling portable game console in 2005, but the Nintendo DS has turned the tables this year: According to market research firm In-Stat, the Nintendo may ship 25 to 30% more devices than Sony.

California hands-free mobile phone bill heads to Gov. Schwarzenegger

Sacramento (CA) - The California Assembly and Senate have passed a bill that would bar most mobile phone calls made while driving. Senate Bill 1613 would make calling on a non-hands-free phone an infraction that is punishable by fines. The bill now heads to Governor Schwarzenegger for signing. If the bill is signed into law, starting July 1, 2008 offending drivers could be fined $20 for the first violation and $50 for each violation afterwards. The law explicitly allows drivers to call for fire or police help.

Where Intel went wrong with layoffs - analyst opinion

This week Intel announced they were going to layoff over 10,000 workers and, strangely enough, the stock market reacted negatively to this news. This may have been one of the biggest blunders for a company having a great deal of difficulty this year.

Hawking seeks graduate assistant

One of the world's most famous scientists wants an assistant.

DRAM supplied with a new PC hits cost benchmark

A combination of consistently tight supply and strong demand is not only sustaining the firm pricing of DDR2, but it could also drive the cost of DRAM supplied with PC systems to more than 10% of the cost of an individual PC, according to industry players.

Nokia and Motorola boost chip spending in 2005 and 2006, says Isuppli

Leading mobile-phone makers Nokia and Motorola will increase their semiconductor spending by the highest percentage among the world's top-10 OEM chip buyers in 2005 and 2006, research firm Isuppli predicts.

3G subscriptions to reach 285 million globally by year-end, says ABI Research

Third-generation (3G) subscriptions, including CDMA2000, are forecast to hit 285 million by the end of 2006," says Jake Saunders, the Asia-Pacific director at ABI Research.