Radio Shack fires 400 employees by email

Getting fired is traumatic enough, but imagine getting fired by email. Radio Shack emailed layoff Tuesday morning to 400 of its workers at the Forth Worth Texas headquarters. The company had warned on 10 August that it would cut hundreds of jobs.

Quanta expects to ship 10 million $100-laptops

Quanta Computer president Michael Wang stated that the company has set a 12-month shipment goal of 10 million notebooks for the $100 laptop project, initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, starting from when actual shipments kick off at the end of the first quarter, 2007.

Spansion confident about NOR flash outlook

Spansion has a confident outlook for NOR flash in 2006 and anticipates the NOR flash market will be stronger than that for NAND flash, said company executive vice president and chief operating officer Jim Doran.

Intel takes 10% stake in InComm

Intel has taken up an approximate 10% stake in InComm after the controller IC design house joined the Intel-advocated Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) working group in July, according to industry sources.

TSMC looking to charge SMIC $130 million for alleged stolen IP

The failure of SMIC to comply with the terms of a cross-licensing agreement between the China-based foundry and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has led TSMC to claim damages of $130 million in the Superior Court of the State of California, according to TSMC.

AT&T admits theft of DSL customers' data, offers to pay for credit monitoring

AT&T said today it would set up and pay for credit monitoring services, after having notified those who may have been affected. In the company's statement this morning, AT&T chief privacy officer Priscilla Hill-Ardoin said, "We recognize that there is an active market for illegally obtained personal information."

Target shipment of Sony PS3 may be halved

Sony's target shipment volume of four million PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles by the end of this year is likely to be cut to two million units because volume production is not set yet, according to sources in Taiwan's game console manufacturing industry.

AUO top 32" LCD panel maker in August

AU Optronics (AUO) will be the top maker worldwide this month for 32" LCD panels, with the company estimating it will ship 400,000 units, while LG.Philips LCD and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) will place second and third with 360,000 and 320,000 shipments, respectively, according to industry sources.

Over 565 million RFID tag ICs shipped in 2005

More than 565 million high-frequency RFID tag ICs were shipped in 2005, according to ABI Research.

Qimonda expands foundry agreement with Winbond

Qimonda and Winbond Electronics today announced that they have signed an agreement to expand their existing cooperation on the production of standard memory chips (DRAMs).

Google CEO joins Apple's board of directors

Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, has been elected to Apple's board of directors.

CEO shuffling continues at CIA venture capital firm

In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm, is hiring a former Intel vice-president to lead the company.

Windows Vista's eye-candy will cost you at least $160

Chicago (IL) -'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.

Widescreen displays dominate notebook market in Q2 2006

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 acquires Intervideo

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.

Google, Ebay deal will create 'click-to-call' links in search lists, IM

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).

Ricoh sues Quanta Storage and Asustek for disc patent infringement

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.

TSMC sues SMIC for alleged breach of 2005 settlement

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.

EA executive hints of possible acquisition of Crytek

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 to start from own production

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.