Panel makers to raise monitor panel prices

With the peak season coming, panel makers plan to raise prices for monitor panels in the range of $5-12, according to the makers.

Sources: Samsung to raise NAND flash contract prices

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 to buy back stock for $40 billion

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 to buy Internet Security Systems in $1.3B Dollar deal

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.

With Grouper.com acquisition, what is Sony getting itself into?

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 considers sale of retail business

Gateway today said that it has received "an unsolicited expression of interest" from Lap Shun (John) Hui to acquire its retail operations.

Microsoft rolls out red carpet for Firefox

Microsoft has issued an open invitation to the Mozilla to bring both its Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application into the Windows fold.

Verizon imposes new fees on DSL

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.

'Brand Channels:' What is YouTube's advertising plan, really?

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.

Google sees slight drop in search market share

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.

AOL CTO resigns in wake of search privacy scandal

UPDATE 22 August 2006 10:30 am ET New York (NY) - AOL confirmed this morning that its chief technology officer, Maureen Govern, has resigned, along with two other senior staff members in the technology research department. The departures follow news that the company provided public access to private search information on as many as 658,000 AOL users who thought their searches were anonymous.

ASP for 32" LCD TV panels stabilizs in H2 August

The ASP (average selling price) for 32" LCD TV panels stabilized in the second half of August, with prices standing at $360, according to Displaysearch.

Judge blocks order to shut down 4 million Echostar DVRs

A federal appeals court temporarily blocked an earlier ruling of an U.S. District Court judge in Texas that would have given Echostar Communications, better known as the operator of the Dish Network, to shut down its service to more than four million DVR devices and pay $89.6 million in damages to Tivo, which sued Echostar in 2004 for patent infringement.

Apple to partner with Foxconn on labor conditions

In response to media reports alleging poor working and living conditions at a plant in China, where its Ipod products are assembled, Apple issued a statement on the company website on 17 August to reveal results of its own investigation at the plant.

Add Dell to the growing list of companies facing SEC probe

During today's quarterly conference call for Q2 fiscal 2007 financial results, Dell Computer Chief Financial Officer Jim Schneider admitted his company received a notice in August 2005 from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, regarding what he says regards reporting of Dell's earnings prior to fiscal 2006.

Dell reports 51% earnings drop

Dell experienced another tough quarters, in which the company was able to slightly increase its sales, but faced a sharp decline in net earnings. Revenues of $14.1 billion represented a 5% increase over Q2 of last year, but profits dropped about 51% from $1.02 billion to $502 million the same time frame. "Aggressive" pricing in a "slower" market resulted in a record market share of 19.3% but also "in operating income which was lower than its May expectations on similar revenue," Dell said in a press release.

Apple shopping for third notebook manufacturer

Rising notebook sales at Apple Computer have sent the company shopping for a third contract manufacturer in order to stamp out more systems.

Ebay hopes higher fees will reverse trend

EBay is about to find out whether a fee increase will help the company reverse a strategic error and boost revenue - or drive away some of its highest-volume sellers.

Groups file FTC complaints against AOL

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the World Privacy Forum filed separate legal complaints with the Federal Trade Commission this week claiming that America Online engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices when the company posted its users' search data online.

Apple still leads music player sales

Apple Computer continued to lead the U.S. digital music player market in the second quarter with a 75.6% share, according to the NPD Group.