Console gamers paying for promotional materials, PC users make faces

The console makers are on to a winner with these so called "micro transactions", providing relatively cheap add on content for games via digital download. Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace is the first example we've seen get released into the wild, with people buying credit (and that's a critical part of the equation) to spend on items ranging from wallpapers to customize their consoles; to add on maps and extra items for games.

AOL to 'free' up to 5,000 workers in restructuring


SCO stock continues downward spiral

In the months after the SCO Group's Linux-related lawsuit against IBM was filed nearly three and a half years ago, the tiny Utah software company saw its stock soar tenfold.

Could the SEC spoil Apple's upcoming party?

Apple announced this morning it may have to restate the company's earnings for the past four years, and that any statements that currently exist for that time period may be unreliable. The reason is that an SEC investigation has apparently turned up evidence of a curious accounting practice that concerns how executives receive non-cash compensation. It's the correction which could spell trouble for Apple.

Intel inventory glut looms large over electronics supply chain

Excess stockpiles of PC microprocessors and core logic chipsets caused surplus semiconductor inventories in the global electronics supply chain to rise more than expected in the second quarter, according to research firm iSuppli.

CMO said to give up on 6G LCD production

Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) may give up constructing a sixth-generation (6G) LCD plant amid slow panel demand and rapid growth of panels for over-40" TVs, according to the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

Toshiba and Sandisk mark construction start of 300 mm wafer fab for NAND flash in Japan

Toshiba and Sandisk today announced that they begin construction of 12" fab Fab 4 for NAND flash production, following the companies' agreement that was announced in April 2006.

Change of venue for Eolas case could mean 'do-over' for Microsoft

In Microsoft's ongoing battle with Eolas Technologies - the patent-holding arm of the University of California, whose claim to having patented program functionality invoked through Web pages was upheld - the Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit on Monday granted Microsoft's request for the case to be remanded to a new judge.

Gateway reports $7.7 million loss for Q2

Gateway, the third largest PC company in the U.S., to day reported sales of $919 million and a net loss of $7.7 million for the second quarter. In Q2 of 2005, the company had reported $873 million in sales and a net profit of $17.7 million.

Microsoft claims Belkin infringed U2 patent

Microsoft has filed a complaint against peripherals maker Belkin for allegedly infringing on a Microsoft patent pertaining to its U2 technology.

Google teams up with XM Satellite Radio in advertising pact

Google has struck a deal with American satellite radio company XM Satellite to allow the search engine's Adwords advertisers to automatically place ads on XM's non-music radio channels.

US Court publishes trial exhibits of Zacarias Moussaoui case online

For the first time in U.S. history, a court is providing general access to most trial materials in a criminal case via its website.

Rambus "unlawfully" obtained monopoly power, says FTC

In an unexpected turn of events, the Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has determined that Rambus "unlawfully monopolized the markets" for four DRAM technologies. The ruling will result in a remedy for "the substantial competitive harm" and may provide a new opportunity for memory manufacturers to tackle licensing fees demanded by Rambus.

The AOL transition begins as e-mail, other premium services become free

New York (NY) - It will be the single toughest sell the company has ever had to make, and yet it doesn't expect to earn anything from it: Today, AOL's new CEO, Jonathan Miller, joined his corporate parent's boss, Time Warner president Jeff Bewkes, in declaring that e-mail and other services for which AOL was among the last to charge a premium, would now be marketed for free. This in a world where such services have already been largely given away for the better part of the decade.

Panel makers evaluating price increase for 19" widescreen panels

With prices for 19" widescreen monitors having increased, panel makers said they are seeing a stronger-than-expected demand for panels of the segment but are still evaluating whether they should launch a price increase, according to sources.

DDR prices on the rise - Isuppli

More demand for DDR memory has resulted in a steep increase in memory prices and a surge in DRAM revenues for manufacturers. Market research firm Isuppli expected a 4.4% increase in sales over the first quarter of this year and now reports that memory companies were able to boost their DRAM revenues by 14.3%.

ECS acquires ultra-portable whitebook manufacturer

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), mainly knows as a motherboard manufacturer in the U.S., today said that it will acquire Uniwill Computer, Taiwan's leading manufacturer of ultra-portable notebook (whitebook) solutions.

New wafer fab construction soars in Q2

Strategic Marketing Associates (SMA) forecasts 35 new wafer fabs will begin to ramp the industry's monthly capacity to a new high in 2007 as most of the new fabs that began construction from 2004 will come online in 2007, and they will be joined by 8 of the 11 fabs that just began construction in the second quarter of 2006.

Apple recalls Macbook Pro batteries

Apple today said that that it has "initiated a worldwide battery exchange program" for "certain" rechargeable batteries that were included with Macbook Pro notebooks from February 2006 through May 2006.

Revenues of OEM handset maker FIH expected to hit $10 billion in 2006

Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the Hong Kong-listed handset subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics, is expected to see revenues grow by over 50% on year to $10 billion in 2006, according to market sources.