Hewlett-Packard to buy Mercury Interactive for $4.5 billion

Hewlett Packard is paying $4.5 billion to buy Mercury Interactive, a maker of business management software that has been entangled in a stock options scandal for the past nine months.

Apple must answer Microsoft's challenge: analyst

Although Microsoft's plans to launch its new music player and online music service, Zune, later this year could create some volatility for Apple Computer shares, Bear Stearns Equity Research analyst Andrew Neff expects Apple to respond with new innovations.

Four AMD dual-core prices now at or near Intel price/performance curve

Sunnyvale (CA) - As street prices start to stabilize following discounts on Intel's Pentium D series, and AMD's Athlon FX and Athlon 64 X2 series, dual-core processors announced Monday, it's now clear that AMD is positioning its 64 X2s in very close alignment with Intel's 65 nm Pentium D 900 series. With updated data from PriceGrabber and Froogle gathered today, TG Daily now estimates that the four least expensive dual-core processors AMD now offers is sufficiently price competitive with the performance curve set by Intel.

Quanta to begin production of $100 notebooks in Q1 2007

Taiwanese computer manufacturer Quanta said that it will start producing $100 notebooks as part of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative in the first quarter of next year, according to a report published by Digitimes. Earlier reports had speculated that production may already begin in October of this year.

Steve Case apologizes for AOL Time Warner merger

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Lenovo cuts ThinkPad prices by up to 33%

Lenovo recently lowered the price of its ThinkPad notebook series in the US, with its X60 model being slashed by 33%, according to the Chinese-language website Sina.com.

MSI may benefit from SanDisk and Panasonic MP3 player orders

In order to secure contract manufacturing partners for MP3 player production, Panasonic and SanDisk have recently visited Taiwan-based makers including Foxconn Electronics, Inventec Appliances and Micro-Star International (MSI), according to industry sources.

Discounted AMD dual-cores flirt with Intel price/performance, except FX-62

Sunnyvale (CA) - Street prices for the bottom three of AMD's five dual-core processors remaining in production fell near or below the numbers projected by the modified price/performance curve set by their Intel counterparts, based on the latest data from PriceGrabber and Froogle. However, street prices for the two Socket AM2 processors at the top of the line - the Athlon FX-62 and the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - remain well above the curve.

SCO claims IBM destroyed evidence in Unix case

SCO Group has accused IBM of destroying evidence that it could have used to support its case in the long-running breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit between the two companies.

ATI loses bus license from Intel

Following the rumors about a possible merger between AMD an ATI, Intel apparently pulled ATI's bus license. According to a brief article posted by the Inquirer just before the AMD/ATI news was announced, Intel may take taken this action already a few days ago.

AMD October price cut targets mobile CPUs

AMD is planning more price cuts for its notebook CPUs on 23 October following revised price cuts for its CPU offerings on July 24, according to sources at Taiwan-based PC makers, who noted that pricing of AMD's notebook-use Socket S1 Turion 64 X2 processors (35W) and Socket S1/754 Sempron series will be cut by 16-35%.

HDMI fee reduced

HDMI Licensing, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification, today announced it has reduced the annual administration fee for HDMI adopters from $15,000 to $10,000.

A-Data ramps capacity, aims to boost OEM business to over 30% in near term

A-Data Technology aims to boost the contribution from its OEM business to over 30% of its total business, in line with its aggressive capacity ramp up in China, according to company chairman Simon Chen at a recent company investor conference.

UPDATE: AMD acquires ATI for $5.4 billion

Sunnyvale (CA) and Markham (ON) - AMD bets $5.4 billion on its future: The company today announced that it will acquire ATI to "fight against the monopoly" and to create application specific platforms in the commercial, mobile and consumer electronics segments. AMD also said that, within two years, the company wants to offer processors that integrate graphics functionality.

AMD expected to announce ATI acquisition/merger on Monday, 8 am EST

AMD has informed analysts and journalists that chairman and chief executive officer Hector Ruiz and chief financial officer Bob Rivet will make a "significant corporate announcement" on Monday, July 24 at 8 am EST. While the company declined to provide details about this "announcement" on Sunday, it is widely believed that AMD will confirm its acquisition/merger plans of chipset and graphics chip company ATI.

AMD drops desktop processor prices by 47%

Sunnyvale (CA) - As expected, AMD rings in the next round of the processor price battle with Intel. In an effort to remain competitive, the company today slashed the prices of all desktop processors. In the strategically important field of socket AM2 CPUs, the drop averaged 47% - which may not be enough to retain overall price/performance leadership, according to TG Daily findings.

AMD to swallow ATI for $5.6 billion?

Rumors about an upcoming Amd bid to acquire chipset company and grphics chip develop AMD have resurfaced on Friday. According to media reports, AMD could make a friendly offer as early as next week.

Xbox 360 loses money for Microsoft, but SQL Server makes it up

The cost of producing Xbox 360s in the quantities necessary to sustain demand rose by $1.64 billion over the past 12 months, and $682 million during Microsoft's fiscal fourth quarter alone, the company reported yesterday afternoon.

DRAM company Qimonda to raise up to $750 million in IPO

Qimonda, the spun off DRAM arm of Infineon, announced that it has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on the the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Sharp and Sanyo Epson retain top spots in small- to medium-size LCD market

Japan-based suppliers maintained their dominance in the fast-growing business for small- to medium-size LCD panels in the first quarter of 2006 despite continued market-share inroads by South Korea's Samsung Electronics, according to research firm iSuppli.