DRAM contract prices up in July

Contract prices for both DDR and DDR2 continued trending upward in the second half of July and Nanya Technology is confident that this price upside will persist through the end of the third quarter.

Spansion extends NOR flash foundry orders to 90nm at TSMC

Spansion announced that the company has expanded its foundry partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to 90nm for its MirrorBit-made NOR flash with production set to increase in the second half of 2007.

Dell warns of lower revenue in Q2, blames PC market slowdown

Nearly four weeks prior to issuing its fiscal Q2 quarterly report, Dell has already warned of a likely revenue and earnings slowdown, with growth flattening if not taking a slight downturn.

EFF's spying case against AT&T moves forward

A federal judge today denied the government's motion to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) case against AT&T for collaborating with the NSA in illegal spying.

Portland signs MetroFi contract

The city council gave their official okay for the estimated $10m contract, the cost of which will be borne entirely by MetroFi.

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo slammed over China

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo betrayed their values and colluded with government censorship in China in pursuit of lucrative revenue opportunities, according to human rights charity Amnesty International.

Dropping GNU/Linux helps restore Corel profitability

After six years of financial difficulties and reorganizations, Corel finally seems on track with promising first and second quarters in 2006 and a return to public trading.

Google's quarterly report continues to astound with 77% revenue growth

For its fiscal second quarter, Google reported earnings of $2.46 billion, up 77% on an annual basis, with operating income of $815 million.

Intel executive shuffle will enable 'adjustment' to UMPC, says Manetta

Santa Clara (CA) - In an interview this afternoon with TG Daily, Intel spokesperson Robert I. Manetta said one of the objectives of today's senior executive and general managerial shuffle, announced this morning, was to enable a seasoned, experience executive the chance to take the helm of the company's ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) project, with the intention of "creating the product," perhaps all over again.

Price war with Intel takes its toll on AMD

Sunnyvale (CA) - Despite its recent avalanche of design wins and market share gains, AMD appears to be vulnerable to changing market environments. For the first quarter of this year, the company reported a sequential decline in revenues and operating income. But thanks to its Opteron processor and compared to last year, AMD still holds a strong position in the microprocessor market.

AMD dual-core price drop must approach 51% to compete with Intel

UPDATE 20 July 2006 5:30 pm ET Round Rock (TX) - For AMD's planned price drop for its dual-core processors to enable the company to regain its aggressive price/performance competitive position against Intel as it has promised, the company would have to reduce its existing Athlon 64 X2 and Athlon FX prices by between 38% and 56% for its various models, with cuts averaging about 51%.

Cellphone sales estimated to touch 1 billion this year

Cellphone manufacturers have posted yet another successful quarter. According to an IDC report released today, Nokia & Co. shipped 237.8 million phones in Q2, which represents a 2.1% increase over Q1 and a whopping 22.5% increase over Q2 of last year.

First details of Intel reorganization show management positions excised

UPDATE 12:00 pm ET 20 July 2006 Santa Clara (CA) - Intel has confirmed this morning that Sean Maloney, currently one of Intel's co-general managers, has been anointed with the newly constructed title of "chief sales and marketing officer" when the company announces its complete reorganization plan, perhaps during its third quarter financial guidance call. Maloney's co-general managers, Anand Chandrasekher and Eric Kim, are being repositioned to lead the UMPC and Digital Home groups, respectively. The changes are effective immediately.

Montecito CPUs to contribute 80% to Itanium 2 shipments by Q4

Montecito processors will likely account for around 80% of Itanium 2 shipments by the fourth quarter of this year, Intel said at a press event in Taipei.

Micron scores number one for patents

Micron Technology, has risen to the number one position in the 2006 Patent Scorecard for the semiconductor industry, an annual qualitative appraisal of patents by the independent technology analysis firm ipIQ.

Apple credits Mac for a stellar quarter as Ipod sales growth moderates

Apple Computer started focusing on the "Computer" part of its name during its fiscal third quarter 2006 earnings call this afternoon, reporting quarterly profit up 47% annually to $472 million from $320 million. Revenue was up 24% over the fiscal third quarter of 2005, to $4.37 billion - about 54¢ per share - and Macintosh accounts for more than half the reason, executives said today.

Ebay net profit falls

Web auction leader Ebay Wednesday posted quarterly results that matched Wall Street estimates but confirmed fears that growth is slowing as the company hewed to its conservative outlook.

Intel's profit drops 57%

Intel today reported sales $8.0 billion and a net income of $885 million for the second quarter of this year. Compared to the second quarter of last year, revenue is down 13% from $9.2 billion, while the firm's profit dropped 57% from $2.0 billion.

Seagate extends lead in hard drive market

espite a slight sequential decline in overall hard drive shipments in the first quarter of this year, Seagate managed to post solid gains and an increased market share, which now stands at 29%, according to market research firm iSuppli. Count in Maxtor's shipments, which Seagate recently acquired, and the company shipped four out of ten hard drives in the Q1.

Microsoft buys Winternals

Microsoft said it has acquired Winternals Software.