Time Warner to outline AOL's future on 2 August

Time Warner today said that it will be disclosing details about it plans for its AOL division after its second-quarter earnings conference, which is scheduled for 2 August.

HD DVD gets a $150 million marketing boost

Promoters of the HD DVD format are stepping up the battle against Blu-ray: A newly formed "North American HD DVD Promotional Group" announced that it will be launching a hefty marketing and advertising campaign to convince US consumers that HD DVD is "The Look and Sound of Perfect."

Almost 1000 vendors to deliver software for Vista at launch, says Microsoft

Microsoft announced that "nearly 1000 global independent software vendors (ISVs)" will offer a "range" when the new operating system will be launched early next year.

ECS to acquire Uniwill

Motherboard manufacturer Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), which previously acquired the desktop PC unit of Tatung, announced that it will acquire second-tier notebook maker Uniwill, via a share swap.

Displaysearch: TFT LCD fab utilization drops sharply in Q2 2006

Research firm Displaysearch reports that average industry TFT LCD array fab glass input utilization dropped from 94.7% in the third quarter of 2005 to 86.0% in the second quarter of 2006, the lowest level since the second quarter of 2003.

SEMI: Semiconductor equipment sales to rebound in 2006, stay flat in 2007 and pick up in 2008

The leading manufacturers of semiconductor equipment expect 2006 to be the second largest year ever for sales of new semiconductor equipment according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Consensus Forecast that was released today by SEMI at the annual SEMICON West exposition.

Michael Dell hints of impending AMD CPU news

Grapevine (TX) - At a meeting with journalists, including TG Daily, at the site of the World Series of Video Games on Sunday afternoon, Dell Computer Chairman Michael Dell gave clear signals - while omitting any and all details - that his company will have more to say about expanding its relationship with CPU supplier AMD in the near future.

Orders for 17" LCD monitor panels up in July, says paper

In order to prepare for back-to-school demand in September, LCD monitor vendors such as Dell, Philips and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are increasing their 17" LCD monitor orders with panel makers this month, according to today's Chinese-language Commercial Times .

Can Microsoft ever meet the EU's standards for interoperability?

The European Commission meets on Monday to determine the amount of fines it's prepared to levy against Microsoft (a very short meeting, most believe), and again on Wednesday, most likely to impose these fines. It would seem the EC is in a rush to proclaim Microsoft guilty of not turning over material that an agreement with its independent trustee says is actually due the following week.

Google Checkout could increase costs for comparison shopping engines

Google Checkout adoption will translate to higher costs for the shopping comparison engines. Some of the costs will be passed onto merchants, and I'm not sure they'll stand for it.

Friendster patents social networking

Friendster has been award a patent on social networking from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patent number 7,069,308 was filed three years ago by Friendster's founder Jonathan Abrams and was awarded on 27 June 2006.

AMD to launch AM2 3600+ ahead of schedule

AMD plans to launch the AM2-series Athlon 64 X2 3600+ in the retail market in the third quarter of this year, earlier than expected, to counter Intel's Conroe, according to sources.

LCD upstream makers trying to lower production costs

Due to pressure from panel makers to cut prices amid falling panel prices, LCD key component and material makers are seeking methods to stay profitable by lowering costs.

Foundry utilization may drop in Q4

Foundry utilization rates may drop from the fourth quarter of this year through the first quarter of next year amid an inventory pileup at customers, according to foundry sources.

AMD reduces revenue estimate for Q2

Despite its recent success and market share gains, AMD remains vulnerable in the microprocessor price war with Intel and inventory corrections.

Cisco to acquire wireless security firm Meetinghouse

Cisco today said that it will acquire privately held Meetinghouse Data Communications in a $43.7 in cash transaction.

Google ready for legal action in absence of net neutrality

Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer and Google VP, has told reporters that if the US Senate does not pass net neutrality laws then Google would readily file antitrust complaints against network operators that discriminated against Internet content providers.

McAfee sees 400,000 virus definitions by 2008

Although widespread virus outbreaks may be a thing of the past, the total amount of malicious software being written is on the rise, according to McAfee.

Investors sue Apple over stock grants

Apple Computer on Wednesday announced that two lawsuits have been filed against the company as a result of its awarding of stock grants.

Freescale ramps orders at TSMC, verifies 65nm at UMC

While it has decided to place some of its communication and mixed signal-IC foundry orders with its long established partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Freescale has also qualified United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC)'s 65-nanometer process, according to industry sources.