AT&T admits theft of DSL customers' data, offers to pay for credit monitoring

AT&T said today it would set up and pay for credit monitoring services, after having notified those who may have been affected. In the company's statement this morning, AT&T chief privacy officer Priscilla Hill-Ardoin said, "We recognize that there is an active market for illegally obtained personal information."

Target shipment of Sony PS3 may be halved

Sony's target shipment volume of four million PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles by the end of this year is likely to be cut to two million units because volume production is not set yet, according to sources in Taiwan's game console manufacturing industry.

AUO top 32" LCD panel maker in August

AU Optronics (AUO) will be the top maker worldwide this month for 32" LCD panels, with the company estimating it will ship 400,000 units, while LG.Philips LCD and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) will place second and third with 360,000 and 320,000 shipments, respectively, according to industry sources.

Over 565 million RFID tag ICs shipped in 2005

More than 565 million high-frequency RFID tag ICs were shipped in 2005, according to ABI Research.

Qimonda expands foundry agreement with Winbond

Qimonda and Winbond Electronics today announced that they have signed an agreement to expand their existing cooperation on the production of standard memory chips (DRAMs).

Google CEO joins Apple's board of directors

Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, has been elected to Apple's board of directors.

CEO shuffling continues at CIA venture capital firm

In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm, is hiring a former Intel vice-president to lead the company.

Windows Vista's eye-candy will cost you at least $160

Chicago (IL) -'s pre-order pages are revealing prices for Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows Vista. The new features and especially Microsoft's Aeroglass user interface won't be cheap: Plan on spending at least $100 for the least expensive upgrade and $400 if you are aiming for the full feature set.

Widescreen displays dominate notebook market in Q2 2006

Six out of ten notebooks shipped in the second quarter of this year integrated a wide-aspect ratio screen, according to a report released today by Displaysearch.

Corel acquires Intervideo

Corel today said that it has bought a slice of the HD media pie. For about $196 million, the company which not too long ago was only known for its Corel Draw vector graphics software, adds media software maker Intervideo to its growing portfolio of applications.

Google, Ebay deal will create 'click-to-call' links in search lists, IM

In a deal announced this morning, Google and Ebay will, beginning early next year, jointly produce "click-to-call" functionality, with an integration plan that should include Google Search, Google's integrated shopping site Froogle, eBay's online auction service, and Google's own Talk IM client (even though Skype already has one).

Ricoh sues Quanta Storage and Asustek for disc patent infringement

Japan-based Ricoh on August 24 filed legal proceedings at a US District Court in Wisconsin against Quanta Storage and Asustek Computer, two leading makers of optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, for infringing on four of its patents related to CD-RW and DVD+RW formats, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

TSMC sues SMIC for alleged breach of 2005 settlement

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced filing a lawsuit against Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in a California court, alleging that the company is in breach of a 2005 settlement with TSMC and that SMIC continues to misappropriate TSMC's trade secrets.

EA executive hints of possible acquisition of Crytek

Chicago (IL) - A report published in a German newspaper today suggests that Electronic Arts (EA) could snuggle up with Crytek closer and beyond the distribution deal for the upcoming Crysis first-person-shooter. The developer of FarCry would be the second German game developer EA would be acquiring within a short period of time.

Sony NEC Optiarc to start from own production

Sony NEC Optiarc, a joint venture (JV) that combines Sony's and NEC's optical disc drive (ODD) businesses, will launch its first product, a 18x DVD burner (called the AD-7170A), next month, and the company will manufacture it at its own plant in Malaysia, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

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 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?