Monday, July 31, 2006

Cyworld Lands on Myspace

The U.S. version will launch in mid-August with just three major components: the mini-homepage, clubs, and the digital store. The team has also decided to add a navigation bar on each page so users can easily navigate as well as a "My Cyworld" tab that will give American users a single view of everything they and their friends have created.

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Intel Remains Largest supplier of Graphics Chips

Intel took a commanding lead over the competition with 40.3 percent of the graphics market in the second quarter of 2006, according to a report by Jon Peddie Research, a graphics consultancy firm

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E3 video Trade Show to Become much Smaller


The Entertainment Software Association issued a statement on Monday saying they are planning to downsize its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the popular annual video game trade show.

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CNN to Accept User Generated Content - Your news can broadcast via CNN!!

CNN has created a new program allowing users to submit their digital audio and video captured from breaking news in their local regions. The content can be uploaded directly to CNN's new website, CNN Exchange, or emailed in.

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Microsoft to charge for Office 2007 beta downloads | Office Evolution |

Why do we have to pay Beta ? I have no idea why microsoft want to charge for that. Any guess?
Maybe gathering some fund to invest more money on Zune?


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Verizon Wireless to end music download fee

Verizon Wireless is eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service in conjunction with the launch of a cell phone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold up to 1,000 songs.
Great. I like that

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Reaction: SanDisk Acquisition of Msystems

SanDisk, the world's largest supplier of flash memory, announced its intent to purchase Israeli data-storage provider M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd, for $.155 billion on Monday.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Microsoft Zune faces a long haul

Microsoft Zune really need a lot of effort on it. This can't just be a advertising thing or what so ever. If MS is going to seriously challenge them, they need great software like itune ( DRM thing should be solved also - closed DRM causes a lot of trouble but Apple made their package great and already convinced people. )
And MS windows vista has to be super good and should be realeased right on time. ( more delay for that will just mess up the zune project for sure. )
Anyways, good luck with Zune , Bill

Pod 'killer' needs 'hundreds of millions of dollars' and many years, says top exec

Microsoft does not expect to see a return on its upcoming Zune portable media device for several years, according to a top executive at the company.

Robbie Bach, president of the software giant's entertainment and devices division, stated that it would take three to five years before Microsoft reaped anything from its "hundreds of millions of dollars of investment" in Zune.

"It is something that is going to take time," he told financial analysts yesterday. "We think of this over several years. This is not a six-month investment."




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Friday, July 28, 2006

iTunes' Week of Harvest

Apple Computer strengthened its grip on the digital media market this week, adding three major media sources to its list of iTunes content providers. Warner Brothers, E! Entertainment, and Metallica have all agreed to provide select content to the iTunes Music Store, Apple's online market selling music and videos for download.

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Microsoft to spend "hundreds of millions of dollars" to challenge


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Why Microsoft Zune is iPod's New Challenge

After weeks of mounting speculation, Microsoft revealed last week what had been dubbed the industry’s worst kept secret - the existence of Zune. The project involves a new combination of hardware and software products to be released later this year, aimed at breaking iPod’s stranglehold on the digital music and portable music player markets.



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In what is shaping up to be a clash between computer titans, many are keeping close watch to see whether Microsoft will break through or break down in the face of iPod dominance.

So far, Microsoft has released scant details about the new project. The initial device will have a Wi-Fi wireless connection and will use a hard drive to store music. Chris Stephenson, general manager of marketing for Microsoft, in a prepared statement stated the purpose for Zune. “We see a great opportunity to bring together technology and community to allow consumers to explore and discover music together.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, said that the Redmond, Wash.-based firm would prove to be a powerful challenger to the iPod due to its enormous cash flow. He added that for Microsoft to win would require 20 percent planning and an 80 percent focus on executing the plan well. As Microsoft enters the market, his firm casts its eye on the huge market potential where conditions are ripe for entry. He said it would not be an easy challenge, given the dominance of Apple.


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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Intel Core 2 DUO VS AMD Quad Core

Advanced Micro Devices Tuesday pledged to release a version of its upcoming enthusiast desktop product, for less than $1000.


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AMD quad core sounds more powerful but there are no comparison between two. Looks like we have to wait and see.


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Kazaa and Music Industry Settle in Court

The legal settlement calls for Sharman Networks, the developer of Kazaa, to pay four major music labels over $100 million dollars for proliferating music and movies without permission. Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music all seek damages.


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Zango Still Pushing Their Videos on MySpace

Looks like ZangoBar, er I mean Zango, are still up to their same old tricks, trying to make it look like an affiliate is to blame for all their troubles. The Paperghost busted an affiliate of theirs pushing Zango on MySpace, a site they themselves have said is hands off, and soon after, the page pushing the videos was gone, and the MySpace profiles that were being used were also gone. Or so we thought. In his latest post, the Paperghost discovers that not only is the guy who was pushing Zango on MySpace is back pushing them on another site, but the old page is still up.
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If Zango had actually killed his account off for doing the above naughtiness…and you’d assume they had considering his Video page got “pulled” (why pull it if you’ve done nothing wrong?) their S3 technology should prevent these installs - however, as you can see here, the installs work just fine (you can see Zango is installed in the bottom right hand corner). In fact, the installs work from both the new site I’ve discovered and the old site with the (now hidden) video page.


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Google Click Fraud Case

Google Click Fraud Case from google news (:D


Google lawyers and plaintiffs involved in a "click fraud" suit are waiting to see if an Arkansas judge will approve a proposed settlement which involves a $90 million payment to resolve the case.


Google has already reached agreement with a majority of the plaintiffs, however a number of smaller retailers have protested, stating that their needs will not be met.


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Plaintiffs in the Lane's v. Google case playing out in a Texarkana, Arkansas court room argue that the online search leader has not taken sufficient care to prevent click fraud, a scheme used to inflate the actual number of clicks an advertisement receives from Internet users.


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AMD Showcases Quad Core Setup

Advanced Micro Devices Tuesday pledged to release a version of its upcoming enthusiast desktop product, code-name 4x4, for less than $1000.


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Pat Moorhead, AMD's vice president of global channel marketing, said the 4x4 was essentially 2 dual-core Athlon 64-FX processors tuned for gaming on a single mother board.

"This will not be limited to just the elite enthusiasts," he said, promising a "two CPU bundle configured at significantly less than $1,000."

Moorhead spoke to a group of journalists in Sunnyvale, AMD's California headquarters. He also demonstrated the configuration for reporters, but declined let them view the product.

AMD's first announced the 4x4 at an analyst conference in June, also mentioning that a number of already available software could take advantage of the technology. Executives from Nero, a developer of the popular Nero Burning Rom, and Luxology, maker of the 3D Modo application, their software already takes advantage of systems like the 4x4.


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Microsoft tags IE 7 'high priority' update

"The justification, of course, is the significant security enhancements in IE 7," Schare said. Microsoft recommends that all Windows users install the new browser when it ships, he added.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

For AMD a Strong Defense is a Good Offense

ATI purchase, price cuts, new technology will be used to battle tough Intel competition


Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) made a number of strategic moves against archrival Intel Corp. this week, aiming to capture more market-share and defend against the onslaught of Intel's upcoming products.



Intel is expected to release a new desktop processor, the Conroe on Thursday - a chip offering better technology and features over AMD's current line of products.

AMD made its own headlines, starting the week with a surprise $5.4 billion purchase of Canada based computer graphics chip maker ATI technologies on Monday.
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Then on Tuesday, AMD seemingly fired another shot at its cross-town foe, slashing prices across its whole line of processors, including a 50 percent cut for desktop version of its popular Athlon-64.

AMD is coming off a second quarter that disappointed Wall Street, as profits were down. Industry watchers will be looking to see if the company’s moves to battle Intel can boost share prices back up after they dropped nearly 16 percent last Friday to just above $18 where they continue to hover.


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AMD Showcases Quad Core Setup

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Advanced Micro Devices Tuesday pledged to release a version of its upcoming enthusiast desktop product, code-name 4x4, for less than $1000.


Great, I want to get one.


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