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April 2004

Friday, 30 April

IT Spending Seen On The Rise Again. IT spending is not only recovering, it is building a base that will power it to even higher levels in the coming months, according to a survey of more than 130,000 IT decision makers.

ATI Announces External USB TV Tuner. The TV WONDER USB 2.0 - a high quality, low cost external TV tuner solution that easily plugs into both desktops and notebooks.

Senate Extends Internet Tax Moratorium. After months of debate, the U.S. Senate has extended a moratorium on Internet access taxes, but it stopped short of permanently extending the ban on taxes specific to the Internet, which the U.S. House did in September.

AMD's Sanders Retires. Jerry Sanders, the founder of AMD, passes chairman of the board to Hector Ruiz.

Gateway Axes More Jobs. Following the recent shuttering of its stores, the eMachines team makes itself felt in Gateway's executive ranks as the company pink slips another 1,500 jobs.

End of The Line For Red Hat Linux 9. Where do legacy users go for support now? They have two options.

Search Engine King Google to Go Public

Charred Remains May Be Earliest Human Fires

Thursday, 29 April

Entertainment History Repeats Itself. Beta bit the dust when VCRs hit retail store shelves, and now the cassette standard might face a similar threat from the likes of DVD recorders.

Report Says Optical Disks Market Experiencing Major Change.

First Complaint Filed Under Can-Spam. The Justice Department has filed a criminal complaint against four Detroit-area men under the federal Can-Spam Act, marking the first case sparked by the legislation.

Eyeing Spyware. Spyware is starting to emerge from the shadows, and what's becoming clear is just how large the problem is.

House Probes Spyware. Lawmakers are looking into the newest computer security problem.

DaimlerChrysler Responds to SCO Lawsuit. DaimlerChrysler AG has asked a Michigan court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by Unix vendor The SCO Group Inc., saying that there is "no genuine issue of material fact" in SCO's case.

Microsoft Patches Buggy Windows SSL Patch. Workarounds issued for bugs found in a recently issued Windows security patch that could cause systems to freeze or lead to system usage overload.

Record Industry Sues 477 More U.S. File-Sharers. A U.S. music industry group sued 477 more people for online copyright infringement as part of its effort to stop music piracy.

New Device Allows Recording at Concerts. Minutes after your favorite band sounds its last note on stage, you can load a live recording of the concert onto a cigarette-lighter-sized hard drive hanging off your keychain.

DNA Shoots Hole in Captain Cook Arrow Legend

O’Keefe Says Robotic Options for Hubble More Promising than Thought

Rocket Options Examined for moon-Mars Initiative

Wednesday, 28 April

Unisys to Open Development Center in India. The company will employ about 2,000 people and invest $180 million in the center during the next five years.

Mozilla, Gnome Unite Against Longhorn? Representatives from the open-source foundations meet to figure out a common plan of attack as Microsoft's tightly integrated Web and desktop technology looms.

Handheld Sales See Steep Drop-off. Handheld shipments slipped in the first quarter of 2004, according to a new report from IDC.

Taiwan OEM makers to produce DVD+RW DL burners for Dell, HP. Dell and HP will launch DVD+RW double-layer (DL) burners bundled with their PCs early next month.

Comcast Withdraws Disney Merger Proposal. Comcast officially scrapped its fizzled bid to take over Disney saying that Disney's board showed no interest in the deal.

Worm Attacking SSL Vulnerability. Security experts report seeing evidence of a significant worm attack forming on the Internet.

IBM Rolls Out Software to Ease 'Virtualization.' IBM announced what it called its virtualization engine, software that it said will allow customers to run as many as ten computer servers per microprocessor.

Offshoring Foes Protest at IBM Annual Meeting. Bearing signs that read, "America's future is not offshore" and "Offshore CEO Sam Palmisano," demonstrators raised notice that the issue of offshoring would be on the table at IBM's annual meeting.

PCI Bus Turns 3.0 and Drops-off Old Passengers. Dump all your five volt PCI cards. Good bye!

The Smooth Spheres of Gravity Probe B

Flying Saucer Fever Grips Iran, Theories Abound

Mineral Brew Grows 'Cells'

Tuesday, 27 April

Senate Likely to Extend Net Access Tax Ban. Urged by President Bush to permanently ban connection taxes, lawmakers are likely to extend new ban.

New Ad Tech Overcomes Ad Blockers. Falk eSolutions AG launched a new ad-targeting option to automatically detect pop-up blockers.

Sun Sticks 'Proprietary' Label on Red Hat Linux. According to Sun President Jonathan Schwartz, Red Hat's enterprise Linux offering is a proprietary fork of Linux. No surprise, Red Hat and even Linux founder Linus Torvalds see it differently.

Zone Labs Targets Spyware With Integrity Upgrade. End-point security vendor Zone Labs unveiled a new version of its Integrity software designed to detect and disable spyware on desktop computers in an enterprise network.

Monday, 26 April

Steady Growth Continues. Most sectors benefit in March; inventories rise slightly in semiconductors and instruments, drop in telecom.

Tiny, Evil Things. Microsoft estimates spyware is responsible for half of all PC crashes. Dell says 12 percent of its tech-support calls involve spyware, a problem that has increased substantially in recent months.

Darpa Targets Peer-to-Peer Networks. The military research agency is pushing beyond Ethernet and IP to hammer home the message that peer-to-peer networks are the future.

IBM, Stanford Put New Spin on Chip Research. IBM and Stanford announced a joint effort to conduct further research into spintronics, a technology that one day could lead to rapid-fire digital cameras or computers that start working as soon as the power comes on.

FTC Appeals Rambus Dismissal. The U.S. government looks to reverse a court decision it claims allows the DRAM manufacturer to collect as much as $3 million in royalties.

Trade Secret of Sticky Spiders Revealed

Friday, 23 April

'Osama Captured' e-Mail is Malicious Trojan. The 'Osama Bin Laden Captured' e-mail hammering your in-box today will attempt to download a Trojan if the embedded URL is clicked.

Dell Will Join Opteron Party, AMD CEO Says. AMD CEO Hector de Ruiz expects Dell to come into the Opteron fold within the next year.

Graphics Patent Suit Targets Dell, Others. Forgent Networks has launched a patent infringement lawsuit against 31 major computer and electronics vendors, seeking damages related to its claim to the technology underlying the widespread JPEG file format.

35 years of Sesame Street to be Digitally Preserved. The overall data storage capacity for the enterprise-class RAID array will total 10.5TB, more bites than even Cookie Monster could put away!

Feds Raid Net Pirates, Seize Computers. An international effort to dismantle major Internet piracy groups has identified more than 100 people in the United States and abroad involved in the theft of more than $50 million in music, movies, games and computer software.

China IP Theft May Get Worse. Relaxation of export rules could fill the supply chain with counterfeit parts that are nearly impossible to trace.

Microsoft Beats Street, but Legal Charges Bite. Microsoft reported earnings and revenue that beat analysts' forecasts, but its settlement with Sun Microsystems and a fine by the European Union did take a bite out of the software giant's earnings.

Network Associates to Change Name to McAfee

Nasa Optimistic About Hubble Fate

Ring Galaxy

Billions of Cicadas Set to Plague US

Stacked, Packed Nanowires Hold Triplexed Megadata

Comet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT)

Satellites Show Earth Has a Fever

Signs of Primeval Life Said Found in Lava Rocks

Molecular Basis for Mozart Effect Revealed

Thursday, 22 April

A Year Old, Opteron Serves Notice. With its Opteron server chip, underdog Advanced Micro Devices appears to have finally bet on a winner.

AMD Heads To India, Rules Out U.S. Job Losses. AMD plans to set up a design center in India and hire 120 engineers by the end of 2005.

Semi Industry to Reach 2000 Levels. In-Stat/MDR predicts a 29 percent industry growth this year, which would result in 2000-level sales of $214.7 billion.

Sun Desktop Wares Lure OEMs. Sun Microsystems has exceeded its own expectations by signing 21 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for several products the company offers as alternatives to Microsoft Corp. desktop software.

GM Picks IBM for New Supercomputer. By tying together scores of IBM 655 pSeries servers, GM plans to create what it says will be the automotive industry's fastest supercomputer, capable of about 9 TFLOPS of performance.

Red Hat Wants To Reignite SCO Case. Officials say they never got a chance to explain why they want the case to proceed separate from IBM's.

Top 15 Notebook PCs. A speedy, feature-rich desktop replacement from Hewlett-Packard races to the top of the chart.

FCC Says AT&T Must Pay For Voice Traffic Over IP Backbone. The FCC has denied a petition by AT&T that sought to declare backbone IP voice traffic as a service that should be free of access charges.

Mars/Earth Comparison

Fatherless Mice

Wednesday, 21 April

Hiring Back, But Slower . Fastest growing tech companies plan to boost hiring this year as confidence returns, but numbers remain low.

Cisco Warns of More Critical Software Holes. Cisco warned its customers about two critical security holes that affect almost every product the company makes.

AOL Delivers 'Open Mail.' Looking to keep subscribers, the ISP unveils a new feature that lets users check e-mail through other clients -- even Outlook.

Wi-Fi, Wide Area Switching Arrives. After two years of promises from the wireless industry, Broadbeam appears to be the first player to deliver seamless switching between wide area and wireless local area (Wi-Fi) networks.

Build a PC That Looks Like a Giraffe

Pitney Bowes Adds Browser-Based Online Postage Option

Gravity Probe B Launches Successfully

Tuesday, 20 April

WorldCom Emerges From Bankruptcy As MCI. WorldCom has emerged from bankruptcy as MCI, shedding its scandal-tinged name and more than $35 billion in debt.

Sprint, AT&T Wireless Reach Wi-Fi Deal. Sprint and AT&T Wireless have reached a wireless Internet roaming agreement for five U.S. airports.

Smalltalk Creator Processed For Turing Award. Dr. Alan Kay's work on the first dynamic object-oriented programming language nets him the 'Nobel Prize of Computing.

Derived In Part From Green Tea. Derived in part from green tea, a new biodegradable machining compound for computer hard drive manufacturing is three to four times more effective than toxic counterparts.

Consortium Readies Removable Hard-disk Drive Scheme. The proposed use of a removable hard drive to exchange data is moving forward, with the planned release of the first product at the end of April.

TI Launches Home Multimedia Engine. Digital media receivers/adapters and Internet Protocol set-top boxes are two target applications for the TMS320DM342DSP chip.

Broadband Internet Use Up Sharply. More than half of U.S. Internet users now surf the Web over a high-speed connection.

RIAA Drops Amnesty Program. The recording industry trade group ends a program designed to protect illegal file sharers who come clean, in the wake of questions about whether it could really offer full protection.

Monday, 19 April

The Trouble with Wireless. There are a number of ways someone can eavesdrop on your wireless network.

Laser Optics Try To Bridge Last Mile. ... a way to transmit data using laser beams from roof-mounted equipment over short distances.

DVD War Looms. Just as consumers are beginning to get comfortable with their DVD players, electronics manufacturers are set to introduce next-generation discs that store more - and would be harder to copy.

SCO Investor Wants Out of Deal. BayStar Capital, the investment firm that Microsoft introduced to SCO, is looking for a way out of its $20 million investment in the Unix company.

Big Disk Makers Spin-up Tiny Drives. Hard-disk makers Seagate, Maxtor and Toshiba are expected to enter the market for 1-inch or smaller drives as MP3 players kick this once-sleepy sector into a higher gear.

Researchers Envision the Linux of Routing. Researchers developing new open-source software for Internet Protocol routers are hoping that they can do for routing what Linux did for operating systems.

Apple Rolls Out Faster PowerBooks, iBooks. Apple unveiled more powerful PowerBook and iBook notebooks featuring speedier PowerPC G4 processors.

Group Slams Microsoft's FAT Patent. The Public Patent Foundation is asking the patent office to revoke on of Microsoft FAT file system patents, saying it is invalid and that Microsoft's licensing of it raises competitive concerns.

Nano-refrigeration Plant Opens. Cool Chips, a company that wants to bring refrigeration into the nanotechnology era, has opened a prototype manufacturing facility.

NASA Delays Launch of Einstein Gravity. Experiment Testing Einstein's Theory With Gravity Probe B

Atom-scale Images Give Materials Researchers New Tool For Developing Advanced Ceramics

New Drug Delivery Technique Avoids Needles

Friday, 16 April

Multiple Linux Flaws Reported. The more serious vulnerability could cause buffer overflows and lead to privilege escalation attacks.

IBM Reports Double-Digit Growth. Company predicts climbing fortunes as enterprises replace aging hardware.

Sun Posts Loss Again. Based on its turnaround plan, Sun Microsystems should be recovering by now. But that's not happening, as the company announced its 10th loss in 12 quarters.

Business Buying Boosts Dell. PC shipments grow somewhat faster than expected. Increases in Asia and Europe, a traditional HP stronghold, help push Dell to the No. 1 spot.

Average PC Plagued with 28 Pieces of Spyware. More than one in four computer owners also owns some spyware.

High Definition Audio Specification Released. Intel released the final v1.0 specification for High Definition Audio, which is excpected to replace the AC'97 spec.

New Web Protocol May Leave DSL in the Dust. "BIC can achieve speeds roughly 6,000 times that of DSL and 150,000 times that of current 56K modems."

Thursday, 15 April

Sony, Toppan Develop Blu-ray 'Paper' Disk. "Paper" disk that can hold 25 Gbytes of video data.

Wearable Electronics Find New Uses. Short-range communications and grids of semiconductors are changing the way we think about clothes, rugs and roads.

FTC to Shine Light on Spyware. The issue will get a high-profile hearing next week when the Federal Trade Commission convenes a workshop on the dangers of spyware.

AMD's Profits Grow. AMD posted its second straight profitable quarter, as higher flash memory and Opteron sales led the way in the first quarter of 2004.

Apple's Earnings Tripled in Quarter. Propelled by record sales of its popular iPod music players, Apple Computer reported quarterly profit that tripled to $46 million from a year ago, beating analysts' expectations.

Amazon Takes On Google in Search-Engine War. Amazon has entered the search engine fray with the beta launch of its A9 portal.

Wireless: New Salvation for ISPs? The FCC's wireless bureau chief tells independent Internet service providers that the agency won't impede their efforts to launch new offerings.

Wireless Machine-to-Machine To Outpace Cellular. Report: Cellular voice and data is growing quickly, but wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will grow even faster.

NVidia Promises 'Cinematic Computing.' New GeForce 6800 graphics chips boost realism in games.

Microsoft Patches: Too Much of a Good Thing? Will Microsoft step up its server capacity to meet increasingly heavy user demand for its monthly patches?

Big Bang Glow Hints at Funnel-Shaped Universe. If confirmed, our Universe is curved like a Pringle potato chip, shaped like a horn, and named after a Star Trek character.

Wednesday, 14 April

Intel Sales on Target. Intel reported strong growth in first-quarter sales and profit, reflecting stepped-up spending by corporations on computer equipment.

5-Megapixel Digital Cameras Prices to Drop. Prices for 5-megapixel CMOS digital cameras are expected to drop from around US$200 currently to US$150 in the second half of the year as local companies move into mass production

MySQL Trots Out VAR Program, Database Clustering. MySQL, a longtime database favorite of the open-source crowd, is growing up.

Maryland Passes Antispam Bill. Maryland lawmakers passed new antispam legislation that would make spamming a criminal offense, with penalties that could include up to 10 years of jail time.

Microsoft Warns of a Score of Security Holes. Microsoft released fixes that cover at least 20 Windows flaws.

Geek Meets Grape

New Molecule Heralds Breakthrough In Electronic Plastics

Massive Star Forming Region DR21 in Infrared

Resilient Rockets for Future Space Travel

Tuesday, 13 April

Dell's Workforce Mostly Outside of U.S. Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Inc. employs more people abroad than it does in the U.S, it disclosed in a regulatory filing this week.

IBM Boosts Autonomic Computing Resources. IBM on Tuesday will unveil its Autonomic Computing Zone, an online information resource featuring daily and weekly updates of information pertaining to autonomic computing.

HP's New Tool Gives Troubleshooters a Helping Hand. HP Services has launched a new tool to troubleshoot everything from notebook computers to printers and PDAs.

Monday, 12 April

Back in Black. Silicon Valley is out of the red. In 2003, for the first time since the dot-com days of 2000, the top 150 public companies headquartered in the technology capital of the world collectively showed a profit.

Microsoft: Not enough XPerienced PCs. Microsoft has been less than satisfied with the rate at which large companies are installing its latest operating system.

Microsoft to Trim Longhorn Ambitions. Microsoft is sacrificing some features it planned for Longhorn as it works to deliver its first beta of the next Windows client next year.

Microsoft Pays $440 Million to Settle InterTrust Patent Suit. Second settlement this month.

Patent Payoffs Fuel Rush of New Start-ups. The draw of lucrative patent licensing deals in the technology sector is swelling the ranks of specialty patent businesses that try to turn technical breakthroughs into big money.

Samsung Makes Breakthrough in 0.10-Micron Process. Samsung has recently improved yield rates for its 0.10-micron DRAM process after resolving problems with alumina-aluminium oxide (Al2O3) dielectric.

Photo Recognition Software Gives Location. Using your cellphone's camera to snap the nearest building allows remote servers to determine your precise position.

Image Processing Shifts to the Passing Lane. Car makers like Nissan's Infiniti Division are readying so-called lane-departure warning systems that will be used in production automobiles this fall.

Intel Delivers New Mobile Processors. Intel has unveiled processors designed to take advantage of 3G wireless networks, which are delivering multimedia and security capabilities that blur the lines between notebook PCs and smartphones.

Top 10 Digital Cameras. New point-and-shoot models offer high resolution while remaining easy to use. Prices range from $280 to $550.

Small Is Huge in PCs These Days. That industrial-looking hulk of a desktop personal computer is finally getting a much-needed makeover.

Friday, 9 April

WLAN Jumps 82%. Like a fire fueled by the Wi-Fi explosion, the market for wireless LAN equipment blazed to $2.8 billion in 2003, up 82 percent from $1.6 billion in 2002, according to iSuppli.

HP Aims to Ship 11 Million Notebooks in 2004. HP now expects to sell 11 million notebooks in 2004, a 10% jump from its earlier target of 10 million and an increase of close to 70% from the 6.5 million it shipped in 2003, according to sources at HP’s contract makers in Taiwan.

Will HDTV Antipiracy Plan Unplug Digital Networks? The future of home video recording could hinge on an obscure fight between movie studios and consumer electronics makers over the connections used to ferry digital TV signals to high-definition television sets and other devices.

Newest Netsky Worms More Dangerous. "There are tens of thousands of computers that have some sort of backdoor open, both inside corporate networks and on home machines."

IE Vulnerability Flagged. Other Web browsers could also be affected because of a flaw in Internet Explorer's ITS protocol handler, CERT warns.

Mac OS X Attacked by Trojan Horse. Mac users are used to feeling safe as their Windows-based brethren scramble to address security flaws. Now a security firm has discovered what may be the first Trojan horse to attack Mac OS X.

After Years of Struggle, GPS is Taking Off

Galaxy on the Edge

Thursday, 8 April

Japan Raids Intel on Competition Concerns. Japan's Fair Trade Commission has raided offices of Intel on suspicion the world's semiconductor leader pressured personal computer manufacturers to spurn competitors' products.

Winning the Name Game. New tools are helping companies monitor their reputations on the Internet.

U.S. Government Licenses First Private Manned Rocket

Wednesday, 7 April

A Technology-Industry Dinosaur Turns 40. When IBM engineers were working on the most recent models of the company's mainframe computer family, they decided to code-name the product line ``T-Rex,'' a bit of geek humor acknowledging competitors' jabs that labeled the mainframe a dinosaur.

New Navy Vessel's Revolutionary IT. Close-up look at the HSV 2 Swift's cutting-edge systems.

Security Alert: New BugBear Worm Exploits IE Vulnerability. BugBear.E is a new variant of the BugBear worm that performs a mass-mailing and installs a keylogger onto the the local computer to steal sensitive information.

Report: Outsourcing Big In IT, Comms Industries. There are enough satisfied IT customers of offshore services to keep the outsourcing phenomenon growing, according to a new report.

Intel Speeds-up Low-power Laptop Chips. Intel on Wednesday released a new crop of energy-efficient processors for mobile computers. The chips update its lineup most used in ultraportables or mininotebooks.

Judge Won't Toss Out Google, Overture Suit. A federal judge has rejected requests from Google and Overture Services to throw out a lawsuit that claims the two search companies unlawfully sold advertising based on a pet store owner's registered trademark.

Eyeing Competitors, Samsung Elec Unveils New TVs. Seeking to crank up sales of flat-panel TVs amid growing competition from global players, Samsung unveiled a new technology which it claimed enhanced picture quality.

FCC to Seek Stay of Cable Internet Ruling. U.S. appeals court refused to reconsider its decision that regulators improperly insulated cable companies, including requiring them to offer a choice of Internet service providers.

More Hybrid Cars Come, Critics Want More

Solar System's Delayed Gratification Zones

Tuesday, 6 April

Intel, AMD 64-Bit Chips Compatible...Almost. Although the 64-bit x86 architectures from AMD and Intel are almost identical, in some cases programs written for one chip set may not run properly on the other.

Stealth DSL Price Increases Loom. Local phone companies advertising steep discounts for high-speed Internet access are beginning to assess new "regulatory" fees that would effectively increase monthly costs by 10 percent or more for some customers.

Quiet PCs With No Compromise. New generation of fanless systems prove both powerful and easy on the ears.

Europe's War on E-Mail Spam Claims First Scalps. Europeans are finally winning legal tussles against digital peddlers of get-rich-quick schemes, sexual aids and pornography.

US Robotics Launches 125Mbps Wi-Fi Update. US Robotics has updated its 802.11g hardware to allow wireless connectivity up to 125 megabits per second.

Samsung Develops Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

Robotic Missions to Save Hubble Proposed

Global Push for a World Space Observatory

Monday, 5 April

Technology and the Internet Wreak Havoc with Jobs. Rapid adoption of technologies plays havoc with job creation.

VoIP's Broadband Bottleneck. Some residential Internet service providers in the United States currently can't guarantee the bandwidth required to handle calls effectively.

Blaster Worm Still Powering Through Systems. MSBlast appears to have wormed its way into a far greater number of computers than previously known. The total now appears to be 8-16 million rather than several hundred thousand.

Linux on Desktop Gaining in OS Race. The proverbial tortoise has been playing some serious catch-up.

Humanoid Robot Conducts Beethoven Symphony

World's Most Precise Gyroscopes Ready To Test Einstein Theory

Friday, 2 April

Job Creation Hits Four-Year High. The Commerce Department reported that the economy added more jobs in March than at any time since April 2000.

Demand for IT Contractors Rising Slowly. Rising corporate revenues, combined with thinly staffed IT departments, are expected to lead to a gradual increase in the use of IT contract workers this year.

February Semi Sales Up 31%. Total sales of $15.58 billion reflect a modest 0.2 percent increase from January by a near 31 percent year-over-year gain.

Sun Settles With Microsoft, Cuts Jobs. Sun reaches a $1.6 billion settlement with Microsoft that calls for more cooperation between the two companies and at the same time announces it is cutting 3,300 jobs.

Intel to Consolidate Chips for Desktops and Notebooks in 2007. Intel is likely to give up its current practice of launching processors for desktops and notebooks respectively.

Gateway To Shut Stores, Cuts 2,500 Jobs. Gateway said it will close all 188 of its stores next week, eliminating 2,500 jobs or about 40 percent of its work force.

'Buffalo Spammer' Found Guilty of Forgery. A New York state man who sent out millions of spam e-mails faces up to seven years in prison after he was found guilty of identity theft and forgery charges.

Longhorn Beta Likely to Slip Into 2005. A first beta release of the next version of Windows likely will be delayed until next year. Microsoft is concentrating first on a security-focused update to Windows XP.

Google's `Gmail' Raises Concerns. Google -- the company whose founders vowed to ``do no evil'' with their products -- is raising concerns about privacy with a new e-mail service that will include targeted advertising based on scans of private e-mail messages.

Fat Hormone Can Rewire Brain

Physicists Move Closer to the Quantum Limit

Milky Way's Dark Heart; Black Hole Fits Inside Earth's Orbit

Fossil Illuminates Evolution of Limbs from Fins

Thursday, 1 April

Factories Hire, But Inflation Fears Loom. U.S. industry flourished in March as hiring reached the highest level since late 1987, but manufacturers were concerned over the high cost of raw materials and a weaker dollar.

AMD Introduces Athlon 64 Priced Below $200; K8 Mobos to Benefit. AMD kept up the pressure on Intel by adding the Athlon 64 2800+ processor to its 64-bit lineup.

New Supersize LCDs. The age of affordable 20-inch LCDs has arrived.

Japan Joins Global Pressures On Microsoft's Might. The surprise raid by Japanese anti-monopoly authorities' on Microsoft's Tokyo offices was impeccably timed barely a month before the European Union slapped a $613 million fine on the company.

House Panel Approves Copyright Bill. A House of Representatives panel has approved a sweeping new copyright bill that would boost penalties for peer-to-peer piracy and increase federal police powers against Internet copyright infringement.

CEOs Defend Outsourcing. A handful of chief executives defended the practice during a forum at electronicaUSA.

Dell Bruised From Botched Outsourcing. CIO Randy Mott says Dell will be smarter about growth in newly developed areas, to avoid the customer dissatisfaction that led to pulling out of a call center in India late last year.

Big Changes in Store for PCs. This year will bring major changes to PC form factors, electrical systems and microprocessor architectures, analyst predicts.

Google to Offer Free E-Mail. Search engine Google announced it will launch a free, Web-based e-mail service to compete against popular services from rivals Yahoo! and Microsoft.

Gates Issues a Security Memo. Microsoft is investing in four areas, trying to curb the effects of malicious code.

Sony Sues Kodak Over Digital Camera Patents

Astronomers Discover Dozens of Mini-Galaxies

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