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OLPC, Libya Connect 1.2 Million School Children to the ‘Net

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by Mike Zazaian October 11, 2006 - 12:37pm, 7 Comments >>

A prototype of the OLPC laptop

One Laptop Per Child, a US non-profit aimed at providing dirt-cheap laptops to children around the world, made an agreement with Libya today that would put 1.2 million computers into the country’s schools by 2008.

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Google Buys YouTube For $1.65 Billion

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by Mike Zazaian October 9, 2006 - 5:46pm, 5 Comments >>

Google Buys YouTube For $1.65 Billion

In a move that was all but inevitable, Google snatched up YouTube after the Stock Market’s close today for a tidy $1.65 billion in stock.

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Google May Purchase YouTube for $1.6 Billion

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by Mike Zazaian October 6, 2006 - 3:51pm, 2 Comments >>

Google May Purchase YouTube for $1.6 Billion

Google and YouTube are allegedly involved in talks over a $1.6 billion purchase agreement.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Google and YouTube are discussing a purchase agreement that would bring the world’s largest video-sharing site to the world’s largest search engine for a sum of $1.6 billion US. The WSJ’s source for the subject was cited as a person familiar with the matter. The reports are unconfirmed, however, as both Google and YouTube have declined to acknowledge whether such discussions are taking place at all.

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Nvidia, Intel Merger Rumors Shake Up Stock Market

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by Mike Zazaian October 5, 2006 - 11:36am, 2 Comments >>

Nvidia, Intel Merger Rumors Shake Up Stock Market

Rumors that processor behemoth Intel is looking to acquire graphics company Nvidia made their way through Wall Street today, with Nvidia shares jumping 8 percent in a matter of hours.

Notions of the acquisition have been flying around since July, when Intel’s key competitor AMD purchased ATI, Nvidia’s primary competition. It’s unclear as to exactly how the speculation started, but whatever the cause it seems to have been enough to stir up Nvidia’s stock to the tune of 8 percent, up $2.32 to $30.62 US. Bill Lefkowitz, an options strategist at New-York-based vFinance Investments commented, There is speculation that Intel will make an acquisition announcement tonight.

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Sony Recall Could Extend Beyond Laptops

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by Mike Zazaian October 2, 2006 - 5:23pm, No Comments

An IBM laptop victimized by a faulty Sony battery

After initiating the largest PC-related recall in history with more than 7.7 million laptop batteries, Sony may continue the effort by recalling various consumer electronics sometime in October

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AMD Partners With Top Chinese PC Company

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by Mike Zazaian September 29, 2006 - 4:38pm, 5 Comments >>

AMD headquarters

Despite entrenchment in an ongoing lawsuit Intel, AMD has partnered up with Founder Technology, the second-largest PC maker in China.

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Wal-Mart Bullies Apple for iTunes Video Profits

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by Mike Zazaian September 29, 2006 - 11:10am, No Comments

iTunes 7 movie download interface

After blackballing Apple’s attempts to woo Hollywood studios into its iTunes movie download service, Wal-Mart seeks appeasement in the situation by claiming a [unwarranted] piece of the pie.

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HP Acquires VoodooPC, Rahul Sood Remains Top Dog

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by Mike Zazaian September 28, 2006 - 11:00pm, 3 Comments >>

A VoodooPC enthusiast PC

HP announced today the integration of VoodooPC, a leading enthusiast PC company in the US. And while it may seem that Voodoo will lose its identity under HP’s corporate umbrella, (former) Voodoo CEO Rahul Sood insists that he’s not selling the company’s soul.

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IBM Recalls 520,000 Laptop Batteries, Sony Woes Continue

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by Mike Zazaian September 28, 2006 - 6:22pm, 1 Comment >>

An IBM laptop victimized by a faulty Sony battery

Due to an investigation resulting from an exploding IBM Lenovo laptop battery at LAX, IBM has initiated a recall of over 520,000 Sony batteries used in ThinkPad notebooks.

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Stolen GE Laptop Leaks Thousands of SSNs

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by Mike Zazaian September 27, 2006 - 1:33pm, 2 Comments >>

Stolen GE Laptop Leaks Thousands of SSNs

General Electric announced today that a company laptop containing some 50,000 names and social security numbers of current and former employees was stolen from a locked hotel room.

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