China's YouTube Rival Shifts Into Overdrive

From PC World: Want to see how Chinese users are viewing the Olympics, and themselves? In China, Youku.com is where the online video is at, not that Google-owned site with a similar-sounding name.

Since its launch in December 2006, the site has emerged as China's online video leader. During one week in December 2007, Youku registered over 100 million video views per day, according to Nielsen/Netratings.

eBay to lower sellers' fixed-price fees

From CNET News.com: eBay will reduce the fees it charges to sellers to list fixed-price items, the online auctioneer is set to announce Wednesday.

The move, which will take effect September 16, is intended to help eBay compete better with online retail rivals such as Amazon.com, as well as reduce its dependency on auctions.

Apple Responds to iPod Nano Fires Reported in Japan

From DailyTech: According to Yahoo News Japan warned Apple iPod nano users of a potential fire risk after two new instances in which the portable music players overheated were reported in August.

The Japan economy, trade and industry ministry received two new reports of minor fires in Tokyo caused by overheating iPod nanos, said ministry official Hiroyuki Yoshitsune. There were no injuries and the cause is still unclear, he said.

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Serial ATA to Double Transfer Rate

From X-bit Labs: A new specification for the popular Serial ATA storage interface will double the maximum transfer speed from 3Gb/s to 6Gb/s. This will provide an interface with data rate that will be enough to feed the forthcoming hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs).

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Google's Customer Satisfaction Scores Rebound

From PC World: After enduring a two-year dip in customer satisfaction scores -- and even being bested by rival Yahoo Inc. last year -- Google Inc. came roaring back in 2008 to score the highest customer satisfaction marks ever recorded in the annual University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) on e-business Web sites.

Sensors will be key to future computing, Intel says

From CNET News.com: Intel is working on future technology that is capable of understanding human behavior and pointing people to the appropriate course of action.

Mobile devices of tomorrow will be smaller, yet equipped with more powerful computing capabilities, and enjoy platform-wide power efficiency, Mary Smiley, Intel's director of emerging platforms, told the media here on Monday, or "Day Zero," of the Intel Developer Forum.

U.S. mobile-phone sales take a hit

From CNET News.com: Mobile-phone makers are already feeling the pinch in the U.S. market of an economic slowdown amid tough competition.

U.S. mobile-handset sales were down 13 percent in the second quarter compared to the same quarter in 2007, NPD Group said in a study released Tuesday.

Apple Issues More MobileMe Apologies, Two More Months of Free Service

From DailyTech: Apple is known for developing stylish and intuitive products. Among these well working products was its .Mac service which simplified web hosting, email, and online storage for Mac users. So when the new MobileMe service was rolled out as essentially a free replacement upgrade to the .Mac service, the over 100,000 users of the service were thrilled.

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