U.S. FTC Gives Intel's McAfee Acquisition Thumbs Up

From DailyTech: Many were baffled by Intel's August announcement that it was acquiring McAfee, the leading maker of antivirus software, for $7.68B USD. While Intel touted the promise of "hardware security" options, many felt that the deal was like trying to cross a cactus with an apple tree -- they just didn't go together.

Comcast-NBC deal pushed into the new year

From CNET News.com: Comcast today said its proposed deal to acquire control of General Electric's NBC Universal won't get regulatory approval by the end of the year, as the company had hoped.

Why Netflix has content and Google TV doesn't

From CNET News.com: If Google managers hope to license premium TV shows and films for Google TV and YouTube, they should do what Netflix did and "build relationships through traditional means."

Sony May Consider Touch Controls for PlayStation Portable 2

From X-bit Labs: Sony Computer Entertainment may at least consider touch-based input for its next-generation PlayStation Portable video game system. At least, the company said that there are games which clearly benefit from such input technology, which may be an indicator that shows Sony's interest in using the technology for portable games.

Sony to Buy Back Semiconductor Fab from Toshiba - Report

From X-bit Labs: Sony Corp. reportedly plans to buy back stake in Nagasaki Technology Center from Toshiba Corp. The fab that originally was owned by Sony became a joint-venture between Sony and Toshiba in early 2008 and the latter essentially gained control over the facility. Now Sony wants to regain control stake and start making CMOS sensors for various products at the factory.

Microsoft ships 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices to retailers

Sony Launches Subscription Internet Music Service

From PC World: Sony launched a subscription streaming music service on Wednesday, furthering its plan to offer a range of content via the Internet to its consumer electronics devices.

The service, called "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity," will initially be available in the U.K. and Ireland, but Sony plans to expand it to more countries in 2011. It expects to add at least Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the U.S. next year.

Motorola's ITC complaint against Microsoft to be heard

From CNET News.com: If there's any coal in Motorola's stocking this year, it could be from Microsoft.

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to hear Motorola's case against Microsoft, which it filed in late November.

Is the PalmPad a recycled HP Slate?

From CNET News.com: A new report says that HP will show its WebOS tablet at CES next month, called the PalmPad.

HP has been talking about the PalmPad almost since the company bought Palm and its WebOS operating system in the spring, though the company has repeatedly said the device won't actually be shipped until the end of the first quarter.

LG Optimus 2X Could Come to U.S. by March

From DailyTech: When the Optimus 2X was announced by LG last week, the company made no indication of when -- or even whether -- the first dual-core smartphone would be coming to the U.S. (We made our own predictions that it would, and soon, considering the success of the Optimus One stateside.)

Now, RCR Wireless says they have it "on good authority" that T-Mobile will be carrying the Tegra 2-equipped Android phone when it launches in the U.S. in late February or early March.


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