Qualcomm Sells AT&T Extra Spectrum to Push Out 4G LTE Data Coverage

From DailyTech: AT&T reports that it has just completed a deal to provide what will be a crucial component of its 4G bid. It will purchase a portion of the lower 700 MHz spectrum formerly occupied by Qualcomm's FLO TV service. The spectrum will beef of AT&T's existing 700 MHz holdings. The new spectrum will offer coverage of 300 million Americans, and come at a pretty penny for AT&T -- $1.925B USD.

Samsung Samples New MLC-Based SSDs for Enterprise

From X-bit Labs: Samsung Electronics, a leading producer of NAND flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs), on Monday said that it had begun sampling of SSDs that are based on multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory with toggle DDR interface. The new drives are designed for performance-demanding enterprise customers.

TSMC’s Forthcoming Fab May Be Compatible with 450mm Equipment

From X-bit Labs: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company said that its yet-to-be-built fab 16 may support production equipment compatible with 450mm wafers. Moreover, the company may even construct later phases of fab 15 expansions so that it would be able to host equipment for 450mm production.

Microsoft Office Genuine Advantage gets the axe

From InfoWorld: Many users have run afoul of OGA (Office Genuine Advantage), a scheme requiring users to validate their copies of Office prior to downloading and using specific Office add-ons, such as custom templates. OGA has been controversial in part because of bugs that kept appearing in the validation process.

Best Buy Kills Return Fees Amid Poor Sales

From PC World: No need to worry about buying the wrong GPS at Best Buy for your finicky uncle anymore, as the store has eliminated most return fees.

Best Buy had previously charged a 15 percent restocking fee for notebook computers, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, radar detectors, GPS devices and in-car video systems. A 10 percent restocking fee applied in most cases for Apple's iPhone, but no longer.

HP launches trade-in promotion to poach Cisco customers

From ZD Net: Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched its most aggressive assault on networking giant Cisco: A trade-in promotion to rip and replace existing gear.

HP’s promotion, dubbed “A Catalyst for Change” to play off the brand name for Cisco’s switches, is aimed at networking gear that will be nearing the end of its useful life at the end of 2011.

Sony to be little bit short of 25 million TV goal

From CNET News.com: Sony may not be able to meet its goal of selling 25 million TVs during its current fiscal year, the question apparently now being how far off the mark it will be.

Hiroshi Yoshioka, a Sony vice president, said today that the company would fall short of the 25 million target by "a little bit," according to a story in Bloomberg.

Google Surprises Hardware Partners With Google TV Delay

From DailyTech: Google's Android operating system has reportedly put its bid to conquer the world of television on hold. At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp planned to wow visitors with a portfolio of products powered by Google TV, the Android distribution Google cooked up for the television industry. Now those plans have evaporated.

Microsoft Working to Quadruple Kinect Resolution

From DailyTech: Microsoft rolled out the Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360 back in November to rather lukewarm reviews. However, sales for the accessory have shot through the roof. The billions the company spent in ads for the console have wooed many gamers to try the device and the modding community has also caught onto the fact that the Kinect is massively hackable to do all sorts of things.

Four Large Mainboard Makers to Support AMD Brazos Platform Next Quarter - AMD

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices this week said that four large manufacturers of mainboards plan to offer their platforms based on the company's E-series and C-series accelerated processing units (APUs). There will also be smaller manufacturers, who will also offer similar devices. The choice of motherboards will ensure relatively wide adoption of AMD's APUs on the desktop market.

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