IBM earnings beat analyst expectations

From CNET IBM reported Tuesday a 12 percent increase in fourth-quarter earnings, coming in stronger than analysts' expectations.

Big Blue generated net income of $4.4 billion, or $3.28 a share, for the quarter, up 12 percent over the same period a year ago.

Wall Street had expected Big Blue to post earnings of $3.03 a share for the three-month period.

DDR3 Will be Cheaper, Faster in 2009

From DailyTech: New 50nm DDR3 DIMMs from Samsung and Elpida are entering mass production this month. The chips will feature higher densities and speeds while lowering latencies, power consumption, and costs.

Asustek Computer Plans to Reorganize Businesses

From X-bit Labs: Asustek Computer, the world’s largest maker of mainboards and a leading producer of notebooks, plans to reorganize the company in a bid to optimize its resources and also streamline its operations. Under the restructuring, Asustek will reduce its “manpower” in traditional businesses, such as motherboards and graphics cards.

AMD Sells Off Handheld Graphics and Multimedia Processor Business to Qualcomm

From X-bit Labs: Qualcomm on Tuesday said that it has acquired certain graphics and multimedia technology assets, intellectual property and resources that were formerly the basis of AMD’s handheld business. The acquisition enhances Qualcomm’s multimedia capabilities as well as intellectual property portfolio while further limiting AMD’s own product portfolio to processors and graphics chips.

IBM intros Lotus cloud suite, partners with Skype,

From InfoWorld: IBM has introduced LotusLive, which it describes as a portfolio of integrated Internet-hosted services for social networking and collaboration in workplaces.

LotusLive's Web site is now the portal where all of IBM's Lotus "cloud" offerings are located, including e-mail, collaboration and Web conferencing, IBM announced Monday at its Lotusphere conference in Orlando.

IBM Could Face Mainframe Antitrust Investigation in Europe

From PC World: Florida mainframe manufacturer T3 Technologies has filed a formal complaint against IBM with the European Union's antitrust authority, it said Tuesday. In its complaint, T3 accuses IBM of refusing to sell its mainframe operating system to customers wanting to run it on computers made by T3.

Fake reviews prompt Belkin apology

Cisco plans big push into server market

From CNET Within the next few months, Cisco Systems, the largest maker of networking equipment, plans to release a product that threatens to shake up the technology industry and put the company on a collision course with traditional partners like Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Retail PC Game Revenues Decline 14% in 2008

From DailyTech: According to numbers released by NPD, PC game sales in the United States fell to $701 million in 2008, down 14% from 2007. During 2007, PC games sales fell by 6%. In comparison, video game console software revenue grew by 26% in 2008 according to a Gamasutra article.

The Gamasutra article goes on to suggest one of the causes for the decline in retail PC game revenue is the changing distribution model consumers can choose from when purchasing their games.

Symantec Faces a New Year of New Threats

From PC World: New year, new threats. And Symantec claims it is ready to defend users against malicious software (malware) attacks now being tried out by well-organized cyber criminals.


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