PC shipments fell less than expected in Q1, IDC says

From InfoWorld: PC shipments declined less than expected in the first quarter, propped up by consumers' continuing interest in low-cost netbooks, IDC said in a report Wednesday.

The quarter saw Hewlett-Packard surpass Dell as the number one PC vendor in the U.S. HP's shipments climbed 12 percent from the same quarter last year, while Dell's slipped by 16 percent, worse than any other vendor. HP also led the pack in worldwide sales, IDC said.

Yahoo Accepts EBay Offer to Buy Korea's Gmarket

From PC World: Yahoo agreed to sell its stake in South Korean e-commerce site Gmarket on Thursday following eBay's offer to buy the company's outstanding shares, part of a bid to strengthen its presence in South Korea.

Nokia's net profit falls 90 percent

From CNET News.com: The company on Thursday reported a 90 percent fall in first-quarter net profits as the global recession took a big bite out of demand for mobile devices.

For the first quarter, which ended March 31, Nokia said that net profits fell to 122 million euros ($161.3 million). A year earlier the company reported net profits of 1.22 billion euros. Analysts had expected the company to report net profits of about 306 million euros.

Microsoft Announces Office 2010 Suite

From DailyTech: Microsoft's industry leading document and productivity suite, Microsoft Office, has seen new competition from the likes of Mozilla (Thunderbird), Open Office, Google (Google Docs, GMail), and others. However, Microsoft continues to lead the way in both revenue and user base, and is working hard to push the boundaries of the Office product.

Microsoft, Yahoo! Play Nice for Ad Deal

From Tom's Hardware: AllThingsD reports, citing several sources with knowledge of the situation, that Bartz and Steve Ballmer are in talks that could see the two companies collaborate in search and advertising partnerships.

Microsoft Zune HD, Zune Cell Phone May Be Coming

From X-bit Labs: Microsoft Corp. may be preparing a rather significant launch of new Zune multimedia devices. The timeline is rather suitable for big product launches as during holidays a lot of people make more impulsive purchases. Currently there are rumours about portable digital media player with high-definition video playback capability as well as Zune mobile phone.

Intel ships samples of Westmere PC chips

From InfoWorld: Intel's new Westmere microprocessors are being sampled by PC makers and will ship in volume later this year, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

The chips have shipped to about 30 laptop and desktop PC makers for testing, said Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO, during an earnings conference call. The chips could be on sale in PCs by early next year, he said.

AT&T Wants to Keep iPhone Exclusivity Until 2011

From PC World: AT&T wants to remain the exclusive U.S. iPhone provider until 2011 and is pressuring Apple to extend their business arrangement that is set to expire in 2010, according to reports. Apple is tight-lipped about the talks and only will comment it has "a great relationship with AT&T," according to the source of the story The Wall Street Journal.

Broader Office 14 testing coming by fall

From CNET News.com: Microsoft said this week that it will start widespread testing of the next version of the Office suite sometime in the third quarter, in preparation for a final launch of the product in the first half of next year.

The product, which has been code-named Office 14, will be dubbed Office 2010 (as I predicted), with all of its related components also getting the 2010 moniker.

Intel's Q1 Profits Down 56%, But Thinks Bottom Has Been Reached Jansen Ng (Blog) - April 15, 2009 7:54 AM

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