Google keeps its one-trick pony healthy

From CNET oogle gets knocked for being a one-trick pony--the vast majority of its revenue comes from search advertising--but its strong fourth-quarter results showed what can be done by making sure cultivation of that business isn't hurt by diversification efforts.

Apple Profits $1.61 Billion, Highest Ever

From Tom's Hardware: Apple set new records for itself with revenue of $10.17 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.61 billion, or $1.78 per diluted share. All figures are up from the same period last year’s $9.6 billion revenue, net quarterly profit of $1.58 billion, or $1.76 per diluted share. Gross margin remained the same at 34.7 percent.

Sony Rejects PlayStation Branded Phone Plan of Sony Ericsson

From X-bit Labs: Sony Ericsson, a struggling maker of cell phones and a joint venture between Ericsson and Sony, will not get rights to use PlayStation brand on its gamer-oriented handsets from Sony Corp. Perhaps, it is not yet set on stone, but it is highly likely that there will be no Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone and will be no SE’s handsets designed for gaming.

Apple updates QuickTime media player

From InfoWorld: Apple has released a new version of its QuickTime media player adding critical security fixes as well as some new tweaks to improve the software's ease of use and compatibility with different file formats.

No iPhone Nano, No Apple Netbook – Deal With it!

From PC World: During Apple's earnings conference call on Wednesday, Cook clearly put to rest any idea of a cheap iPhone Nano or a mini Apple laptop in the form of a netbook, at least for the time coming. But the sad fact is that, as clear as this might sound, analysts and Apple fans just can't help themselves speculating over some imaginary new Apple lines of devices.

Nokia's Sales, Profit and Market Share Drop

From PC World: Nokia reported fourth-quarter sales down about 19 percent year on year. The company sold fewer phones than a year earlier, and its market share also dropped, it said Thursday.

Sales for the last three months of 2008 totalled €12.7 billion (US$17.9 billion as of Dec. 31, the last day of the period reported), lower than analysts had expected.

The economy has continued to worsen, and that has affected the mobile industry, according to Nokia.

Sony warns of first loss in 14 years

From CNET The company, which blamed the loss on sliding demand for its products and a stronger yen, said it will detail plans to restructure late Thursday, according to a Reuters report. The warning follows reports Wednesday that Sony plans to close two television factories in Japan and shed 2,000 jobs.

Sony also said it expects to post a net loss of $1.65 billion in the fiscal year ending March 31. In October, the company predicted a $1.65 billion profit.

Intel Halts Production at Two Fabs, Closes Two Other Facilities

From DailyTech: The Cavite facility in the Philippines is actually two buildings next to each other, known as CV1 and CV2. CV1 had the capability to handle wafer sizes in 200 and 300mm in its 268,000 square foot clean room, while CV2 could only handle 200mm in its smaller 149,000 sq. ft. clean room. CV1 was built in 1997, while CV2 was built in 1998 and handled mostly flash memory processing, which has been made redundant due to Intel exiting that business line.

PlayStation 3 Firmware Version 2.60 Now Live

From DailyTech: The latest firmware update for the PlayStation 3 version 2.60 is now live. The update primarily focuses on improving the PlayStation 3’s media capabilities. The update provides the user with a variety of new tools for sorting through and displaying your digital photo collection. Eric Lempel, Director of PlayStation Network Operations, provides a video demonstration of the new photo gallery functionality.

Apple Updates White MacBook to Aluminum Version Specs

From DailyTech: When Apple updates its products or even sets a date for a press conference, the tech world and fans of Apple hardware around the world listen up. For a long time if you wanted an aluminum notebook from Apple, you had to pony up for the larger MacBook Pro.


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