Google Increases U.S. Search Dominance in October

From PC World: Google continued to increase its U.S. search share dominance in October, widening its lead over Yahoo and Microsoft.

In October, Google's share of Web searches by people in the U.S. rose to 71.7 percent, up from 71.2 percent in September and 64.5 percent in October of 2007, according to market research company Hitwise.

Sprint's Nextel nightmare lingers

From CNET Sprint continues to be haunted by its $35 billion acquisition of Nextel Communications in 2005 as the company is forced to divest some of its Nextel network and is still struggling to get its finances back on track.

Xirius? SM? Former Competitors Merge Channel Offerings

From DailyTech: Yesterday was a chaotic day for fans of satellite radio: Sirius XM took the opportunity to shuffle its channel offerings Wednesday, as part of a larger effort to consolidate redundant programming between two formerly-competitive networks.

Mainboard Manufacturers Suffer from Declining Orders for Mainboards

From X-bit Labs: The demand towards mobile computers in the recent years resulted in outselling desktop personal computers by laptops in Q3. The impact of such success of portable systems on makers of desktop mainboards is hard to overestimate as the growth in their market segment may be negligible, or even negative.

Microsoft kicks off next era of small business software

From InfoWorld: Microsoft released on Wednesday an updated bundle of infrastructure servers for small business and its first-ever offering tailored to midsized businesses, and said the two would evolve alongside the company's software-plus-services strategy.

AMD seeks redemption with 'Shanghai' chip

From CNET The No. 2 PC processor supplier will make the case that Shanghai is not Barcelona. The latter chip--AMD's first quad-core processor--was rolled out in September 2007 to great fanfare but then faced prolonged delays. This gave Intel an opportunity to regain ground it had lost to AMD in the server chip market. (AMD lost more than five percentage points to Intel in the server market during the third quarter of this year, according to various reports.)

Yahoo-Microsoft Retrospect: Refusal Cost Yahoo Shareholders $24.4B USD

From DailyTech: Microsoft made the biggest news of the young year in February 2008, when it made a $44.6B USD bid for Yahoo Inc. The acquisition of the struggling internet search firm would have created a major competitor to Google.

However, Yahoo's leadership, unwilling to loosen their grip on their control of the company, turned down Microsoft's offer of approximately $31/share, demanding close to $40/share or no deal.

Online Stores Begin to Sell Intel Core i7 Microprocessors

From X-bit Labs: Several online stores have begun offering their clients the much-talked-about Intel Core i7 microprocessors ahead of Intel’s official deadline on the 17th of November. The situation could be easily foreseen since Intel Corp. began shipping its code-named Bloomfield processors for revenue a long time ago.

ATI Begins to Fight Back Market Share from Nvidia in Desktop Discrete Market Segment

From X-bit Labs: Despite of introduction of new graphics processing units (GPUs) by both ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia Corp., average selling prices (ASPs) for desktop discrete graphics cards were down in Q3 2008. Nevertheless, unit shipments increased noticeably, which is a good news for both companies.

Intel's Atom Processor No Longer in Short Supply

From PC World: The low-cost Atom processor is primarily used in low-cost laptops, called netbooks. The popularity of these devices initially exceeded Intel's expectations, resulting in a shortage of the chips for hardware makers eager to cash in on high netbook demand. In a bid to catch up with demand, Intel repeatedly increased its Atom output this year.


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