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Dec 22, 2009
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From science fiction to desktop for telepresence

Telepresence was science fiction in the 50s, a Disneyland attraction in the 60s, and eventually morphed into costly corporate “telepresence rooms” and other high-end systems, which relied on expensive dedicated communications lines.

Vidyo, a start-up company in New Jersey, says it has invented the next generation of teleconferencing that is cheaper and more portable, in part by using the Web to transmit, getting around the need for special communications lines and instead using the Web. It says that it will make teleconferencing available in offices, homes and hotels – and not just in boardrooms.

Dec 17, 2009

Zynga gets $180 mln from Russian investor, others

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Russia’s Digital Sky
Technologies, which has a stake in the Facebook social network,
and other investors have bought $180 million of securities in
social game company Zynga, Zynga’s CEO said on Wednesday.

Chief Executive Mark Pincus said the investment would
alleviate pressure to take the company public.

Dec 2, 2009

Zynga plays alone for now

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Fast-growing Zynga, whose games are a hit on Facebook and other social networks, plans to play alone for now, eschewing talks with suitors and holding back on any plans for going public, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Privately held Zynga makes games for social networks and then profits by selling add-on tools. The fish-raising game FishVille, for instance, lets players purchase virtual food and goods with game cash — which can be bought with real world dollars.

Nov 25, 2009

Nvidia wins round in patent dispute with Rambus

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Graphics chip maker
Nvidia Corp <NVDA.O> said on Tuesday the U.S. Patent Office has
found that 17 patent claims asserted by chip designer Rambus
Inc <RMBS.O> are invalid, one step in a dispute over whether
Nvidia infringed Rambus technology.

Nvidia, which requested the review, will offer the findings
to an International Trade Commission judge in Washington, D.C.,
which is weighing the validity of the Rambus claims against

Nov 19, 2009

Katzenberg sees 3-D movie revolution in scalable chips

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Reuters) – Animated 3-D movies will soon be made cheaper, faster and more vividly with a new generation of computer chips that can crunch huge amounts of data faster than ever, DreamWorks Animation SKG Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said this week.

Katzenberg, one of the first studio chiefs to embrace 3-D animation in films like “Monsters vs Aliens”, told Intel Capital’s CEO Summit in Huntington Beach, California that he is even more excited about the creative potential of this “scalable multi-core processing”.

Nov 18, 2009

Venture capital creates jobs, but not enough

, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Chief
executives of start-up companies supported by Intel Corp
<INTC.O> said on Tuesday they expect to offer more jobs, after
a long drought during which they laid off people.

Venture capital-backed start-ups have long held out the
promise of jobs and growth, but attendees at a conference of
start-ups said their offerings are not enough to ignite a
sputtering economy.

Nov 12, 2009

Intel to pay AMD $1.25 billion, settle disputes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp will pay rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc $1.25 billion to settle all outstanding legal disputes, in a move that can hasten the resolution of Intel’s antitrust troubles.

AMD, whose shares jumped 22 percent, agreed to withdraw essentially all its regulatory complaints and litigation against Intel, ending a global campaign that it has waged on the world’s largest chipmaker for 12 years.

Nov 12, 2009

New invention addresses lithium battery fires

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 11 (Reuters) – A new technology to
prevent lithium-ion batteries from catching fire or exploding
in laptops and mobile phones may be on the market as soon as
the first quarter of 2010, its inventor said on Wednesday.

The invention, called Stoba, was developed at the
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan’s
national research organization.

Nov 11, 2009

Little games could see big deals after EA deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Electronic Arts Inc’s <ERTS.O> purchase of Playfish shines a spotlight on an increasingly lucrative segment of the computer games market, one likely to see more deals.

Playfish, along with Zynga and Playdom, are three start-up companies that have been generating buzz because they make free social games and earn money by selling virtual goods to players. The popularity of these games has taken off because of online networks like Facebook and MySpace.

Oct 23, 2009

Seagate CEO sees recovery driving margins

, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Seagate Technology <STX.O> may exceed its targets for gross margins and capital expenditure in 2010, betting on a strong corporate spending cycle to drive demand for computers next year.

It may have to increase capital expenditure next year to beyond its stated expectation of $450 million, President Stephen Luczo told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.