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Intel Agrees To Work With STMicroelectronics on Flash Memory - and Francisco Partners

Intel Agrees To Work With STMicroelectronics on Flash Memory - and Francisco Partners

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(Best Syndication) Intel, STMicroelectronics, and Francisco Partners announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to create a new independent semiconductor company to supply flash memory solutions for a variety of consumer and industrial devices. The company says that last year the key assets of these businesses generated approximately $3.6 billion in combined annual revenue.

They hope that by combining resources the companies can generate more revenue while cutting costs. The group will merge manufacturing and sales and marketing assets. There plans include developing next-generation phase-change memory.

Microsoft Buys aQuantive For $6 Billion Cash

Microsoft Buys aQuantive For $6 Billion Cash

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(Best Syndication) Since Microsoft lost out on their bid for DoubleClick to Google, the company has appeared to be grasping at straws. After Microsoft hit competition in the server operating system market to free open source software, the company has been trying to break into the Internet advertising business in a big way.

Microsoft made a bid for advertising firm aQuantive, offering what some consider an astronomical price for the firm. The current price for aQuantive is around $36 per share and MS is offering more than $66 per share in cash, an 85% premium for the company.

Amazon to compete with iTunes by selling MP3 Music Online with no Copy Protection

Amazon to compete with iTunes by selling MP3 Music Online with no Copy Protection

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[Best Syndication] Amazon is going to expand their downloading of files for instant access to your favorite music. The good news is that they do not intend to have a complicated copy protection system.

Amazon.com will be competing against Apple’s iTunes, and Microsoft’s Zune music download sites.

The problem with copy protected music can be extremely frustrating. Sometimes the special program key could be lost when a computer system gets replaced. You could even have everything installed correctly and it still can glitch on you. If you invested in iPod technology and change out to a Zune you will find that the Zune isn’t able to play songs that you purchased on iTunes. If you buy songs from Napster or RealNetworks you can play them on an iPod. So you see how frustrating this can become when you want to change to a different MP3 music player.

New Hotmail Unveiled - Google Still Offers More Than Either Yahoo or Microsoft – Gmail Offers Free POP3 Accounts – Comparison

New Hotmail Unveiled - Google Still Offers More Than Either Yahoo or Microsoft – Gmail Offers Free POP3 Accounts – Comparison Of Services

Microsoft Hotmail

(Best Syndication) Although more people use Microsoft Hotmail than Google gMail, their new Windows Live Hotmail still lacks some functionality. Many industry watchers say it is about time that Microsoft upgrad their free email service, especially with stiff competition from Google and Yahoo!.

Hotmail now offers 2 GB of storage for free, coming closer to Google’s 2.6 GB. This is a significant upgrade for Microsoft because they had been offering only 1 GB of storage. Although Yahoo limits their free service to 1 GB of disk space, they are expected to offer unlimited space this month. Their email service is free as well, but may not work perfectly with all browsers including Firefox.

Microsoft Seeking Merger With Yahoo – Pair Hopes To Compete With Google For Advertising Dollars

Microsoft Seeking Merger With Yahoo – Pair Hopes To Compete With Google For Advertising Dollars

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(Best Syndication) Neither Yahoo nor Microsoft grasped the concept of the Internet the way Google did, and both companies are talking about a merger of some sorts again. To add to their problems, Google’s search results are still superior. This has prompted the two companies to look again at combining their efforts.

Although the two companies explored a merger a year ago, no deal was made back then. The New York Post broke the new story on Friday, citing sources close to the negotiations. Although neither Yahoo nor Microsoft would respond to the reports, the sources said that Microsoft was “stung” by their loss to Google in their pursuit of DoubleClick.

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