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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder


Theater owners are completing 3-D technology upgrades for Friday’s opening of “Monsters vs. Aliens,” the new DreamWorks Animation movie. Hollywood will release more than a dozen 3-D films this year, hoping to offer “something that cannot be achieved at home.” (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aw5HkD.dtnDY 3/26)

Viacom’s Nickelodeon cable network is asking its young audience to unplug their hand-held gadgets, games and cell phones for a minute on Earth Day to symbolize a commitment to helping the environment. The “unplugged minute,” however, doesn’t extend to television sets. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gX39rdF0RVQBZXsbi3HuFIKNKqoAD9754V301 3/25)

Best Buy Co. reported that profit fell 23% in its fiscal fourth quarter because of depressed consumer demand coupled with overly steep cuts in inventory levels. On the bright side, the consumer-electronics giant beat Wall Street forecasts and picked up market share in the wake of Circuit City’s liquidation. The Wall Street Journal (3/27) , Reuters (3/26) , Financial Times (3/26)

Samsung has started producing a new breed of liquid-crystal-display TV panels that are about a quarter of the thickness of conventional models. The new panels also use an edge-lighting system that is designed to be more aesthetically pleasing and more energy-efficient. Electronista (3/26)

RaySat Broadcasting, which has taken over development work on AT&T’s new CruiseCast in-car satellite-TV service, has retained a handful of vendors to work on key technological aspects of the platform, RaySat said. AT&T, which has not disclosed when the 42-channel service — 20 audio and 22 video — will launch, is said to be finalizing programming contracts that its U-verse IPTV group has been negotiating with content providers. Telephony Online (3/26) , CED Magazine (3/2009)

Ford has begun shipping trucks and vans to dealers with touch-screen PCs installed in their dashboards that house Sprint Nextel CDMA-EVDO network links, the carrier said Tuesday. The system, which runs Windows CE 6.0 software, will cost $50 a month for the wireless service on top of the $1,195 Ford is charging for the PC option. Computerworld (3/24)

Verizon Wireless will enter the laptop business, possibly by next quarter, according to a Bloomberg report, which says the carrier will join AT&T in selling netbook computers, inexpensive PCs designed largely for users to access the Internet. The carrier is expected to work with more than one PC maker, according to the report. Bloomberg (3/26)

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