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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
May 7, 2009, 10:53 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

Bang & Olufsen has introduced the BeoVision 4 plasma display system, a massive, upscale unit that weighs in at 500 pounds and costs $111,000. The 103-inch model also comes on a motorized stand that silently moves the screen up and down and allows the unit to be tilted plus or minus 4 degrees or rotated left or right 20 degrees. TWICE (5/6)

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(Below) Smells like the Kindle Re-up to me.

Rupert Murdoch, while reporting News Corp.’s flat Q3 earnings, says that his newspapers will begin to charge for online content within the year. He also vows that News Corp. will not feed its content to Amazon’s Kindle. “We will control the relationship with our customers.” (Iwantmedia 5/7, http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/news-corp-profit-flat-murdoch/story.aspx?guid={928676F8-4CA9-41BF-BF8A-9EC525A78111} 5/6)

Many people are dying to get Google’s Android operating system onto their netbooks – Google’s OS running on the miniscule computers seems like a match made in computing heaven (or at least better than the bloated Windows or unusable (for newbies) Linux. And Android netbooks are certainly coming soon. Dell, for example, is planningclip_image002 class=”snap_preview_icon”> to release their own Android-equipped device. But Google CEO Eric Schmidt has his eye on another prize: the cloud. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/07/eric-schmidt-on-netbooks-forget-android-its-all-about-cloud-services/ 5/7)

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UHU,clip_image002[1] class=”snap_preview_icon”> a startup that produces virtual avatars and identity cards and rich media web widgets, has secured $6.25 million in Series B funding from The Acer Groupclip_image002[2] class=”snap_preview_icon”> (which produces Acer,clip_image002[3] class=”snap_preview_icon”> Gateway,clip_image002[4] eMachines and Packard Bell computers). FUHU also signed a 10 year contract to distribute FUHU products in all Acer computers and smart mobile phones. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/07/avatar-startup-fuhu-raises-625-million-strikes-deal-with-acer-to-put-widgets-in-pcs/ 5/7)

As part of Microsoft’s previously announced plan to trim its employee rolls about 5,000 people, the company laid off about 3,000 workers Tuesday — with 1,200 coming from the company headquarters in Redmond, Wash. — in its second round of cuts. “While job eliminations are always difficult,” a Microsoft official said, “we are taking these necessary actions in response to the global economic downturn.” clip_image004ClipSyndicate (5/5) , The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (5/5) , Computerworld (5/5)

Sales of stand-alone Blu-ray disc players were more than 400,000 units in the first three months of the year, a 72% increase over the comparable period in 2008, according to a new study from research firm NPD Group. Declining prices for the players and an increasing number of HDTV owners were credited with the growing consumer uptake. PC World (5/6) , Dealerscope (5/7) , The Hollywood Reporter (5/6)

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