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Yahoo to run Google Adsense; Gchat/YIM link up

06/12, 7:40pm

Yahoo goes Google Adsense

Building on its text-advertising dominance, Google on Thursday said that it has reached an agreement to allow Yahoo to serve Google's Adsense search and contextual advertising as well as allow enable users on Gchat and Yahoo! Messenger to communicate without between the networks. Under the predicted non-exclusive 10-year agreement, Yahoo! has the option to display Google ads alongside its own natural search results in the U.S. and Canada and Yahoo! can serve contextually targeted ads on its U.S. and Canadian web properties as well as on its current publisher partner sites. Yahoo, however, is free to enter into similar agreements with other advertising providers and use Google's advertising on as many or as few of its search results and content pages as it chooses.

Microsoft still interested after Yahoo snub

06/12, 6:50pm

Microsoft wants Yahoo

Despite Yahoo's earlier confirmation that talks with Microsoft have ended, the latter company on Thursday replied, saying it would still be interested in reaching a deal with the search and online advertising giant. Having previously offered $33 per share for the entire company, Microsoft has said it would be willing to offer in excess of the original deal, for a smaller portion of the company - its search and advertising business. Yahoo would most likely explore an outsourcing agreement with Google's AdSense program.

Warner Bros. teams with TiVo, Joost, others

06/12, 6:45pm

WB signs Internet partners

Warner Bros. Television is expanding its internet distribution, announcing new deals with TiVo, Joost, Sling Media, Daily Motion and Veoh Networks for a "number of advertiser-supported branded channels." The deal includes TheWB.com ad KidsWB.com, which were announced in April. The move gives Warner more platforms to broaden its reach in the increasingly crowded television marketplace -- and more opportunities to catch the elusive 16-34 year-old advertising demographic.

AMD unveils Radeon HD 3870 for Mac & PC

06/12, 5:00pm

AMD Radeon HD 3870 for Mac

AMD made a late announcement on Thursday expanding its Radeon for Mac lineup. The ATI-branded Radeon HD 3870 for Mac & PC is AMD's first 3000-series card for Macs and also one of the first to explicitly support more than one platform: users can install the card now in either a Mac Pro tower or a Windows PC and swap it to the other platform later, including for Boot Camp. As a new-generation part, the new chipset has twice as much performance per watt as the outgoing Radeon HD 2900 XT, the company claims.

NXP announces "world's fastest" 4G mobile modem

06/12, 4:40pm

NXP intros 4G mobile modem

NXP Semiconductors today announced it's set to launch the world's first 4G mobile modem, called the Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910. The modem uses soft architecture to achieve claimed download speeds of 150Mbps and 50Mbps upload speeds. When it launches, it will be capable of supporting the LTE, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks in mobile data devices, says NXP.

Sprint set to launch 4 handsets with push-to-talk

06/12, 4:25pm

Sprint intros 4 new phones

Sprint on Thursday announced it will soon add four phones with Nextel Direct Connect support in more than 40 US cities. Each new phone will support the Nextel push-to-talk (PTT) network that connects subscribers in less than one second. Some of the handsets' features include call alerts and a Group Connect function over the PTT network that allows communication with up to 20 users at once. The phones can either use one phone number for both traditional calling and PTT functionality, or have a dedicated number for each.

Monster Cable goes wireless with HDTV transmitter

06/12, 4:15pm

Monster Cable wireless TV

Monster Cable announced today it will offer a wireless transmitter for HDTV signals that will connect a home theater's TV set with a digital signal box or DVD player. The wireless system is comprised of a receiver that plugs into the HDTV's HDMI port along with a transmitter unit that will hook up with the signal source. Called Monster Digital Express HD, the set-up will also upscale non-HD signals to HD resolution.

Sprint simplifies cell plans in market grab

06/12, 4:00pm

Sprint Simple Cell Plans

Sprint this afternoon has introduced changes to its cellphone plans it hopes will bolster its network. The US provider says it now has just two basic talk-only plans that offer 450 and 900 minutes of talk time at $40 and $60 respectively. Subscribers can add $10 per month to get unlimited messaging and also get access to a $90 plan at the same level that adds unlimited calling. The existing Everything plans are intact and give unlimited access to all of Sprint's subscription services, including data, navigation, and streaming media for the same amounts of minutes (including unlimited) at $70, $90, and $100 per month.

Yahoo, Microsoft talks have "concluded"

06/12, 3:35pm

Yahoo Ends MS Talks

Yahoo on Thursday afternoon revealed that talks between itself and Microsoft have come to an end, putting an abrupt halt to prospects of a renewed deal between the two companies. The early search engine pioneer says that "numerous" meetings were unsuccessful in negotiating a partial transaction and confirms that Microsoft was looking to acquire at least some of Yahoo's search business, a move which Yahoo now says would have been potentially fatal to its long-term health and hurtful to those contributing to the company.

Hyundai intros 22-inch TriDef LCD with 3D glasses

06/12, 3:05pm

Hyundai intros TriDef LCD

Hyundai IT Japan today revealed its newest LCD monitor, the 22-inch W220S. The monitor uses the company's TriDef technology that constitutes a built-in 3D filter and polarized stereoscopic glasses to produce 3D videos and images. Included with the monitor is 3D media conversion software as well as Google Earth 3D, a few 3D games and a demo mode to show off the monitor's abilities.

LG bows low-power, 10,000:1 contrast LCD

06/12, 2:35pm

LG W2252TE

In a bid to raise its eco-friendly profile, LG today added the W2252TE to its Flatron LCD lineup. While relatively large at 22 inches, the screen consumes just 22W of average power, cutting well below the 40W of other displays the same size. The electronics giant also promises performance well above many of those same competitors with a TV-like 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and an unusual scaling mode for 4:3 images that claims to fill the horizontal space of the panel without resorting to distorting the image.

Canadian Copyright Act changes tabled, softened

06/12, 2:00pm

Can. Copyright Act tabled

The Canadian government's Industry Minister, Jim Prentice, has today officially tabled Bill C-61, a set of proposed amendments to the country's Copyright Act. Early versions of the changes have been criticized by thousands of citizens -- and a number of businesses and other organizations -- as overly harsh, and too close in nature to the United States' Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Prentice has defended amendments as necessary for bringing compliance with the World Intellectual Property Organization treaty Canada signed in 1996.

AT&T posts teaser for BlackBerry Bold

06/12, 12:45pm

BBerry Bold ATT Teaser

AT&T today quietly posted a teaser site for its version of the BlackBerry Bold. In addition to sporting the carrier's official logos, the site primarily promotes the smartphone as a world-roaming phone thanks to its tri-band 3G data, which also gives it the ability to use cellular Internet access without interrupting calls. The phone also includes a 2-megapixel camera, real GPS navigation, built-in Wi-Fi, and one of the first small 480x320 non-touch displays on a phone.

AMD, Intel clash over USB 3.0 spec

06/12, 12:00pm

AMD Intel Fight Over USB 3

Intel on Thursday issued a response to what it says are "myths" circulating its control of the upcoming USB 3.0 standard. Following accusations by AMD and nForce board maker NVIDIA that Intel was deliberately withholding details of the host controller for USB to give its own products an edge, Intel hopes to refute claims of sabotaging rivals' efforts by arguing that it's part of a larger group promoting the format and that it has no financial incentive to hold back on the host controller itself. The company still plans to license its host controller for free, says Intel's Nick Knupffer.

Corsair intros rugged Flash Voyager Mini

06/12, 11:10am

Corsair Flash Voyager Mini

Corsair this morning claimed a minor breakthrough in flash drives courtesy of its new Flash Voyager Mini. Like the larger Voyagers, the drive is shielded in a rubber case that protects both against shocks as well as water and other natural hazards. By using a newer all-in-one board design, however, the Voyager Mini not only shrinks to just over an inch long but also frees up space for a retracting USB connector that prevents damage to the data port itself.

TomTom not working on iPhone nav software?

06/12, 10:45am

No TomTom iPhone app?

GPS maker TomTom may not be developing iPhone software at all, allegations say. A source within the company claims that despite public statements that TomTom has developed iPhone software, and has plans to sell it, there are actually no software prototypes in existence. The source adds that an e-mail memo was circulated through TomTom on Wednesday, with the message that "we haven't officially announced anything, we're just commenting to the press on a 'reactive not proactive' basis."

Nokia intros 1508 phone for US CDMA carriers

06/12, 10:25am

Nokia 1508

Nokia today quietly unveiled the 1580, a starter candybar phone for CDMA carriers, most of which operate in the US. The phone sits just above Nokia's most basic phones with an FM radio as its most advanced feature; the phone also supports using its micro USB connection both to charge and to supply legacy 1xRTT data access to a computer through tethering. A color display, a 2.5mm headset jack, and basic voice memo recording are its other standout features.

Device list slips BlackBerry Seawolf, shows Thunder

06/12, 9:45am

List BB Thunder Seawolf

Two unknown new BlackBerry models have surfaced in an XML device list and suggest the smartphone line will grow larger still in the near future, says a leak from BGR. The list mentions a device known alternately as the Seawolf or 9110 that would be a variant of the still unreleased Kickstart clamshell (the 9100) that adds GPS. Past leaks would have the device also come with a 2-megapixel camera, a native headphone jack, and the same OS upgrade as the Bold. It uses GSM and appears to be a likely candidate as a replacement or supplement for the Pearl 8110 in use at AT&T.

Verizon to carry Palm Centro tomorrow

06/12, 9:00am

Palm Centro at Verizon

Verizon today confirmed that it would carry a custom-branded version of the Palm Centro. The budget smartphone comes in a unique blue color but is largely faithful to the original phone that first appeared on Sprint, including its 3G Internet access through EVDO, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and microSD for storage. Google Maps also comes preloaded on the phone beyond what comes with Palm's own platform.

Orange opens music store, reverses on DRM

06/12, 8:35am

Orange Musique Max

France's Orange today said it had launched Musique Max, a new hybrid desktop and mobile music store. The service offers music from all four major labels, plus independents, with an emphasis on French artists. The company claims the store is centered around an unlimited subscription but institutes an eMusic-like maximum song download limit per month; users can download as many as 500 songs as part of a 12 ($19) monthly subscription but are charged 99 Euro cents per track for every download past that point.

Canadian govt holds conference on Copyright Act

06/12, 12:20am

Canadian Copyright Act

The Canadian government on Wednesday announced it would hold a press conference regarding pending amendments to the Copyright Act, a move said to resemble the DMCA measure in the US. The conference is set to transpire at 9:30 on Thursday, June 12th for press, with ministerial comments following at 10:45. Press have been advised that no wireless communications devices would be permitted at the assembly, including cell phones, modems, and wireless microphones.

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