Thursday, July 20, 2006

Intel reshuffles senior executives ... Skype WiFi phones on the way

Today's IT News Audio Update
Skype WiFi phones on the way ... Rambus faces stock option restatements ... Intel results down


HIGHLIGHTS
News: Intel reshuffles senior executives
News: Indian bloggers may get reprieve
News: Amnesty blasts Google, Yahoo, Microsoft
News: SAP: Strong Q2 earnings but lower sales
Benchmark: Compare your processes to relevant world-class companies
ITwhirled: Street gangs invade the Web


NEWS UPDATES

Intel reshuffles senior executives
A day after posting its second quarter of weak earnings, chip-making giant Intel Corp. announced Thursday it would shuffle top managers to new positions.

Indian bloggers may get reprieve
Indian bloggers are likely to get a reprieve as Indian Internet service providers (ISPs) reverse a blanket block of key blogging sites, according to an executive of an association of Indian ISPs.

Amnesty blasts Google, Yahoo, Microsoft
Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have undermined the rights of Chinese to freedom of expression through their actions in China, Amnesty International said in a report.

SAP: Strong Q2 earnings but lower sales
Net income at SAP AG soared 43 percent in the second quarter, with software license revenue up 8 percent thanks to strong U.S. demand, the business application vendor said Thursday.

World Cup slows PC sales in Q2; Apple shines
PC market growth slowed during the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year as the World Cup soccer tournament distracted Europeans, leading to a steep slow down in shipment growth on the continent, market researcher IDC said in a report.

Intel earnings plunge on soft chip sales

Reeling from recent layoffs and a slowdown in the growth of worldwide PC sales, Intel Corp. on Wednesday posted profits of $885 million for the second quarter, less than half of the $2 billion it earned in the same period last year.

Strong sales, margins help Apple beat Street
Fueled by strong product sales and an increase in gross margins, Apple Computer Inc. Wednesday solidly beat Wall Street estimates for its fiscal third quarter, reporting earnings of $472 million, or $0.54 per share.


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ITWHIRLED

Street gangs invade the Web
Members of violent street gangs, not content with drug dealing, robbery, and clashes with rival gangs and police, have begun to establish a presence on Web sites, blogs, and (you guessed it) MySpace. "I'm just being real and I ain't got nothing to hide," says one professed member of the 18th Street Gang, referring to his site, "Kaspers World," and horribly downgrading the meaning of the word "real" in the process.

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