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October 23, 2007 | From Reuters
SanDisk Corp. introduced Monday a service for downloading free and advertising-supported video from the Internet, which could compete with Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Milpitas, Calif.-based SanDisk said its new system, called Fanfare, served as a companion to the Sansa TakeTV PC-to-TV Video Player, a pocket-sized device it also introduced Monday. The media player lets users save videos downloaded onto a personal computer and move them to a traditional television.
October 16, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison is plugging 1,400 San Bernardino-area residents and businesses into what the company calls the electrical circuit of the future. The new digital circuit was designed primarily to help avoid and contain outages. That's a task beyond the capabilities of the more rudimentary circuits that have been used on electrical grids for decades and act much like household circuits.
October 16, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp., lagging behind Google Inc. in Internet search, introduced a new version of its search engine for Windows-based mobile phones that enables customers to find listings using their voice. Live Search Mobile, which users have to download to their handsets, displays listings and driving directions on maps, Microsoft said Monday. The company will also offer free 411 directory assistance from any phone.
October 12, 2007 | Sam Farmer
Lots of people remember the career of former Buffalo Bills safety Mark Kelso because of the cartoonishly large helmet he wore. Thanks to that helmet, Kelso also can remember his career. Kelso, 44, is an administrator and assistant football coach at a Catholic high school in western New York. As a dad with two teenage sons who play, and as a pro football fan with a better understanding than most, he shudders when he sees a player knocked out the way Miami quarterback Trent Green was last Sunday.
October 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Adobe Systems Inc. plans to acquire Virtual Ubiquity Inc., maker of the Buzzword word processor, to compete with Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. San Jose-based Adobe is looking to a team of former Lotus application developers to enable users of its Adobe Acrobat software to work together on publishing shared documents. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The software lets users collaborate on shared documents and allows them to save data or format changes online.
October 2, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
san francisco -- Yahoo Inc. has spent almost four years trying to catch up to Google Inc. in Web-search technology. Today it's trying to jump ahead. Yahoo plans to unveil a revamped search engine that it says delivers faster, more relevant and engaging results than market leader Google, which handles more than half of the Web's search requests. Sunnyvale, Calif.
September 5, 2007 | From Reuters
Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it was "not unreasonable" for the company to introduce a mobile phone combined with features of its Zune digital music player to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPhone. The Zune phone, a topic of speculation for months since Microsoft introduced its first digital music player last year, could be driven by consumer demand for one multimedia device that makes phone calls, plays music and takes pictures.
August 31, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is expected to announce a souped-up iPod and a deal to let iPhone users buy ring tones through the iTunes store at an event next week, music industry sources said. Following its custom, Apple recently sent invitations to analysts and reporters for a Sept. 5 event but didn't say what it was about.
August 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Computer maker Apple Inc. and German automaker Volkswagen are discussing the possibility of building an "iCar" that would feature products by the producer of the ubiquitous iPod personal music player. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn met several days ago in California and plan to meet for further discussions, said Hans-Gerd Bode, a spokesman for VW. There are "scores of ideas" but few concrete plans at this point, Bode said.
August 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Philip Morris USA said it would introduce a moist smokeless tobacco product this fall under the Marlboro brand, selling it first in the Atlanta area. The Richmond, Va.-based company will sell the spitting tobacco in original and wintergreen flavors for about $3 a can. It is part of a wider effort to sell more smokeless products in the U.S. as cigarette consumption declines because of health concerns, smoking bans and price increases. Philip Morris USA is owned by New York-based Altria Group.
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