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Microsoft Asks Samsung To Pay $15 Fee Per Android Phone

Microsoft has recently demanded that Samsung Electronics pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google’s Android operating system. Samsung is expected to counter at $10 in exchange for a deeper allegiance to the Microsoft giant (e.g. make more windows phones).

Samsung had no immediate comment to the press, but we will see how this smartphone license fee pans out. To say that politics are involved in any industry is a huge understatement.

Samsung Combines Display & Semiconductor Businesses

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung will combine its flat-panel display and semiconductor businesses into a single unit. What’s the reason? Well, Samsung didn’t have too good of profits during its first quarter, and mediocre performance during its second quarter.

However, when you combine the two businesses, the semiconductor aspect of Samsung made up 70% of Samsung’s operating profits and 44% total of the company’s revenue. Those are some pretty impressive statistics, and allows its flat-panel display business to piggy back off the semiconductor manufacturing successes.

Asus Introduces New Business Notebook

Asus has just unveiled its new business notebook, titled the Asus B53F, offering something a bit more serious than an Eee PC. The new notebook touts a long battery life, and powerful processing with Intel’s new Sandy Bridge chip.

The notebook sports a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, clocked at 1,333MHz, and a 320GB hard drive running at 5400 RPM. Now, the RAM is expandable to 8GB of memory, so if you feel you need more storage, you are free to upgrade.

SF Startup Copious Is A Social Marketplace

A San Francisco startup called Copious has built an online marketplace that allows all buyers and sellers to link their Facebook identities. The idea is to make the online marketplace feel safer and allowing buyers and sellers to see how many degrees of separation the other party is in their network.

The user will also be able to see if anyone in their networks has purchased, shared, or commented on an item from the seller. Not only can Facebook identities be linked, but also Twitter accounts and blogs too, giving you a fairly well drawn picture that you aren’t dealing with a Nigerian scammer.

Best Buy Furious At Newegg’s Marketing

Best Buy recently sent online electronics manufacturer, Newegg, a cease and desist letter, citing that Newegg stole Best Buy’s Geek Squad logo and made of Best Buy in a commercial (shown top). If you ask me, a power button symbol as an O isn’t clever enough to be trademarked by anyone.

Not to mention that Best Buy’s logo has a tie on its power button and Newegg doesn’t. As for the commercial, I agree that Newegg was probably making fun of Best Buy employees in a generic sort of way, but this kind of stuff happens ALL the time with competitors. Hello? Ever heard of the “Mac vs. PC” campaign Apple spun way back when? Did Microsoft cry about it? No. They countered the ads showing a racially and socioeconomically diverse group, all claiming that they were a PC.

Samsung Rolls Out Dual-Platter 1TB HDD

Samsung has recently introduced a new 1TB hard drive in a 2.5″ form-factor. Now, there are already quite a few of these capacity hard drives in a similar form factor, but Samsung is the first to do it a 9mm, as opposed to the usual 12.5mm design.

The extra-thin hard drive platters allow for a more efficient two platter design instead of 3, allowing Samsung to do more with less space. If the computer manufacturer decided to go with a larger hard drive, it could have enabled a much larger capacity on the drive.

Nvidia Analyst Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading

Former Nvidia financial analyst and 39 year old Sonny Nguyen pleaded guilty today to a criminal charge. Nguyen pleaded guilty to tipping a former Global Research consultant about Nvidia’s quarterly financial results before they were announced to the public. He claimed to have done this both in 2007 and 2008. Nguyen was released on a $100,000 bond but is expected to testify at the trial.

He is among at least 14 people who have been charged in the investigation and pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. I suppose Nguyen was looking for a lighter sentence by pleading guilty and spilling the beans. He said,

AT&T Systematically Overcharges Millions Of Users

So we all know that AT&T charges hefty prices in addition to offering poor call coverage, and very small data plan packages. Well it looks like this company just got even darker, and I really, really, hope this T-Mobile acquisition doesn’t go through. A class action lawsuit has been filed against AT&T for systematically overcharging customers on data usage. After running some experimental tests, the lawyers behind the lawsuit claim that every transaction has resulted in an over charge.

Nvidia Swallows Icera For $367M

We have just heard that Nvidia has swallowed Icera for $367 million dollars. This move gets Nvidia’s foot in the door for baseband and radio chips, leaving some to guess that perhaps Nvidia is thinking of making its own phone. With the Icera acquisition, Nvidia will now be able to combine high-end processors, with cell phone communications.

Nvidia believes that Icera can help it double its revenue from each mobile device.

Google Apps Charges Businesses Over 10 Users

Google is changing the way it’s doing business under the rule of Larry Page, and it wants you to open up your wallets. Google will now be charging for Google Apps for Business to make it more attractive to small businesses, charging a $5 per user, per month plan that is comparable to Microsoft’s pricing plan. Google also lowered its paid service entry level from shops with 50 users to 10, in an effort to attract more of the small business ‘market’.