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Canon, Toshiba to start SED production this week

A joint venture established by Canon and Toshiba to develop and commercialise a new flat-panel display technology called surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) will begin trial production of displays this week.

Blu-ray Disc picks up more support

Blu-ray Disc, one of two formats being promoted as a replacement for today's DVDs, picked up support this week from Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

Koreans not impressed by Apple's iPod, report says

It may be the hottest, most sought-after digital music player in other parts of the world, but in South Korea Apple Computer's iPod registers as barely a blip in the sales charts, according to a recent report by market analysts GfK AG.

Asian broadband Internet satellite launched

A satellite that promises to deliver broadband Internet access to all corners of the Asia Pacific was launched into orbit early Thursday from the European space port in French Guiana, South America.

Asian Internet satellite launch put on-hold

The launch of a Thai satellite that will provide broadband Internet service across a large part of Asia was put on hold early Thursday just seconds before lift-off, launch provider Arianespace said.

Creative Technology sees profits crash amid competition

Creative Terchnology has announced that misjudgement of the competitive digital music player and computer audio market by company management has meant it barely managed to make any money in its last financial year despite strong sales growth.

iTunes Japan sells 1M tracks in four days

The Japanese version of Apple Computer iTunes Music Store got off to a rip-roaring start with sales hitting 1 million tracks in its first four days online, Apple said Monday.

NEC develops organic battery for IT use

Researchers at NEC have developed a new type of rechargeable battery that is based on organic compounds and could be useful in a wide range of IT-related applications, they said last week.

Toshiba, Clariant develop 30GB recordable HD-DVD

Swiss chemical company Clariant International and Japan's Toshiba have jointly developed a dye that is necessary for dual-layer recordable HD-DVD discs capable of storing 30G bytes of data, they said Friday.

Samsung starts work on new LCD TV panel line

Four months after a Samsung Electronics joint-venture began operating one of the world's largest and most advanced LCD production lines, the company has begun installing equipment on a second line at its facility in South Korea.

Poor TV sales push Sony to first quarter loss

Sony's failure to quickly embrace the flat-panel TV market hit the company again during the first quarter of its fiscal year, contributing to lower sales and wiping out profits. The TV group's poor performance also forced Sony to sharply lower its fi...

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