MS goes for control, Disneyesque experience for Xbox Live
Microsoft habitually announces billion dollar bets that aren't really, but Xbox Live really is one. That's not to say the stated billions are correct of course, but if this one flops it'll still cost Redmond a pretty penny. In the event of failure Microsoft would be left clutching four datacentres, a sophisticated broadband voice, data and messaging network waiting for clients that aren't coming, and - bizarrely - some kind of online Disneyesque experience.
Tosh preps curved LCD screen
Toshiba is claiming a world first - a large, flexible liquid crystal display which "opens the way to the display on curved screens". The display can be flexed in all directions and bent to form a curve with a radius of curvature of less than 20cm, Tosh says.
Sons of Ulster join e-commerce revolution
If, as a true Son of Ulster, you've ever spent fruitless days wandering around the province's shops trying to source Protestant holy water, Drumcree games for your Xbox or an oversized goat skin for that lambeg drum, there's some good news today in the shape of www.prodshopping.com.
Systemax UK reins in Misco ops
Systemax UK is closing the Wellingborough, Northants warehouse of its Misco reseller sub, transferring all logistics, except for Systemax-branded PCs, to its main warehouse Globaldirect Greenock, Scotland. Too small for its needs, it says.
CPU spot market quiet, waiting for P4 price cuts
Trading volumes on the CPU spot market are low, as system builders wait for their new Intel price lists, according to the channel checkers at Boston investment bank Fechtor Detwiler. Expect price cuts on Friday and in the order of 10-20 per cent on 1.7 P4s and above, they say.
Poll on cards for Tiny warranty holders left in the lurch
Owners of Tiny PCs who bought their computers by credit card will be asked to waive their section 75 rights, laid out in the Consumer Credit Act 1974, through a poll conducted by the administrators of the bust company.
Friends Reunited user in libel payout
A retired teacher has won damages for defamatory comments posted on the Friends Reunited Web site.
All the World Cup news that's not fit to print
The teams are putting their final preparations in place with only 10 days until the world's greatest sports competition kicks off.