Industry news galore!

By on July 25, 2003, 4:26 AM
Walt Disney said on Thursday it will make a number of its recent theatrical films available online for the first time ever in a deal with Movielink LLC. Prices will range from $2.95 to $4.99, more details here.

Prepare for DOOM 3... well, kind of. Although no release date has been announced yet, it's been made official that a multiplayer game will be shown at this year's QuakeCon (mid-August).

Can Google save America Online? Paid search listings have helped pull Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN Web portal from the dot-com advertising mire, but America Online is still in search of a savior.

Motorola is no longer a top-ten global chip maker. The latest figures from market watcher IC Insights, of vendors' worldwide semiconductor sales during H1 2003, show the company slide out of the top ten for the first time in its history.

Hard drive maker Western Digital said Thursday that it will acquire the assets of Read-Rite, a manufacturer of hard drive components, for $95 million in cash.

eBay raised its outlook for the year, announced income and revenue that were nearly double that of the year-ago quarter, and unveiled plans for a 2-for-1 stock split.

Gateway reported a smaller-than-expected loss in the second quarter, citing plasma TV sales and cost cuts, but saw its revenue tumble.

PDA sales may be rebounding in Europe, but interest in handheld devices is cooling off in the rest of the world, according to the latest market data from industry watcher IDC.

Suddenly, things are turning up nanotech: Scientists are wrestling with individual atoms to develop molecule-sized computers, tiny cancer-fighting robots that travel the bloodstream and stain-resistant trousers.

U.S. bank hit by international hackers: According to a report in the Kearney Hub, over the weekend the Malaysian crime ring stole debit card numbers and made $13.99 transactions on Platte Valley Bank accounts, said bank president Mark Sutko.




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