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Amazon is like Apple, eBay is like Microsoft — Or at least that’s the tech-industry analogy that comes to mind when reading this piece about the increasingly competitive battle between the two e-commerce giants.
“Black” silicon is a better light receiver — A silicon variation discovered in Harvard University’s labs and licensed out to a company called SiOnyx, is far more receptive to light than ordinary silicon. The substance (pictured) may be useful for X-ray machines, transistors, night-vision goggles and a number of other devices. Solar cells are also a potential use, although it will be quite a few years before we see commercialization. Lots at Xconomy.
Fraud ring funnels credit card data to Pakistan — The Wall Street Journal has the story.
Google is testing out search ads on YouTube — YouTube has overtaken Yahoo as the number two destination for web searches, behind Google. Meanwhile, the video site is now broadcasting some full-length TV shows.
Video streaming company Joost launches new browser — PaidContent isn’t all that impressed.
Add hearing loss to ways your iPhone can hurt you — Earbuds, like the ones that come with the iPhone, hurt your hearing when you listen to loud music, researchers say. Already, other researchers are finding that keeping your phone in your pocket while you talk using such earbuds also reduces your sperm count, guys. And using a mobile phone in the first place may increase the chance of brain tumors.
Micron buys stake in memory-maker Inotera Memory — For $400 million. That’ll make some memories.
Justice Department closes investigation into collusion by graphics chip makers — Nvidia and ATI Technologies won’t be facing anti-trust charges.
President Bush signs “anti-piracy” bill — One man’s piracy is another man’s fuel for innovation.
Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu promise faster servers — The companies intend to increase the performance of applications like databases and online transaction software.
Tech outsourcing firm Infosys cuts forecasts — The cause is the firm’s dependence on business from the now-weakened U.S. financial sector.