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MarketWatch via Yahoo! Finance, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 9:01 PM PDT
Market braces for earnings, Greenspan
NEW YORK -- U.S. stock investors are bracing for a flood of earnings reports next week, as well as testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, in which he is expected to stick with his script of continued "measured" interest-rate increases.

Guardian Unlimited, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 7:17 PM PDT
Jon Ronson: Who killed Richard Cullen?,1456,1529921,00.html?gusrc=rss
Money: It began with a loan for £4,000 and finished with a £130,000 debt and a man ending his life in despair. How did it happen? Jon Ronson investigates why we are the most credit-addicted country in the world.

eWeek, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 5:51 PM PDT
NYPD Fights Crime in Real Time,1759,1837691,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
The city of New York, IBM and Dimension Data collaborate with the New York Police Department to create a high-tech "crime center" fueled by business intelligence tools and data warehousing.

RedNova, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 5:45 PM PDT
FDA Approves Cyberonics' VNS Therapy(TM) System for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
HOUSTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cyberonics, Inc.

Rapid City Journal, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 5:16 PM PDT
GE 2Q Profit Increases 24 Percent
NEW YORK - General Electric Co., one of the world's biggest companies, said Friday that its second-quarter earnings jumped 24 percent as profits surged across all 11 of its business units, prompting the company to tighten its full-year forecast.

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 9:11 PM PDT
Business Briefs!business&s=1045855934855
Saxon Capital Inc. said Bradley D. Adams, executive vice president, separated from the company effective yesterday and Mark D. Rogers, senior vice president and corporate strategies director, resigned effective Thursday.

NBC 5 Chicago, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 5:22 PM PDT
Veteran Cop Charged With Murder, Murder For Hire
A Chicago police officer is accused of plotting and paying for the murder of man for whom he had purchased a $500,000 life insurance policy.

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Friday, July 15, 2005 5:09 PM PDT
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pzone via Yahoo! Australia & NZ Finance, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 1:39 PM PDT
First Horizon National Corp. Reschedules Earnings Announcement and Conference Call for July 18
MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 15, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) has moved the date for its second quarter earnings announcement from July 21 to Monday, July 18. The company will announce its financial results before the market opens that morning. The conference call that was to occur on July 21 has also been moved to July 18 at 8 a.m. Central Time. Conference Call

The Auto Channel, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 4:09 PM PDT
7-Eleven, Inc. to Web Cast Its Second Quarter 2005 Earnings Conference Call
DALLAS, July 15 -- 7-Eleven, Inc. will Web cast its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, July 26, 2005. The call will be led by president and chief executive officer Jim Keyes and senior vice president and chief financial officer Ed Moneypenny.

Oil & Gas Journal, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 2:44 PM PDT
Sunoco to Webcast Second Quarter Conference Call
PHILADELPHIA, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE:SUN) said today that it will hold a conference call on Wednesday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET to discuss its second quarter 2005 earnings that will be released earlier that day.

PrimeZone via Yahoo! Finance, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 1:39 PM PDT
First Horizon National Corp. Reschedules Earnings Announcement and Conference Call for July 18
First Horizon National Corp. has moved the date for its second quarter earnings announcement from July 21 to Monday, July 18. The company will announce its financial results before the market opens that morning.

Oil & Gas Journal, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 2:45 PM PDT
Husky Energy Announces 2005 Second Quarter Results
CALGARY, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Husky Energy will release its second quarter financial results after markets close on Tuesday, July 19, 2005. A conference call for analysts and investors will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 4:15 p.m. (ET).

Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 2:15 PM PDT
Deckers Outdoor Corporation to Broadcast Review of Second Quarter Fiscal 2005 Financial Results over the Internet
Deckers Outdoor Corporation announced today that the Company's conference call to review second quarter fiscal 2005 results will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., Fri, 15 Jul 2005 4:53 PM PDT
Coleman and Peterson trade barbs over CAFTA
WASHINGTON - Sen. Norm Coleman and Rep. Collin Peterson engaged in a testy exchange over the Central America Free Trade Agreement on Friday, in a rare dustup between the two Minnesota lawmakers., Fri, 15 Jul 2005 2:43 PM PDT
U.N. 'Net Plan Could Stall ICANN's
U.N. proposals could stymie ICANN's global ambitions, but for now officials are looking on the bright side.

E-Commerce Times, Fri, 15 Jul 2005 3:50 PM PDT
Oracle Revises Dual-Core Licensing Fees
Oracle announced a compromise today on its licensing fee structure for dual-core Intel or AMD processors, which moves it closer in line with other software vendors. The database vendor had originally said it would continue to calculate licensing fees for its database and middleware products based on the number of processing cores a customer uses, so that a dual-core processor would cost twice as

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Dear Reader,

As I get ready to fly back to California from Boston, a few things about
Macworld come to mind.

First, it was terrific seeing David Pogue hold court on his home turf and
receive the enthusiastic response that he did. His latest book, "Mac OS X:
The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition" is out and selling very well. I also
enjoyed seeing my friends on the East Coast such as Andy Ihnatko, Adam
Engst, Tonya Engst, and many, many others.

But I also feel like many folks out here miss a big opportunity by not
attending this show. Back when Apple pulled out and IDG moved the event to
Boston, many of us feared this very scenario. To some degree, I think it's
playing out the way I thought it would.

It's so ironic; Apple is posting record profits and their technologies are
hotter than ever. Yet events such as Macworld Boston, ADHOC, and
O'Reilly's Mac OS X conference have struggled. There's a disconnect
somewhere. If you have an inkling as to what it is, I'd really like to
hear from you.

Oh, and by the way, ADHOC is gearing up for its event on July 27 in
Dearborn, Michigan. We've just published an article by its program chair,
Brian Geiger. You might want to take a look at what he has to say.There's
still plenty of time to sign up.

Until next time,


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General Electric Q2 Earnings Climb 24%
General Electric, one of the world's largest companies, on Friday reported second-quarter earnings climbed 24% as all 11 of its businesses posted at least double-digit earnings growth, prompting the company to raise its 2005 earnings forecast. The technology, media and financial services provider said net income rose to $4.65 billion, or 44 cents per share, from $3.75 billion, or 36 cents per share last year. Total revenue climbed 13% to $41.56 billion.

U.S. Industrial Production Surges 0.9% In June
Industrial production roared ahead in June at the fastest pace in 16 months, with half of the gain attributed to a big increase in output at the nation's utilities, reflecting the onset of hot weather. The Federal Reserve reported that industrial output increased 0.9% in June, three times faster than the 0.3% rise in May. The good performance provided further evidence that the nation's factories, mines and utilities have rebounded from a spring slowdown.

Citigroup President Willumstad Stepping Down
Citigroup Chief Operating Officer Robert B. Willumstad said late Thursday that he was leaving in September to pursue a job as the CEO of another public company. His departure is likely to boost the prominence of Todd S. Thomson, the head of the company's global wealth management unit, and Sallie Krawcheck, Citi's chief financial officer and one of Wall Street's highest-ranking female executives.

Kroger, Others Sue Visa Over Its Fees
Grocery chain operator Kroger on Friday said it and several other large retailers have filed a federal lawsuit against Visa, charging the credit-card issuer with price-fixing and restricting competition in credit-card transactions. In its lawsuit, Kroger said it charged Visa USA and Visa International Service Association with colluding with member banks to illegally fix prices on interchange fees.

McDonald's Global Same-Store Sales Rise 3.8%
McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food company by sales, on Friday said global sales grew 3.8% in June at restaurants open at least a year and issued second-quarter earnings guidance. The company said it expects second-quarter earnings of about 42 cents per share, including 9 cents per share of incremental tax expense to repatriate about $3.2 billion in overseas earnings and 2 cents per share in stock compensation expenses.

U.S. Wholesale Prices Flat In June
Inflation at the wholesale level was frozen in place in June even though gasoline prices rose at the fastest pace in eight months. The U.S. Labor Department reported that its Producer Price Index was unchanged in June following a big 0.6% decline in May, a month when energy prices fell sharply. The good news on wholesale prices last month occurred because a steep decline in food prices offset a big jump in the cost of energy.

Oil Prices Climb As Traders Eye Storm
Crude oil futures rose Friday, reflecting traders' concerns over possible hurricane dangers in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to oil exports from Mexico and Venezuela. Light, sweet crude for August delivery was up 62 cents by afternoon in Europe to $58.42 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Analysts said over the longer term the market would remain bullish because the growing sentiment that there is money to be made in oil was increasing the pool of investors.

Reports: Ex-AIG Chief Defends Accounting Decisions
Maurice R. Greenberg made his first public comments defending accounting decisions while he was chief executive at American International Group, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported Friday. The Times said Greenberg told a group of about 50 current and former AIG employees on Thursday that his lawyers would soon meet with federal and state regulators to discuss the investigations surrounding him.

Samsung Electronics Q2 Profit Falls 46%
Samsung Electronics, the world's largest memory-chip maker, said Friday that second-quarter profit fell 46%, largely due to a sharp drop in prices for computer chips. South Korea's biggest company by market capitalization said it earned 1.69 trillion won ($1.63 billion) in the three months ended June 30, down from 3.13 trillion won ($3 billion) in the same period a year earlier. The second-quarter result slightly exceeded expectations.

Alleged London Bomb Builder Arrested In Egypt
The alleged bomb builder in the July 7 London terror attacks has been arrested in Cairo where he is being interrogated, ABC News reported, citing sources including the FBI. "ABC News has exclusive information, as we said, that the worldwide manhunt for the man that police think has built those bombs has...been caught in Cairo and (is) being interrogated right now," ABC television said. "The FBI in North Carolina joined the search," it added.

Earlier headlines

Sony Ericsson Q2 Earnings Drop 16%

BALCO's Conte To Plead Guilty In Steroid Case

China Protests Japanese Drilling Deal

Novartis To Buy Bristol-Myers Unit For $660M

Court Orders KPMG To Pay $100M In Damages

Report: Mittal Buys Stake In China Steel Industry

U.S. Consumer Prices Flat In June

Apple Shares Surge After Record Quarter

FCC Delays U.S. Media Rule Changes

Stocks End Up, S&P Hits Four-Year High

Rambus Q2 Profit Slides 36%

Delta Raising Cap On Most Expensive Fares

Southwest Airlines Q2 Profit Soars 41%

UnitedHealth Q2 Earnings Jump 36%

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"There's No Free Lunch -- or Free Linux." That was the title of SCO CEO Darl McBride's keynote address at the Computer Digital Expo in Las Vegas back in 2003 and it signaled the start of a long legal siege. Earlier in the day SCO had announced plans to file suit against a large-scale user of Linux as part of its campaign against the open-source operating system. "For the last several months, we have consistently stated and maintained that our System V code is in Linux," McBride explained. "The claims SCO has are both broad and deep. These claims touch not just IBM but other vendors as well. They also touch certain industry consortia and corporate Linux end users. Our claims aren't trivial. The violations of our intellectual property are not easily repaired. It is our intention to vigorously protect and enforce SCO's intellectual property, System V source code and our copyrights. We're now fully prepared to do that." And they did. SCO subsequently filed suit against IBM, auto giant DaimlerChrysler and a coterie of other companies, each time sounding the same theme: Our copyrighted UNIX code was illegally cobbled into Linux. You're using it without a license. Pay up.

But SCO never specified exactly the Linux code it believes to be infringing, even in the face of repeated calls to do so from its defendants and the open source community. Indeed, it could be said that the company's legal campaign against Linux has been defined by its utter failure to prove the open source operating system contains its intellectual property. And now, it seems, we know why. There is no illegal UNIX in Linux. And, remarkably, SCO has known that all along. In an Aug. 13, 2002, e-mail message to SCO's leadership, an engineer asked by the company to, with the help of an outside consultant, scour Linux for copyrighted Unix code states explicitly that the Linux kernel contained no SCO copyright code. "The hope was that we would find a 'smoking gun' somwhere (sic) in code that was being used by Red Hat and/or the other Linux companies that would give us some leverage," engineer Michael Davidson wrote in a message to SCO Senior Vice President Reg Broughton, who then passed it on to CEO McBride. "At the end, we had found absolutely nothing ie (sic) no evidence of any copyright infringement whatsoever. There is, indeed, a lot of code that is common between UNIX and Linux (all of the X Window system for example) but invariably it turned out that the common code was something that both we (SCO) and the Linux community had obtained (legitimately) from a third party." Straightforward. Unambiguous. Devastating. How on earth would SCO Information Minister Blake Stowell spin this one?

Late Thursday, we found out. Stowell confirmed the memo's authenticity to, but noted that it was written in 1999 and doesn't say what tools were used in the code analysis. He also released another 1999 memo in which the same consultant wrote, "The fact however that there are pieces of code which are identical to those in the Unix source and others which appear to be simply a rewriting of Unix code is clearly disturbing." "That (initial) e-mail probably creates a lot more questions than it answers," Stowell said. "We'll be fully prepared to address that, but we will be doing that in a court setting if it is necessary." Somewhere a judge weeps.
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"The controller is pretty much for an adult audience."

-- Birute Tursa, director of operations for video game accessories firm NubyTech, foreshadows a new rating system for peripherals like his company's new blood-spattered chainsaw controller for the PlayStation 2.
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It's the big one! You hear that, Carly? I'm comin to join ya, honey! The likelihood of layoffs at Hewlett-Packard has been a sword of Damocles hanging over the company ever since CEO Mark Hurd signed on (see "Oh geez! Has this brie been in Carly's desk since she left?"). And now it seems the thread is about to break. According to Wall Street analysts, HP may announce the reorganization its rank and file have been referring to as "The Big One" as early as Monday. "People I've been talking with inside HP. say the layoffs are imminent -- it's only a question of when," Sam Bhavnani, an analyst at Current Analysis, told the New York Times. No one's quite sure of the breadth of the cuts, but analysts seem convinced thousands of layoffs could be involved. Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., last month predicted reductions of 7,500 to 15,000 employees. Moors & Cabot analyst Cindy Shaw sees deeper cuts still. In a research note published yesterday, she suggested that HP could sack as many as 25,000 people.

News of the looming layoffs, while certainly ugly, has been expected. When it reported its second-quarter financial results in May, the company hinted at future workforce reductions as it dials in Hurd's new operational model. "They've got some very difficult and potentially ugly decisions to make over the next year," Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT Research, told IDG. "The company is evolving into something that [co-founders William] Hewlett and [David] Packard wouldn't have considered or even recognized," King said. "The profit margins are notoriously slim in those markets. If that's the strategy they want to pursue, they've got to get every bit of fat out of their workforce."
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Hey, Sergey, wanna go halvsies with me on the Ellison estate? As if buying real estate in Atherton, California, weren't trying enough already, now the Bay Area's wealthy and reclusive have to compete with homesteading Googlers. Newly flush from the search leader's ever growing share price, Google employees have apparently descended on Atherton, driving up the prices of the bucolic city's $25 million tear-downs. In November, Omid Kordestani, a senior VP at Google, paid $17.8 million for a 16,000-square-foot Atherton house, according to assessor's records. In December, Google business development manager Aydin Senkut paid $5.7 million for an Atherton property. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is an Athertonite (Athertonian?) as well. "There's been an obvious Google effect," Tom Dallas, a local broker who specializes in homes in Atherton, told the Wall Street Journal. "I estimate 25% to 35% of recent upper-end home sales, meaning sales over $7 million, are from Google people." Silicon Valley real-estate broker Mary Gullixson bubbled, "There's a lot of Google money out there. It's turning out to be the best year ever."
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OS/2 in persistent vegetative state; IBM to remove feeding tube: IBM's OS/2 operating system died years ago and now the company is finally getting around to burying its remains. In an announcement broadcast today, IBM said it will stop selling the long-struggling 32-bit multitasking operating system in December and stop supporting it a year later. "We're making official what has been going on for quite some time," said Steve Eisenstadt, an IBM spokesman. "We haven't released a new version of OS/2 in nine years."
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Caution: Simultaneous viewing of "The Simple Life" and "I Want To Be a Hilton" could cause your brain to fall from your skull: At long last, a way to watch two crappy reality TV programs simultaneously. On Thursday Sharp uncrated a "two-way viewing-angle LCD," a display that presents different images depending on the angle from which its viewed. The LCD (photo), the first of its kind, sends the light from a backlight into right and left directions, making it possible to display disparate images on the same screen at the same time depending on the viewing angle. An incredible innovation and one for which Sharp envisions a wide array of applications, in video editing, advertising and, of course, the living room. "Take a typical family where the mother likes to watch dramas and the father likes to watch baseball or soccer. Now they can watch them together on the same screen," Mikio Katayama, head of Sharp's LCD business, told a news conference. No word on new developments in directional sound, so it looks like headphones for everyone.
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