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Technology News Archive - April 05, 2006

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Music market tracker Billboard said Tuesday it will start publishing a chart ranking the best-selling master ringtones, audio snippets derived from original studio recordings and used to customize mobile phones.

U.S. art students spend so much time toying with computer graphics these days that many wind up without needed drawing skills, university instructors say.

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MSNBC.com, one of the top U.S. news Web sites, said on Wednesday it will test an ad-subsidized news service for cellular phones in a bid to gain a wider audience among mobile phone users.

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Research In Motion will put such Yahoo Inc. Web offerings as search, e-mail, instant messaging, and news on its BlackBerry devices, and will start rolling out the service in 60 countries in about two weeks, the two companies said on Wednesday.

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Wednesday approved legislation designed to make it easier for telephone companies like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications to roll out subscription television service.

French electronics and defense company Thales SA said Wednesday it will acquire Alcatel SA's satellite and security operations for 1.7 billion euros ($2.08 billion) in cash and shares, keeping the politically sensitive assets in French hands.

Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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