Business and Industry News 

Wealthy shoppers want flat-panel TVs
Flat-panel TVs are the top consumer electronics product on the wish list of affluent buyers, a new survey found. Of the 14.5% of respondents who said they plan to buy a flat panel within the next six months, 77.4% said they will purchase their TVs at Best Buy.   TWICE (10/23)
IBM takes Amazon to court over patent infringement

IBM is suing Seattle’s over patent infringement, alleging the online company knowingly built its business on five technologies IBM owns. An spokeswoman said the company had not been served with the lawsuits and refused to comment.    Bloomberg/ClipSyndicate (10/24),   Seattle Post-Intelligencer (10/24),   The Boston Globe/Associated Press (10/24),   StorefrontBacktalk (10/24)

Sony delays Blu-ray DVD player release
Sony Corp. has announced another delay in shipping its BDP-S1 DVD player, which was expected to land on store shelves this week. Apparently the company is reserving its Blu-ray diode supply for the PlayStation 3, experts say.   Yahoo!/NewsFactor Network (10/23)
  Analyst: How to track a winner in next-gen DVD war: Companies and researchers with a stake in which new DVD technology will come out on top should be tracking five market metrics, says analyst Ted Schadler, including console sales and attach rates to high-definition TVs, PCs with blue laser drives and media coverage.   Internet Week (10/23)
Wireless carriers put handsets to the test
Wireless carriers conduct extensive testing on handset performance before putting phones on their retail shelves, a process that’s considered a important to customer satisfaction. Although it’s rare for carriers to cancel the launch of a device, it’s common for carriers to ask handset makers for multiple design enhancements.   The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) (10/23)
Sony execs apologize for global laptop battery recall
Sony Corp. executives apologized for the global laptop battery recall and said improvements in design, production and inspection have been made to prevent the problem from happening again. "We want to put this behind us," said Sony Corporate Executive Officer Yutaka Nakagawa. "I take this problem seriously and I want to finish the replacement program as quickly as possible for the sake of our users and corporate customers."   Boston Herald/Associated Press (10/24)
Samsung, LG hit comeback trail
Solid third-quarter numbers posted by Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics may indicate the two companies are getting their handset businesses back on track after a struggling, The Korea Times says.   The Korea Times (10/23)
Laptop policies concern some business travelers
Some business travelers worry that customs officials will seize and scrutinize their laptop computers at immigration checkpoints. The Association of Corporate Travel Executives is asking the government for better guidelines on laptops so corporations can re-evaluate their policies on traveling with proprietary information.   The New York Times (free registration) (10/24)
Other News
  Advice for AOL
BusinessWeek | 10/24
  Streaming video draws a crowd
The Denver Post | 10/23
  Gadget fan snaps up
Red Herring | 10/24
  Study suggests safe listening levels for iPod users
The New York Times | 10/24
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Technology Update 

Soybean mobile phones on the horizon
Motorola recently showcased new technology including a robotic tech support assistant, packaging that will light up when consumers stroll by and phones made from soybeans. The "mobile device will be the epicenter of an IP connected world," a Motorola executive said.   PC Magazine (10/23)
Plugging in on the open road
Tech companies are expanding into the auto market with next-generation devices that will offer everything from traffic flow data to instant messaging. The inflow of such data has been dubbed "connected navigation."   Electronic News (10/24)
Other News
  Wireless baby monitor sees in the dark | 10/24
  Clothing designer targets pocket-needy techies
Boston Herald | 10/22
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RadioShack mum about turnaround plans
Wall Street has been frustrated by the silence surrounding RadioShack‘s turnaround plans since the arrival of new CEO Julian Day in July. In the meantime, shares have been climbing after hitting a five-year low in June.   The Boston Globe/Associated Press (10/23)
Commentary: In lighting, custom design beats mass-market retail
When it comes to shading and lighting, custom install businesses see themselves as different from the mass-market consumer electronics channel. "We are able to accomplish things that retail outlets can’t," writes Lee Distad, a system designer for Systems Inc.   CE Pro/Cox News Service (10/24)

CEA Zap 

New keynotes announced for CONNECTIONS Europe
CONNECTIONS Europe: Strategies for Digital Living Markets, brought to you by Parks Associates and CEA, has announced new keynote speakers including Lydia Aldejohann of Siemens Networks; Guido D’hert of NXP; Bernd Kolb of T-Com; M. Kenneth Oshman of Echelon Corp.; and Matthew Theall of HomePlug Alliance. CONNECTIONS Europe, held November 14 to 16 in Berlin, expands the scope and mission of the leading executive conference and showcase series dedicated to advanced digital lifestyle solutions for residential and mobile environments. Register now.

CEA calls for redoubling efforts to develop a national solution for electronics recycling
Citing the results of "A Study of the State-by-State E-Waste Patchwork," released by the National Electronics Recycling Information Clearinghouse at the E-Scrap 2006 conference, CEA called for a national electronics recycling program to avoid costs placed on consumers and the industry. The study identifies a projected $25 million in recurring annual costs or a total of $224 million that will be spent by consumers, state governments and industry in next eight years.

CEA SmartStat
Seventy-nine percent of consumers say radio is a source of information about new music. Source: CEA Market Research Uncovering Trends in Digital Lifestyles study, April 2006.

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