Business and Industry News 

The problem of wireless devices interfering with broadcast
The problem of modulators used in cars to play satellite radio and MP3 players interfering with broadcast signals appears to be widespread, given that 3.4 million of the devices were sold last year. "It looks like it’s such a huge problem we want to make sure they pinpoint the most likely source … and hopefully recall the ones that are still in the marketplace," said Mike Starling, chief technology officer at NPR, which, like the NAB, has requested a technical review of the devices.   Los Angeles Times (free registration) (11/1)
Report: Bluetooth shipments poised to surge
Shipments of systems with Bluetooth could double in 2006 to reach 500 million and may hit 1.5 billion units by 2010, found a report by IMS Research. However, growth of wireless USB technology might slow Bluetooth’s penetration, IMS said.   Electronic Engineering Times (Asia) (10/30)
NTT DoCoMo, Intel help companies customize phones
NTT DoCoMo said it has teamed with Intel to develop terminal specifications that provide an open domain for companies looking to customize handsets with special operating systems or applications.   Unstrung (New York) (10/31)
Panasonic thinks big for U.K. plasma TV market
Panasonic unveiled a 103-inch plasma TV in the U.K. market that features full HD resolution. The company also plans to offer lower-priced full HD plasmas in the near future.   Home Cinema Choice (U.K.) (10/2006)
Startup offers "DVD-quality" streams with lower costs
Seattle startup GridNetworks is launching a new content delivery service that promises to stream over the Internet full-screen, "DVD-quality" video, but at half the cost of rival services.   Seattle Post-Intelligencer (11/1)
Alcatel, Samsung forge mobile TV pact
Alcatel and Samsung Electronics said they will jointly develop mobile handsets capable of receiving satellite TV broadcasts using DVB-H technology.   International Herald Tribune (10/30)
SlingPlayer expands to Mac platform
Sling Media released a beta version of its SlingPlayer software to allow Mac users to watch TV content on their computers. The Mac OS offering is only available in North America.   PCWorld (10/31)
Other News
  Apple’s new iPod Shuffle to hit shelves Friday
CNET (10/31)
  Sony discloses memory chip investigation
The New York Times (10/31)
  Microsoft aims new Xbox Live features at nongamers
E-Commerce Times (10/31)
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Technology Update 

Projector technology advances, units shrink in size
Projector technology could migrate to phones and portable media players, one writer says, noting that several companies including Sony Corp., Toshiba and Explay are inventing compact devices. (10/31)
Cars built for the information superhighway
Increasingly, cars will be equipped with personal computers that will enable drivers and passengers the chance to check e-mail, shop online and research recreation options — even make restaurant reservations — all while navigating traffic.   Yahoo!/USA TODAY (10/31)

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