New York Suing LCD Makers Over Price Fixing Concerns

New York State filed suit today against several of the largest LCD manufacturers, citing concerns of price fixing schemes. Those under scrutiny include Sharp, LG, Hitachi and Samsung—the latter being the most popular LCD brand in the country. » 8/06/10 4:02pm 8/06/10 4:02pm

Samsung-Led Cartel Fined $404 Million In Price-Fixing Scandal

Nine chip makers—including heavy hitters like Samsung and Hitachi—have collectively been fined $404 million by the European Commission over DRAM price fixing. Cartels: they're not just for drug lords anymore. » 5/21/10 9:49am 5/21/10 9:49am

CarTel Device Attacks Traffic Jams with Fleet of Networked Smart Cars

Researchers at MIT are using computer networks and cabbies to tackle a routine problem that I, personally, can attest to: Boston area traffic jams. Called CarTel (get it?), the system creates a network by way of cell phone-sized black boxes. The boxes currently sit on board 50 cars and taxis in the Boston area.… » 10/12/08 3:00pm 10/12/08 3:00pm

Dr. Pepper Pays Boy Band To Live, Perform In Bubble


The latest installment in the "if dumb people watch, it must be smart" genre—a category that brought us Big Brother, The Real World, Making The Band and David Blaine—is the descriptively named Band In A Bubble, airing tomorrow on MTV. Somehow, we got blueprints of the bubble. » 5/23/07 1:00pm 5/23/07 1:00pm

CD Punch: Ruin a Disc, Save Your Pride

We know you've been feeling guilty about your CD and DVD "backups". At first it seemed so innocent, just this one time you wouldn't make the trip to Blockbuster. But before you knew it, you were trapped at the center of a bootleg cartel, hiring goons to film shaky versions of Oscar candidates while you snorted coke… » 2/18/07 5:30pm 2/18/07 5:30pm