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DreamWorks' Katzenberg on the future of movies, Shrek 3

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, laid out the issues facing the movie business during a panel at AMD's Global Vision Conference. "The rate of change in the industry is unprecedented, and with it comes enormous opportunities," Katzenberg said.

September 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Scott McNealy reveals the biggest challenge on the planet

Quote of the day: Scott McNealy, current chairman and former CEO piñata at Sun (pictured below with AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz at the AMD Global Vision Conference: "Who’s who, what’s what and who gets access to what is the biggest challenge on the planet today." As usual, McNealy has a way a capturing hyperbolically one of the truisms at the intersection of technology and society.

September 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Latest update on Negroponte's $100 laptop

After by master of ceremonies, futurist Paul Saffo, noted that I was blogging at the AMD Global Vision Conference--to ensure that speakers didn’t say anything too controversial--Nicholas Negroponte took the stage to evangelize his One Laptop per Child non-profit, which got its first seed funding from AMD and the laptop uses a 500 MHz AMD processor. I covered Negroponte’s $100 laptop here in May.

September 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Context aware telephony

Last week, in a report from Digital ID World, I mentioned Equals. Gabe Gabe Wachob gave me the demo, but kept saying "I wish Ajay were here--he really gives a good demo.

September 19, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Second Life plays AMD vs. Intel

During a session exploring Second Life at the AMD Global Vision Conference, Linden Lab CTO Cory Ondrejka (pictured below) outlined the basics of the virtual world, which he said attracted 750,000 users in August and is growing at 15 percent per month. Unfortunately for AMD, Ondrejka said that his company has switched from AMD dual core Operton’s to Intel’s new Core Duo chips, which he said have a superior CPU/$ ratio, including the cost of power to run servers.

September 19, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Motorola Q eats batteries alive

When I first unboxed the Motorola Q, I knew I was in for disappointment when I saw how small its brick-of-a-battery was and what I'd be expecting the Q to do. To put it bluntly, to own a Q, which should involve taking advantage of some of its most prominent features, Verizon Wireless' prices of $199 (requires a two-year and online purchase to get the $100 discount from $299) or $349 for the one-year contract version (no discount available) are misleading and here's why.

September 18, 2006 by David Berlind

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