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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 25, 2006

BUSINESS BRIEFS
You can post videos on TV

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Oceanic Time Warner Cable yesterday said it is the first U.S. cable company to offer a new service that allows customers to post still and video images on local cable television. PhotoShow TV On Demand is on channel 917 and contains user-submitted material in a category format.

Road Runner Internet customers can download PhotoShow software free from www.rr.com. Once installed on a computer, the software can be used to create and send an up to 5-minute presentation to Oceanic. The content is screened before being posted to the TV channel.


UNITED POSTS 1ST PROFIT IN 6 YEARS

CHICAGO United Airlines parent UAL Corp. confirmed yesterday it made its first profit in six years in the second quarter, an expected $119 million gain that beat Wall Street's expectations but fell short of other U.S. airline companies.

Higher fares and packed planes helped the company post double-digit operating revenue growth in its first full quarter out of bankruptcy, and cost controls improved the bottom line.

Based on the preliminary results announced by the company a week ahead of its earnings report, it will be UAL's first result in the black since a $408 million profit in the second quarter of 2000.


OUTAGES PLAGUE MYSPACE.COM

NEW YORK The popular social-networking site MySpace.com suffered a pair of extended outages over the weekend because of power problems at a key data center in the Los Angeles area, the company said yesterday.

In a message to MySpace users, company co-founder and president Tom Anderson said MySpace "has been screwy" since Saturday because of failures in both the main power supply and the backup generators. The company blamed a heat wave that has gripped California, increasing electricity demand and leaving tens of thousands of customers in Southern California without power.


CHIP DEAL SEEN AS THREAT TO INTEL

SAN FRANCISCO Advanced Micro Devices Inc. struck another blow at Intel Corp., its bigger rival in the market for personal-computer microprocessors, as it disclosed plans yesterday to buy one of the dominant makers of graphics chips in a $5.4 billion deal that analysts said could fundamentally alter competition in the semiconductor industry.

The acquisition of ATI Technologies Inc. will allow AMD to shed its role as a boutique player that sells only microprocessors, which act as the core calculating engines in PCs. Almost immediately, AMD will become a seller of chips in four new categories, eroding a key advantage of Intel, which has benefited from its broader product portfolio.