Agam ShahU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips, and semiconductors for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

Report: Apple board discussed CEO succession

Some Apple board members have discussed a CEO succession plan with executive recruiters following Steve Jobs' departure on medical leave earlier this year, according to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal.

Intel investigates possible bug in SSD 320 drives

Intel is investigating a potential bug that may be causing SSD 320 solid-state drives to fail. The company is offering replacement drives to affected customers...


EA acquires casual gaming company PopCap Games

Electronic Arts on Tuesday said it has agreed to acquire casual gaming company PopCap Games to expand its portfolio of games for websites and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

HP announces TouchPad 4G with AT&T

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday said it would release a 4G TouchPad tablet with upgraded hardware, which will be available with AT&T's wireless network.

HP appoints new leader for webOS group

A week after the HP TouchPad went on sale in the U.S., Hewlett-Packard appointed a new executive to lead the development of its webOS software. Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein will take on a broader role in the HP group that makes PCs, tablets and handhelds.

Apple files patent complaint against HTC with ITC

Apple has filed another complaint against HTC with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging patent infringement by the Taiwanese smartphone and tablet maker.

IDC raises tablet shipment forecast for the year

IDC raised its tablet shipment forecast for the year due to growing consumer interest in tablets and the introduction of new devices.

Gartner: Gaming spending to total $74 billion this year

Worldwide spending on electronic gaming products will total $74 billion this year, and be driven in the coming years by fast growth in mobile and online games, according to market-research firm Gartner.

HP announces 'most compact' all-in-one laser printer

Hewlett-Packard announced its "most compact" multifunction laser printer, which prints documents from smartphones and tablets, the company said Tuesday.

Barnes & Noble: ebooks outselling physical books three to one

Barnes & Noble on Tuesday said it sold three times as many digital books through its website compared to physical books during the fourth fiscal quarter.

Samsung ships 1TB internal hard drive for laptops

Samsung this week announced the Spinpoint M8 internal hard drive with 1TB capacity, which could raise the bar in storage available on laptops.

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White-box tablets gaining share as iPad alternatives

Market research firm DisplaySearch says shipments of inexpensive tablets from little-known vendors are growing as customers avoid the price of premium tablets such as Apple's iPad.

Apple plans new 'spaceship'-like campus

Apple plans to build a new campus near its existing headquarters with a circular building that looks a spaceship, big enough to house 12,000 employees.

Seagate, Western Digital merger deals face EC probe

Moves by Seagate and Western Digital to acquire hard-drive companies are being probed by European regulators because of competition concerns.

HP picks USB 3.0 over Intel's Thunderbolt for desktops

Hewlett-Packard considered using Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect in new desktop PCs announced Monday, but say it's sticking with USB 3.0 because of wider support.