China Mobile Phone Users Hit 250 Million

The number of mobile phone users in China – already the world’s biggest market – has hit 250 million, the government said Friday. Chinese phone companies signed up nearly 29 million new mobile customers in the first half of the year, the Ministry of Information Industry said. The country has 472 million fixed-line phone subscribers, the ministry said in a report carried by the official Xinhua News Agency.

IBM Retakes No. 1 Worldwide Computer Server Spot

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM.N) reclaimed the top market share spot among computer server companies worldwide during the second quarter, pushing Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ.N) back into the No. 2 position, according to market research firm IDC.

IBM, which makes everything from computers based on Intel Corp. (INTC.O) microprocessors to giant mainframe systems that use proprietary semiconductor technology, had 30.4 percent of global server systems revenue during the quarter.

HP, which held the No. 1 spot last quarter, had 27.7 percent of total revenues.

The overall server market was $10.616 billion in revenues, a slight increase from a year earlier’s $10.597 billion.

EFM Enables Cheap Broadband in Asia Pacific

The worldwide number of residential
Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) subscribers will rise from 2.1 million
in 2002 to 23.9 million in 2007, with most of these subscribers residing
in the Asia Pacific region, reports In-Stat/MDR.

The high-tech market research firm finds that since the end of 2000,
there has been growing momentum for the use of Ethernet in the
residential subscriber access network, owing to Ethernet?s relatively
low cost, simplicity, flexibility, ubiquity and high bandwidth.

R&D the next to be outsourced

The next wave of outsourcing will be research and development (R&D) functions, according to the latest Santa Clara University Business Index released Thursday.

The monthly business indicator tracks business conditions and jobs by polling executives and managers in a wide range of companies. While R&D hasn’t been moving offshore at the rate of manufacturing and customer support, SCU finance professor Robert Henderschott told internetnews.com says a trend is developing.

“There are quite a few companies in our survey — over one-fifth — putting their toe in the water,” he said.

Internet usage in the United States

With 68 % of adult residents having Internet access, the Pacific Northwest stood out as the most wired region of the country, according to the Pew project, a private nonprofit effort to track how U.S. online usage is evolving. The Northwest was closely followed by New England, California and what the survey called the National Capital region (Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C.). The increasingly wired Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) also placed well above average, with 64 percent of its residents having online access.

By contrast, southern states ? Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia ? had the lowest overall access rate, at 48 percent. The Lower Midwest (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma), fared slightly better, at 55 percent, but still below a national average of 59 percent. Several Rust Belt (dubbed ?Industrial Midwest? by the survey) states ? Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio ? also trailed, as did the Southeast.

Most watched TV shows in 2008

Rank Programs Network % of Homes in U.S.
1 AMERICAN IDOL-TUESDAY FOX 15.5
2 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 15.3
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 12.3
4 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 11.4
5 MENTALIST, THE CBS 10.0
5 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 10.0
7 CSI CBS 8.1
8 NCIS CBS 8.0
9 60 MINUTES CBS 7.6
9 SURVIVOR: GABON CBS 7.6
Source: Nielsen