Valve Corp., the largest online retailer of games downloaded to PCs, is working with “more than a dozen” partners, including computer makers, to begin selling consoles that take on Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp.
Treasuries rose as investors bet the Federal Reserve will keep buying debt as it awaits a pick-up in economic growth, while U.S. stocks fell for a fourth day amid concern lawmakers will fail to reach a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown. The dollar gained and metals slid.
Valve Corp., operator of the largest online store for downloading video games to PCs, is developing consoles that would use its more than 50 million customers to challenge Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp.
If you’re put off by Steve Jobs ’s control-freakdom and Microsoft’s long history of buggy bloatware, you might want to spend some time with Dell Inc.’s line of laptops running Ubuntu , the free, consumer-oriented version of the open-source Linux operating system. Cheaper than Apple, cheaper and more stable than Windows, Ubuntu might be a viable alternative were it just not quite so geeky.
Security tokens used to safeguard computer networks risk going the way of the rotary phone as EMC Corp.’s RSA unit, the top maker of the devices, is challenged by smartphones deployed as cyber-protection tools.
Red Hat Inc., the largest seller of the open-source Linux operating system, dropped after second- quarter profit missed analysts’ estimates and the company pared sales forecasts on weak demand for services.
International Business Machines Corp. opened a center today for computing systems in Beijing to help customers and outside software engineers develop business applications for the open-source Linux operating system.