Dell Introduces Smaller Music Player

Dell introduced a smaller version of its digital music player to help tap a market dominated by Apple's iPod. The new $99, 512-megabyte Dell DJ Ditty music player, weighing 1.29 ounces, includes an FM radio, Dell said. Dell also is releasing two photo printers and handheld computers to increase sales in its faster-growing businesses.

Jobs Says iTunes Prices Won't Increase

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, left, vowed to resist music companies' demands for music download price increases and warned that any such move would encourage piracy. Jobs, speaking before the opening of the Apple Expo in Paris, said record companies already make more profit by selling a song through iTunes than on CD. "So if they want to raise the prices it just means they're getting a little greedy," he said.

Big music companies are seeking to improve the terms of their deals with Apple as contracts come up for renewal for the U.S. iTunes site, which charges 99 cents per song. Prices are typically higher in Europe, Japan and other regions.

mergers & Acquisitions

Oracle to Buy Logistical Software Company

Oracle, the world's third-largest software maker, agreed to buy closely held logistical software provider G-Log to expand its line of products that help companies manage their supply chains.

Customers of G-Log, based in King of Prussia, Pa., include Big Lots and Halliburton. Terms of the purchase, which is expected to close by the end of the year, were not disclosed.

The purchase is the eighth this year for Oracle, based in Redwood City, Calif. Last week the company agreed to buy Siebel Systems for $5.85 billion to become the top seller of programs that manage customer relations.


Google Sued by Authors Guild, Writers

Google was sued in a New York court by the Authors Guild and three writers over the company's scanning and copying of books through its Google Library program. The suit said the online search engine is engaging in copyright infringement at the expense of the rights of writers.


Two European Airlines to Allow Cell Phones

Cell phone use is to be allowed on two European commercial airlines beginning late next year within Western Europe. TAP Air Portugal and the British carrier BMI have agreed to introduce OnAir's voice and text service for cell phones in trials using a base station within the airliner.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.