Daily News Brief: Biometric Scanning is Here!

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Shell Goes Sci-Fi!

Sliding credit and bank cards will soon become pass é , if Shell's biometric scanning takes hold. Shell's outfitted ten Chicago gas stations with biometric kiosks , allowing motorists to pay for their gas by scanning their fingertips, once they've set up an account in the store or online. Acceptance could be hindered by privacy concerns, and whether or not gas stations would be willing to invest outfitting the actual pumps with biometric scanning.

Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers

How's a sub-$100 HD-DVD player sound ? Come Friday November 2nd, Wal-Mart plans to sell the Toshiba HD-A2 player for just $98. But like most basement bargains, supply will be limited, and not all stores will have stock. Of course, there's that other shopping day coming up, when peaceful shoppers turn into rabid, deal chasing werewolves. If you can withstand the crowds and pushy people, be sure and browse BFads.net for upcoming Black Friday specials.

More Hi-Def News

Black Friday's $98 HD-DVD player will surely keep HD-DVD in the fight against Blu-ray, and KMart's jumping in the ring behind the cheaper format too, opting to only stock Toshiba's HD-DVD players. On the other side of the fence , next generation Blu-ray players must adhere to the Final Standard Profile (1.1), with Picture-in-Picture support a prominent requirement. The ongoing war looks to focus on features versus price, and who can snag the most exclusivity deals.

Google's World Domination Almost Complete

Google's stock recently hit a disgusting $700 per share , making even Dr. Evil's enterprise look like a lemonade stand. The new figures represent an eight- fold increase in the company's value since the initial public offering just three years prior, giving them a market of value of $217 billion, trailing only Exxon Mobile, General Electric, Microsoft, and AT&T. And out of those companies, Google's the only one to be officially be recognized as a verb .

Sprint Abandons World Domination Aspirations

That's assuming they ever had them. While Google continues to thrive with nauseating stock prices, Sprint, the number 3 U.S. mobile service, watched its profits fall to $64 million , down from $279 million one year ago. Sprint's also losing postpaid subscribers, 337,000 in all. Since taking over Nextel in 2005, Sprint's lost a third of its value.

Microsoft's Vista Outlook

Microsoft claims Vista is seeing mass adoption from businesses, and has high hopes for a strong holiday shopping season. Could sales growth be better than anticipated? At least one analyst is predicting windows revenue to grow 15 percent this fiscal year, which would be higher than even Microsoft's estimates, which pegged 12 to 13 percent as likely figures. To put it in context, each percentage point accounts for roughly $150 in revenue and $110 million in operating profit.

UPDATE: Wal-Mart's super special pricing on the Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player is today, November 2nd, and not Black Friday as originally posted. Thanks for the catch, n0b0dykn0ws !

Update 2 : For those that did purchase a Toshiba HD-DVD player, don't forget to select your 5 free HD-DVD movies from the PDF form .

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