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Gartner Says 80% of Active Internet Users Will Have A Second Life 

By the end of 2011, 80% of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) will have a “second life”, but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc.

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Worldwide PC Shipments Hit 62.7 million in Q1 2007, Says Gartner

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.7 million units in the first quarter of 2007, a 8.9 percent increase from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The Asia/Pacific region surpassed the U.S. PC market to take the No. 2 position in terms of shipments for the first time.

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Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing Market to Exceed $100 Billion by 2010: IDC

Worldwide IT leasing and financing market, encompassing leasing or financing IT equipment, software, and IT-related services, exceeded $70 billion worldwide in 2006, and will pass the $100 billion mark by 2010, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8%, according to IDC. 

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Broadband Internet Access Reaches 77% - Wireless Connectivity To Drive Next Phase 

The number of Internet adults utilizing ‘wired’ broadband connections may be peaking, according to results released from Ipsos Insight’s annual The Face of the Web study. At the end of 2006, it is estimated that 77% of the global online population was utilizing a broadband connection to access the Internet. 

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Global Broadband Subscribers to Double by 2011 to Hit 620 million 

The global broadband market is expanding at a rapid pace, with both equipment revenue and global subscribers expected to increase robustly during the next few years, according to iSuppli Corp. Global broadband subscribers will grow to 622.7 million by 2011, more than double the 270.4 million in 2006.

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Video Game Addiction: 81% of American Youth Play; 8.5% are Addicted

Reports from around the world suggest that gaming addiction is real and on the rise. With nearly 8 in 10 American youth (81%) playing video games at least one time per month, including 94% of all boys playing, this certainly raises concerns about video game addiction. 

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IPTV Rising: 92% CAGR to 103 million in 2011

Global IPTV subscribers will rise to 103 million in 2011, expanding at a whopping Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 92.5% up from 3.9 million in 2006, iSuppli Corp. predicts. This translates into $39.1 billion in revenue, up by a factor of more than 40 from $960.5 million in 2006.

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Global Excess Chip Inventory Falls 40.5% From 2006 Peak 

Excess semiconductor stockpiles in the global electronics supply chain continued to decline in the first quarter of 2007 due to previous production cuts by chip manufacturers, according to iSuppli Corp.

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$48 billion Federal Phone Deal Goes to Qwest, AT&T, Verizon

The US federal government's largest telecommunications contract ever, a 10-year deal worth up to $48 billion, was awarded to AT&T, Qwest Communications and Verizon on Thursday, according to the General Services Administration. The contract winners beat out Sprint Nextel Corp.  

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PMP/MP3 Player Market to Double from 2005 to 2010 to Hit 270 million

Portable Media Players (PMP)/MP3 players represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the consumer electronics industry today, with unit shipments expected to more than double between 2005 and 2011, according to iSuppli Corp. Global PMP/MP3 factory revenue will rise to $21.5 billion by 2011, expanding at a CAGR of 7.4% from $14 billion in 2005. PMP/MP3 revenue this year will rise to $20.6 billion, up 14.4% from $18 billion in 2006.

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