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Week ahead: Earnings, events hit busy season

Apple, Yahoo, Sun among many reporting earnings in busy week. Launch of Windows Media Center 2005 also on tap.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of Oct. 10. It's official: Earnings season is here.

Wall Street will be busy diagnosing the health of tech companies as earnings reports pour in this week. Among the big names scheduled are Apple Computer, Yahoo and Sun Microsystems.

Tech events are in a busy season as well. Bill Gates is scheduled to speak at Microsoft's Experience More event in Los Angeles. The software giant plans to formally announce Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. Expect to also hear about a variety of other digital home efforts designed to make it easier to move media throughout the home and onto portable devices.

TechNet--in partnership with CNET Networks, publisher of News.com--plans to hold a daylong forum exploring the dynamics of public policy and economic growth.

The world's top video game players have been competing for $2.5 million in prize money at the grand finals of the World Cyber Games in San Francisco. The event wraps up Oct. 10.

The information was gathered from Thomson First Call, Hoover's Online and CNET News.com Investor.

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Saturday, Oct. 9

Tuesday, Oct. 12

  • The Dealmaker Forum is scheduled to be in Mountain View, Calif., Oct. 12.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

  • The UtilCompWorld show is planned for San Francisco, Oct. 13-16.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Earnings

Monday, Oct. 11

  • Infosys Technologies is an IT services company. It's expected to report first-quarter earnings of 33 cents per share.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

  • Yahoo is an Internet portal and search company. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 9 cents per share.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

  • Apple Computer is a computer maker. It's expected to report fourth-quarter earnings of 18 cents per share.

  • SanDisk is a maker of memory cards. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 34 cents per share.

Thursday, Oct. 14

  • Sun Microsystems is a server maker. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 3 cents per share.

  • Juniper Networks is a maker of router products. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 11 cents per share.

  • Nokia is a maker of cell phones. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 15 cents per share.

  • Rambus is a maker of RDRAM, or Rambus dynamic random access memory. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 6 cents per share.

  • Lexar Media is a maker of flash memory. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 4 cents per share.

  • Netflix is an online video rental service. It's expected to report first-quarter earnings of 32 cents per share.

  • CNET Networks, publisher of News.com, runs numerous technology-related sites. It's expected to report breakeven earnings for its third quarter.

Economic Reports

Thursday, Oct. 14

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. Briefing.com expects 340,000 for the week ended Oct. 9, from 335,000 the previous week.