Yahoo reportedly near decision on new CEO

From CNET News.com: Yahoo is said to be wrapping up its search for a new chief executive, and a decision could come as early as next week, according to a report late Thursday in The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the search pioneer.

Vizio Blu-ray Player Breaks $200 Price Point

From DailyTech: There were a handful of different Blu-ray players that reached the $200 price point during the holiday shopping season after instant rebates, though many of the players went up in price after the holidays were over. Memorex launched a standalone Blu-ray player for $199, and they'll be joined by at least one more company interested in lowering the price.

Palm Annouces "pre" Smartphone, webOS

GeForce 3D Vision: Stereoscopic 3D From NVIDIA

From AnandTech: As we've seen over the past few years, NVIDIA isn't content with simply doing what has been done well. Certainly their graphics cards are good at what they do and competition in the market is great today delivering amazing value to consumers. But they've forged ahead with initiatives like SLI for multi-GPU rendering and CUDA for general purpose programing on GPU. Now they're taking it a step further and getting into stereoscopic 3D.

Sony rolls out Atom-powered mini-laptop

From InfoWorld: After several weeks of leaks and teasers, Sony took the wraps off its anticipated Vaio P-series mini-laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening.

The small machine has a widescreen 8-inch display and measures 24 centimeters wide by 11 centimeters deep by 2 centimeters thick, giving it a form factor that, according to Sony, makes it possible to drop the PC into a jacket pocket or handbag.

Ballmer sets loose Windows 7 public beta

From InfoWorld: The rumors turned out to be true. Microsoft will release a public beta this week of its next desktop operating system, Windows 7, hoping it will address the problems that have made Windows Vista perhaps the least popular OS in its history.

Windows 7 is less of a resource-hog than Vista

From InfoWorld: Good news: the next version of Microsoft's Windows OS appears to be less of a resource hog than Windows Vista.

Microsoft announced Wednesday that a beta version of Windows 7 will be available for the general public to download and try out on Friday. At the same time, it provided a list of the minimum system requirements it recommends for people who run the beta.

Asus' 512GB SSD Laptop; World First

From Tom's Hardware: We had the chance to briefly talk to Asus tonight, prior to CES' full opening in the morning. One thing we learned from Asus is that the company is preparing to launch what it claims is the world's first 512 GB SSD ultra-portable.

One Laptop per Child Foundation Cuts Staff, Refocuses Mission

From X-bit Labs: One Laptop per Child non-profit organization has issued a statement that indicates plans to reduce staff count by 50%, cut salary for the remaining personnel and discontinue certain operations. The organization still believes it will be able to create next-generation ultra-cheap laptop for developing countries and also kick-off certain initiatives to boost computerization of developing nations.

IBM gives Lotus Notes for Mac a makeover

From InfoWorld: BM has introduced at Macworld Expo Lotus Notes 8.5, now featuring integration with social calendaring Web sites. The company also released a beta version of Lotus Symphony, a free productivity software suite that includes document, presentation, and spreadsheet capabilities.

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