Intel tries to get devices to communicate faster with silicon photonics

From InfoWorld: Intel on Sunday is expected to detail advances in an emerging field of technology that it said will boost optical communication speeds, allowing for faster data transfers between devices.

The company has developed a device, the Avalanche Photodetector (APD), that senses light pulses and amplifies output signals for faster data transfer over long distances, the company said.

iPhone to Debut at Wal-Mart: $2 Price Drop

From PC World: Wal-Mart will reportedly become the second major retail chain - after Best Buy - to sell Apple's iPhone. The iPhone 3G will be sold for $197 for the 8GB version, a whopping $2 cheaper than in AT&T and Apple stores.

Roadmap of future Intel Netbook chips surfaces

From CNET News.com: One recent version of Intel's handheld and Netbook roadmap shows a chip platform code-named Medfield, which will be based on next-generation 32-nanometer process technology. The roadmap is featured in a report by UBS Securities.

Warner Music Pitching ‘Music Tax’ to Top Universities

From DailyTech: A number of U.S. universities expressed interest in plans for a “music tax,” where students would pay a flat fee as part of their tuition in return for the promise of no lawsuits from the RIAA.

The plan, spearheaded by Warner Music’s Jim Griffin, would essentially free up copyright enforcement resources in place at the RIAA and universities in favor of a “blanket license” of sorts – even though the actual language of the plan simply grants a promise not to sue.

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Mozilla to pull anti-phishing feature from Firefox 2.0

From InfoWorld: Mozilla will drop anti-phishing protection from the final version of Firefox 2.0 at Google 's request when Mozilla updates the browser later this month, a company executive confirmed Thursday.

When Mozilla rolls out Firefox 2.0.0.19, the browser will be missing the anti-phishing feature that the aging browser has sported since it debuted in 2006, said Mike Beltzner , director of Firefox, in an e-mail Thursday.

Adobe Admits New PDF Password Protection Is Weaker

From PC World: Adobe made a critical change to the algorithm used to password-protect PDF documents in Acrobat 9, making it much easier to recover a password and raising concern over the safety of documents, according to Russian security firm Elcomsoft.

Second Firefox 3.1 beta due 'very shortly'

From CNET News.com: One big change in the 3.1b2 is the addition of "Web workers," a feature that lets the browser process tasks in the background. That feature, part of the still-evolving HTML 5 specification, adds another level of sophistication for programmers writing Web applications and gives multicore computers a better way to use their processors' abilities.

Chipmakers Feel the Pinch Created by Low-cost Netbooks, Notebooks

From DailyTech: Notebook computers are becoming the majority of computer system sales for many computer makers. With notebooks being such a large portion of sales a decline in notebook shipments and overall weakness in the segment can put a significant strain not only on the computer maker, but on chipmakers as well.

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