Micron posts $706 million loss on memory woes

From CNET News.com: In the quarter ended December 4, 2008, the Boise, Idaho company posted a net loss of $706 million or 91 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1.4 billion, down 8.7 percent. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a loss of 45 cents a share.

The 2009 fiscal first quarter results include a $369 million write-down of memory chip products, Micron said.

Details of HP Firebird Voodoo DNA Tower Leaked

From DailyTech: The first Voodoo and HP system to come from the purchase was called the HP Blackbird 002. It was an interesting rig with a price tag that was higher than most were willing to spend. Add the cost to the fact that you could build the rig for much less than HP and Voodoo were asking for it and the machine was scorned by many gamers and computer enthusiasts.

Report: Sony Loses $50 for Each PS3 Sold Today

From DailyTech: Sony's PS3 game console is popular among many gamers, but faces significant competition from the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. Much of the pressure placed on the PS3 by the other two major game consoles is one of price.

Articles Roundup December 23, 2008

Lian Li Silent Force 750W @ Technic3D
G.SKILL FM-25S2S-64GB SSD Drive Review @ Rbmods
Noctua NH-U12P Reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com

Via to Drive High-Definition Video into Small Form-Factor Systems

From X-bit Labs: Via Technologies, a developer of microprocessors, graphics chips and core-logic sets, has announced a new platform that should enable feature-rich multimedia systems with very low power consumption. The new “Trinity” platform will utilize mini-ITX 2.0 form-factor, Via Nano processor, S3 Graphics’ graphics processing unit as well as a Via core-logic.

Sun Executive Reveals More Open-source Plans for JavaFX

From PC World: A Sun Microsystems executive has provided a glimpse into the company's future plans for open sourcing JavaFX, its recently released technology for building RIAs (rich Internet applications) for the desktop, mobile devices and other platforms.

XP's Death: Slightly Exaggerated -- Again

From PC World: Windows XP has risen from the dead more times than Bela Lugosi. And it just happened again.

Microsoft has quietly informed system makers that, if they place their orders before January 31, 2009, they can get XP delivered through the end of May. It's what they call a "flexible inventory program," according to ChannelWeb. I call it Microsoft desperately trying to cover its assets with both hands.

Palm Gets Bailout Money, Banks On New OS

From CRN: Palm announced Monday it would receive $100 million from Elevation Partners in an attempt -- again -- to jump-start the ailing device maker. The investment caused the beleaguered vendor's stock to jump 22.5 percent yesterday, or 55 cents. That brought the share price to $3.05 -- better than its 52-week low of $1.14, yet significantly below its 52-week high of $8.94.

Workers Begin Repairs on Undersea Cable

From DailyTech: Days after two undersea cables in the Mediterranean Sea were severed; a French ship is now on scene to help begin repairs on two of three damaged cables. Engineers believe the cables were mistakenly cut by a ship's anchor.

Telecommunications companies ranging from Cairo to Dubai were forced to reroute service through other Asian and North American hosts.

Microsoft warns of critical bug in SQL Server

From InfoWorld: Microsoft Monday warned customers that attack code has been released targeting a critical vulnerability in older versions of its widely-used SQL Server database software, and urged users to apply a temporary workaround.

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