Taiwanese Companies to Loan DRAM Maker Micron US$285M

From PC World: Two members of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group plan to loan US$285 million to DRAM maker Micron Technology to strengthen a new joint venture with the U.S. company and speed up the development of advanced chip manufacturing lines, the companies said.

Google admits breaking App Store rules

From CNET News.com: Google acknowledged breaking the official rules of Apple's iPhone software development kit when it created the latest version of the Google Mobile application for the iPhone, but denied a more serious charge.

Blockbuster Unveils On Demand Video Player

From DailyTech: Movie rental services are slowly transitioning from the DVD rentals that launched the market to streaming rentals. The streaming rental services are becoming more and more popular as movies are available on the first day of release and people become accustomed to watching films with set-top boxes.

Apple updates Safari for second time in two weeks

From InfoWorld: Unlike the Nov. 13 update, which added anti-phishing protection and patched 11 security vulnerabilities -- more than two-thirds of them critical -- today's minor upgrade was for unspecified "stability improvements," according to a terse notice on the Apple Web site.

Xbox 360 Surpasses Original Xbox Install Base

From PC World: The more things change, the more they actually change. Microsoft's original Xbox never had legs like Sony's fleet-footed PlayStation 2, only managing to sell around 25 million units worldwide -- a nibble compared to Sony's 140 million.

YouTube videos get widescreen treatment

From CNET News.com: YouTube has expanded the viewable width of all videos appearing on the site, creating an image that viewers will likely associate more with a movie theater screen or high-definition television.

The video-sharing site announced the move in a blog posting Monday evening:

Western Digital Could Enter SSD Market

From DailyTech: Western Digital isn’t alone in taking a cautious approach to the SSD market. As one of the biggest makers of hard drives, it's easy to see why Western Digital (WD) would want to protect its investments in traditional HDDs until the market for SSDs is more mature and clear.

AMD to Release Quad-Core Processor for Notebooks in 2010

From X-bit Labs: The first quad-core central processing unit (CPU) for notebooks in AMD’s line will be code-named “Champlain” and will be the base of the code-named “Danube” platform, AMD revealed at last week’s meeting with financial analysts. There are no details about the chip, but since the processor will only emerge sometime in 2010, it has good chances to be made using 32nm process technology.

iPhone 2.2 Update Gets Jailbroken

From PC World: If you're into iPhone gimmicks and unsupported Apple applications, DevTeam released PwnageTool 2.2 to help you jailbreak the latest 2.2 iPhone software update available from Apple since Friday.

Windows Live Search to be rebranded Kumo?

From CNET News.com: There have been tremors on the Web that Microsoft was considering a new brand name for Live Search, and now the site LiveSide is reporting that Microsoft has taken control of the domain name Kumo.com and is directing internal traffic to it as a test site.


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