Spore Tops Piracy Charts, but Don't Blame DRM

Google takes two with Gmail-SMS chat

From CNET News.com: Google hopes the second time will be a charm for a Gmail Labs feature that lets people send text messages to people's mobile phones with the company's Web-based e-mail service.

"A few weeks back, we ran into a few snags when we first started rolling this out, but starting today you can turn on text messaging for chat," said Leo Dirac, a Google product manager, in a blog post Wednesday.

Office Depot to Cut Over 100 Retail Stores, 2,200 Employees

From DailyTech: The casualties in the slowing economy continue are continuing to mount. When most people think of office supply stores, companies like Staples and Office Depot -- and to a lesser extent, Office Max -- spring to mind. Today, Office Depot announced that it is cutting stores and trimming its headcount.

Sun takes another swing at cloud computing

From InfoWorld: Having coined the phrase "the network is the computer" more than a decade ago Sun Microsystems could expect to be leading the march towards cloud computing, but in some ways it is still at the start line.

Sun recently pulled the plug on its Grid Compute Utility service, which was launched two years ago and allowed companies to buy computing power from Sun's datacenters at a fixed rate per hour, like a public utility.

PlayStation Home Arriving as Open Beta From Thursday

From PC World: Sony Computer Entertainment will open up its Home online virtual environment to all PlayStation 3 users from Thursday, it said Wednesday.

Home allows users to create their own avatars and participate in a real-time virtual world, something like a cross between the Mii avatars on Nintendo's Wii and the Second Life community. Users can interact with others through voice and text chat and the service also offers mini-games, videos and special events.

Intel completes 32-nanometer chip development

From CNET News.com: Intel has completed the development phase of its next-generation manufacturing process that shrinks chip circuitry to 32 nanometers, the chipmaker said Tuesday night.

Intel processors are currently made on a 45nm process. Generally, smaller geometries result in faster and more power-efficient processors.

EA, Take-Two Announce Support for NVIDIA PhysX

From DailyTech: Physics processing in video games promised a lot when it first came to market, but the reality was that physics processing hardware like the Ageia PhysX card was simply not very good and added little in the way of realism or performance to games.

Microsoft releases open-source content management app

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has released an early version of an open-source content management platform that developers can use to build sophisticated blogs or large Web sites.

Gmail Integrates Task List, Keeps You Organized

From PC World: If keeping Gmail open all the time just wasn't enough, Google gave us one more reason to stay glued to our computer screens. The Labs Team have released yesterday a new feature for Gmail - Tasks - basically a To-Do list manager. But besides the usual task list bonanza, the new feature can also associate emails with tasks and create multiple to-do lists.

Second Firefox 3.1 beta brings significant changes

From CNET News.com: Usually not much happens to a software product from one point release to the next, much less one beta version to the next. But Mozilla has made quite a few changes with the second beta of Firefox 3.1, released Monday.

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