Nokia to Pull out of Japanese Handset Market

From PC World: The world's largest cell phone maker is pulling out of one of the world's biggest cellular markets. Nokia said on Thursday that it will stop developing handsets for NTT DoCoMo and Softbank Mobile, effectively ending a push that began five years ago when Nokia re-entered the Japanese market with the launch of 3G services here.

Some Sony films return to Netflix-Xbox service

From CNET News.com: Apparently Netflix and Sony have solved some of their licensing issues. An unknown number of films from Sony Pictures that disappeared last week from Netflix's streaming service for the Xbox have returned, but still no word on when the rest might be back.

Samsung Starts Mass Production of 25GB, 50GB Enterprise SSDs

From DailyTech: The SSD bandwagon is getting more and more crowded as time goes by and the category begins to mature. Many SSD makers are actively targeting the business and enterprise category for their wares where the benefits of the SSD and higher price make more sense. Small and low cost SSDs are the more popular options in the consumer space where netbooks are coming on strong.

Mozilla eyes extra beta for Firefox 3.1

From InfoWorld: Mozilla will probably add a third beta to the development schedule for Firefox 3.1 to get a better handle on remaining bugs and give several new features, including a faster JavaScript engine and a private browsing mode, more testing time, the company's browser director said Tuesday.

Previous schedules published by Mozilla had limited Firefox 3.1 to only two betas before moving to a release candidate.

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:

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