New Firefox beta even faster than FF3

From CNET Mozilla fans can now play with the anticipated speedier JavaScript engine in the first beta for Firefox 3.1, as well as explore improvements to the Smart Location Bar and a slick interface for hotkey tab switching. Now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users, the new JavaScript engine, called TraceMonkey, is not turned on by default.

Apple Launches 15.4" MacBook Pro, 13.3" MacBook

From DailyTech: The buildup to a new Apple product release is usually accompanied by anxious anticipation from the Mac community along with continuous speculations from news outlets around the world. Over the past few years, actual product leaks leading up to an Apple product launch of have been few and far between. This changed somewhat with lead up to the iPod nano 4G and iPod touch 2G.

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Mozilla Labs pursues Web dev tools

From InfoWorld: Dissatisfied with the Web development tools already available, researchers at the newly formed Developer Tools Lab at Mozilla Labs intend to find better options.

Announced Monday, the lab will be led by Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, who founded the Ajaxian Web site, which is focused on AJAX issues. The lab will center on research and development of developer tools for the "open" Web, according to the Mozilla Labs Web site.

IBM Opens New Research Center in Shanghai

From PC World: IBM on Monday opened a new research facility in Shanghai, its second in China, to focus on areas including Web services and cloud computing.

Located in eastern Shanghai's Pudong in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Pudong New Area, will employ 100 researchers, and is designed to help IBM attract more talent form southern China.

Microsoft makes Windows 7 name final

From CNET For the first time in recent memory, Microsoft has chosen to stick with its code name for a final Windows release.

In a blog posting, general manager Mike Nash said that the next version of Windows will retain its Windows 7 code-name when it is released to the market--a date currently pegged as late 2009 or early 2010.

"Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore "Windows 7" just makes sense," Nash wrote.

Starcraft 2 to be Released as Trilogy of Separate Games

AMD: DOJ Won't File Charges Over ATI's Strategies

From PC World: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) won't file criminal charges over the pricing and marketing strategies of graphics chipmaker ATI Technologies, now owned by Advanced Micro Devices, the company said Monday.

The DOJ told AMD on Friday the entire investigation is closed, said Michael Silverman, AMD spokesman.

Micron to buy $400 million stake in memory maker

From CNET Micron Technology announced Sunday that it is buying Qimonda AG's $400 million stake in Inotera Memories.

notera was founded as a joint venture by Qimonda (formerly the memory products division of Infineon Technologies) and Nanya Technology. Micron said the deal constitutes an expansion of its relationship with Nanya.

Lenovo mulls Fujitsu Siemens investment

From EETimes: The Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo is considering to take over the Siemens shares in the Fujitsu Siemens Computer joint venture. According to media releases here, the company says that it is considering "all options".


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