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HP launches product blitz for virtualization

From InfoWorld: Hewlett-Packard has announced a broad sweep of new virtualization products along with survey results claiming that most businesses aren't making the most of what the technology has to offer.

The products include a ProLiant blade server "built from the ground up" for virtualization, four thin-client computers for virtualizing desktops, new equipment for virtualizing storage and some consulting services.

Samsung Builds Russian WiMax Network

From PC World: Samsung Electronics has built a WiMax network in the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg for local operator Startel, it said Tuesday.

eBay makes eco-play with new green marketplace

From CNET News.com: eBay on Wednesday plans to unveil a new e-commerce site for shoppers of environmentally friendly and fair-trade goods, as expected.

Microsoft Offers Live Search Users Cash Rewards

From DailyTech: It’s no secret that Microsoft is a distant third behind Google and floundering competitor Yahoo in the search engine business. With Google constantly expanding its online offerings, Microsoft has turned to tactics that either smack of desperation or perhaps of brilliance, depending on your perspective. Microsoft is in-effect paying users for their search engine traffic.

AMD Plans to Release New “FX” Microprocessors in 2009

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices plans to return its premium class FX-series processors to the market sometime in the middle of next year. The question is whether the new central processing units (CPUs) will truly be capable of successfully competing against rivals.

Google adds YouTube-like service to Apps suite

From InfoWorld: Google has added a video sharing component to its Apps Premier suite of hosted communication and collaboration software, betting that companies will find it useful for a variety of workplace uses.

The Google Video service was due to debut in Apps Premier on Tuesday, allowing end-users to upload clips and share them with co-workers using an interface very similar to Google's YouTube, the most popular video sharing service in the consumer market.

Nokia Comes With Music Comes to Market at Last

From PC World: Consumers in the U.K. will be the first to try Nokia's Comes With Music on the 5310 XpressMusic phone, Nokia announced on Tuesday.

The phone is expected to ship next month. The service, announced last December, packages mobile phones with a year of unlimited access to tracks in the Nokia Music store and the ability to keep all downloaded tracks even after the year is over, according to Nokia.

Mozilla CEO: Chrome was inevitable

From CNET News.com: Mozilla CEO John Lilly on Tuesday waxed philosophical about the release of Google's new Web browser, Chrome, despite it signaling an attempt by the search giant--and Mozilla's major financier--to become its biggest competitor.

Sony to Launch PSP-3000 on October 16 in Japan

From DailyTech: Sony Corp will launch the PSP-3000 in Japan on October 16 according to Japanese game site Famitsu. The new model of the PlayStation Portable will sell for 19,800 yen ($182), the same price as the current PSP model.

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