Google Says $1B Investment in AOL May Be Impaired

From eWeek+Reuters: Google Inc's 5 percent stake in Time Warner Inc's AOL unit may be worth less than the $1 billion the Web company paid for it in 2006, Google warned in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

"We believe our investment in AOL may be impaired," Google said in its latest quarterly financial filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

ASUS to Launch S101 in September with 64GB SSD

From DailyTech: ASUS is the firm mostly responsible for kicking off the netbook trend with its Eee PC computers. The Eee PC at first was a small, lightweight netbook that ran on Linux and was intended mostly for surfing the net, listening to music, and chatting with friends.

Google Gadgets an open door for attack

From InfoWorld: Gadget lovers were dealt a blow on Wednesday when two researchers outlined what they called a "hole" during a Black Hat presentation.

Qimonda in talks with Elpida on joint manufacturing

From EETimes: A Qimonda spokesperson acknowledged media reports that the company is in talks with technology partner Elpida over possible joint manufacturing activities.

Less Than Half PayPal's Revenue to Come From eBay by Year's End

From DailyTech: PayPal President Scott Thompson announced at RBC Capital Markets conference Wednesday that by the end of the year, less than half PayPal's revenue will come from eBay buyers and sellers. Rather, the majority will now come from PayPal's Merchant Services.

OCZ Proposes to Install 8GB, 16GB Memory into Desktop PC

From X-bit Labs: Just in case someone thought that 4GB of memory per desktop system is enough, there are memory modules that will provide 8GB or even 16GB of memory per system for those with no limits in mind.

OCZ Technology, a leading maker of memory modules, on Wednesday announced its new memory modules that will allow installation of 8GB or 16GB of memory into desktops based on Intel P45 chipset. Personal computers (PCS) equipped with 8GB or 16GB of memory will require 64-bit operating system and are not common these days, but when applications tend to be more demanding and 8GB of memory on a high-end system may not be seen as fantastic in several quarters from now, particularly in the workstation space.

“64-bit operating systems are becoming more mainstream and finally enable user memory to shed the 4GB limitation of 32-bit OS. Moreover, the latest multi-core systems are capable of simultaneous execution of highly complex workloads, each commanding its own virtual memory space. In that scenario, the only way of avoiding data collision without writing back to the hard disk is the migration towards super-high memory densities,” said Dr. Michael Schuette, vice president of technology development at OCZ Technology.

OCZ’s new 4GB PC2-6400 (DDR2 800MHz) memory modules will be available in 8GB and 16GB kits.

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Samsung, Microsoft in talks to speed up SSDs on Vista

From InfoWorld: Samsung isn't just pushing the envelope in storage capacity of SSDs (solid-state drives), it is also working with software makers to boost SSD performance on operating systems.

The company on Wednesday said it was in talks with Microsoft to improve the performance of SSDs on the Windows OS.

HP Considering Touchscreens for Next Mini-Note

From PC World: Hewlett-Packard is considering a range of new technologies for the next version of its popular 2133 Mini-Note netbook, including touchscreens.

"When we send out the Mini-Note to education it always comes back with a lot of finger prints on the screen," said Phil Devlin, manager of product marketing at HP's mobile business unit in the Asia Pacific, during a recent interview. That tells him people are looking for touchscreen technology.

Mozilla experiments with a universal content reader, Snowl

From CNET News.com: Mozilla has released a 0.1 version of Snowl (official blog post), an experimental add-in for Firefox that reads news and nanoblog feeds. It's an attempt to marry together the incoming separate content streams that many of us have feeding on to our desktops full time: News and blog stories via RSS, and social and personal communications from services like Twitter.

Three Internet Search Leaders Work Together on Code for Dealing with China

From DailyTech: Microsoft and Yahoo might not be able to agree on anything concerning a buyout of Yahoo's search service, but there is one thing the two companies can agree on -- a code of conduct for dealing with China is needed.

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