IBM Investing $360M in Cloud Computing Center

From eWeek: The newest IBM cloud computing center will be located at IBM's Research Triangle Park facility in North Carolina and will allow IBM to offer a cloud computing infrastructure and services to customers.

IBM is investing $360 million to build a new cloud computing center in North Carolina that promises to deliver cloud services and infrastructure to a new range of customers.

McAfee to buy data protection vendor Reconnex

From InfoWorld: Looking to expand its range of data protection products, McAfee said Thursday that it will acquire Reconnex, a maker of data protection appliances and software.

McAfee expects to close the $46 million cash acquisition by the end of September and will roll the products into its data protection business unit, where they will be sold under the McAfee Adaptive Protection brand name.

India's 3G Spectrum Policy Allows Foreign Bids

From PC World: The Indian government on Friday announced its guidelines for auction of 3G (third generation) spectrum in the country, allowing foreign bidders with experience in offering 3G mobile services to participate.

The government is allotting spectrum in the 2.1GHz band for 3G services, India's Minister for Communications, A. Raja, told reporters in Delhi on Friday.

Acer Revises Down Aspire One Netbook Shipment Target

From PC World: Component supply problems and software development delays caused Acer to delay the launch of its Aspire one netbook by a month, leading it to revise down its shipment target for this year.

The world's third-largest PC vendor now expects to ship 5 million to 6 million Aspire ones in 2008, down from a previous estimate of 5 million to 7 million, said Gianfranco Lanci, CEO of Acer, during a conference call.

Nokia Cuts Phone Prices

From PC World: Nokia, the world's top cell phone maker, cut prices of many of its phones by up to 10 percent in late July, with the steepest cuts in music and media phones, according to market data and industry sources.

The price cuts from the Finnish manufacturer, which controls 40 percent of the cellphone market, will put further pressure on its smaller rivals like Sony Ericsson , who has focused on music and camera phones.

'Scrabulous' gets a nip-tuck, returns as 'Wordscraper'

From CNET News.com: In the high school cafeteria of Facebook apps, Scrabulous is like that girl who gets in trouble for showing too much skin, only to throw on a hoodie and be let back into the principal's good graces. Sort of. The game has effectively returned, but with a redesigned board, a few original play options, a different points tabulation system, and a new name, Wordscraper.

LG Blu-ray box to get streaming video from Netflix

From CNET News.com: Netflix fans will soon have another new option for watching movies.

On Thursday, the company made famous by sending DVDs to consumers via snail mail announced, in conjunction with LG Electronics, the imminent availability of a Blu-ray disc player that will also allow Netflix subscribers to view streaming video of movies and TV shows.

Hitachi Unveils New CinemaStar Hard Drives

From DailyTech: Hitachi announced a pair of new hard drives today in its CinemaStar family. The new drives include the CinemaStar 7K1000.B and the CinemaStar 5K320. Both of the CinemaStar drives are aimed at use inside digital video recorders (DVRs).

The CinemaStar 7K1000.B ranges in capacity from 160GB to 1TB of storage and spins at 7,200 RPM. The drive is a 3.5-inch SATA unit that sounds very similar to the Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000.B announced earlier in July.

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Intel working on third generation of Classmate PCs

From InfoWorld: Intel will announce details of the next generation of Classmate PCs soon, with new hardware and software that will make the laptops more user-friendly, the company said Wednesday.

Intel declined to provide specific details on the updated hardware and software features, but the new laptops will be announced in "a month or so," said Agnes Kwan, an Intel spokeswoman. The company also declined to provide more specific shipping or pricing information.

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