IBM Sets up Top-end Business Analytics Center in India

From PC World: IBM has set up a center in Bangalore that will focus on offering high-end expertise to the business analytics market worldwide.

The center, called the Business Analytics Center of Competency, will have over 200 consultants in the area of business analytics who will interact with customers worldwide, said Simon Thomas, service line leader at IBM India for the global delivery of business analytics and optimization services.

Mozilla's e-mail group looks toward the cloud

From CNET News.com: For almost all of its existence, Mozilla Messaging has been known for Thunderbird--e-mail software with the traditional view that a person's PC is the center of their computing existence.

Early Windows 7 Retail Box Sales Up 234% Compared to Vista

From DailyTech: While Apple seems to be content with "going negative" when it comes to commercials touting its computing products, Microsoft has taken a different route with Windows 7. Apple has focused more on bashing Windows 7 (and the faults of its predecessors) rather than focus on the main strengths of the OS X platform. Microsoft, on the other hand, has created positive ads which tout the new features in Windows 7.

Netbook Hackintosh Markers Rejoice: Apple Restores Intel Atom Support

From DailyTech: Apple has long opted for a system of closed computer hardware, disallowing third party OS X computers. Nonetheless, small companies retailing cheaper OS X boxes have continually popped up, the latest of which is Psystar. Legal pressure from Apple has typically succeeded in eventually killing such companies, but it typically isn't long before a new one pops up.

Intel Denies Larrabee Negotiations with Add-In-Card Makers

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. on Wednesday said that the unofficial information about private talks between Paul Otellini, chief executive of Intel, and makers of graphics cards in regards of the forthcoming Larrabee graphics processing unit (GPU).

“The story is completely untrue. All of it is made up,” said Nick Knupffer, a spokesman for Intel.

Super Talent Readies First USB 3.0 Flash Drives

From X-bit Labs: Super Talent Technology is the first with USB 3.0 flash drives. Such a pity that the new drives will not be able to show off their high-speed potential on contemporary personal computers. But that is the price for being the first: for many, the extra performance seems useless.

Verizon's Droid tethering option comes with hefty price tag

From InfoWorld: Verizon has confirmed that customers will have the option of connecting a laptop to their new Motorola Droid smartphones, on sale tomorrow, using the phone as a wireless modem. The carrier won't say exactly when customers can do this tethering but they are exact about what it will cost: typically, an extra $30 per month, doubling Droid-related data fees.

Mozilla Plans Major Firefox Interface Overhaul

From PC World: Mozilla plans to overhaul the look and feel of Firefox for Windows, a redesign that will resemble Google's Chrome in several key elements, according to screenshots and discussions on the open-source developer's Web site.

Google unveils search tool for retail sites

From CNET News.com: Google introduced a new Commerce Search tool for retailers on Wednesday to try to make the online shopping experience easier for consumers as the holidays approach.

According to Google, Web users spend an "average of just eight seconds" on a retail site before deciding whether to stay. With that in mind, Commerce Search aims to improve search on retailers' individual sites.

Verizon offers prepaid wireless service for laptop users

From CNET News.com: Verizon Wireless on Thursday said it will offer customers who want Internet access on-the-go a prepaid wireless broadband option for their laptops.

The new services will be bundled with the Verizon Wireless USB760. They will operate on laptops running Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. The modem will be sold at Verizon Wireless Communications stores and at Best Buy locations beginning November 16.

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