AMD Readies “Thuban” Six-Core Desktop Processor

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices is preparing a desktop processor with six processing engines, sources familiar with the company’s plans revealed. The new central processing units (CPUs) will not be available this year, but are likely to boost performance of AMD’s desktop platforms sometime in 2010.

USB Implementers Initiate USB 3.0 Compliance and Certification Program

From X-bit Labs: The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) on Tuesday announced the availability of the USB 3.0 compliance and certification program. The program allows manufacturers to achieve certification and qualify to use the SuperSpeed USB logo by testing their products to ensure compliance to the USB 3.0 specification.

Microsoft Hyper-V still a work in progress, group says

From InfoWorld: Windows Server 2008 R2 will help Microsoft narrow the feature gap with virtualization products from VMware and Citrix Systems, but its new Hyper-V software still won't be "production-ready" for most enterprise applications, according to Burton Group.

The Zune is Dead, Long Live the Zune HD

From PC World: Microsoft has confirmed that it will be washing its hands of the Zune media player, discontinuing it once the touchscreen Zune HD launches.

WinSuperSite's Paul Thurott got word that all models of the original Zune will be phased out. The Zune HD rolls into town on September 15.

Gmail outage blamed on capacity miscalculation

From CNET News.com: Gmail was down from about 12:30 p.m. PDT Tuesday to about 2:30 p.m. PDT, affecting millions of Gmail customers who depend on the service for everything from fantasy football roster updates to business-critical information. The problem was caused by a classic cascade in which servers became overwhelmed with traffic in rapid succession.

Apple Rejects Torrent App, Approves Vonage App

From DailyTech: Just over a month ago Apple rejected Google Voice, a voice iPhone app that would allow international calling at reduced rates and free SMS text messaging. Apple claimed the rejection was not due to the voice functionality, but rather because the app replaced parts of the iPhone's interface.

Intel Champions Windows 7's Battery Life, Performance on Its Processors

From DailyTech: Microsoft and Intel senior executives met with members of the press in San Francisco to co-promote their flagship products. At the event Intel pushed the fact that it had extensively tweaked and designed its latest Wintel offerings, which are shipping this fall, to offer better performance in Windows 7 (Wintel, an amalgamation of Windows and Intel is often used to refer to PCs running the Microsoft OS's on Intel processors).

Nokia X6 is Stunningly Beautiful, Facebook Ready

From Mashable.com: Finnish mobile giant Nokia has introduced several new mobile devices at the Nokia World conference held in Stuttgart, Germany. Judging by its amazing design, Nokia X6 is the highlight of the lot: it will definitely make heads turn, but it’s quite powerful when it comes to features, too.

Oracle 11g R2 makes its debut

From InfoWorld: Oracle on Tuesday is launching version 11g Release 2 of its database, about two years after the initial version hit the market.

The new release is the product of some 1,500 developers and 15 million hours of testing, according to Mark Townsend, vice president of database product management.

It's Official: eBay Sells Skype for $1.9 Billion

From PC World: It's official: eBay has sold Skype to a group of private investors for $1.9 billion, the company announced on Tuesday. That consortium of private investors now owns 65 percent of the Internet-based calling business.

The news comes as no surprise. Late last week, TechCrunch was already hinting at an investor group making a play for Skype, and the New York Times confirmed the speculation earlier today in another report.

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