Update: Intel Confirms SSD Data Corruption Issue, Suspends Shipments Pending Firmware Update

From DailyTech: A lot of excitement and demand has been built up for Intel's second generation SSDs which use 34nm NAND flash chips produced through a joint venture with Micron. There is a slight reduction in latency, but the big news at launch was the massive price cuts that Intel was introducing.

However, Intel has confirmed that it is delaying shipments of its new SSDs due to a data corruption issue affecting all of the new drives.

Nikon Unveils D300S and D3000 D-SLR Cameras

From DailyTech: Nikon has announced new D-SLR cameras today including the new D300S and the D3000. The D3000 D-SLR from Nikon is hailed as the simplest and most accessible D-SLR to date. The camera is a D-SLR for those who just want to use automatic settings, which seems contrary to the reason for buying a D-SLR to begin with.

Taiwanese DRAM Makers to Bundle DDR2 and DDR3 Memory

From X-bit Labs: In an attempt to stimulate demand towards DDR2 memory, unnamed Taiwan-based producers of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) plan to sell bundles consisting of both DDR2 and DDR3 memory chips. If the information is correct, this may close the gap between pricing of DDR2 and DDR3.

Intel: New Atom chips set for release later this year, on time

From InfoWorld: Intel said on Wednesday that it will deliver new Atom chips on time later this year, rejecting a report that the chips have been delayed until 2010.

At least one report Tuesday said Intel had delayed the release of its new Atom platform, Pine Trail-M, which includes Atom chips based on a new architecture. The platform integrates a graphics processor and memory controller onto the Atom processor.

Yahoo China Missing From Microsoft Search Deal

From PC World: The search tie-up between Yahoo and Microsoft does not affect Yahoo's China properties, which are controlled by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, the group said Thursday.

It was not immediately clear if Microsoft would seek a separate deal with Alibaba regarding Yahoo's China search engine, but the statement announcing the partnership between the two U.S. companies billed it as "global."

WSJ: Apple to attend CES 2010

From CNET News.com: We've heard lots of speculation about the possibility of Apple attending the massive CES trade show in January, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting straight out that Apple plans to attend.

Windows 7 OEM Master Key Leaked, Can Activate Any OEM Build

From DailyTech: While software leaks are inevitable, Windows 7 has been particularly leaky during the course of its development. Hot on the heels of the leaks of near-RTM builds onto the internet, a new Windows 7 package has leaked -- an active copy of Ultimate edition.

ATI Preps Radeon HD 4860 – Rumours

From X-bit Labs: Even though there are numerous graphics cards based on ATI RV770 graphics processing units available, Advanced Micro Devices has so far been reluctant to utilize more advanced ATI RV790 graphics chip to power non-ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards. Nevertheless, according to unofficial information, the company will use the chip for its model 4860.

GlobalFoundries signs STMicro as first non-AMD customer

From InfoWorld: Advanced Micro Devices spin-off GlobalFoundries announced STMicroelectronics as a new customer on Wednesday, forging ahead in its effort to diversify manufacturing efforts over multiple customers.

Apple: Jailbreaking Could Knock out Transmission Towers

From PC World: Apple has told the U.S. Copyright Office that modifying the iPhone's operating system could crash a mobile phone network's transmission towers or allow people to avoid paying for phone calls.

The claims are Apple's contribution to the Copyright Office's regular review of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a law that forbids the circumvention of copy control mechanisms.

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