NC Pushes for $300M USD Apple Tax Break in Hopes of Economic Boost

From DailyTech: As one of the most financially successful companies in this recession economy, Apple makes a popular target for taxation. However, recession stricken North Carolina plans to go the opposite route, hoping to lure a huge Apple server farm into the state in exchange for a massive tax break that could total as much as $300M USD over its lifetime.

How useful is a GPS to you?

Can't live without one
16% (24 votes)
Nice to have. Convenient system. I don't rely on it though.
69% (104 votes)
I use a map, yo. Maybe a compass.
15% (23 votes)
Total votes: 151

Researchers Find Way to Put 1.6 TB on a DVD

From Tom's Hardware: With hard drives hitting 2 TB, our dual-layer DVD burners are starting to look mighty limited. While Blu-ray Disc burners will be making their way into high-end computers soon, it won’t be long until even 50 GB seems puny.

Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 to See Price-Cuts in Q3 – GameStop

From X-bit Labs: GameStop Corp, a leading video game retailer, said during a conference call with financial analysts that it would expect Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. to reduce the pricing of the Wii and the PlayStation 3 video game systems in the third quarter of 2009. The retailer believes that economic environment as well as shipments projections will force both companies to reconsider their prices.

Amazon S3 lets customers ship big data

From InfoWorld: Amazon's S3 cloud storage service has a new option, called AWS Import/Export, for quickly uploading large amounts of information to its datacenters. It uses a well-developed, multimodal content delivery network that can transmit terabytes of data faster than a T-3 leased line.

Microsoft Cancels Antitrust Hearing in Europe

CES to expand Apple section

From CNET News.com: The Consumer Electronics Association, which hosts CES in Las Vegas every year, said Thursday that the trade show will expand its Apple section from 4,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet.

It's called the iLounge Pavilion and will be an exhibition area for products related to the Mac, iPod, and iPhone. This year, for the first time, there will also be a section for applications for use on Apple products.

Microsoft Fined $200M USD for Violating Open Source Patent

From DailyTech: In its early days Microsoft, oft ignored the open source movement, instead pushing for proprietary standards. However, more recently the company has made a practice of embracing open standards and then "extending" them in ways that tend to tie them to the Windows operating system, according to critics.

Acer Launches New Windows Home Server

From DailyTech: Acer has announced a new Aspire easyStore Home Server that allows families to access digital data from anywhere on the planet where they can get internet access. Acer says its product is designed for homes with multiple PCs and is intended to allow computers on a home network to have a centralized location for backups and other digital data.

Windows 7 Prices May Be Announced in Mid-June

From PC World: icrosoft will unveil pricing for Windows 7 in a few weeks, a Web site that has accurately predicted past company moves said today.

TechARP.com, a Malaysian Web site that correctly named the ship date of Internet Explorer 8 earlier this year and leaked details of an upcoming free Windows 7 upgrade program for users who buy Vista PCs after July 1, said that Microsoft will publicly announce prices for Windows 7 in mid-June.

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