Sprint outsources network to Ericsson

From CNET News.com: Sprint Nextel will outsource its network to Ericsson in a seven-year deal valued at $4.5 billion to $5 billion.

The deal, announced Thursday, allows Sprint to offload the costs associated with running its network. Sprint will transfer 6,000 employees to Ericsson.

Ericsson will now handle all the day-to-day operations and maintenance. The transfer of the network and the employees that go with them is set to happen by the end of the third quarter.

Microsoft's Office head talks Google and more

From CNET News.com: Microsoft will bow to reality with Office 2010, adding browser-based versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote. But, in an interview this week, the head of Microsoft's Business Division says that there is still plenty of life in the full version.

The Big Fat Articles Roundup!!

It's been quite a few days since we've did this. Time to post them all!

AT&T Fires Back Against Antitrust Criticism

From DailyTech: AT&T has fired back against government criticism, led by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), which says the current wireless industry in the United States is anti-competitive and bad for consumers.

"The popularity of the iPhone and its innovative features and applications has provoked an unprecedented competitive reaction," AT&T Senior VP of legislative affairs James Cicconi said in a letter to Kohl.

What Chrome OS has on Windows that Linux doesn't

From CNET News.com: Google's Chrome OS isn't the first operating system to challenge Microsoft Windows' commanding lead. But it's got an advantage that other rivals such as Linux lacked: the Web.

Any new operating system must attract the developers who produce the applications to make it useful. The trouble Windows challengers have had is matching the wide spectrum of software available for Windows already.

DirectX targeted in Microsoft security updates

From CNET News.com: Microsoft said on Thursday that it will issue six security updates on Patch Tuesday next week, including a critical one that will fix two outstanding holes in DirectX that have been targeted in attacks.

In May, Microsoft announced that there had been attacks against a DirectX vulnerability that could allow someone to take complete control of a computer using a maliciously crafted QuickTime file.

Google image search gets usage rights filtering

From CNET News.com: In an effort to keep people from incorrectly reusing or repurposing images found on its image search tool, Google has added new options that let users filter results by usage rights. Users can now filter photos by whether they're available for reuse, commercial reuse, reuse with modification, or commercial use with modification.

Acer Chief: There Are Too Many PC Companies

From Tom's Hardware: Acer's chief executive Gianfranco Lanci expressed in a recent interview that he feels that there is too much competition in the PC market. More specifically, he believes that fewer players in the PC making market would lead to greater profits.

While that may sound like Business 101, Lanci took his insight further by saying that companies such as Acer need to look at buying out other computer companies in order to become more profitable.

Windows 7 'family pack' pricing revealed

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will price a multi-license "family pack" for Windows 7 at $149.99, according to at least one online retailer that has posted pricing details prematurely.

Fadfusion.com, a Missouri-based online seller of computers, electronics and office supplies, lists something called "W7 Family Pack - Home Prem Upg" on its site for $138.99, an $11 discount from the $149.99 it claims is the package's suggested retail price.

Report: Price Hikes Killing SSD Sales for Laptops

From PC World: Surging prices for NAND flash memory have hurt what was a promising market for solid-state disk (SSD) drives in laptops this year, according to market research by iSupply Corp.

In a report on whether rising flash component prices are curbing SSD adoption, iSuppli said the price of a 16Gbit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chip rose to $4.10 in the second quarter of this year, representing a $1.80 (or 127%) price increase from the final quarter of 2008.

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