EU Fines Intel $1.44 Billion in Antitrust Case

From PC World: The European Commission Wednesday found Intel guilty of antitrust violations in the market for PC microprocessors and fined it $1.44 billion.

Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said that the antitrust action is primarily designed to protect consumers. "Intel has harmed millions of EU consumers," she said, adding that the large fine meted out should "therefore come as no surprise".

Intel: Some Netbook resellers saw 30% return rate

From CNET News.com: Netbooks had a rocky start last year in some markets, Intel's marketing chief said at the Intel investor meeting Tuesday.

Report: Consumers Still Prefer DVDs, Blu-ray Over Digital Content

From DailyTech: Even though it seems interest in digital content has increased over the past few months, research from the NPD Group reveals consumers in the United States are more interested in purchasing DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

AMD Gained Market Share in Q1 2009

From DailyTech: AMD has been having a rough fiscal year with significant losses, but the chipmaker is trying everything to return to profitability. The company spun off its foundry operations this year and last week AMD announced that it was merging its CPU and GPU operations into a single department.

Samsung Launching 32GB Embedded Memory Card Built With 30nm-Class NAND

From DailyTech: Samsung Electronics has announced that it is shipping its 32GB moviNAND embedded memory card, built using a 30nm-class NAND manufacturing process. High density embedded memory cards are used to improve the performance of high-end multimedia phones and other mobile consumer electronics, especially when processing and storing large amounts of multimedia content such as videos, video games, and TV broadcasts.

Intel Grants $12M in Multicore Graphics Research

From PC World: Intel on Tuesday said it was granting US$12 million over five years to Saarland University in Germany to research graphics technologies.

The funds will be used to form the Intel Visual Computing Institute, where researchers will investigate the use of multiple computing cores to create realistic graphics, said Megan Langer, a company spokeswoman.

Adobe beams up new Strobe video framework

From CNET News.com: As part of the Streaming Media East conference in New York, Adobe has unveiled "Strobe," the "open framework" for its Flash video player that the company first announced last month. It's expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

Since you were probably wondering: No, Adobe is not tweaking the pronunciation of "Strobe" so that it rhymes. Thank goodness.

Intel creates European visual-computing center

From CNET News.com: Intel said Tuesday that it is investing $12 million in a visual-computing research center in Europe. This comes as Intel prepares to bring out its first graphics chip in more than a decade by early next year.

Opening Tuesday, the Intel Visual Computing Institute is located at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. The company says the center "will explore advanced graphics and visual computing technologies."

Microsoft patches critical PowerPoint hole

From CNET News.com: Microsoft on Tuesday released a patch aimed to fix a critical vulnerability in PowerPoint that had already led to exploits.

The vulnerability is listed as critical for Office 2000, but rated only as important for Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. However, the hole had already formed the basis of targeted attacks, prompting Microsoft to issue a warning last month.

Microsoft introduces new Geneva beta

From CNET News.com: Microsoft introduced the second beta of its Geneva identity-management server platform on Monday, with new features including compatibility with SharePoint 2007 and Microsoft Federation Gateway.

The announcement was made at Microsoft's TechEd conference, which is being held in Los Angeles this week. The first beta was announced in October 2008, with a final release scheduled for the second half of 2009.

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