Globalfoundries Aim at Leading Edge Customers – Chief Exec

From X-bit Labs: Globalfoundries, a manufacturing joint venture between Advanced Micro Devices and Advocated Technology Investment Company, claims that initially it would only target leading-edge customers with maximum requirements. Problem for the Globalfoundries is that it hardly has technologies to fight for advanced customers at this time.

HP Sees Early Signs of Stronger Demand for Consumer PCs

From PC World: Hewlett-Packard rolled out its Pavilion dv2 laptop in Singapore on Thursday, with company executives noting signs that some consumers are ready to resume spending on computers.

Best Buy: Quarter better than expected

From CNET News.com: Best Buy's fourth quarter was better than anticipated even though profits were down from a year ago amid an economic downturn. The company also noted that the quarter ended stronger than it began, indicating that consumer spending stabilized. And the Circuit City liquidation certainly didn't hurt Best Buy's cause.

Microsoft Looks to Maximize Revenue by Nixing Private Azure Hosting

From DailyTech: When Microsoft announced the release of its first cloud computing OS, Windows Azure, many Microsoft testers were predictably thrilled. The OS, while formative, seemed well equipped to bring the perks of Windows into a cloud computing world. Among the things some developers were hoping for was the ability to purchase licenses for Azure to run private clouds, creating revenue for new and existing businesses or saving money on local computing costs.

Windows Vista SP2 Hits RTM

From DailyTech: On the tails of the release of the Windows Vista SP2 Release Candidate to the masses, only a couple weeks later Microsoft has delivered the RTM Escrow build to its Connect beta testers. Microsoft had already released this build several days ago, reportedly, to its internal testers.

Apple to host WWDC in early June

From CNET News.com: Apple has set the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, to be held once again in San Francisco during June.

The company will host about 5,000 engineers in San Francisco's Moscone West convention center the week of June 8 through June 12, it confirmed Thursday. Some Apple developers were starting to get nervous that Apple had yet to confirm the dates in order for them to make travel plans.

Google cuts nearly 200 sales, marketing jobs

From CNET News.com: Google is eliminating about 200 sales and marketing jobs, the company said in a blog post Thursday, blaming the move on overlapping areas and overhiring during a more optimistic time.

Nvidia files 'Nehalem' countersuit against Intel

From : CNET News.comOn Thursday, Nvidia announced that it filed a countersuit against Intel in response to a filing by Intel last month alleging that a chipset license agreement does not extend to Intel's future-generation processors.

The action also seeks to terminate Intel's license to Nvidia's patent portfolio.

HP Expected to Roll Out AMD-based dv6z $599 Notebook

From Tom's Hardware: Just to recap, the Intel version of this laptop comes packing a 16-inch 1366 x 768 display, a Core 2 Duo processor, either 512 MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 or a 1 GB HD 4650 graphics, up to 500 GB of storage and up to 8 GB of RAM.

While the Intel-based currently costs $679.99, Engadget says the AMD-based dv6z will start at just $599.99. This price doesn’t include the $30 coupon at launch and the free HP DeskJet printer you can get via mail-in rebate.

Intel Rumoured to Have Aggressive Plans for Low-Cost Ultra-Thin Notebooks

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of microprocessors, seems to have rather serious intentions for the market of consumer-oriented thin-and-light notebooks and will provide massive discounts on low-voltage Core 2 mobile processors to large suppliers of personal computers.

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