Articles Roundup: June 18, 2010

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HTC Tries to Kill Top Android ROM Site

From DailyTech: Apple is well known for its battles against George Hotz, the iPhone Dev Team, and legions of other iPhone hackers. By contrast Android's team members -- Google and hardware partners (HTC, Motorola, Samsung, etc.) have taken a much more hands off approach, even as hackers found ways to gain root access and install and port unavailable new builds of Android.

Verizon May Introduce Tiered Pricing

From PC World: Verizon may follow in AT&T's footsteps and introduce tiered, limited data plans this year, Businessweek reports.

Businessweek spoke with John Killian, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., on Thursday. Killian suggested that Verizon might move from unlimited data plans to tiered plans as 4G (fourth-generation) network technology gains traction.

Apple quietly adds anti-malware in Snow Leopard update

From CNET News.com: In the latest update to Snow Leopard, Apple included software to protect Mac computers from a Trojan horse that has been distributed by attackers disguised as iPhoto, but which opens a back door on the machine, security firm Sophos said on Friday.

When Apple released OS X 10.6.4 on Tuesday, the company said it addressed certain compatibility issues with VPN connections and other things, but failed to mention anything about adding an anti-malware update.

Intel Looking to Further Increase the Amount of Cache in Microprocessors

From X-bit Labs: Historically Intel Corp. has achieved remarkable density of cache inside its microprocessors, which allows it to pack in more SRAM memory than competitors while retaining decent size of the die. at the 2010 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits the world’s largest maker of central processors will reveal its attitude towards technologies that can make cache even more dense.

ATI: Low-End Graphics Cards Will Continue to Exist Even After Fusion Launch

From X-bit Labs: Even though performance and the amount of capabilities of integrated graphics processors (IGPs) that are either parts of core-logic sets or central processing units (CPUs) are constantly improving, there will always be a place for low-end standalone graphics processing units (GPUs), believes ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices.

Microsoft to add yet another smartphone OS this year

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will release a new mobile OS for enterprise handheld devices later this year, the company said Thursday. The Windows Embedded Handheld OS will come out later this year and be based on the Windows Mobile 6.5 technology, said David Kelley, product unit manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft, at an event in New York.

Broadcom Sets Its Sights on NFC Market With Acquisition

From PC World: Wireless chip maker Broadcom plans to acquire Innovision Research & Technology, which specializes in short-range data communication, for approximately US$47.5 million in cash, Broadcom said on Thursday.

Google Street View Wi-Fi Data Included Passwords and E-mail

From PC World: Wi-Fi traffic intercepted by Google's Street View cars included passwords and e-mail, according to the French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL)

CNIL launched an investigation last month into Google's recording of traffic carried over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, and has begun examining the data Google handed over as part of that investigation.

MySpace co-president Jason Hirschhorn departs

From CNET News.com: Following a report on TechCrunch, MySpace co-president Jason Hirschhorn has confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he's leaving the company after fewer than six months at the helm.

Hirschhorn, an MTV Networks and Sling Media veteran, had been at MySpace for just over a year, having previously served as chief product officer.

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