Catching the Buzz on the Facebook-Like Google Buzz

From DailyTech: Somewhere Mark Zuckerberg must be angrily screaming, because Google just stepped all over his company's toes. Google, ever expanding its web arsenal which has helped make it the world's largest search provider and the largest internet company, has unveiled a new service called Google Buzz, which is creating quite the... well... buzz.

NVIDIA Optimus Tech Makes Switching Between Internal Notebook GPUs Seamless

From DailyTech: For a while now, NVIDIA has been offering a graphics technology that allowed the user to change between a discrete GPU and an integrated GPU in their notebook computer. The user had to initiate the change when they wanted to use either GPU and many users simply never used the feature. The goal was to give the notebook user a powerful GPU when needed, but allow for a power sipping discrete GPU when battery life was the main goal.

Seagate Launching 600GB Server Drives With 2M Hour MTBF

From DailyTech: Solid state drives might be all the rage right now, but traditional magnetic-based storage still rules the roost. Many corporations are moving to a tiered storage approach utilizing SSDs, but they still require massive capacities at a relatively economical price.

26 Windows, Office holes patched in 13 bulletins

From CNET News.com: Microsoft fixed 26 vulnerabilities in 13 security bulletins as part of its Patch Tuesday, including critical ones for Windows that could be exploited to take control of a computer and one that has resided in the 32-bit Windows kernel since its release 17 years ago.

AMD: Graphics Processors to Accelerate Servers in Two Years

From X-bit Labs: The talks about graphics processors powering servers have been around for the last three years, but so far only a number of special-purpose supercomputers take advantage of graphics processing units (GPUs) and their extreme amount of cores. But in two years time the situation may become different, claims Advanced Micro Devices and GPUs may find themselves even inside mainstream servers

Barnes & Noble Nook Is Finally Available

From X-bit Labs: After several months of delays, Barnes & Noble on Monday announced availability of its highly-anticipated Nook electronic book reader. Starting the 10th of February, Nook devices will be available in B&N online and retail stores.

“We are excited to announce that Nook is now available online and will be in stock at the majority of our stores by mid-week – just in time for Valentine's Day,” a statement by Barnes & Noble reads.

LG, Samsung go social with latest phones

From InfoWorld: South Korea's two biggest cell phone makers previewed on Tuesday handsets they plan to unveil at next week's Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona.

Both phones feature full-screen touch panels on their face, Wi-Fi and close links with social networking services.

Cisco Picks up Where Starent Left off

From PC World: Cisco on Tuesday will show just how serious it is about mobile data with the introduction of its first product derived from its Starent acquisition, the ASR 5000.

The new platform for delivering mobile services, which is based on the Starent ST40, is being announced less than a week before the Mobile World Congress, one of the biggest wireless conventions in the world. Cisco will also use the conference to demonstrate the platform, which is available now.

Former Intel exec pleads guilty in Galleon case

From CNET News.com: A former Intel executive pleaded guilty on Monday to providing insider information to Galleon Group's founder, Raj Rajaratnam.

The case revolves around Rajaratnam, who founded the Galleon Group, a New York-based hedge fund that managed $7 billion in funds. In total, 22 people have been charged with criminal or civil charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Ten, including the Intel executive, have pleaded guilty to date.

Netflix says ISPs could threaten Web video

From CNET News.com: Netflix, the Web's hottest video rental service, is worried that bandwidth providers could abuse their position as the gatekeepers of Internet access to hamstring competing Web-video distributors.

As the Federal Communications Commission continues to consider proposals for Net neutrality regulations, Netflix recently asked the agency (PDF) to adopt rules that protect Web video fans from anti-competitive practices.

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