AMD Readies Low-Power Server Platform

From X-bit Labs: For years Advanced Micro Devices has claimed that its central processing units (CPUs) for servers are more power-efficient compared to rivals from Intel Corp., however, while the latter offered specially-tailored low-power server platforms, AMD only relied onto its energy-efficient chips on standard platforms. But the things are going to change later this year when AMD launches its code-named Adelaide 2-way platform.

Adobe patches critical bug in Flash, Reader download tool

From InfoWorld: Adobe today patched a critical vulnerability in the Windows utility used to download the company's two most popular products, Adobe Reader and Flash Player.

It was the second time in the last six weeks that Adobe fixed a flaw in Download Manager, the program it installs on PCs when customers download Reader or Flash Player.

Apple Explains Sexy App Double Standard

From PC World: Apple's ban on sexy apps -- more than 5000 apps were removed from the app store over the weekend because they contained "overtly sexual content" -- has been making headlines, mostly because of the selectivity of the removal.

While Apple removed such risqué apps as Strip Simon and Video Strip Poker, apps from big-name companies such as Sports Illustrated and Playboy remain in the App Store -- the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit App is even featured on the front page.

Google nixing Nexus One event in Beijing?

From CNET News.com: Google's deteriorating relationship with the Chinese government is proving to be a real drag for software developers in that nation's capital.

Google execs convicted in YouTube Italy case

From CNET News.com: In the second hit of a one-two punch in Europe, an Italian court handed out guilty verdicts on Wednesday for three of four Google employees charged in a case concerning a 2006 YouTube video posted of a teenager with Down Syndrome.

Sony Shrinks PS3 OS, Gives Devs 70MB of Extra Memory

From DailyTech: The console wars are still raging with the Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3 all fighting for what money is left in the pockets of gamers during the recession. The three consoles are all selling, but some of the major companies are seeing profits drop significantly as demand softens.

Apple Says No to Good Ideas "Every Day", Predicts Netbooks' Demise

From DailyTech: Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook delivered a rather interesting Q&A session at a Goldman Sachs tech conference on Tuesday. In it he reaffirmed Apple's assertion that its floundering Apple TV product is really just "a hobby". He also offered some insight into how product development works in Cupertino and said that Apple has no qualms with rejecting good ideas "every day".

SanDisk Offers SSDs with 10 Years Warranty

From X-bit Labs: SanDisk Corp., a leading producer of flash memory-based products, on Tuesday said it had started shipments of its new solid-state drives. But while the new SSDs offer ten-years limited warranty, they only boast, according to the maker, with performance of 7200rpm-class hard disk drives.

Apple to Port iPhone Operating System to New Platforms

From X-bit Labs: Consumer electronics manufacturer Apple apparently has big plans for its iPhone operating system going forward. A recent job posting revealed that Apple was looking forward a software engineer with knowledge of hardware design to port Apple iPhone OS to new types of devices.

Amazon and Microsoft Sign Cross-License Deal

From X-bit Labs: Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Amazon, the world’s largest Internet store.

The agreement provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio and covers a broad range of products and technology, including coverage for Amazon’s Kindle, which employs both open source and Amazon’s proprietary software components, and Amazon’s use of Linux-based servers.

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