Microsoft gets big patent verdict overturned

From CNET News.com: A federal court on Tuesday reversed an earlier ruling that Microsoft's product activation technology infringed on another company's patent, overturning a $388 million verdict in the case.

In a ruling on Tuesday, the court vacated the earlier decision and decided the case in Microsoft's favor.

"We are pleased that the court has vacated the jury verdict and entered judgment in favor of Microsoft," Microsoft spokesman Kevin Kutz said in a statement.

Report: HP mulls merging printer, PC units

From CNET News.com: Hewlett-Packard is considering a reorganization that would see the company's printer unit combined with its personal computer business, according to a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday.

The plans, which are contingent on CEO Mark Hurd's final approval, would put both units under the leadership of Todd Bradley, the chief of the company's PC group, according to the report, which cited people close to the situation.

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Newegg Files $175M IPO

From DailyTech: Online retailer Newegg today announced plans to go public, filing for a $175 million IPO, according to an SEC filing.

Newegg is best known as a technology e-tailer, but has expanded of late to include other consumer electronics. Since launching in 2001, the company has been profitable every year, with $2.1 billion in sales in 2008. In 2007, the company saw $1.9 billion in sales, with the number expected to increase as Newegg expands its business.

Symantec Campaigns Against Free Antivirus

From Tom's Hardware: As we reported earlier today, Microsoft today released its final version of anti-malware software Security Essentials. It's free for Windows users and it'll take care of most of your viruses and spyware headaches.

At the price of nothing, it's an offer that’s hard to refuse. Of course, there are other free alternatives, such as Avast and AVG.

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Nvidia to Support GPGPU for HPC with Windows HPC Server 2008

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp., a leading developer of graphics processing units (GPUs), on Monday said that it had developed several GPGPU (general-purpose computing on GPU) applications compatible with Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system. This is the first time when a major GPU developer officially supports Windows HPC Server 2008 with its dedicated GPGPU platform.

Dell business laptop gets wireless battery charging

From InfoWorld: Dell introduced the Latitude Z business laptop, which includes a new wireless charging technology that could eventually find its way into other Dell systems, the company said on Tuesday.

Apple Pushes Unnecessary Software to Windows PCs

From PC World: Apple again used its software update tool to push a program that was previously not installed on a PC, according to Computerworld tests early Monday.

Later in the day, however, Apple removed the software from the update list.

Vodafone, too, will sell iPhone in U.K.

From CNET News.com: Vodafone will begin selling the iPhone in the U.K. early next year, the operator said Tuesday.

The news follows Orange's announcement Monday that it will start selling the iPhone. Unlike Vodafone, however, Orange will begin stocking the iPhone before year's end.

The announcements mark the end of O2's two-year exclusivity on Apple's popular handset.

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