Windows Live support via e-mail ends

From CNET Microsoft said on Wednesday that it is halting e-mail-based support for its suite of Windows Live services.

Instead, the company said users will have to go to online forums for help with issues. The move is effective Wednesday, Microsoft said.

In an e-mail, a Microsoft representative characterized the move as a positive.

Dell tablet said to be named 'Streak'

From CNET Though Dell didn't offer many details when it first introduced its forthcoming touch-screen tablet in January, we're learning more about it, bit by bit.

Engadget has posted two slides purported to be from internal Dell documents that show color options, a new name for the tablet, and content sources.

Apple Tried to Bully Sun With Lawsuit Threats in 2003

From DailyTech: Faced with the growing threat of the Android army of smartphones to its best-selling iPhone, Apple unleashed a litany of litigation to try to stop sales of the phones. Google is too powerful to attack head on, so instead Apple is trying to pick off the hardware makers, starting with HTC, makers of the Hero, MyTouch, and Nexus One. There are a lot of questions over whether Apple's barking up the wrong tree, however, given how broad and vague its patents seem.

New Blu-Ray Licensing Organization Initiates Operations

From X-bit Labs: Four companies – Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Thomson Licensing, Toshiba Corp. and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment this week announced that they have commenced a worldwide joint licensing program beginning on March 1, 2010 for Blu-ray (BD) and DVD patents essential for Blu-ray products, including BD products that incorporate DVD functionality.

Intel Readies Dual-Core Atom Processor for Netbooks

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. is reportedly preparing a dual-core Atom microprocessor for netbooks in a bid to further improve performance of ultra low-cost personal computers and improve competitive position on the market.

Microsoft skips patch for PowerPoint add-on

From InfoWorld: Microsoft fixed eight flaws in Windows and Office Tuesday, but passed on patching one Windows component because it cannot be automatically updated.

Facebook, Twitter Ready Location-Based Features

From PC World: Facebook and Twitter are preparing to flip the switch on features that will allow you to share your location with your friends at any time. Facebook is reportedly revving up to introduce the feature, while Twitter is ready to enable the changes on its site any moment now.

Google announces business app store for Google Apps

From CNET The Google Apps Marketplace will allow Google Apps users to purchase third-party applications to run atop the Google Apps suite, said Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering for Google. Developers will have to pay a one-time $100 fee to list their applications in the store, and Google will get a 20 percent cut of all applications sold through the store, he said.

Sun fended off Apple, Microsoft IP lawsuit threats

From CNET Revealing a bit of previously hush-hush history that's relevant today, Sun Microsystems' former chief executive said Tuesday that Apple CEO Steve Jobs threatened to sue Sun for infringing on its intellectual property (IP) in 2003 for a user interface design.

Steve Ballmer Offers a Few Kind Words for Apple's Highly Successful App Store

From DailyTech: After the launch of Apple's iPhone in 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously dismissed the threat that the smartphone could have on the market or its impact on Microsoft's then popular Windows Mobile operating system.


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