Apple Updates White MacBook to Aluminum Version Specs

From DailyTech: When Apple updates its products or even sets a date for a press conference, the tech world and fans of Apple hardware around the world listen up. For a long time if you wanted an aluminum notebook from Apple, you had to pony up for the larger MacBook Pro.

Seagate to issue fixes for troublesome hard drives

From InfoWorld: Seagate will issue fixes soon for faulty firmware that is causing several models of the company's hard drives to freeze, it said Wednesday.

The models due for a fix are the Barracuda 7200.11, DiamondMax 22 and the SV35, said company spokesman Ian D. O'Leary.

On Friday, Seagate posted new firmware for the Barracuda ES.2, another model also affected by the problems.

Microsoft delays Vista SP2, says report

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has delayed Windows Vista SP2 (Service Pack 2) by at least a month, and will now ship it to manufacturing sometime in May or June, according to a Web site that has accurately predicted Windows release dates in the past.

Sony to Shut Japan TV Plant, Cut Financial Forecast

From PC World: Sony will disclose on Thursday how a restructuring plan announced in December will hit its domestic operations in Japan, the Nikkei business daily reported Thursday morning.

Yahoo tries harder to screen out spam

From CNET News.com: Yahoo has signed a deal with start-up Abaca to help curtail spam on Yahoo Mail and has begun using Return Path technology to let companies know when and why their legitimate e-mail is being blocked.

Mark Risher, Yahoo's "anti-spam czar," described the move on the Yahoo Mail blog on Tuesday. He also described other efforts to cut down on spam:

Intel to close plants, up to 6,000 workers affected

From CNET News.com: Intel said on Wednesday it will close chip plants to align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. Between 5,000 and 6,000 employees will be affected.

The world's largest chipmaker will halt production at five "older" factories.

Apple soars past first-quarter earnings expectations

From CNET News.com: Apple reported first-quarter earnings significantly higher than analysts had expected coming off a disappointing holiday season for most tech companies, but provided its usual conservative guidance.

Corsair Enters SSD Market With 128 GB SSD

From Tom's Hardware: Although an official announcement has yet to be made, it would appear Corsair has entered into the SSD market. Appearing recently at e-retailers, Corsair's new S128 SSD features 128 GB of storage capacity and modest sequential read and write speeds of 90 MB/s and 70 MB/s, respectively. It has yet to be seen if Corsair will offer SSDs in other capacities.

Intel Possibly to Lose Money in Q1 After 21 Years of Profitability – Company

From X-bit Labs: After twenty one years of profitability, Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of chips and also one of the richest companies in the high-technology industry, may report a loss for the first quarter of its fiscal 2001, the company’s chief executive has reportedly said in a confidential memo send to the company’s employees.

AMD Quietly Cuts Prices of Phenom II Processors amid Demand Slump

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices was quick enough to respond to Intel Corp.’s recent price-cut on select quad-core and dual-core processors with its own price-slash on AMD Phenom II central processing units that have been available for only two weeks now. The world’s second largest maker of x86 chips reduces pricing not only because of Intel, but also because the demand towards high-tech products is falling globally.

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