Redbox, like Netflix, agrees to sales-only window

From CNET In a multiyear distribution agreement sure to spark controversy among users of Redbox Automated Retail machines, the video rental kiosk operator has agreed to refrain from renting newly released Warner Bros. DVDs for a period of 28 days.

Microsoft issues new Outlook social-network link

From CNET In a move to marry its old-school Office product with the newer trends of the Net, Microsoft issued beta software Wednesday that brings social-network information into Outlook.

Android Phones Will Get Firefox Fennec in Late 2010, WinPhone 7 May be Next

From DailyTech: The Android mobile operating system may get a boost late this fall from Mozilla, which is developing a mobile version of Firefox (dubbed Fennec) for the Google handset OS. The Open Handset Alliance, the group comprised of Google and other mobile phone companies, made the browser possible by recently releasing an NDK (native development kit) which allowed native C/C++ code to be incorporated into apps for the first time.

Google Shows Off Translation Software for Android at MWC 2010

From DailyTech: Android was slowly adopted by most phone makers when it first launched. It took a while for the bugs to be worked out of the first handset that ran the android OS, but today Android is gaining traction in the smartphone market. There are more handsets being unveiled every day running Android making it one of the most popular mobile operating systems around.

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Google Readies Flash for Android Devices

From PC World: Google will soon add the capability to play Flash videos to its Android mobile phone OS, Google product manager Eric Tseng announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The move will allow Google to differentiate its platform from Apple's iPhone, which does not support Flash, and Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 Series software, which will not support Flash in its first version.

Deal brings Skype to Verizon 3G phones

From CNET Skype and Verizon announced a partnership Tuesday to bring the Internet-calling technology to a number of 3G BlackBerry and Android phones starting in March.

Apple Begins Banning iPhone Hackers From iTunes

Google Checkout gets a new boss

From CNET Google might be ready to get its Google Checkout service in line with the hiring of a new executive to oversee the division.

The New York Times reported that Google has hired former eBay executive Stephanie Tilenius as vice president of commerce, with marching orders to look over Google Checkout. Tilenius, who worked on eBay's PayPal product while at the company, would seem a natural fit for the position.

AMD’s Twelve-Core Microprocessors Available for Sale

From X-bit Labs: Oakville Mehlville Computers, a maker of custom servers and workstations from Missouri, has started to sell twelve-core AMD Opteron 6174 microprocessors for servers at an Ebay auction. The chips are not officially launched yet, even though the processors do not look like engineering samples and may belong to the first mass-production batch of twelve-core chips.


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