More states join iTunes tax debate

From CNET News.com: A growing number of states are considering taxing songs from iTunes to relieve their strained budgets, though at least one state may buck the trend in the hopes of appearing more tech-friendly.

A state legislator in North Dakota last week introduced a bill to explicitly exempt digital goods such as digital music or movies, digital books, or ringtones from the state's sales tax and use tax. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for next week.

Apple pulls MacBook graphics update

From CNET News.com: Apple has withdrawn a software update that was supposed to help MacBook owners deal with graphics issues, but that apparently failed to solve many of the problems.

AppleInsider spotted the disappearance of the update on Wednesday, after Apple had released it on Monday. The Web page that hosted the update has been removed from Apple's site, but a copy was available in Google's cache; missing the pertinent file, of course.

Google delays stock option exchange program

From CNET News.com: Googlers who want to revalue their underwater stock options will have to wait until Tuesday for the voluntary employee option exchange program to launch, Google said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that did not explain why.

Microsoft: More Zunes coming in 2009

From CNET News.com: Remember that teenage trick of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying, "I can't hear you"? That's how I felt on Thursday morning when I talked to Adam Sohn, the marketing director for Zune.

No retreat, baby, no surrender.

Every OEM Is Doing a Design Around Nvidia Ion – Nvidia’s Chief Executive

From X-bit Labs: The chief of Nvidia Corp. said in an interview that plenty of Nvidia Ion platform-based systems may be expected as original equipment manufacturers as original equipment makers are excited about it.

Intel to detail eight-core Xeon processor

From InfoWorld: Intel plans to detail an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next month, offering an early look at what appears to be the company's first eight-core chip.

Details of the Xeon processor that will be discussed during the Feb. 9 presentation are scarce. The ISSCC program only reveals that Intel executives will discuss an eight-core, 16-thread Xeon processor manufactured with a 45-nanometer process.

Nintendo "Baffles" Market, Cuts Profit Forecast by 33%

From PC World: Even Nintendo gets the blues, judging from the Wii-maker's latest counterintuitive financial announcement. In a shock reversal, the company has inexplicably slashed its full-year profit forecasts by 33 percent.

That certainly doesn't appear to jibe with sales figures, which peg Nintendo's hardware and software sales at second-to-none levels during most of 2008. Nintendo's third-quarter results alone were up 21 percent over the same period in 2007.

Chrome, Firefox face clickjacking

From CNET News.com: Google has acknowledged the flaw and is working toward a patch for Chrome versions 1.0.154.43 and earlier when running within Windows XP SP2 systems, according to SecNiche security researcher Aditya Sood.

Sood disclosed the flaw on Tuesday and has since posted a proof of concept on the Bugtraq vulnerability disclosure forum.

Bill to Delay DTV Switch Fails in U.S. House

From DailyTech: A bill passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate earlier this week to delay the scheduled DTV switch until June 12. The bill was introduced by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller. The move was also backed by President Obama and his staff.

Supporters of the delay, however, were dealt a crippling blow thanks to House Republicans according to MSNBC. The bill failed to pass a two-thirds majority and end up with 258 yes votes and 168 no votes.

Super Talent Releases SSD Upgrade for Asus Eee PC

From Tom's Hardware: Available in capacities of 16, 32 and 64 GB, the Super Talent SSDs feature a maximum read speed of 90 MB/s and a write speed of 55 MB/s. The drives utilize the SATA interface but are said by the company to be specifically designed for the Asus S101 Eee PC, and we’re uncertain if these drives would work with the rest of the Eee line.

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