Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7

From CNET News.com: It turns out it is not just Internet Explorer that users will be able to turn off in Windows 7.

In a blog posting on Friday, Microsoft noted that, with Windows 7, customers will have the option of disabling a number of features of the operating system, should they so choose.

Apple denies second round of layoff rumors

From CNET News.com: For the second time in a week, Apple has denied rumors that it has laid off workers.

On Friday, Valleywag reported that a tipster informed it of layoffs in the Mac Gardware and Pro Applications group, describing Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters as having "lots of security around" and saying "it seems like a lot" of employees were affected. Earlier in the week Valleywag published a similar report that 50 sales employees were laid off from Apple.

AMD Delays Bulldozer Processors to 2011

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices on Thursday said that the company had reset plans for the launch if its new micro-architecture code-named Bulldozer and the first truly next-generation processors will only emerge in 2011. This slightly contradicts the optimism caused by comments of the company’s chief executive officer, who promised to “ramp up” the first chips produced at 32nm node in mid-2010.

Smartphones Set to Double Market Share by 2013 – Analysts

From X-bit Labs: By 2013, smartphones will double their share of all cell phones to about 20%, reports In-Stat market research firm. Global smartphone growth this year will be strong globally, but even stronger in the U.S. market.

At present smartphones command about 10% of global handsets, but almost one-third of In-Stat’s survey respondents plan to obtain a smartphone the next time they upgrade their current phone.

Google Share of China Search Market Inches up in 2008

From PC World: Google's share of Internet search in China moved up a hair last year, statistics from the government's number cruncher show, indicating the company continues to struggle against market leader Baidu.

Google captured 16.6 percent of Chinese search engine users last year, up from 14.3 percent the year before, China's domain registry center said in a report dated Thursday.

Report: Firefox buggier, but issued fixes quicker

From CNET News.com: Mozilla reported more vulnerabilities in its Firefox Web browser last year than Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera combined, but Mozilla dealt with those flaws quicker than Microsoft, according to a new a report by vulnerability-testing company Secunia.

Google CEO Says Company is Letting Cash "Pile Up"

From DailyTech: Google is sitting on a big pile of cash while many of its competitors are burning through their cash surpluses, trying to weather the rough economy. Many have speculated that the company is saving up to make a big acquisition. Others hope that Google might start paying a dividend to its shareholders. Not so, says Google's at-times outspoken CEO Eric Schmidt.

Asus Phasing Out 7-inch, Not 8.9-inch Eee PC

From Tom's Hardware: Asus chairman Jonney Shih reiterated that the company would shift its focus most heavily on the 10-inch offerings. Shih also denied the Digitimes report from February saying that Asus would be ditching the 8.9-inch models. Instead, it’ll be the 7-inchers that’ll get snipped.

Google Expands Its Ads

YouTube Wants to Kill MTV Once and For All

From PC World: One of YouTube's main attractions is the plethora of music videos available for instantaneous viewing -- it's a modern-day MTV without the reality shows and attempts to regain coolness. The problem is, those videos are locked under copyright and aren't making money for the labels or artists when played for free, so they're often yanked from the site and become available only in grainy, bootlegged iterations.

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