Microsoft explains how it missed critical IE bug

From InfoWorld: Microsoft Corp.'s developers missed a critical bug in Internet Explorer because they weren't properly trained and didn't have the right testing tools, a noted proponent of the company's secure code development process acknowledged last week.

The bug, which Microsoft patched last week with an emergency update, had gone undetected for at least nine years.

Microsoft Extends XP Shipments Until May

From PCWorld: Microsoft is giving system builders several more months to get Windows XP for their custom PCs, ensuring XP will be out in the marketplace until almost the scheduled release of Windows 7 in early 2010.

Microsoft confirmed Monday that it is offering a "flexible inventory program" that allows distributors and system builders to place their final orders for XP by the end of January, but have those orders delivered until May 30, 2009.

As Intel ships 160GB SSD, pricing nags buyers

From CNET News.com: Intel is now shipping 160GB solid-state drives as it vies with Samsung and Toshiba to deliver high-capacity SSDs that rival hard-disk drives in capacity. Price, however, remains a big obstacle for many consumers.

Lenovo to release ThinkPad laptop with 2 LCD screens

From InfoWorld: Lenovo Group Ltd. Friday announced the release of a ThinkPad laptop that takes the "desktop replacement" category of notebook PCs to a new level.

The ThinkPad W700ds appears to be the first laptop ever to sport two LCD screens -- a 17-inch primary and a 10.6-inch secondary screen.

Motherboard Manufacturer Abit Dead (Sort-of)

Nvidia bids to dislodge Intel as rivalry gets ugly

From CNET News.com: Although the Santa Clara, Calif., neighbors (located only a couple of miles from each other) have never really been on speaking terms, the rivalry is intensifying with the emergence of the Netbook--small, lightweight laptops priced below $500.

EA Layoffs Double in Size to 1,000 People

From DailyTech: Electronic Arts Inc. announced it will lay off 10% of its work force in a restructuring plan that includes a consolidation of facilities operated by EA. The majority of the restructuring will be completed by March 31, 2009. This announcement is a four percent increase from the six percent work force reduction EA announced on October 30, 2008.

How much are you paying per month for cell phone service? (USD)

$1-20
16% (29 votes)
$21-40
21% (38 votes)
$41-60
40% (74 votes)
$60+
23% (43 votes)
Total votes: 184

Articles Roundup December 20, 2008

Holiday Guide: Earphones @ TheTechLounge
M-Rock Zion 525 Camera Backpack Review @ Futurelooks
MSI GX720 & MSI GT735 @ InsideHW

Google issues first post-beta Chrome update

From InfoWorld: Only days after Google dropped the beta tag from its Chrome browser, the company issued an update that fixes more than 30 bugs.

Earlier this week, Google delivered Chrome 1.0.154.39, a developer-only build that has not been sent to all users through the browser's update mechanism. Chrome users, however, can reset the browser to receive all updates, including the developer editions, with the Channel Chooser utility .

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