Apple Enters AT&T vs. Verizon Ad War

From PC World: In a battle between AT&T and Verizon Wireless that never seems to end, AT&T's partner Apple now appears to be getting into the mix with two retaliatory iPhone TV ad that air Monday night. The ads comes hot on the heels of AT&T's TV ad campaign that aimed to "set the record straight" around Verizon's "there's a map for that" campaign.

Major Intel chip upgrade coming to new Netbooks

From CNET News.com: Intel is set to announce the biggest makeover for its Atom processor since it was introduced back in the spring of 2008. And PC makers are ready with new Netbook models, some due before the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Firefox hopes to one-up IE with fast graphics

From CNET News.com: Last week, Microsoft showed off some browser technology that could help Internet Explorer leapfrog the competition. But if Mozilla succeeds in its hope, Microsoft could be playing catch-up instead.

HP Announces Quarterly Earnings

From DailyTech: Computer companies are still facing a tough road despite the signs that the economy is turning around. More and more consumers are moving away from more expensive notebooks and desktops to low cost netbook computers which bring the average selling price of machines down.

OCZ Prepares USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive For CES

From DailyTech: When most people think of USB flash drives, the image that comes to mind is a small, compact device with a USB connector sticking out.

The company is announcing a new partnership with Symwave, a silicon supplier for SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices, and the first prototype isn't what you'd expect. OCZ has created a large, flat, external Solid State Drive with a USB 3.0 slot. It will connect through a cable to computers with a USB 3.0 interface.

Windows 8 by 2012 as Shown on Microsoft Slide

From Tom's Hardware: Windows 7 is the fresh face of Microsoft right now (aside from Steve Ballmer, who also has quite the face), but it seems that the reign of the latest Windows won't last much longer than just a few years.

According to Windows Roadmap slides found by Msftkitchen at PDC 2009, the next major release of Windows is due in 2012.

As can be seen in the slide below, listed under "~2010" is "Major Release" for "Code Name 'Windows 8'".

Ebay Completes Skype Sell Off

From X-bit Labs: Ebay on Friday announced that it has successfully completed the previously announced sale of its Skype communications unit in a deal valuing the business at $2.75 billion. Skype originally paid about $3.1 billion for Skype back in 2005 – 2006. However, the transaction is considered to be one of the biggest fiasco in the tech world.

ATI Seeks Its Best to Ensure More Radeon HD 5-Series Supplies – Company

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices, is making its best to ensure the highest possible supply of the latest ATI Radeon HD 5700- and 5800-series. But Chris Hook, a representative for AMD, claims that limited supplies of high-end and mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards is something that is about to end.

iPhone owners demand to see Apple source code

From InfoWorld: iPhone owners charging Apple and AT&T with breaking antitrust laws asked a federal judge this week to force Apple to hand over the iPhone source code, court documents show.

The lawsuit, which was filed in October 2007, accuses Apple and AT&T of violating antitrust laws, including the Sherman Act, by agreeing to a multi-year deal that locks U.S. iPhone owners into using the mobile carrier.

Report: Microsoft May Pay News Corp. to Delist From Google

From PC World: Microsoft has discussed paying News Corp. to remove its news Web sites from Google's search results and list them on its Bing search engine instead, The Financial Times reported Sunday on its Web site.

Microsoft also approached other major online publishers about removing their sites from Google, the report said.

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