Acer Is “Looking” At Nvidia Ion Platform

From X-bit Labs: Acer Group, the world’s third largest supplier of personal computers, is the first company to openly express interest towards Nvidia Ion platform aimed at low-cost systems running Intel Atom processor. Still, no actual plans have been confirmed.

Garmin-Asus to release low-cost Eee Phone this year

From InfoWorld: The Eee Phone, a smartphone that takes its name from popular computer products by Asustek Computer (Asus) including the Eee PC netbook line, will be among the early handsets released by the new Garmin-Asus mobile phone business the two companies announced last week.

Asus Sold 4.9 Million Eee PC Netbooks Last Year

From PC World: Asustek Computer (Asus) said Thursday that it sold 4.9 million of the devices last year, a figure that rival Acer believes it can best.

Asus, which pioneered the netbook market with its line of Eee PCs, missed its target of 5 million Eee PCs because of a sharp downturn in consumer spending near the end of last year as the world sank into recession, CEO Jerry Shen said during an investors conference on Thursday in Taipei.

Asus Plans to Reduce Variety of Eee PC Netbooks

From PC World: Asustek Computer (Asus) plans to offer fewer versions of its Eee PC netbooks this year to avoid confusion and lower production costs, executives said Thursday.

The company, which pioneered the netbook phenomenon with the Eee PC, put out over 20 different versions of the device last year, with different names such as the Eee PC S101, Eee PC 1000H, Eee PC Surf and more.

Microsoft nabs another Yahoo exec

From CNET News.com: Microsoft is continuing its one-employee-at-a-time acquisition of Yahoo.

The software maker confirmed late Wednesday that it has hired Larry Heck, a Yahoo vice president.

Microsoft said that Heck will start in a few weeks and report to Satya Nadella, senior vice president of the online services division of Microsoft's R&D group.

"We look forward to welcoming him to the team," Microsoft said in a statement.

Verizon Loses Lawsuit While Competitors Cheer

From DailyTech: Verizon is no longer allowed to use proprietary information from its rivals to persuade phone owners to switch from Verizon's competitors, a U.S. appeals court ruled.

Samsung's Wireless USB Chips Coming to Phones, Cameras

From DailyTech: Samsung has created a new wireless universal serial bus (W-USB) System-On-Chip (SoC) which promises to allow mobile devices such as phones camera and laptops to connect to each other or other devices through an interface that is virtually identical to a cabled USB connection, only without the wires.

Blu-ray Price Drop: Studios Slash Movie Prices

From CNET News.com: Could Hollywood finally be getting the message and lowering the prices of Blu-ray movie titles? We hope so. An insightful report by Josh Dreuth at Blu-ray.com discusses the sudden price drop for Blu-ray titles, which critics have long griped were too steep for the high-def format to gain mainstream acceptance.

Facebook friends don't ask friends for money

From CNET News.com: A relatively new Facebook scam has been surfacing in which a user's account is hacked and then used to send messages of alarm to get the user's friends to send money.

Hacking into Web accounts and stealing passwords aren't new. But combining those techniques with the trusted network of friends and acquaintances and broad distribution that the most popular online social network provides is causing some concern.

Authors to Google Book Search: Pay up!

From CNET News.com: Authors and publishers of tens of thousands of out-of-print books have submitted claims for compensation from Google Book Search as called for in a settlement agreement to a copyright lawsuit, a lawyer in the case said on Wednesday.

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