Google nixing Nexus One event in Beijing?

From CNET News.com: Google's deteriorating relationship with the Chinese government is proving to be a real drag for software developers in that nation's capital.

Google execs convicted in YouTube Italy case

From CNET News.com: In the second hit of a one-two punch in Europe, an Italian court handed out guilty verdicts on Wednesday for three of four Google employees charged in a case concerning a 2006 YouTube video posted of a teenager with Down Syndrome.

Sony Shrinks PS3 OS, Gives Devs 70MB of Extra Memory

From DailyTech: The console wars are still raging with the Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3 all fighting for what money is left in the pockets of gamers during the recession. The three consoles are all selling, but some of the major companies are seeing profits drop significantly as demand softens.

Apple Says No to Good Ideas "Every Day", Predicts Netbooks' Demise

From DailyTech: Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook delivered a rather interesting Q&A session at a Goldman Sachs tech conference on Tuesday. In it he reaffirmed Apple's assertion that its floundering Apple TV product is really just "a hobby". He also offered some insight into how product development works in Cupertino and said that Apple has no qualms with rejecting good ideas "every day".

SanDisk Offers SSDs with 10 Years Warranty

From X-bit Labs: SanDisk Corp., a leading producer of flash memory-based products, on Tuesday said it had started shipments of its new solid-state drives. But while the new SSDs offer ten-years limited warranty, they only boast, according to the maker, with performance of 7200rpm-class hard disk drives.

Apple to Port iPhone Operating System to New Platforms

From X-bit Labs: Consumer electronics manufacturer Apple apparently has big plans for its iPhone operating system going forward. A recent job posting revealed that Apple was looking forward a software engineer with knowledge of hardware design to port Apple iPhone OS to new types of devices.

Amazon and Microsoft Sign Cross-License Deal

From X-bit Labs: Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Amazon, the world’s largest Internet store.

The agreement provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio and covers a broad range of products and technology, including coverage for Amazon’s Kindle, which employs both open source and Amazon’s proprietary software components, and Amazon’s use of Linux-based servers.

Windows 7 early adoption beats Vista's 2-to-1

From InfoWorld: In the five months since its release, Microsoft's Windows 7 has captured twice the usage share than did Vista in the same time period, a Web metrics company said today.

According to NetApplications.com of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Windows 7 accounted for 9 percent of all operating systems in use online for the month through last Sunday. By comparison, Vista had a 4.5 percent share five months after its late-January 2007 release to retail.

Twitter Use Explodes, Hits 50 Million Tweets Per Day

From PC World: Recent reports saying Twitter's popularity is declining might not be very accurate. Users of the micro-blogging social network are posting more messages than ever -- as many as 50 million 140 character-long messages every day, the company on Monday announced in a blog post.

Lenovo says businesses don't want slate devices

From CNET News.com: Lenovo refreshed its tablet-capable business laptop on Tuesday and made a very conscious decision not to bring out a slate device, saying customers don't want it.

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