Facebook, Nielsen to partner on ad stats

From CNET News.com: As part of the Advertising Week festivities in New York, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is slated to make a marketing-related announcement on Tuesday morning.

The announcement of a partnership with Nielsen on a product called "BrandLift," which polls Facebook users on ads they see on the social network, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Toshiba brings out business-card-size solid-state drives

From CNET News.com: Toshiba has unveiled solid-state drives based on the new mini-Sata interface standard, which lets manufacturers create very small drives for use in Netbooks and other portable or embedded devices.

The Japanese hardware maker introduced on Monday the two 32-nanometer-process SG2 SSD modules, each of which comes in two capacities. In a separate announcement the same day, the Sata-IO consortium said it is developing mini-Sata (mSata).

AMD 6-core "Thuban" CPU Confirmed

From DailyTech: MaximumPC reports that it has confirmed AMD will be delivering its new six-core Thuban CPU next year. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the new six-core beast is that the CPU will be backwards compatible with existing AM3 and AM2+ mainboards.

An AMD spokesman told MaximumPC, "We are all about platform longevity and long-lived upgrade paths.” The statement was a jab at Intel who often requires new sockets when it unleashes new CPUs onto the market.

Microsoft's Aaron Greenburg Talks Xbox 360 Post Price Cut, Elite Gets Temporary $50 Rebate Offer

From DailyTech: The biggest thing to happen in the console wars in a while has been the introduction of the cheaper PS3 Slim and the resulting price cuts from Microsoft. Eurogamer talked with Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg and asked him some tough questions about the Xbox 360 and some of the things that happened around the time of the price cut.

Adobe offering cloud service for apps distribution

From InfoWorld: Adobe Systems on Monday will introduce the first two services in a planned line of cloud-based services intended to enhance deployment of Web applications.

Called Adobe Flash Platform Services, the platform features online, hosted services to enable Flash developers to add capabilities to Web applications using a cost-efficient deployment model, Adobe said.

Microsoft unveils shield for critical Windows flaw as attack code looms

From InfoWorld: With attack code that exploits a critical unpatched bug in Windows likely to go public soon, Microsoft wants users to run an automated tool that disables the vulnerable component.

The bug in SMB (Server Message Block) 2, a Microsoft-made network file- and print-sharing protocol that ships with Windows, affects Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and preview releases of Windows 7.

Last Major PC Makers Ditch Chinese Web Filter

From PC World: Some of the few PC makers who offered a controversial Web filtering program mandated by China have reversed those plans, dealing the latest blow to China's efforts to deploy the software nationwide.

US Company Burned by China Web Filter Plans Rival Product

From PC World: A U.S. company whose software code was allegedly stolen in China by a controversial, government-backed Internet filtering program will hit back by launching a rival product for a low price in China, the company said late Sunday.

Intel and Apple--future rivals?

From CNET News.com: As Intel readies its most potent chip yet for small devices, Apple may already be using competing technology.

One of the themes of the upcoming Intel Developer Forum (starting Tuesday) will be the chip giant's foray into the smartphone and mobile Internet device (MID) markets. Intel's current Atom chip is fine for Netbooks but has had little impact on MIDs and zero impact on smartphones, where it is simply too power hungry to be usable.

Dell to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion

From CNET News.com: Dell announced Monday that it will buy IT services provider Perot Systems for $3.9 billion.

The two companies expect to provide a broad range of IT services and solutions, expanding the global reach of Perot Systems, and selling Dell computer systems to additional Perot customers.


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