Microsoft hopes Dallas project will become 'iTunes for data'

From InfoWorld: With its Dallas project, Microsoft seems to be exploring the idea of becoming a data broker. At the Tech Ed conference this week in New Orleans, the company discussed how its planned data broker service might operate.

"Dallas is a broker for discovering information," said Adam Wilson, a program manager working on Dallas. The data sets themselves, available by APIs (application programming interfaces), come from a variety of data sources.

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Foxconn to Cease Building Towns Around Its Factories

From X-bit Labs: Foxconn Electronics, the world’s largest contract maker of various computer and consumer electronics products, said it would revise its manufacturing model considerably. The company would raise payments to its employees following an array of suicides among workers of Shenzhen factory, but would cease paying compensations and building infrastructure.

Intel Invests Tens of Millions into Maker of Touch-Screen Devices

From X-bit Labs: OpenPeak, a provider of multimedia touch-screen devices and device management platforms, said Tuesday that the company had secured an additional $52 million of financing from existing investors and Intel Capital. The combination of equity, debt and working capital will enable OpenPeak to expand its hardware, software and services platform to capitalize on new opportunities in both consumer and enterprise markets.

RIAA Wants LimeWire Assets Frozen

From DailyTech: File sharing services like Napster and LimeWire have in the past been targets of the RIAA and major record labels for allegedly helping users pirate music. More than one file sharing firm has been forced to pay millions in damages to record labels and change their business models.

3D For PlayStation 3 Games (But Not Blu-ray) Dropping Tomorrow

From PC World: Grab your Dramamine and couch-sickness bags, Sony's long anticipated 3D update for its PlayStation 3 video game console will finally be available tomorrow.

In a post to Sony's official PlayStation blog, hardware marketing director John Koller writes "the moment is here...starting tomorrow, high-definition stereoscopic 3D gaming will be available in your very own living rooms!"

Report confirms Google Wi-Fi code recorded data

From CNET News.com: A third-party review of the code used by Google that collected personal data during its Street View Wi-Fi analysis project didn't produce a smoking gun but didn't put Google in the clear either.

Kingmax Reveals 2.40GHz Memory Modules with Invisible Heat-Spreaders

From X-bit Labs: Kingmax, a rather well known supplier of high-performance memory modules, has unveiled what it calls invisible heat-spreaders. Instead of using traditional radiators to take away heat from memory chips on modules, Kingmax proposes to cover the chips and modules with a special compound that, as the company claims, reduces heat of memory chips. Initially Nano Thermal Dissipation Technology will be used on Kingmax’s 2.40GHz dual-channel DDR3 kit.

Electronic Arts: It Will Take Three Years for Stereo-3D Gaming to Take Off

From X-bit Labs: The chief executive officer of Electronic Arts, the world’s biggest publisher of video games, said that it will take at least two to three years for stereoscopic 3D (S3D) gaming to take off. That said, it is highly probable that stereo-3D video games will get popular on the next-generation video game consoles.

Cisco, with newly merged Tandberg, pushes telepresence standard

From InfoWorld: Cisco and Tandberg made their big post-merger entrance at the InfoComm conference in Las Vegas this week, promoting an interoperability protocol that will come on a product in July and introducing some other new products.

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