Google Sued Over 'Android' Name

From PCWorld: The owner of an obscure Illinois software development company is suing Google and everyone else in the Open Handset Alliance over their use of the word "Android."

The suit has made public the fact that Google's own attempts to trademark the word have been rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), largely because the software developer, Eric Specht, had been granted a PTO trademark for his company's name, Android Data.

Reports: Apple to Cut Its Mac Computer Prices

From DailyTech: Faced with slumping sales and stinging criticism from competitor Microsoft over its high prices, Apple is reportedly going to try a price cut to spur its computer sales. While Apple's general sales have been saved by its iPhone, its computer sales, both for laptops and desktops have slumped. It is still earning more profit than some competitors thanks to large profit margins, but as losses continue, the company is becoming increasingly concerned.

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Google bulks up Gmail with built-in search

From CNET Google has added the ability to search Google directly within Gmail, a move that increases the centrality of the e-mail service and gives Google a new opportunity to show advertisements.

Toshiba and Fujitsu Finalize Hard Drive Business Transaction

From X-bit Labs: Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Limited on Thursday announced that they had concluded a definitive agreement on the transfer of Fujitsu's hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba. The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the companies in February, 2009. The companies will now seek to complete the business transfer by the target date of July 1st, 2009.

Intel releases power management tool for datacenters

From InfoWorld: Intel on Thursday announced Data Center Manager, a software tool kit that can reduce the power drawn by servers in datacenters by tapping into hardware resources.

This software development tool kit allows companies to build software to manage or cap power consumption by individual servers or a group of servers, which could reduce energy costs in datacenters, Intel said. The company isn't providing end-user software, just a tool kit to build it.

Use Windows 7 Free (for Awhile)

From PC World: Microsoft Corp. will let users run Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) for more than a year, giving them free use of the new operating system for a significantly longer time than it did Vista's previews.

Windows 7 RC, slated for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers Thursday and by the general public on May 5, doesn't expire until June 1, 2010, 13 months from Friday, Microsoft confirmed Thursday.

Twitter's integrated search now live for all users

From CNET Twitter's post-purchase integration of Summize is now complete. On Thursday the company added the on-page search tool to every user's Twitter home page after having flipped it on for select users during the past two months.

IE Tops in Enterprise Browser Use

From DailyTech: According to a new research paper published by Forrester, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and 7 is still in heavy use in the enterprise environment. However, the report shows that Mozilla Firefox is steadily gaining in browser market share. Firefox was called the most risky business app in a Bit9 study last year.

HP Readies New MediaSmart LX195 Home Server

From DailyTech: When Windows Home Server launched, it was aimed at the home user who wanted a platform to serve media to different connected devices around the home and as a central location for data backups from networked computers. That all sounds good in theory, but so far home servers have not turned into a big segment.

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