MySpace CEO to step down

From CNET News.com: MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe is stepping down from his post, but will remain on the board and serve as a "strategic adviser," parent company News Corp. announced Wednesday.

In a press release, News Corp. said DeWolfe's contract would not be renewed by "mutual decision," and that the company was in talks with MySpace President Tom Anderson to assume "a new role in the organization."

Apple Reports Q2 Earnings

From DailyTech: When it comes to Apple, the thing most fresh in most peoples' minds have been Microsoft's "Laptop Hunter" ads. Microsoft's three ads took direct aim at Apple's "cool" but expensive laptops and compared them to Windows Vista-based laptops which offered similar specs for hundreds less.

AMD Lowers Prices on Microprocessors for Enthusiasts

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices said Tuesday that it would cut the prices of its central processing units (CPUs) aimed at enthusiasts. The move will popularize AMD’s platforms aimed at experienced users and will also clean the way for new processors due to be introduced shortly.

AMD Set to Ship Six-Core AMD Opteron Microprocessors in May to Boost Profitability

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday said that in a bid to boost sales of its lucrative microprocessors for servers it would start to ship its six-core AMD Opteron central processing units code-named already in May, 2009. The company needs the new chips as although it managed to improve sales of its microprocessors in Q1 2009, the company is still deeply unprofitable.

MSI debuts MacBook Air rival, new netbook in U.S

From InfoWorld: Micro-Star International (MSI) launched an ultra-thin laptop to rival the MacBook Air in the U.S. on Tuesday, as well as a new netbook with Intel's latest microprocessor for the devices.

The Taiwanese company's X-Slim 340 comes with a 13-inch screen, runs Windows Vista Home, and comes with one change compared to previous announcements: it uses a low-power Intel Core 2 Solo processor instead of an Atom microprocessor it had originally planned to use.

Amazon Now Offers HD With On Demand Movie Rentals

From PC World: Amazon is now offering over 500 movies and TV shows in high-definition through its Video On Demand service. Major Hollywood studios and television networks have partnered with Amazon to bring recent movie releases and popular TV shows in HD to your TV - provided you have the right third-party hardware gear.

Firefox 3.0.9 targets 12 security vulnerabilities

From CNET News.com: Mozilla released an update to Firefox 3 on Tuesday that patches 12 security vulnerabilities, four of which it rated as critical.

Firefox 3.0.9, the Web browser's third update this year, fixes two critical vulnerabilities in the Firefox browser engine and two in its JavaScript engine, according to a security advisory posted Tuesday:

Bluetooth 3.0 Specifications Announced

From DailyTech: The latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, was officially launched during a recent meeting among the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

Based off of the 802.11 protocol, Bluetooth 3.0 will increase transfer speeds from 3Mbps up to an impressive 23Mbps, according to Bluetooth supporters. The technology is based on Wi-Fi standards and offers power-saving benefits that weren't available with Bluetooth 2.1.

Microsoft to Bundle Two Full Games with Xbox 360 Elite Console

From X-bit Labs: Microsoft Corp. will bundle two popular video games with its Xbox 360 Elite game console that already comes with impressive amount of accessories. The move will help the software giant to boost sales in the U.S., Japan and other regions where it sells the system, but not in Europe, where the Xbox 360 is not truly successful.

Microsoft could be a winner in Sun-Oracle deal

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has had few critics more vocal than Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Sun Chairman Scott McNealy. With their companies set to merge in a blockbuster $7.4 billion deal announced Monday, is it time for Microsoft to worry?

If Oracle retools itself as a systems vendor, as it suggested that it might, that could put pressure on server vendors such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard to cozy up more with Microsoft, which does not operate a competing hardware business.

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