Sharp Debuts Laptop With Optical-sensor LCD Pad

From PC World: Sharp will soon put on sale in Japan a first-of-its-kind laptop that replaces the traditional trackpad with an LCD panel with an embedded optical sensor.

IBM revenue falls more than expected

From CNET IBM's quarterly revenue fell by a bigger-than-expected 11 percent as the slowdown in corporate spending hurt even one of the healthiest U.S. technology companies.

But higher margins helped IBM's first-quarter profit beat Wall Street estimates, and the company affirmed its full-year earnings outlook -- helping to limit the fall in IBM shares to 1.6 percent after hours.

Netbook Windows XP Licenses Dip to $15 Per Machine

From DailyTech: Microsoft, on the other hand, takes the opposite approach, shooting for volume despite sinking prices, something other analysts favor. Microsoft is aiming to conquer the ultra-low and low-cost markets, which primarily revolves around the netbook and MID (mobile internet devices) industry.

Ad Wars: Apple Fights Back With Four "Get a Mac" Commercials

AMD SB850 Chipset Specs, Roadmap Revealed

Intel to Release Six-Core Chips for Desktops in a Year

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. is projected to release its first six-core microprocessors for desktops in the second quarter of 2010, nearly two years after the company began shipments of six-core chips for high-end x86 servers.

Microsoft leaks Windows 7 RC delivery date

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will deliver a release candidate of Windows 7 in little more than two weeks, the company's Web site revealed Saturday.

According to a page posted on Microsoft's partner program site, Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) may be available to paying subscribers to Microsoft's developer and IT services before May 5. Partners will be allowed to download the release candidate on that date, the first Tuesday of the month.

Toshiba Jumps to 10-inch Screen on New Netbooks

From PC World: The UX-series netbooks are based on the N280 version of Intel's Atom chip that the chip maker began shipping in February, and come with 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard disk drive.

The display is a 10.1-inch LCD with 1,024x600 pixel resolution. Toshiba's previous Atom-based machine, the NB100, sported a similar resolution but on an 8.9-inch LCD. Many netbook vendors have been switching to the larger displays as consumers prefer them.

Oracle to buy Sun in $7.4 billion deal

From CNET Oracle and Sun announced Monday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. That puts the value of the transaction at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.

Oracle President Safra Catz said in a statement:

Report: "Badass" Hulu App Coming to iPhone

From DailyTech: The iPhone is about to get a little cooler. Hot off taking the internet world by storm, internet site Hulu, which offers commercial-supported streaming TV from Fox and NBC, is set to make the jump to mobile devices with a new iPhone app. The new app is set to transform your iPhone into a pocket TV.

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