No IBM deal? Confusion en route for Sun customers

From CNET Sun will tell its customers that the IBM deal was just a slight detour and that the company's plan to be a pivotal hardware, cloud-computing, and software provider remains intact. The big question is whether customers will buy Sun's talk--not to mention Sun's gear. For shareholders, Sun has to explain why it split over the IBM offer.

J:Com 160 Mbps Internet Service Upgrades Cost Company Just $20 per Household

From DailyTech: Over in Japan, customers are seeing download speeds ten times that limit at comparable prices. According to a recent article from the New York Times, J:Com -- Japan's largest cable provider -- is touting its 160 Mbps consumer broadband service. The interesting piece of information to take away is that J:Com's cost to upgrade its systems to handle the 160 Mbps speeds was just $20 per household.

Nvidia Follows Rival with Performance Mainstream Line Refresh

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. on Thursday followed its rival ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, with the refresh of performance-mainstream graphics cards lineup. The Santa Clara, California-based company decided not to introduce a brand-new chip, but just released another slightly cut-down version of its existing GeForce 285/G200b. Nvidia claims that its novelty offers the best price-performance ratio in its category.

Report: IBM, Sun deal said to be close

From InfoWorld: IBM and Sun Microsystems are close to a deal under which IBM will acquire Sun Microsystems for about $9.50 per share, The New York Times reported in its online edition Thursday afternoon.

Citing unnamed sources familiar with discussions between the companies, the DealBook column of the Times' business section reported that the deal could be imminent and announced as soon as Friday.

Gmail Gets Autocomplete Search Functions

From PC World: Google added suggestive search in Gmail, five years after the service was launched. The new Search Autocomplete feature gives users suggestions as they type in the search box. The function returns results such as contact names and also allows users to search through chats or attachments.

Report: Google in 'late-stage' talks to buy Twitter

From CNET Google is in "late stage" talks to acquire microblogging service Twitter, according to a report Thursday on TechCrunch citing two unnamed sources.

RIM BlackBerry Sales Up, Almost Doubles Q4 Revenue From Last Year

From DailyTech: In a sign that the economy may be improving, Research In Motion, the makers of BlackBerry smartphones, has announced record sales and revenue for the fourth quarter of their fiscal year ending February 28, 2009.

A Peek at Windows 7 Starter's 3 App Cap

From Tom's Hardware: Windows 7 Starter Edition will be the el cheapo option aimed at low-cost PCs and netbooks, perhaps paving the way for more of the latter products to hit $200. This makes sense, but what has many concerned and curious is the artificially three programs running at once.

AMD Delays Release of Quad-Core Athlon II, Preps Dual-Core Phenom II

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices has decided to delay affordable quad-core and triple-core microprocessors made using 45nm process technology that it plans to sell under Athlon II brand and the chips will not be available before August-September. Still, the new breed of dual-core Athlon II X2 microprocessors is due in June timeframe during Computex trade-show.

Atom netbook chip propels Intel to top of market

From InfoWorld: The success of Intel's Atom microprocessor, used mainly in netbooks, helped the chip maker gain market share in every quarter of 2008 and could carry the company this year as well.

Intel's share of the microprocessor market grew every quarter last year, market researcher iSuppli said Wednesday.

The chip maker ended the fourth quarter of 2008 with an 81.8 percent share of global microprocessor revenue, up from 78.4 percent the same time a year earlier.

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