Microsoft: Shift away from Seinfeld-Gates planned

From CNET The next ad in Microsoft's massive Windows campaign won't feature Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, but the move is part of a planned shift, Microsoft insisted on Wednesday

"That was always the plan," a Microsoft spokesperson said late Wednesday. That followed a report on Valleywag that Seinfeld and Gates were getting the boot.

Microsoft had indicated even before the second ad debuted last week that a shift was coming.

SanDisk Pulls a Yahoo, Wants More Money from Samsung

From DailyTech: Samsung sent a letter to SanDisk’s Board of Directors this week that sought to reiterate its willingness to acquire SanDisk for $26 per share in cash. SanDisk notified Samsung that its Board of Directors had unanimously turned the purchase offer down.

OCZ Once Again Slashes the Price of Core Series SSDs

From DailyTech: In what must a record for price meltdowns on brand new technology, OCZ's Core Series SSDs have taken yet another nose dive in pricing.

Last week, DailyTech reported that the 32GB OCZ Core SSD dropped down to an unheard of $99 after a $60 mail-in rebate. This week, it looks as though it's the 64GB version's turn to take a price cut.

Shuttle Begins to Ship Intel Atom-Based Nettop Barebone

From X-bit Labs: Shuttle, a leading producer of personal computers barebones, this week initiated shipments of its first nettop powered by Intel Atom processor. The novelty offers everything one would expect from a nettop: small form-factor, low power consumption, performance that is enough only for basic tasks; but the novelty appears to be rather expensive.

Toshiba May Be Interested in Acquiring SanDisk – Company

From X-bit Labs: Toshiba Corp., the world’s second largest producer of flash memory, may acquire SanDisk Corp., a leading supplier of flash-based products and also one of Toshiba’s largest customers. The Japanese electronic conglomerate may be the third company, after Samsung Electronics and Seagate Technologies, who may be interested in assets of SanDisk.

Intel: No virtual bridge from Xeon to AMD

From InfoWorld: VMware customers are getting a bit more freedom in the way they can transfer virtual machines from one Intel-based server to another, but they shouldn't hold their breath waiting for a bridge between Intel and AMD-based systems, an Intel executive said Tuesday.

Report: T-Mobile to Announce Google Phone Sept. 23

From PC World: T-Mobile USA will become the first company in the world to announce a mobile phone based on Google's Android OS at a New York press conference Sept. 23, the New York Times reports, citing T-Mobile.

The handset was manufactured by Taiwan's High Tech Computer (HTC), the Times said. HTC representatives in Taipei declined to comment on the report.

Super Talent Announces Faster, Third Generation SSDs

From DailyTech: Super Talent is bulking up its solid-state drive (SSD) family with new, third generation models. The company today announced that its new MasterDrive OX and PX SSDs feature a brand new multi-channel SATA-II controller for increased read/write speeds.

Graphics Cards Suppliers May Dislike the Upgrade of Nvidia’s New Chip

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. does need to offer something more competitive compared to its GeForce GTX 260 product, but introduction of a new model may actually get its partners among suppliers of graphics cards upset as they think that the improved version of the GTX 260 may cause overstock problems.

Nvidia Opens Up Hybrid Graphics Technology for Centrino 2 Notebooks

From X-bit Labs: In a bid to popularize its mobile graphics processing units as well as catalyze interest towards high-performance graphics adapters on notebooks, Nvidia Corp. and some of its partners have unveiled technology that lets end-users to dynamically switch between integrated graphics core and discrete graphics core on Intel Centrino 2-based laptops.

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