Microsoft holding off on Windows 7 public beta

From CNET Microsoft has postponed, at least for a short time, making the beta of Windows 7 publicly available.

The move comes as Microsoft has struggled to keep its Windows 7 Web site up on Friday.

Thermaltake Xpressar RCS100 Coming for Radeon HD 4K

From Tom's Hardware: Thermaltake, one of the world leaders in PC cooling technologies is wowing people with its unveiling of the Xpressar line – namely the RCS100. The RCS100 is a phase change based cooling system, currently for your CPU only, in a specialized chassis. AMD based graphics processing unit solutions are to follow. Read on.

AMD Cuts Price of ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Graphics Card

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, said this week that it had slashed the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of its flagship graphics board and that certain partners may be even offering their versions of the product at even lower pricing, significantly boosting appeal of the card on the market.

Windows Server 2008 R2 beta airs

From InfoWorld: Lost in the Windows 7 hype, Microsoft also released the beta of Windows Server 2008 R2, which is the companion to the client OS.

The company is aligning Windows Server 2008 R2, which briefly was referred to as Windows Server 7, and the client OS Windows 7 although Microsoft officials have not said if they will ship together.

Intel's Atom Grows Up, Moves out of Netbooks

From PC World: Have you noticed Atom-based laptops seem to be getting nicer? The latest models sport bigger screens, more RAM, and slimmer and lighter designs than anything that's come before. They are also using versions of the Atom processor that weren't originally intended to be used in laptops.

Nvidia Targets $99 Netbook With Tegra Chips

From PC World: Shuffling its chip strategy, Nvidia on Thursday said it wants to put its Tegra chips for mobile devices into netbooks.

The company is already working with PC makers to develop Tegra-based netbooks, said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of Nvidia in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Yahoo reportedly near decision on new CEO

From CNET Yahoo is said to be wrapping up its search for a new chief executive, and a decision could come as early as next week, according to a report late Thursday in The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the search pioneer.

Vizio Blu-ray Player Breaks $200 Price Point

From DailyTech: There were a handful of different Blu-ray players that reached the $200 price point during the holiday shopping season after instant rebates, though many of the players went up in price after the holidays were over. Memorex launched a standalone Blu-ray player for $199, and they'll be joined by at least one more company interested in lowering the price.

Palm Annouces "pre" Smartphone, webOS

GeForce 3D Vision: Stereoscopic 3D From NVIDIA

From AnandTech: As we've seen over the past few years, NVIDIA isn't content with simply doing what has been done well. Certainly their graphics cards are good at what they do and competition in the market is great today delivering amazing value to consumers. But they've forged ahead with initiatives like SLI for multi-GPU rendering and CUDA for general purpose programing on GPU. Now they're taking it a step further and getting into stereoscopic 3D.

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