Sony rolls out Atom-powered mini-laptop

From InfoWorld: After several weeks of leaks and teasers, Sony took the wraps off its anticipated Vaio P-series mini-laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening.

The small machine has a widescreen 8-inch display and measures 24 centimeters wide by 11 centimeters deep by 2 centimeters thick, giving it a form factor that, according to Sony, makes it possible to drop the PC into a jacket pocket or handbag.

Ballmer sets loose Windows 7 public beta

From InfoWorld: The rumors turned out to be true. Microsoft will release a public beta this week of its next desktop operating system, Windows 7, hoping it will address the problems that have made Windows Vista perhaps the least popular OS in its history.

Windows 7 is less of a resource-hog than Vista

From InfoWorld: Good news: the next version of Microsoft's Windows OS appears to be less of a resource hog than Windows Vista.

Microsoft announced Wednesday that a beta version of Windows 7 will be available for the general public to download and try out on Friday. At the same time, it provided a list of the minimum system requirements it recommends for people who run the beta.

Asus' 512GB SSD Laptop; World First

From Tom's Hardware: We had the chance to briefly talk to Asus tonight, prior to CES' full opening in the morning. One thing we learned from Asus is that the company is preparing to launch what it claims is the world's first 512 GB SSD ultra-portable.

One Laptop per Child Foundation Cuts Staff, Refocuses Mission

From X-bit Labs: One Laptop per Child non-profit organization has issued a statement that indicates plans to reduce staff count by 50%, cut salary for the remaining personnel and discontinue certain operations. The organization still believes it will be able to create next-generation ultra-cheap laptop for developing countries and also kick-off certain initiatives to boost computerization of developing nations.

IBM gives Lotus Notes for Mac a makeover

From InfoWorld: BM has introduced at Macworld Expo Lotus Notes 8.5, now featuring integration with social calendaring Web sites. The company also released a beta version of Lotus Symphony, a free productivity software suite that includes document, presentation, and spreadsheet capabilities.

Dell to Move Manufacturing, Lay off 1,900 in Ireland

From PC World: Dell will move its European PC manufacturing operation from Ireland to Poland and lay off workers as it continues its belt-tightening restructuring plan, the company said on Thursday.

About 1,900 employees will be laid off at Dell's factory in Limerick, Ireland, over the next year, with staff reductions starting next month, Dell said. The Limerick facility will continue to coordinate manufacturing, logistics and supply chain-related functions.

Lenovo to cut 2,500 jobs amid restructuring

From CNET Chinese PC maker Lenovo confirmed Thursday that it is carrying out a restructuring, which involves the company letting go of 2,500 employees--about 11 percent of its workforce.

With the changes, the company is targeting to save $300 million annually, according to a Singapore-based company spokesperson.

AMD to Announce Phenom 2 This Thursday

From DailyTech: With Intel's 45 nm Penryn dominating three and four core Phenom offerings, chipmaker AMD is desperate to do anything it can to cut into Intel's lead. The first major change literally split the company in half, separating its manufacturing branches into a new company.

OCZ Brings New Apex Series Mainstream SSDs to CES

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