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Blockbuster Says Continued Operations are Questionable

From DailyTech: For many years Blockbuster video enjoyed great success in the movie rental business. Blockbuster is one of the largest movie rental chains in the country, but the company has found that its continued existence is far from guaranteed.

Sony PS3 Outsells Nintendo Wii in Japan During March

From DailyTech: The PlayStation 3 has outsold the Nintendo Wii in Japan for the first time in 16 months according to market research firm Enterbrain. In March, Sony sold 146,948 PlayStation 3s compared to 99,335 Nintendo Wiis and 43,172 Xbox 360s. The sales success is fueled by the release of solid software titles such as Resident Evil 5 and PlayStation 3 exclusive Yakuza 3 (Ryu Ga Gotoku 3).

Intel Promises to Ship Octa-Core Processors in Late 2009 or Early 2010

From X-bit Labs: Apparently, Intel Corp. still does not seem to be sure about the release date of its octa-core microprocessor for multi-processor servers. A high-ranking executive from the world’s largest maker of microprocessors said in an interview that at the moment Intel aims to ship the new Xeon MP processor with eight cores either late in 2009 or early in 2010.

ATI Has No Immediate Plans for New Dual-Chip Flagship Graphics Card

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, has no immediate plans to release a new dual-chip flagship graphics card based on the recently launched ATI Radeon HD 4890 (RV790) graphics processing units (GPUs) to address the market of performance-hungry customers as there are graphics cards that could satisfy their needs in the company’s product family.

AMD to take further action to cut costs

From InfoWorld: Advanced Micro Devices on Friday said it would take further actions, which could include facility closures, to cut costs as it restructures in an effort to return to profitability.

The further cost reduction efforts are expected to result mainly from consolidations of facilities as the company tries to merge operations, said Drew Prairie, an AMD spokesman.

BlackBerry Storm Gets WiFi, Other Extras, say Sources

From PC World: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is prepping a new version of its only touchscreen phone, the BlackBerry Storm, as soon as this September, according to reports. The new phone is set to bring improvements over the current offering, especially with the addition of WiFi.

Intel launches new chip logos, rating system

From CNET News.com: Intel has revamped its processor badging and rating system. Consumers are the main target, though business systems will get new badging too.

The new badges include a die (the chip minus the packaging) accent in the upper right hand corner, a prominent main brand (e.g., "Core"), and the modifier (e.g., "i7").

Dell Netbook Roadmap Leaked

From Tom's Hardware: For those in the market for a Dell Mini 10, the current model is set to receive a few more options (this month it seems?), including Vista, a 3G modem, and a 1.86 GHz Atom with a new 1.6 GHz Atom N270 SKU arriving in May. Engadget reports that everything will be updated again in the second half of the year with Intel's Pine Trail processors.

AMD Restructuring Costs Revealed

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