Intel: Fabless Semiconductor Developers Will Not Be Able to License Atom Cores for System-on-Chip Products

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp., the world’s largest producer of central processing units, on Tuesday clarified a situation whether third-party fabless semiconductor developers, such as Nvidia Corp., could license Intel Atom core to build their system-on-chips (SoCs) after Intel signed pact with TSMC. Apparently, only developers of actual devices may license Atom cores for their products.

Facebook CFO to Leave the Company

From PC World: Facebook's seasoned CFO will leave the company, the social-networking site confirmed Wednesday.

Gideon Yu was also a vice president. He joined Facebook in August 2007 after working for YouTube and negotiating Google's acquisition of the video-sharing site.

Countdown to Conficker--a bust so far

From CNET News.com: April 1, 3:27 a.m. PDT: At F-Secure, a Wednesday morning post says there's still nothing much to report, other than a few April Fools' jokes circulating on the Web:

A Closer Look at Intel's "Nehalem"-based Xeon 5500 Series

From DailyTech: Intel has unveiled its latest Xeon series of CPUs for servers and workstations. The Xeon 5500 series was formerly codenamed Nehalem-EP (Efficient Performance), and is related to the Nehalem CPUs used in Core i7 desktops.

Netflix Hikes Blu-ray Rental Price by 20 Percent

From DailyTech: For many years, renting a movie meant driving to your local video store looking for the film you want to watch. Today we have several alternatives to driving to the movie store including streaming rentals and mail order rentals via Netflix and similar companies.

Microsoft Settles With TomTom in Infringement Suit

OCZ Technology Officially Launches “Do-It-Yourself” Neutrino Netbook

From X-bit Labs: OCZ Technology, a leading supplier of premium memory and flash products as well as other computer gear, on Monday officially launched its Neutrino netbook aimed at “do-it-yourself” users who want maximum customization. While OCZ Neutrino does offer opportunities to tailor a netbook for personal needs, it offers little interest for multimedia and performance enthusiasts since it is based on the year-old first-generation Intel Atom platform.

Sun confirms 1,500 job cuts this week

From InfoWorld: Sun Microsystems is laying off about 1,500 employees this week in a follow-up to a restructuring plan announced a few months ago, the company confirmed Monday.

The cuts include a portion of Sun's customer-facing staff, including direct sales and professional services employees, according to a research note from Wedge Partners, a financial analyst company. Such a move would make Sun more reliant on channel partners to sell its products.

Sony Cuts PlayStation 2 Price by 25 Percent

From PC World: Sony is cutting the price of its PlayStation 2 console by almost 25 percent in both Europe and North America, the company said Tuesday.

The console, which has just begun its tenth year on retail shelves, will cost €100 (US$133) and US$100 from Wednesday. It previously cost €130 and US$130.

Adobe partnership makes Facebook's platform Flash-ier

From CNET News.com: Facebook has partnered with Adobe Systems to make it easier for developers to bring its Flash technology to their social apps, the two companies have announced. Adobe has introduced a new ActionScript 3.0 client library to provide resources to developers who are using Flash on Facebook's developer platform and Facebook Connect product, and will be promoting the possibilities of integrating Flash with Facebook's API on its Web site.

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