Microsoft to upgrade SharePoint when Office 14 ships

From InfoWorld: Microsoft said Tuesday that it plans to formally integrate enterprise search technology from its $1.2 billion acquisition of Fast Search and Transfer (FAST) a year ago into its popular SharePoint content management platform.

Sony Ericsson Links New Camera Phone With Online Services

From PC World: The Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot camera phone comes with integrated support for YouTube, Flickr and Picasa, and the slider phone also supports faster uploads at speeds up to 2Mbps, Sony Ericsson announced on Tuesday.

Mobile phone vendors are putting more effort on tighter integration with popular Internet services, and also making them easier to use on their devices, according to Sony Ericsson spokesman Mattias Holm.

Google's PowerMeter Lets You Know If the Lights Are on

From PC World: Google is testing software that will let consumers get detailed information on how much electricity they're using, which could help households reduce consumption by as much as 15 percent, the company said Monday.

SanDisk to begin making 'X4' flash chips

From CNET News.com: SanDisk is disclosing at a San Francisco technology conference Tuesday that it will begin mass production of memory chips that will allow consumers to store up to 64GB of data on tiny flash cards.

The Milpitas, Calif., company's X4 technology will pack four bits of data into each memory cell. To date, flash memory chipmakers typically stored one bit or two bits per cell.

Kaspersky Customer Database Exposed by Hackers

From DailyTech: Security firm Kaspersky Security has been left embarrassed after a hacker informed them that a customer information database was left exposed for 11 days before the security firm was able to secure it.

Firms take steps to head off encryption dangers

From InfoWorld: The growing call to encrypt stored data is raising questions among users and analysts fearful that a lost password or damaged drive could bury important information forever.

Some industry observers believe that a new Trusted Computing Group (TCG) standard, released last month, could lead all hard disk and solid-state drive makers to add encryption capabilities to most products within five years. Most of the top storage vendors are members of the TCG.

Microsoft dumps Ultimate Extras from Windows 7

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will not offer "Ultimate Extras" in Window 7, the company has confirmed, saying it abandoned the heavily-criticized concept to focus on "existing features."

Speedy Chip Needs Far Less Juice

From PC World: Mobile computing devices that need charging once a day would need it just once a month with a new type of chip that uses a thirtieth of the power of conventional chips and is seven times faster by virtue of underlying logic that embraces error in its calculations.

Intel cancels Taiwan forum due to economy

From CNET News.com: Production isn't the only thing being scaled back at Intel because of the world economy. The world's largest chipmaker will cancel its developer conference in Taiwan this year and scale back the one in Beijing.

Microsoft readies smartphone assault on Apple

From CNET News.com: Microsoft is gearing up to take on rival Apple in the smartphone market.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Microsoft is getting ready to launch an online marketplace akin to Apple's App Store. In August, Microsoft had started looking for people to head up the new application store. Microsoft is also readying a more sophisticated version of its mobile operating system called Windows Mobile 6.5, the Journal reported.

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