Google: Chrome is ready for prime time

From InfoWorld: Google dropped the beta label from its three-month-old browser today, saying that Chrome is ready for prime time. Some users disagree.

In entries to several company blogs, Google managers trumpeted the name change. "We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met," said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management, in a post Thursday.

Sharp to Close Two LCD Lines in Production Reorganization

From PC World: Sharp plans to close two LCD (liquid crystal display) production lines in Japan as part of a reorganization that's intended to strengthen its position in the competitive flat-panel market.

Report: Yahoo layoffs hit Flickr

From CNET News.com: The Guardian is reporting that George Oates, along with two others on the Flickr team have been let go as a part of this week's Yahoo layoffs. Oates was one of the first employees at Flickr before its acquisition by Yahoo in 2005, and more notably its former chief designer.

IPhone Adds At-Home Activation, Copy and Paste... Sorta

From DailyTech: Are you a couch potato looking to score America's best selling phone? Apple and AT&T now have you covered.

With the release of the 3G iPhone, a noticeable change was the at-home activation being mostly dropped (though still available in some circumstances). Now Apple has quietly announced the full return of the feature, allowing users to order and activate all from the comfort of their favorite sitting spot in their home.

Intel, Ericsson team up on mobile security for laptops

From InfoWorld: Intel and Ericsson are offering to protect lost or stolen laptops by sending an SMS (Short Message Service) to the laptop will render it useless to thieves.

The two companies said Thursday that they are making Ericsson's mobile broadband modules -- which add built-in support for HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) to laptops -- interoperable with Intel's Anti-Theft PC Protection Technology, which is a part of the Intel Centrino 2 with vPro package.

Spore Tops Piracy Charts, but Don't Blame DRM

Google takes two with Gmail-SMS chat

From CNET News.com: Google hopes the second time will be a charm for a Gmail Labs feature that lets people send text messages to people's mobile phones with the company's Web-based e-mail service.

"A few weeks back, we ran into a few snags when we first started rolling this out, but starting today you can turn on text messaging for chat," said Leo Dirac, a Google product manager, in a blog post Wednesday.

Office Depot to Cut Over 100 Retail Stores, 2,200 Employees

From DailyTech: The casualties in the slowing economy continue are continuing to mount. When most people think of office supply stores, companies like Staples and Office Depot -- and to a lesser extent, Office Max -- spring to mind. Today, Office Depot announced that it is cutting stores and trimming its headcount.

Sun takes another swing at cloud computing

From InfoWorld: Having coined the phrase "the network is the computer" more than a decade ago Sun Microsystems could expect to be leading the march towards cloud computing, but in some ways it is still at the start line.

Sun recently pulled the plug on its Grid Compute Utility service, which was launched two years ago and allowed companies to buy computing power from Sun's datacenters at a fixed rate per hour, like a public utility.

PlayStation Home Arriving as Open Beta From Thursday

From PC World: Sony Computer Entertainment will open up its Home online virtual environment to all PlayStation 3 users from Thursday, it said Wednesday.

Home allows users to create their own avatars and participate in a real-time virtual world, something like a cross between the Mii avatars on Nintendo's Wii and the Second Life community. Users can interact with others through voice and text chat and the service also offers mini-games, videos and special events.

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