Articles Roundup November 7, 2008

Intel Discontinues Bunch of 45nm, 65nm Microprocessors

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. has notified its partners that numerous of its microprocessors, some of which were introduced just months ago, will be discontinued after a certain date. In addition, the company will phase out its 1GB Turbo Memory flash module.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 to support up to 256 CPU cores

From InfoWorld: Microsoft said Thursday the next upgrade of its Windows Server operating system will scale up to 256 logical processors.

Microsoft defines a logical processor as the number of physical processors multiplied by the number of cores as well as the number of threads, said corporate vice president for Windows Server and solutions, Bill Laing, during a keynote speech at the company's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC).

Ballmer rules out new bid for Yahoo

From CNET News.com: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Friday that Microsoft is "not interested" in making a new offer for internet company Yahoo, despite Yahoo's share price currently sitting at less than half what Microsoft initially offered.

Speaking at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch in Sydney on Friday, Ballmer said: "Look, we made an offer, we made another offer. It was clear that Yahoo didn't want to sell the business to us, and we moved on."

SanDisk Hopes to Remedy Woeful Vista SSD Performance With New File System

From DailyTech: Solid state drives (SSDs), despite a rough economy, have carved out a solid niche, thanks to plummeting NAND prices and the promise of improved reliability and performance. With the upcoming Windows 7 promising an even sweeter boost for flash-drive equipped PCs, it seems a good time for the disk hard drive alternative.

Making sense of Microsoft's Azure

From InfoWorld: Last week, Microsoft announced its cloud-computing effort, called Azure. Fitting between Google's and Amazon.com's current offerings, it represents a very big step toward moving applications off the desktop and out of a corporation's own datacenters. Whether or not it will have any traction with corporate IT developers remains to be seen.

Once Thought Safe, WPA Wi-Fi Encryption Is Cracked

From PC World: Security researchers say they've developed a way to partially crack the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption standard used to protect data on many wireless networks.

AMD slashes 500 more jobs

From CNET News.com: Advanced Micro Devices announced Wednesday it had cut 500 employees, or about 3 percent of its workforce, in an effort to reduce expenses.

This is the second round of job cuts this year at the troubled chipmaker. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD announced in April that it would cut 10 percent of its workforce, or about 1,650 jobs at the time.

Google Backs Out of Ad Deal, Leaves Yahoo Out in the Cold

From DailyTech: Fears of a lengthy legal battle killed the controversial Google-Yahoo ad deal Wednesday, announced Google Senior VP David Drummond.

Nvidia and Via Technologies Suspend Agreement to Co-Develop Platforms

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. and Via Technologies have annulated the pact under which the two companies would develop low-power multimedia oriented platforms for various low-cost personal computers and similar systems. The union of Nvidia and Via was not made in heaven and it was generally expected that that it would either be suspended, or put at a very low priority.

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