Oracle Doubles Resellers In VAD Remarketer Initiative

From CRN More than 1,000 resellers are now transacting deals through Oracle (NSDQ:ORCL)'s VAD Remarketer program, the vendor's initiative to expand sales of Oracle software to SMBs and compete more effectively against Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT).

Server makers get Goooogled

From EETimes: Elements of Google's most secretive product--its unique PC server design--is beginning to ripple throughout the rest of the industry.

Like many companies with giant Internet data centers, Google uses big clusters of commodity x86 servers. But unlike its competitors such as Yahoo and Microsoft, it has created a motherboard design tailored for big data centers.

Intel, Yahoo Technology will Be Inside Many TVs at CES 2009

From DailyTech: People in America and around the world became accustomed to entertainment supported by ads with TV. When the internet came along, people rapidly became accustomed to internet browsing not supported by ads and often reacted harshly when ads were introduced to the medium.

Intel launches low-cost quad-core mobile chip

From CNET News.com: Intel has launched a low-cost quad-core mobile processor and added more mobile Core 2 Duo processors to its chip lineup, according to an updated price list dated December 28.

Microsoft outlines pay-per-use PC vision

From Cnet News.com: U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, details Microsoft's vision of a situation where a "standard model" of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain. The end user then pays to use the computer, with charges based on both the length of usage time and the performance levels utilized, along with a "one-time charge."

Microsoft's Windows 7 Beta 1 Leaks

From DailyTech: With Windows 7 scheduled to hit retailers mid-to-late 2009, Microsoft has been working in a frenzy to prepare for its launch. It bumped up the development schedule for Windows Vista's second service pack, airing its beta early this month. Windows 7 itself has been on a tough schedule itself, dropping milestone releases that have been creating a great deal of public buzz.

Fujitsu: No Chances to Merge Hard Drive Businesses with Western Digital

From X-bit Labs: The president of Fujitsu said in an interview that now there is zero chance that the company’s hard disk drive (HDD) business would be sold to Western Digital. Although the unit is believed to be losing money, WD is unlikely to offer proper price due to strong Japanese Yen.

More details of Sony's new laptop revealed

From InfoWorld: Another day, another Sony laptop specification revealed? At the beginning of this week, Sony New Zealand began a teaser campaign for a new Vaio laptop. That was followed by Sony Japan on Wednesday, which offered a visual clue to the new machine, and Sony U.S. on Thursday apparently let the laptop's specifications out of the bag.

The $99 iPhone Exists, Just Not at Wal-Mart

From PC World: All of the hoopla last week over the possibility of a $99 iPhone at Wal-Mart got the analysts fired up. It was supposed to be 4GB with possible slower speeds and cut features. Maybe it was even going to be "Nano."

$99 iPhones would sell a trillion times more than they are currently and crush all of the other smartphones, said Charlie Wolf from Needham research.

HP Releases New Home Servers for Mac, PC Users

From DailyTech: Digital media consumption is growing rapidly thanks to the low cost and easy to use digital cameras and camcorders available today. Many people are now making home movies in digital formats that can easily be shared online and stored on the computer.

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