Dell planning to ditch factories

From CNET During the conference call reporting on second quarter financial results, Dell's new CFO Brian Gladden said several times that the company has "more work to be done," to improve profitability and decrease costs. He wasn't kidding. Over the last year Dell has cut headcount by more than 8,000, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company is planning to radically alter its production line by selling off its factories to contract manufacturers.

Researchers build malicious Facebook application

From InfoWorld: A team of researchers have built a malicious Facebook program an experiment to demonstrate the possible dangers of social networking applications.

The experiment shows the ease with which attackers could dupe large number of users into downloading a seemingly harmless application that actually performs a clandestine attack that can cripple a Web site.

Microsoft Doubles Storage Capacity Limit For Netbooks

From Tom's Hardware: Microsoft is becoming a bit more lenient with the limits it has imposed on netbooks manufactures who wish to use Windows XP as the OS. As of Wednesday, Microsoft officially doubled the maximum allowable hard disk drive size to 160 GB, up from 80GB. MSI and Asustek already have taken action to update their Windows XP netbook offerings to feature 160 GB HDDs, which should affect the MSI Wind U100 and Asus Eee PC 1000H netbooks.

Samsung Eyes Possible Acquisition of SanDisk

From PC World: Samsung is eyeing a possible acquisition of memory chip-maker SanDisk.

The company, which is the world's largest computer memory maker in the world, said it was "considering various opportunities" with regard to SanDisk "but nothing has been decided yet." The comment came after Korean online news service Edaily reported that Samsung had engaged JPMorgan Chase to advise on the acquisition of SanDisk.

Yahoo's Stock Price Continues to Plummet

From DailyTech: It seems that Yahoo thought its stock had hit rock bottom in June of 2008 when it was trading at $23.52 per share. This price was reached after Microsoft walked away from its talk with Yahoo of a buyout.

Dell Slides Into the Netbook Market with the Inspiron Mini 9

From Laptop Magazine: After months of rumors and speculation, Dell is finally coming clean with its netbook. The 8.9-inch Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is officially on the market as of today and can be ordered now from Before purchasing you will want to check out our full review and hands-on video. We will also be showing off the new Dell netbook in a live webcast at 3 p.m. ET today.

Vulnerability Exposed in Google Chrome Beta

From Tom's Hardware: A few hours after the launch of the Chrome public Beta, security researcher Aviv Raff found a hole in the new browser. The new found flaw targets an older version of the WebKit rendering engine. Apple’s latest Safari release uses a newer version of WebKit which is immune from this specific flaw, however Chrome does not.

AMD to Announce Manufacturing Fabs Spin Off in Two Weeks – Analyst

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices, the world’s second largest maker of x86 microprocessors and one of a few developers of semiconductors with its own leading-edge manufacturing facilities, is projected to reveal details of its “asset smart” strategy already this month. An analyst believes that the plan would include spinning off the manufacturing facilities of AMD and an investment from a middle-East group into a new company.

Sony Recalls 73,000 Vaio Laptops Due to Burn Hazard

From PC World: Sony is recalling 73,000 Vaio TZ laptops because of a possible manufacturing defect that may cause them to overheat, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The recall relates to a problem with wiring near the computer's hinge, which could short-circuit and overheat in certain circumstances, perhaps burning the user.

Intel ready to announce six-core chip

From CNET ntel is expected to announce the "Dunnington" processor later this month, the first six-core processor and last of its Penryn-class chips.


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