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'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 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.

Analyst calls Intel's Core i7 chip 'blindingly fast'

From InfoWorld: Intel's Nehalem chips, slated to ship later this month, Tuesday were called "blindingly fast" by an analyst who is using an early machine running the processor.

Google: Hiring slowdown, but no freeze

From CNET Several executives I have spoken with who have hiring responsibility said it was made clear to them one month ago they were to make no new hires, including at the secretarial level, and they were directed to fill all vacancies with internal candidates. In effect, they term it an unofficial hiring freeze," CNBC's David Faber reported.

IPod Creator Leaves Apple

From DailyTech: There's been a major shift of management at Apple. Tony Fadell, Apple’s senior vice president of the iPod Division, the man credited with envisioning the iPod in the first place, is quitting his job after a wildly successful run of around 7 years. He will remain on as a personal adviser to CEO Steve Jobs.

Multicore: New chips mean new challenges for developers


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