IE8 RC1 gains ground in JavaScript race

From InfoWorld: The newest version of Internet Explorer 8 is still the slowest big browser when it comes to JavaScript. But it has significantly closed the gap since last summer's second beta, benchmark scores show.

According to tests run by Computerworld , Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 (IE8 RC1) lags behind its four major competitors in rendering JavaScript -- at times, by large margins.

Offline Gmail is Almost Like the Real Thing

From PC World: When Google yesterday launched a system for accessing Gmail without a Net connection, they promised it would act almost exactly like regular Gmail. From my early testing, it seems like that claim isn't entirely true -- in some ways, offline Gmail actually works better than the online version.

AOL to lay off 700 employees

From CNET News.com: AOL will lay off 10 percent of its workers, about 700 people, to help it better deal with the deepening economic recession, according to a companywide e-mail sent on Wednesday.

Vista marketing draws antitrust complaints

From CNET News.com: Government antitrust attorneys said on Wednesday that they continue to receive complaints from hardware makers and other companies about Microsoft's business practices, even as the software giant has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with the state and federal authorities overseeing its antitrust consent decree.
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Google, universities offer tool to detect Net filtering, blocking

From CNET News.com: Is your Internet provider interfering with your network traffic, and perhaps even running afoul of Net neutrality principles? Google and some like-minded folks believe they've come up with what amounts to an early warning system.

Fujitsu to Stop Making HDD Heads, HDD Business Transfer Becomes Inevitable

From X-bit Labs: Fujitsu Limited on Wednesday said that it would discontinue its hard disk drive head business on March 31, 2009, as part of a broader strategic review of the HDD operations. Considering that virtually all makers of hard drives own HDD head manufacturing and there are few independent head makers, acquisition of Fujitsu’s hard drive business by another maker becomes almost inevitable.

Microsoft pulls PerformancePoint Server after just 15 months

From InfoWorld: Microsoft said Tuesday that it was folding its business process management (BPM) software, PerformancePoint Server, into its popular SharePoint Server product.

First released in September 2007 , PerformancePoint Server 2007's features will in future be available via client access licenses of the enterprise version of SharePoint Server, said Kurt DelBene, senior vice-president of Microsoft's Office Business Group, in a statement on the company's Web site.

Gmail grows up with offline e-mail access

From CNET News.com: Significantly increasing the utility and competitiveness of its Web-based e-mail service, Google is enabling an experimental ability to read, write, and search Gmail messages even while not connected to the network.

AT&T earnings dip 23.6 percent

From CNET News.com: AT&T, the nation's largest phone company, reported Wednesday that its earnings for the fourth quarter fell 23.6 percent year over year, amid a tough economic climate.

IBM Settles With Apple Over iPod Chief Lawsuit

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