It's Official: eBay Sells Skype for $1.9 Billion

From PC World: It's official: eBay has sold Skype to a group of private investors for $1.9 billion, the company announced on Tuesday. That consortium of private investors now owns 65 percent of the Internet-based calling business.

The news comes as no surprise. Late last week, TechCrunch was already hinting at an investor group making a play for Skype, and the New York Times confirmed the speculation earlier today in another report.

Google reforms Chrome for Snow Leopard

From CNET Google released an update for Chrome to fix compatibility problems with Snow Leopard on Monday, which along with other fixes shows the gradually maturing state of the Mac OS X version of the browser.

Windows Mobile 6.5 phones coming Oct. 6

From CNET Microsoft is hoping that a new crop of phones this fall will help the company in its quest to stay relevant in the cell phone market.

The software maker said on Tuesday that the first phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 will launch worldwide on October 6 and will include phones running on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.

Nokia "Comes with Music" Delayed Until 2010 for U.S.

From DailyTech: Nokia is one of the largest mobile phone providers in the world by marketshare with about 38% of the global market. The problem for Nokia is that in the U.S. its products aren't nearly as popular with a mere 7% of the U.S. market.

Apple Brags OS X Snow Leopard is More Secure, Security Firms Say Otherwise

From DailyTech: Just as attacks against Macs were beginning in earnest, and security software makers were ready to step into this new market and begin selling customers security suites, Apple dropped a bomb on the security software vendors -- OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" comes with built-in malware detection for a few Mac-specific viruses.

Average Selling Prices on Graphics Cards Continue to Drop

From X-bit Labs: Sales of discrete graphics cards for desktop personal computers grew slightly sequentially in the second quarter of 2009, a recent study from Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has found. However, average selling prices (ASPs) dropped, as a consequence, market value declined both sequentially and annually. One positive thing about the market behavior is that unit sales stabilized and further drops are unlikely.

Sharp to launch ultramobile device with Arm chip

From InfoWorld: Sharp Electronics this week introduced a netbook-like mobile device with a 5-inch touchscreen that is designed to run Internet-based applications.

The PC-Z1 device is as easy to handle as a mobile phone and provides performance similar to PCs, the company said in a statement. It is designed for an audience that relies mostly on the Web for computing.

DRAM Prices Continue to Surge in August

From PC World: DRAM prices continued to rise in August, finally reaching profitable levels for most chip makers after they reached multiyear lows early this year.

Contract prices of 1Gb DDR3 (double data rate, third generation) chips rose 18.9 percent in August to US$1.58 per chip, while the price of older DDR2 (second generation) chips increased 13.7 percent to $1.45 during the month, market researcher Gartner said in its weekly Semiconductor DQ Monday Report.

More questions than answers on Google Books

From CNET Google's Dan Clancy had patiently answered question after question regarding Google's' Book Search settlement with publishers and authors until late in the afternoon Friday, when he was finally left speechless.

Facebook Changes Privacy Settings to Meet Canadian Requirements

From DailyTech: Facebook first burst onto the social networking scene in 2007 as the underdog to category behemoth MySpace. In the years since its launch, Facebook has gone on to become larger than MySpace in the number of users it boasts.

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