Nvidia hit by S&P ratings downgrade

From CNET News.com: Nvidia was hit by a Standard & Poor's ratings downgrade Wednesday, according to a Dow Jones report, adding to the graphics chipmaker's woes.

Standard & Poor's ratings services ratcheted down its outlook on Nvidia from positive to stable, according to Dow Jones. S&P cited concerns about the graphics chipmaker's sinking revenue and profitability.

Sony Slashes Pricing of PlayStation 3 Development Kit

From X-bit Labs: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) on Tuesday announced that it would slash the price on PlayStation 3 software developments kit to enable higher amount of game creators to develop titles for the latest generation Sony video game console.

Dell adds SSDs in updated EqualLogic line

From InfoWorld: Dell is set to update on Wednesday the virtualized storage line it acquired in its purchase of EqualLogic last year, now aiming at the needs of larger enterprises.

Facebook Caves to User Gripes Over Redesign

From PC World: Facebook says it will tweak its homepage in the coming weeks in direct response to user uproar over recent designs changes. The social network caved to customer feedback against the site's recent improvements and says it decided to listen to the millions asking for less change.

Blockbuster OnDemand coming to TiVo DVRs

From CNET News.com: Blockbuster will become the latest Internet video-on-demand service to appear on TiVo DVRs.

The two companies announced late Tuesday that they are working to make Blockbuster's service available on all TiVo Series2 and Series3 DVRs (including the HD and HD XL models) in the second half of 2009.

New Xbox 360 Hardware Failures Being Reported in Significant Numbers

Globalfoundries Expects to Get 32nm Bulk Process Technology in 2009

From X-bit Labs: The former manufacturing arm of Advanced Micro Devices seems to be on track with its plans to become a contract maker of semiconductors, but the firm must remember that it should do more than that: it should remain competitive against Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of semiconductors,

SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 released

From InfoWorld: Novell unveiled SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 on Tuesday, with features and capabilities that reflect the company's controversial multiyear agreement with Microsoft.

In 2006, Microsoft and Novell agreed to work on improving compatibility between their products, and pledged not to pursue patent claims against each other's customers. The move has been widely decried by open-source software advocates.

NVIDIA Provides PhysX for Playstation 3 and Wii

From PC World: PhysX is coming to a console near you. Last week, NVIDIA signed an agreement with Sony to provide Playstation 3 developers the use of PhysX technology software. With the goal of realistic graphics and highly interactive environments, level designers and animators will be allowed to author and preview physics effects in real time.

Netflix integrating movie ratings with Facebook

From CNET News.com: Netflix is the latest media company to integrate with social-networking Web site Facebook, whose huge community of young, tech-savvy users could help drive growth of the online DVD rental service's subscriber base.

Starting on Tuesday, Netflix users can use Facebook Connect--software that links individual Facebook pages to third-party Web sites--to share their ratings of Netflix rentals with their Facebook friends, the companies said in a statement.


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