Group aims to keep MySQL healthy

From CNET One of original authors of MySQL, Michael 'Monty' Widenius, has founded the Open Database Alliance, a consortium that aims to become the industry hub for the open source database.

The move was announced Wednesday. The two founding parties of the vendor-neutral consortium are Widenius' engineering company, Monty Program, and the MySQL services and support company Percona.

Motorola Scores Massive $310M USD China Cell Phone Contract

From DailyTech: Motorola announced yesterday that it scored a massive one-year contract, helping assure its long term global success. The company received a $310M USD contract from China Mobile, the largest cell phone provider in the world, based out of Beijing.

Netbooks Grab Nearly 20% of Notebook Market

From DailyTech: The recession has had a significant impact on global PC shipments and has led many consumers to shop for netbooks rather than notebook computers. That means that some computer makers that were relatively unknown a few years ago prior to the netbook revolution are now featured much more prominently.

Corsair Launches P256 SSD Using Samsung Controller,128MB Cache

From DailyTech: Corsair is a company best known for their DRAM products, targeted mostly at the enthusiast market. In January, they entered the SSD market with a less than stellar product, but it was an important first step.

Sony reports $1 billion annual loss

From CNET The global recession has hit Sony hard--the company on Thursday reported its first annual loss in 14 years.

Sony lost 165 billion yen ($1.72 billion) in the quarter that ended March 31, the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, compared with net income of 29 billion yen in the year-ago period. Revenue for the three-month period was 1.5 trillion yen ($15.5 billion), a drop of 22 percent from a year earlier.

HP laptop batteries recalled for overheating

From CNET After two reports of flaming laptop batteries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday that Hewlett-Packard is voluntarily recalling 70,000 lithium-ion batteries that shipped with several models of its HP and Compaq laptops.

The recall affects nine models of HP Pavilions, nine models of Compaq Presarios, two models of HPs, and one HP Compaq laptop model sold between August 2007 and March 2008. For the full list, see the CPSC's site.

Google networking error caused outage

From CNET Widespread outages involving several Google services--including search, Google Docs, and Gmail--were caused by an upgrade gone awry inside of Google, according to engineers.

AMD/ATI Beats Nvidia to the 1 GHz GPU Milestone

From Tom's Hardware: What AMD has done is that it has taken an ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card, which normally runs at 850 MHz, and overclocked it to 1 GHz at the factory – air cooled – and voila, you have yourself the world’s first shipping 1 GHz GPU part.

In fact, if you had your own Radeon HD 4890, you might be able to reach 1 GHz too. Of course, AMD does have the advantage of binning parts to make sure that those with the most headroom get separated for this new SKU.

PowerColor Does Not Manufacture ATI Radeon HD 4770 for AGP – Company

From X-bit Labs: PowerColor, a maker of graphics cards that is owned by Tul Corp., said Wednesday that it did not manufacture AGP version of ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics cards and that its listing at was a mistake by the online store.

“Amazon made a mistake in posting AGP on our ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics card. There is no AGP version,” said Gene Chi, a marketing manager for Tul Corp.

Microsoft puts Mac users at risk with patch policy, says researcher

From InfoWorld: A security researcher has called foul on Microsoft for doing exactly what it has thrashed hackers over for years: revealing information that can be used to hijack computers before a patch is available.

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