DirectX targeted in Microsoft security updates

From CNET News.com: Microsoft said on Thursday that it will issue six security updates on Patch Tuesday next week, including a critical one that will fix two outstanding holes in DirectX that have been targeted in attacks.

In May, Microsoft announced that there had been attacks against a DirectX vulnerability that could allow someone to take complete control of a computer using a maliciously crafted QuickTime file.

Google image search gets usage rights filtering

From CNET News.com: In an effort to keep people from incorrectly reusing or repurposing images found on its image search tool, Google has added new options that let users filter results by usage rights. Users can now filter photos by whether they're available for reuse, commercial reuse, reuse with modification, or commercial use with modification.

Acer Chief: There Are Too Many PC Companies

From Tom's Hardware: Acer's chief executive Gianfranco Lanci expressed in a recent interview that he feels that there is too much competition in the PC market. More specifically, he believes that fewer players in the PC making market would lead to greater profits.

While that may sound like Business 101, Lanci took his insight further by saying that companies such as Acer need to look at buying out other computer companies in order to become more profitable.

Windows 7 'family pack' pricing revealed

From InfoWorld: Microsoft will price a multi-license "family pack" for Windows 7 at $149.99, according to at least one online retailer that has posted pricing details prematurely.

Fadfusion.com, a Missouri-based online seller of computers, electronics and office supplies, lists something called "W7 Family Pack - Home Prem Upg" on its site for $138.99, an $11 discount from the $149.99 it claims is the package's suggested retail price.

Report: Price Hikes Killing SSD Sales for Laptops

From PC World: Surging prices for NAND flash memory have hurt what was a promising market for solid-state disk (SSD) drives in laptops this year, according to market research by iSupply Corp.

In a report on whether rising flash component prices are curbing SSD adoption, iSuppli said the price of a 16Gbit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chip rose to $4.10 in the second quarter of this year, representing a $1.80 (or 127%) price increase from the final quarter of 2008.

Best Buy, TiVo form an alliance

From CNET News.com: TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that popularized the digital video recorder, and Best Buy, the national electronics chain, are forging a broad partnership.

Microsoft Rewards Sinofsky for Win7 Turnaround With Promotion to Windows President

From DailyTech: You can have a rock-solid OS, but poor partner support and lack of polish can ruin its public perception. Steven Sinofsky realized that and he worked hard to transform Windows 7 into one of the most highly anticipated Microsoft operating systems to date. As a reward for his exemplary work, Microsoft is promoting him to Windows President.

Bing is Growing Out of Beta Too

From Tom's Hardware: Following the July 1 promise that it would start bringing full versions to users in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, and the UK up to U.S. level, UK product manager at Microsoft, Ian Moulster, has provided some more details on wrote on when Microsoft will roll out the “full service” in the UK, giving them a version of Bing that is closer to what U.S. users are currently using.

Seagate Denies Delay of Own-Brand SSDs: On-Track for Release in 2009

From X-bit Labs: Seagate Technology on Tuesday denied information that it would delay introduction of its solid-state drives (SSDs) till 2011 due to certain issues. The world’s largest maker of hard disk drives (HDDs) said that, as promised, it would deliver its first SSDs this calendar year.

PC makers already working with Google on new Chrome OS

From InfoWorld: Google plans to announce within the next day or so the names of PC makers in Taiwan and China that have already signed on to work with its new Chrome operating system, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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