Report: Microsoft considers major job cuts

From InfoWorld: Microsoft may start a "significant" round of layoffs as early as next week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal Thursday.

Citing unnamed sources it claimed were familiar with Microsoft's plans, the newspaper said the company is considering "significant work force reductions" across multiple divisions, but did not specify the number of workers who would be affected.

Samsung Electronics Reorganizes Businesses

From PC World: Under a reorganization announced on Friday, Samsung Electronics is merging its LCD (liquid crystal display) and semiconductor business into one business unit called Device Solution Business.

Sony Ericsson Posts Loss, Predicts Gloomy 2009

From PC World: The company made a net loss of €187 million (US$247 million) for the quarter, worse than its third-quarter loss of €25 million, it said Friday.

The figure contrasted with the net profit of €373 million Sony Ericsson made in the year-earlier quarter, and dragged it to a net loss of €73 million for the full year 2008, compared to a net profit of €1.11 billion in 2007.

ISPs can profit from busting file sharers

From CNET Jerry Scroggin, the owner of a Louisiana Internet Service Provider, says he's skeptical of a service that proposes to pay ISPs to police their networks for pirated music and movies.

I wrote about Scroggin last month following the music industry's announcement that it would scale back a longtime strategy of suing individuals suspected of music piracy, and instead enlist the help of ISPs to thwart copyright violations.

Intel Q4 Results Down, But 32nm Process on Track

From DailyTech: ntel released its results for the fourth quarter of 2008 yesterday - it was only the second time in 20 years that Q4 results were worse than Q3 results.

Q4 revenue was $8.2 billion, down from $10.7 billion last year. Operating income was $1.5 billion, and net income was only $234 million. Earnings per share was 4 cents, down 90% from last year. The results included a billion dollar write-off in Intel's investment in Clearwire.

New Software Uses GPUs to Crack WPA Passwords

From DailyTech: GPU-powered general-purpose computing is causing all sorts of security nightmares these days, and wireless access points secured with WPA seem to be the latest victim. Elcomsoft, of “Advanced eBook Processor” fame, released a proprietary WPA/WPA2-PSK cracker that uses GPUs to brute force passwords in record time.

Seagate Will Cut 2,950 Jobs

From DailyTech: Seagate is the largest maker of hard drives and makes products for virtually all categories where magnetic storage is needed from computers to other applications. The company announced this week that it would lay off employees in the face of reduced demand for its products.

Google Looks to Resellers for Its Apps

From DailyTech: Microsoft is well known for many things, most notably its Windows operating systems that are used by the majority of PCs on the planet. The massive software firm is also known for its very popular Microsoft Office productivity suite.

Palm request for app store advice opens floodgate

From InfoWorld: Andrew Shebanow didn't imagine that asking for feedback about how Palm's app store should work would open up a flood of input. He also didn't expect the move would change his job description. But now both have happened.

HP injects Adaptive Infrastructure with orchestration, recovery

From InfoWorld: Hewlett-Packard on Thursday added tools for orchestration and recovery to its Adaptive Infrastructure portfolio. And, as with most enterprise-class technology announcements these days, HP said that the new tools promise IT cost-savings and reduced risks.

HP enhanced its Insight Dynamics VSE, software for managing physical and virtual resources alike, with the new Insight Orchestration and Insight Recovery tools, the company said.


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