RIM's New Bid for Certicom Trumps VeriSign's, Says Board

From PC World: Research In Motion has doubled the value of its previous offer to buy elliptic curve cryptography specialist Certicom, one of its suppliers. Certicom's board of directors says RIM's latest offer is superior to the bid it accepted from VeriSign last month. The board is waiting for a counterbid from VeriSign.

Google going mobile with Book Search

From CNET News.com: Google is opening a new chapter in its book digitization saga, this time taking on the likes of Amazon.com's Kindle and Sony's eReader.

Intel Cuts SSD Prices to Fight OCZ Apex, Other Competitors

From DailyTech: Intel has announced a series of price cuts on its lineup of SLC (Single Level Cell) and MLC (Multi Level Cell) Solid State Drives. Their NAND flash is produced by IM Flash Technologies, an Intel joint venture with Micron Technologies.

Intel Delays "Tukwila" for Enhancements

From DailyTech: Intel is the biggest CPU maker in the world with AMD taking a distant second place. Intel is most known for its x86 CPUs, but the chipmaker also produces CPUs that are RISC-based. The company has announced delays in its next RISC-based processors.

Samsung Claims First 40nm DRAM, GDDR5 Possible

From DailyTech: Previously, DailyTech reported on how DDR3 DRAM produced on 50nm production lines would be much cheaper and faster than those being produced on current production lines.

Elpida, Samsung, and even beleaguered Qimonda are either in the process of or planning to transition to these new geometries in order to lower costs and increase profits. DDR2 DRAM is currently selling at below the breakeven point for most DRAM manufacturers.

Intel Now Shipping Atom N280 Processor

From PC World: Intel confirmed on Thursday that it's shipping the Atom N280 processor to PC makers, which should bring more performance and improved graphics capabilities to netbooks.

The new single-core Atom processor is paired with a chipset that allows users to watch high-definition content on netbooks while drawing less power. The new GN40 chipset includes a hardware-based high-definition video decoder that allows users to watch 720p HD video content.

Nvidia-based Microsoft smartphone coming?

From CNET News.com: Nvidia's Tegra chip will be used in an upcoming Microsoft smartphone, according to an analyst at Broadpoint AmTech.

The San Francisco-based research firm also is speculating that Apple will eventually use the Nvidia ARM-based chip in a future iPhone.

Chrome takes new tack for faster JavaScript

From CNET News.com: Chrome programmers have switched out a third-party software package in favor of their own as part of Google's attempt to speed its open-source browser up more.

Facebook steps into OpenID Foundation

From CNET News.com: Facebook has joined the board of the OpenID Foundation and will host an OpenID Design Summit later this month, according to a post on the social network's developer blog.

Microsoft to tweak Windows 7 settings

From CNET News.com: In a reversal, Microsoft said on Thursday that it will make changes to the way a controversial security feature works in Windows 7.

After getting lots of feedback that Windows Vista too often prompted users to approve changes, Microsoft had decided in Windows 7 to prompt users less frequently. However, in recent days, some enthusiasts and security experts warned that the specific changes Microsoft planned to make with Windows 7 could put users at risk.


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