Microsoft hit with new E.U. antitrust charges

From InfoWorld: Microsoft confirmed Friday that European Union regulators have filed preliminary charges against the company, charging it with breaking antitrust laws by including its Internet Explorer (IE) browser with the Windows operating system.

Rival browser maker Opera Software ASA, a Norwegian company, filed the December 2007 complaint that led to the EU's decision.

AMD to Cut 1,100 Jobs and Slash Salaries Across Company

From PC World: Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices will shed 1,100 more jobs and cut salaries as it tries to reduce costs in a tough economic environment, the company said Friday.

Intel cuts prices on some chips up to 48 percent

From CNET News.com: On Sunday, Intel instituted broad price cuts on processors, spanning the Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium dual-core, Celeron, and Xeon product lines.

Cuts were concentrated on quad-core chips like the Q9650 (3.00GHz), reduced 40 percent, to $316 from $530. But Celeron processors received some of the largest reductions. The mobile Celeron 570 (2.00GHz), was slashed 48 percent, to $70 from $134, for example.

10 Million Nintendo Wii Consoles Sold in Record Breaking Year

From DailyTech: Nintendo earned record breaking success in 2008 selling 10.17 million Nintendo Wii consoles and 9.95 million Nintendo DS portable consoles according to the latest NPD numbers.

Articles Roundup January 17, 2009

32-bit or 64-bit Windows?

32-bit
29% (56 votes)
64-bit
57% (109 votes)
I don't use Windows
13% (25 votes)
Total votes: 190

AMD Updates Embedded Processor Line

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled two new AMD Sempron processors for embedded systems that feature new packaging technology as well as lower power consumption. According to AMD, the new lidless packaging will allow to make AMD-based systems smaller and more attractive to various customers.

Intel on Track with Processors Featuring Graphics Core in 2009

From X-bit Labs: Despite some over-conservative expectations and reports, Intel Corp. is on track to release its central processing units (CPUs) with integrated graphics cores this year, the company said during its most recent conference call with financial analysts.

1 in 3 Windows PCs vulnerable to worm attack

From InfoWorld: The worm that has infected several million Windows PCs is causing havoc because nearly a third of all systems remain unpatched 80 days after Microsoft rolled out an emergency fix, a security expert said Thursday.

Based on scans of several hundred thousand customer-owned Windows PCs, Qualys concluded that about 30 percent of the machines have not yet been patched with the "out of cycle" fix Microsoft provided Oct. 23 as security update MS08-067.

Symantec releases patch for application delivery program

From InfoWorld: Symantec and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) are warning about a serious vulnerability within the company's AppStream product, used for steaming applications from a central server to thin-client desktops, though a patch has been released.

The product affected is AppStream version 5.2, which is part of the Symantec Endpoint Virtualization Suite formerly known as Software Virtualization Solution (SVS) Pro.

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