Apple Threatens Legal Action Against Those That Mimic the iPhone

From DailyTech: Apple created a fuss when Apple's Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook gave some pointed comments directed towards Palm. The exchange took place during Apple’s recent earnings call. During the Q&A, one of the reporters asks, "There are other iPhone competitors coming to the market: Android, Palm Pre. How do you think about sustaining leadership in the face of these competitors?"

Seagate Employee Explains Firmware Debacle

From Tom's Hardware: Last week, Tom's Hardware reported that an escalating number of Barracuda 7200.11, ES.2 SATA and DiamondMax 22 drives were failing due to a fatal flaw in the firmware which caused the drive to suddenly lock itself up and prevent the BIOS from even detecting it in the system. There is no way of fixing this unfortunately, and the drive needs to be returned for replacement.

Seagate: SSDs are Essential to Our Product Roadmaps

From X-bit Labs: Seagate Technology, the largest supplier of hard disk drives (HDDs) on the planet, said during a quarterly conference call with financial analysts that solid-state drives (SSDs) are indeed crucially important for its roadmaps. Earlier the company tried to stress advantages of HDDs over SSDs and was pretty skeptic about flash-based storage.

Apple Has No Plans for “Low-End Voice Phone”

From X-bit Labs: The rumours regarding more affordable Apple iPhone handsets have been making the rounds for many quarters now, but Apple has never confirmed them. However, during the most recent conference call with financial analysts the company indirectly denied that it has plans to release a more affordable – iPhone nano – version.

Samsung Plans New Netbook, Smart Phones

From PC World: Samsung Electronics plans to follow-up its NC10 netbook in the coming few months with a new model and expand its range of smart phones with models based on a number of different operating systems, it said Friday.

DRAM Maker Qimonda Files for Bankruptcy

From PC World: DRAM maker Qimonda filed a bankruptcy petition with the local court in Munich, Germany, on Friday, seeking time to reorganize its business.

The move came after a financing package involving the German state of Saxony, a Portuguese financial institution and Qimonda's parent company, Infineon Technologies, could not be completed in time, Qimonda said.

Facebook now twice as big as MySpace? Oh boy

From CNET On Thursday, TechCrunch posted new statistics from ComScore that show Facebook now pulling in nearly twice as many unique visitors worldwide as its News Corp.-owned competitor.

About 222 million people visited Facebook worldwide in December (keep in mind that the social network pegs its active user count somewhere just north of 150 million these days) versus 125 million people for MySpace.

RIM Founders Face $100M Fine

From DailyTech: Two co-founders of Research In Motion (RIM), the company that brought you the Blackberry, could pay a record $100 million (Canadian) fine if the Ontario Securities Commission in Canada has its way.

Seagate Firmware Update Bricks Barracuda 7200.11 HDDs

From DailyTech: It has been a rough few weeks for Seagate. The company announced last week that outspoken CES Bill Watkins was being replaced by Stephen Luczo. The change came amid concerns over the company’s ability to adapt to changing market conditions.

Shortly after the announcement of a new CEO, Seagate announced that it would cut 6 percent of its workforce. The six percent cut represents 2,950 employees -- even Luczo saw his new CEO salary cut by 25 percent.

HP Mini 1100 Specifications Show Up Online

From DailyTech: Computer sales are down in most categories, but the netbook market continues to post significant growth. Most computer makers have jumped into the netbook market in an effort to give consumers what they want in the poor economy and grab their share of the market.


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