Chrome takes new tack for faster JavaScript

From CNET 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 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 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.

Asus Teams Up With Garmin for Smartphone

From Tom's Hardware: We didn’t get anything out of anyone and now we now why. The two companies are combining their efforts and releasing one smartphone that they hope will be the one to be them all or should we say, the one to beat the one as Apple's iPhone continues to dominate the market.

Microprocessor Market Plummets in Q4 as AMD Loses Further Chunk of the Market to Intel

From X-bit Labs: The global economic crisis has not only slowed sales growth of microprocessors, but actually decreased sales of central processing units (CPUs) in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the most recent data from Mercury Research. More alarming, average selling prices (ASPs) of processors started to get down in Q4 2008, which puts both leading chip suppliers into danger.

Intel eight-core server chip is Nehalem EX

From InfoWorld: Intel confirmed that the upcoming eight-core, 2.3 billion transistor processor it plans to detail next week is the Nehalem EX chip, but the company declined to offer details of the chip ahead of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco.

"We can't present all the details today that will be presented at the conference next Monday," said Mark Bohr, a senior fellow at Intel, during a conference call with reporters.

Amazon Opens up Payments Web Service to All

From PC World: Amazon continues to expand its set of web services. Flexible Payments Service (FPS), which allows developers to tap into Amazon's payments infrastructure, is now available to all, the company announced on Thursday.

Lenovo CEO steps down

From CNET Lenovo President and CEO William Amelio resigned Thursday after the Chinese PC maker reported a nearly $97 million loss for its fiscal third quarter.

Yang Yuanqing has relinquished his role as chairman to replace Amelio as CEO, effective Thursday, the company said in a statement filed with Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. Yang will remain as an executive director and had served as the company's CEO until April 2005 when he was appointed board chairman.

GE Becomes Latest to Give Data Centers a Green Makeover

From DailyTech: Google went green with its data centers long ago. The company, which pushes alternative energy, cited enormous savings as a perk of making the move. Microsoft also bragged about its own greening of data centers.

Google Offers News Feeds for Any Website

From DailyTech: It's not such a good time to be a website owner, but it's an even worse time to be in print publications. The global economic downturn has left many print magazines and newspapers with significant money issues as advertising funds dry up and production and delivery costs increase.

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