Dell Sees Opening for Atom-based PCs in Small Business

From PC World: Could computers based on Intel's Atom processors, already popular among consumers, catch on for cash-strapped business? Dell seems to think so -- at least in some markets.

"We're exploring that, and there is some potential," said Steve Felice, president of Dell's small and medium business group, during a conference call with reporters.

Google blocks access to paid Android apps on developer phones

From CNET News.com: Mobile developers who purchased an unlocked HTC G1 phone from Google discovered this week that they can't run paid applications from the Android Market.

Microsoft Says It Has Fixes for 2,000 Windows 7 Bugs Thanks to Testers

Nokia Actively Looking at Mobile Computer Market – Chief Executive

From X-bit Labs: The chief executive officer of the world’s largest maker of cell phones, Nokia, said in an interview that his company might be interested in entering mobile personal computer business. The company did not outline exact plans, but if Nokia starts to sell personal computers, the market may face rather significant changes. There is a problem though: Nokia has once quit PC biz already.

Kingston Readies 24GB DDR3 “ValueRAM” Memory Kit for Desktop Computers

From X-bit Labs: Kingston Technology, the world’s largest producer of memory modules, has demonstrated a desktop system with 24GB of system memory. The company plans to ship the appropriate memory module kit under its “ValueRAM” brand (the kit will not be value) late in the year for those, who uses extremely demanding software or runs several virtual machines on desktops.

Safari 4 rivals Google Chrome in JavaScript race

From InfoWorld: Contrary to Apple's claims, the newest version of Safari is not the world's fastest browser, benchmark scores show. But it is dramatically faster than rivals being built by Mozilla and Microsoft.

Lenovo Cuts 450 Jobs in China

From PC World: Lenovo Group will cut 450 jobs in China, expanding efforts to cut costs as the company struggles with sagging PC sales.

The affected Chinese employees all work in positions that support Lenovo's global business, the company said in an e-mail statement.

Dashboard shows customers Google Apps' health

From CNET News.com: The day after a 2.5-hour Gmail outage, Google has launched a promised Google Apps status dashboard to better communicate with customers whether their online applications are up and running.

Apple Execs Say Jobs' Health is Not Deteriorating

From DailyTech: Apparently even when off the job, Apple's divisive, but brilliant leader Steve Jobs is still on the job. At a one hour annual shareholder meeting held at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, executives said that while Jobs was away, he still was putting in a great deal of work directing the company behind the scenes. They said that he was deeply involved in their decision making process.

IPhones Offered for Free with Qualifying Plans in Japan

From DailyTech: Japanese cell phone provider SoftBank has implemented a temporary promotion that offers customers a free 8GB iPhone with a two-year contract. The 8GB version is free with the basic, premium, or student plan. The 16GB version costs ¥11,520 ($120USD) and the cost is spread out over two years as an additional ¥480 ($5USD) added to the monthly fee. This is a common practice often used to tack on additional fees in Japan.

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