Nvidia cites chip fix payments, nixes large event

From CNET News.com: Nvidia paid out $43.6 million to cover costs associated with graphics chip defects in its 2009 fiscal year, and in a separate development, a spokesman said Monday the company has no plans this year to hold the large-scale Nvision conference that it hosted last year.

Mozilla says next Firefox likely months away

From CNET News.com: Mozilla had planned to release its new "Shiretoko" version of Firefox in early 2009, but with the scale of changes made to the open-source browser, a date halfway through the year now looks more realistic.

After releasing Firefox 3.1 beta 3 last week, the organization behind the browser said a fourth beta is planned--and with the new version number 3.5.

Cisco's virtualization push could benefit consumers

From CNET News.com: At first glance Cisco Systems' latest announcement that it's entering the server market seems like another boring corporate IT announcement, but take a closer look. The company's long-term vision of a "virtualized" data center could eventually revolutionize how consumers will one day access new services via the Net.

IN BRIEF: Intel’s Chairman Believes Technology Will Help to Recover from Recession

From X-bit Labs: The chairman of Intel Corp., Craig Barrett, said that the high-tech industry will indisputably recover from recession and will also help the whole economy to recover. Nevertheless, government stimulus packages are also tremendously important despite of the fact that no one knows their effects for sure.

Ex-Google, Yahoo staffers release Hadoop distribution

From InfoWorld: A startup called Cloudera on Monday publicly released its distribution of the open-source Hadoop distributed computing framework, hoping to sell enterprise users on the system employed by Google, Yahoo, and others to process large data sets.

Cloudera, which was launched by former Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and Facebook employees last year, has been providing its initial customers with support for Hadoop.

Judge Kills Broadcom Patent Lawsuit Against Qualcomm

From PC World: A U.S. judge has dismissed a patent lawsuit brought by chip maker Broadcom against rival Qualcomm, saying the company didn't identify specific patents it was suing over.

Judge William Hayes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed the Broadcom complaint last Thursday. The judgment was made available late Friday.

Cisco serves up Unified Computing push

From CNET News.com: As was widely expected, Cisco Systems on Monday unveiled its Unified Computing effort, including the company's move to offer its own server hardware.

Qimonda Cuts Production at Dresden Facility

From DailyTech: DRAM manufactures are finding that they are having a doubly hard time in the current global economy. Not only is the demand for DRAM down because of reduced consumer spending, but there is also an oversupply of DRAM on the market forcing prices down.

Futuremark to Measure Performance of Internet Browsers

From X-bit Labs: Futuremark, a leading creator of benchmarks that measure performance of personal computers’ components, on Thursday unveiled Peacekeeper, a free online benchmarking tool for measuring and comparing the performance of common Internet browsers.

Hardware makers get ready for Windows 7

From InfoWorld: New laptop and desktop designs are on tap as PC and hardware makers start tweaking components to take advantage of improved features in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 OS.

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