Articles Roundup January 17, 2009

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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.

Microsoft Sued Over Unified Communications Deal

From PC World: Microsoft has been sued by a small Wisconsin business for allegedly misrepresenting the capabilities of its Live Communications Server product, selling the company more licenses than it needed and not providing a refund or other products to solve its original problem.

Facebook restructures developer platform management

From CNET In a post on the company's developer blog on Friday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced some changes to the management of its third-party developer projects. This encompasses both the Facebook platform, which opened up the social network to third-party applications and took off like wildfire when it launched in 2007, and the newer Facebook Connect, which brings Facebook log-in credentials to participating outside sites.

Apple Mac Mini Based on Nvidia Ion

From Tom's Hardware: An Nvidia partner confirmed to us that Apple was the first to receive samples of Nvidia's Ion platform, which we covered extensively during CES. In fact, Apple received prototype units long before Nvidia partners who opted to work on Ion. We're told that some partners still only have blue prints of Ion.

Asustek Computer Readies Eee Phone – Chairman

From X-bit labs: Asustek Computer, a leading maker of computer components as well as mobile computers, has confirmed its intention to introduce an easy-to-use smartphone under its Asus Eee brand. The device will not only be able to serve as a handset, but will also be able to control other Asus devices.

Report: Microsoft considers major job cuts

From InfoWorld: Microsoft may start a "significant" round of layoffs as early as next week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal Thursday.

Citing unnamed sources it claimed were familiar with Microsoft's plans, the newspaper said the company is considering "significant work force reductions" across multiple divisions, but did not specify the number of workers who would be affected.

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