Intel to detail eight-core Xeon processor

From InfoWorld: Intel plans to detail an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next month, offering an early look at what appears to be the company's first eight-core chip.

Details of the Xeon processor that will be discussed during the Feb. 9 presentation are scarce. The ISSCC program only reveals that Intel executives will discuss an eight-core, 16-thread Xeon processor manufactured with a 45-nanometer process.

Nintendo "Baffles" Market, Cuts Profit Forecast by 33%

From PC World: Even Nintendo gets the blues, judging from the Wii-maker's latest counterintuitive financial announcement. In a shock reversal, the company has inexplicably slashed its full-year profit forecasts by 33 percent.

That certainly doesn't appear to jibe with sales figures, which peg Nintendo's hardware and software sales at second-to-none levels during most of 2008. Nintendo's third-quarter results alone were up 21 percent over the same period in 2007.

Chrome, Firefox face clickjacking

From CNET Google has acknowledged the flaw and is working toward a patch for Chrome versions and earlier when running within Windows XP SP2 systems, according to SecNiche security researcher Aditya Sood.

Sood disclosed the flaw on Tuesday and has since posted a proof of concept on the Bugtraq vulnerability disclosure forum.

Bill to Delay DTV Switch Fails in U.S. House

From DailyTech: A bill passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate earlier this week to delay the scheduled DTV switch until June 12. The bill was introduced by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller. The move was also backed by President Obama and his staff.

Supporters of the delay, however, were dealt a crippling blow thanks to House Republicans according to MSNBC. The bill failed to pass a two-thirds majority and end up with 258 yes votes and 168 no votes.

Super Talent Releases SSD Upgrade for Asus Eee PC

From Tom's Hardware: Available in capacities of 16, 32 and 64 GB, the Super Talent SSDs feature a maximum read speed of 90 MB/s and a write speed of 55 MB/s. The drives utilize the SATA interface but are said by the company to be specifically designed for the Asus S101 Eee PC, and we’re uncertain if these drives would work with the rest of the Eee line.

Facebook Pulls Away from MySpace in Traffic

From DailyTech: Social networking is big business in the internet economy. Two of the largest players in the U.S. and global social networking world are MySpace and Facebook. Facebook was once the new kid on the block up against the established MySpace, but that had now drastically changed.

IE8 RC1 gains ground in JavaScript race

From InfoWorld: The newest version of Internet Explorer 8 is still the slowest big browser when it comes to JavaScript. But it has significantly closed the gap since last summer's second beta, benchmark scores show.

According to tests run by Computerworld , Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 (IE8 RC1) lags behind its four major competitors in rendering JavaScript -- at times, by large margins.

Offline Gmail is Almost Like the Real Thing

From PC World: When Google yesterday launched a system for accessing Gmail without a Net connection, they promised it would act almost exactly like regular Gmail. From my early testing, it seems like that claim isn't entirely true -- in some ways, offline Gmail actually works better than the online version.

AOL to lay off 700 employees

From CNET AOL will lay off 10 percent of its workers, about 700 people, to help it better deal with the deepening economic recession, according to a companywide e-mail sent on Wednesday.

Vista marketing draws antitrust complaints

From CNET Government antitrust attorneys said on Wednesday that they continue to receive complaints from hardware makers and other companies about Microsoft's business practices, even as the software giant has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with the state and federal authorities overseeing its antitrust consent decree.


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