Nvidia bids to dislodge Intel as rivalry gets ugly

From CNET News.com: Although the Santa Clara, Calif., neighbors (located only a couple of miles from each other) have never really been on speaking terms, the rivalry is intensifying with the emergence of the Netbook--small, lightweight laptops priced below $500.

EA Layoffs Double in Size to 1,000 People

From DailyTech: Electronic Arts Inc. announced it will lay off 10% of its work force in a restructuring plan that includes a consolidation of facilities operated by EA. The majority of the restructuring will be completed by March 31, 2009. This announcement is a four percent increase from the six percent work force reduction EA announced on October 30, 2008.

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Google issues first post-beta Chrome update

From InfoWorld: Only days after Google dropped the beta tag from its Chrome browser, the company issued an update that fixes more than 30 bugs.

Earlier this week, Google delivered Chrome, a developer-only build that has not been sent to all users through the browser's update mechanism. Chrome users, however, can reset the browser to receive all updates, including the developer editions, with the Channel Chooser utility .

YouTube Pushes HD Video, New Landing Pages

From PC World: Google's YouTube has rolled out a high-definition option for video and created new landing pages to make it easier to find popular video categories.

The changes are part of a series of improvements Google is making to YouTube as it tries to stay ahead of emerging rivals such as Hulu and deal with the problem of users uploading copyright video.

Apple sued over Apple TV

From CNET News.com: A maker of wireless set-top boxes has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company hired away three employees with knowledge of technology that would be included in Apple TV.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Previews Hit the Web

From DailyTech: We now know that the GTX 295 will use dual 55nm GTX 200 GPUs and according to Guru 3D, the specs of the beastie are odd. The 295 has the same memory and core frequencies of a pair of GTX 260 GPUs, but the GPUs enjoy the same shader power of a pair of GTX 280 GPUs.

Oops! Mozilla forgets Firefox 2 patch, must re-issue update

From InfoWorld: A "clerical error" by Mozilla omitted one of the security patches that was supposed to be included in the Windows version of Tuesday's Firefox 2.0 .0.19 release, a company executive said Wednesday.

New York Transfers $650M of Incentives to AMD Spinoff

From PC World: New York's Empire State Development Co. and Public Authorities Control Board voted to approve plans to transfer US$650 million [M] worth of incentives to Advanced Micro Devices' manufacturing spinoff, The Foundry Co.

The funds, awarded to AMD in 2006, are earmarked for the construction of a 300-millimeter wafer fabrication plant in Saratoga County, New York. Construction on the plant must begin before July 2009, according to terms of the original grant.

Adobe squeezes AIR out of beta for Linux users

From CNET News.com: Adobe Systems on Wednesday is taking the Linux version of its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) product out of beta, and bringing it up to speed with the versions available for Windows and Mac users.

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