Sony Recalls 73,000 Vaio Laptops Due to Burn Hazard

From PC World: Sony is recalling 73,000 Vaio TZ laptops because of a possible manufacturing defect that may cause them to overheat, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The recall relates to a problem with wiring near the computer's hinge, which could short-circuit and overheat in certain circumstances, perhaps burning the user.

Intel ready to announce six-core chip

From CNET News.com: ntel is expected to announce the "Dunnington" processor later this month, the first six-core processor and last of its Penryn-class chips.

Google Removes Big Brother Clause in Chrome's EULA

From DailyTech: Google will change the EULA for its Chrome web browser just days after its release, due to a handful of users spotting a provision in its EULA that gives Google a license to most anything the browser is used to create.

Blu-ray Drives Hit 8X Write Speeds

HP launches product blitz for virtualization

From InfoWorld: Hewlett-Packard has announced a broad sweep of new virtualization products along with survey results claiming that most businesses aren't making the most of what the technology has to offer.

The products include a ProLiant blade server "built from the ground up" for virtualization, four thin-client computers for virtualizing desktops, new equipment for virtualizing storage and some consulting services.

Samsung Builds Russian WiMax Network

From PC World: Samsung Electronics has built a WiMax network in the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg for local operator Startel, it said Tuesday.

eBay makes eco-play with new green marketplace

From CNET News.com: eBay on Wednesday plans to unveil a new e-commerce site for shoppers of environmentally friendly and fair-trade goods, as expected.

Microsoft Offers Live Search Users Cash Rewards

From DailyTech: It’s no secret that Microsoft is a distant third behind Google and floundering competitor Yahoo in the search engine business. With Google constantly expanding its online offerings, Microsoft has turned to tactics that either smack of desperation or perhaps of brilliance, depending on your perspective. Microsoft is in-effect paying users for their search engine traffic.

AMD Plans to Release New “FX” Microprocessors in 2009

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices plans to return its premium class FX-series processors to the market sometime in the middle of next year. The question is whether the new central processing units (CPUs) will truly be capable of successfully competing against rivals.

Google adds YouTube-like service to Apps suite

From InfoWorld: Google has added a video sharing component to its Apps Premier suite of hosted communication and collaboration software, betting that companies will find it useful for a variety of workplace uses.

The Google Video service was due to debut in Apps Premier on Tuesday, allowing end-users to upload clips and share them with co-workers using an interface very similar to Google's YouTube, the most popular video sharing service in the consumer market.

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