Leak from Microsoft Russia Indicates Windows 7 SP1 Could Air Saturday

From DailyTech: It must be hard for a company like Microsoft to keep its guarded release schedule under wraps, particularly with employees blogging about their work. A Microsoft Russia Enterprise Services (virtualization) employee, Alex Kibkalo, typed a blog claiming that the long-awaited first service pack (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 would air to OEMs on Saturday with the build string 7601.17514.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850.

Sony PSP2: As Powerful As PlayStation 3, Available in Q4 - Rumours

From X-bit Labs: More rumours emerge about PlayStation Portable 2 video game console that Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. reportedly plan to show off later this month. According to the latest pieces of unofficial information, the system may offer the amount of horsepower that is comparable to the PlayStation 3, a full-sized state-of-the-art current-generation console.

Nvidia and TSMC Ship Billionth GeForce Graphics Processor

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company on Thursday celebrated the shipment of the one-billionth GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU) designed by Nvidia and manufactured by TSMC.

Articles Roundup: January 13, 2011

Google pays record bounty for Chrome bug

From InfoWorld: Google patched 16 vulnerabilities in Chrome on Thursday, paying one researcher a record $3,133 for reporting a single bug. The flaws fixed in Chrome 8.0.552.334 were in several components, including the browser's support for extensions, its built-in PDF viewer, and CSS (cascade style sheet) processing.

Thirteen of the bugs were labeled as "high" threats, Google's second-most-serious rating, and two were pegged "medium." Only one was tagged as "critical."

Google Acquires EBook Technologies

From PC World: Google is accelerating its push in the e-book space by acquiring eBook Technologies, a company that specializes in both hardware and content distribution for electronic readers.

Google isn't divulging the financial details of the deal, which it announced in a statement Wednesday. eBook is focused on designing and developing technology for creating, distributing, and controlling content to be used on tablets and other portable reading devices, it said.

Apple gets patent for solar-powered gear

From CNET News.com: The sun may be in your iPhone battery's future.

Apple on Tuesday received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for powering electronics partially with solar power. (See patent number 7,868,582).

The patent, which was originally filed in 2009, describes a system of using a solar panel for charging different portable devices, including a notebook computer, tablet, phone, or other handheld gadget.

RIM releases WebWorks SDK beta

From CNET News.com: Research In Motion is looking to harness the best of today's Web technologies including HTML5 and JavaScript, to bridge the gap between development efforts for its BlackBerry smartphones and the soon-to-be-released PlayBook tablet.

Virgin Mobile Unlimited Data Plans Get Limits

From DailyTech: The days of the unlimited internet plan for mobile devices are ending. Many “unlimited” data plans have fair use clauses allowing the carrier to charge you more or cut your speed once you hit a certain threshold.

New Features on iOS 4.3, No More Home Button on iPads & iPhones

From DailyTech: Though iOS 4.3 did not roll out before Christmas, as previously reported, the first beta version has been seeded to developers and is full of new changes.

BGR has been informed of the following updates by a number of developers:

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