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February 2008

Wednesday, February 27

Move over Wii, Here Comes HP's GPS-based Platform. By combining GPS and a digital compass with accelerometers, gamers "become a mouse and a gamepad."

EU Slaps Microsoft with $1.35 Billion Fine. Saying the company has failed to comply with sanctions imposed in 2004.

Automotive LED Market to Reach US$1.2 Billion in 2011. Automotive LED lighting applications are set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% from 2007 to 2011.

Finjan Uncovers Database Storing More than 8,700 Stolen FTP Credentials. Data enables cybercriminals to upload malware to compromised systems more easily.

'Noah's Ark' of Seeds Opens in Norway

Friday, February 22

Sony Paid Warners’ $400 Million for Blu-ray Move. The pivotal decision that led to the end of the hi-def DVD format war was the result of an auction between rivals Sony and Toshiba in which both formats sought to buy the exclusive partnership of Warner Home Video.

LG Laptop Battery Meltdown. In January another battery produced by LG Chem and used in an LG Electronics laptop exploded.

More U.S. Broadband has $134 Billion Economic Impact. A modest increase in U.S. broadband adoption would have an annual economic impact of $134 billion.

North American Semi Equipment January Book-to-Bill Reflects Reduction in Capital Spending. Orders for semiconductor manufacturing equipment remain below levels reported in early 2007 and are consistent with the reduction in capital spending announced by many device manufacturers.

IBM Unveils Atomic Memory Advance. The design of atomic-scale magnetic memories got a boost with an announcement from IBM researchers that they have manipulated individual cobalt atoms.

Data Encryption Leaves Sleeping Computers Vulnerable. The findings carry the potential to undermine user confidence in data encryption when laptops or other mobile devices are lost or stolen.

Electron Filmed for First Time Ever

Space Junk Often Hits Earth, Not Us

Thursday, February 21

Microsoft: Vista SP1 Will Break These Programs. List of applications affected by service pack installation include Trend Micro's Internet Security 2008 and the Times Reader.

Microsoft Pulls Vista Update Files After Glitches. Microsoft has pulled one of the three prelimary update files needed to download Vista service pack 1 after users reported technical issues.

Google to Store Patients' Health Records. Google will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service.

Leopard Gets Even Better. With the OS X 10.5.2 update, Apple improves an already brilliant operating system.

LCD TVs Now Outselling CRTs

Tuesday, February 19

Toshiba Quits HD DVD Business. Toshiba said it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video.

Dell Overhauls Support Services. The company will introduce two services aimed at improving local support for enterprise customers by improving turnaround times.

Columbus Laboratory Installed on Space Station

Friday, February 15

Broadband Crackdown. Comcast and other ISPs adopt a tough stance against bandwidth hogs, including folks who legally download big files.

Here's the Formula for the Gadget of the Year: A device that delivers Internet video on the TV.

Secret Recipe Inside Intel's Latest Competitor. Montalvo Systems has a multicore chip, but not all of the cores are the same.

Scientists Discover New Solar System

Thursday, February 14

Flash Drives Ready to Jump in Capacity. SanDisk has developed technology that will yield solid-state drives with twice the capacity of today's flash drives.

Solar Power Industry Shares Surge on Wall Street. The solar power industry is experiencing a surge on Wall Street as some companies increase production, cut costs and vow to be competitive with conventional electricity in the next few years.

US: Broken Satellite Will Be Shot Down

Superfluids Could Create a 'Universe in a Bucket'

Titan's Surface Organics Surpass Oil Reserves on Earth

Carbon Capture Strategy Could Lead To Emission-free Cars

Wednesday, February 13

Apple Patch Day Comes With 10 New Updates. Experts maintain that patches for Apple's Safari will increase as the browser gains a bigger market segment.

Microsoft Releases Massive Set of Security Updates. This month's bundle of updates fixes 17 flaws, including four vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that should take top priority.

E-Mail Carries Love and Viruses for Valentine's Day. The FBI is warning that an unexpected e-card in your in-box may contain the Storm Worm virus.

Hands-on Vista SP1. Better, but slower?

Tuesday, February 12

Vista SP1 Rolls-up 551 Bug Fixes. By Microsoft’s own count, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 rolls up 551 separate hotfixes, in addition to 23 security updates rated Important and already delivered via Windows Update.

Acer Forecasts Strong Growth in 2008. Taiwanese PC vendor Acer predicts its PC shipments will grow as much as 35 percent this year led by a strong notebook PC market.

Researchers Discover Dinky Flying Dinosaur Fossil

Science Lab Attached to Space Station

Space Tugboat Set for March Launch

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain

Monday, February 11

Yahoo Rejects Microsoft's Bid. Board unanimously concludes that Microsoft's half-stock, half-cash offer "substantially undervalues" Yahoo.

Netflix Dumps HD DVD. Stating that the industry has already picked a winner in the battle of next-generation DVD superiority, Netflix announced Monday that it will stock only Blu-ray discs and drop the HD DVD format.

Dell Site Glitch Sets Off AMD Abandonment Fears. Contrary to rumors, Dell is not reducing or dumping AMD.

Tech Spending Predictions Slashed. Worse than expected.

Monday, February 4

Chip Market Thrived in '07, Sees Strong Demand in '08. If only houses sold as briskly as flash memory chips.

Intel, Micron Claim to Boost Solid-State Drive Speeds by 500%. The NAND flash memory chips can reach speeds of up to 200 MB per second for reading data and 100 MB per second for writing data, the partners said.

Microsoft Ships Server 2008 to OEMs. Microsoft sends OEMs its "Gold" version of Windows Server 2008, ahead of the product's launch later this month. Review: Much to Like in Windows Server 2008.

Cisco Plan Will Create 360,000 Network Engineers in India. The five-year strategy builds on Cisco's $1.1 billion investments in Indian ventures in recent years.

Congress to Hold Antitrust Hearing on Microsoft's Yahoo Bid. House Judiciary chairman says proposed deal raises 'competitive' issues.

Yahoo, RealNetworks Strike Deal on Subscription Music. Yahoo axes music service, strikes deal with Rhapsody Facing a takeover bid from Microsoft, Yahoo tries to keep business as usual.

The Telescope Race

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