10/23/2006

Dell unveils first AMD-based servers

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Michael Dell discusses two new systems available starting today: the four-processor PowerEdge 6950 and the two-processor PowerEdge SC1435. Both use Advanced Micro Devices’ Opteron processor, a first for Dell.

Source: News.com

Oracle announces Database 11g beta

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Oracle on Monday announced a beta version of its Oracle Database 11g during its annual users conference.

Database 11g beta includes 182 new features designed to address a range of database issues, from the need to retain more information to data compression to the handling of parallel upgrades, said Chuck Rozwat, executive vice president of Oracle server technologies, during his keynote speech here at the Oracle OpenWorld conference.

“11g has a lot of features for scalability,” Rozwat said, highlighting that as one of several main issues challenging the database industry.

Source: News.com

Apple’s popular iPod celebrates fifth birthday - Yahoo! News

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Apple’s popular iPod player has marked its fifth anniversary as a cultural phenomenon that helped bring music into the digital age and reap billions of dollars in sales for the US company.

The California-based company launched its mini music player five years ago on Monday, October 23, 2001 and has never looked back as sales of the trendy gadget have continued to skyrocket.

Apple shipped over eight million iPods during its fiscal fourth quarter, marking a 35 percent increase in such shipments over the year-ago quarter, according to the company’s latest earnings statement released last Wednesday.

Source: Yahoo

Firefox 2.0 goes live

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Firefox 2.0 was due to be released on Tuesday but the final version of the source browser was available from Mozilla FTP site early on Monday. Demand was such that the ftp.mozilla.org site appears to have buckled under the strain. However the software remains available from mirror sites such as one run by Oregon State University here.

Source: The Register

Amazon.com launches auto parts store

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Internet retailer Amazon.com on Monday said it opened an automotive parts and accessories store featuring over 1 million new, used and remanufactured parts.

Core brands carried by Amazon’s automotive store include Actron, Fram, Holley, Hurst, K&N Engineering, Lund, Meguiar’s, Raybestos and Schumacher.

Source: Reuters

IBM Sues Amazon Over E-Commerce Patents

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Key aspects of Amazon.com Inc.’s retailing Web site are improperly built on technologies developed at IBM Corp., Big Blue alleged Monday in two lawsuits against Amazon.

Amazon is accused of infringing on five IBM patents, including technologies that govern how the site recommends products to customers, serves up advertising and stores data.

Some of the patents were first filed in the 1980s, including one titled “Ordering Items Using an Electronic Catalog.”

“Given that time frame, these are very fundamental inventions for e-commerce and how to do it on the network,” said John Kelly III, IBM’s senior vice president for intellectual property. “Much, if not all, of Amazon’s business is built on top of this property.”

Source: AP

AMD cuts processor prices

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AMD has cut the prices of its Turion 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 and a number of its Sempron chips, the company announced today. CPU prices fell by up to 35.8 per cent.

The four-strong dual-core Turion 64 X2 line is now 16.3-25.7 per cent less expensive than before, with the biggest reduction being made to the top-of-the-range TL-60. The prices of single-core Turions were left unchanged, though AMD has dropped the ML-36 from the line-up.

Source: Reg Hardware

Google’s election mashup

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Google has created a new Google Earth Election mashup that features information about all the congressional races in the United States. The map has stars for each of the 436 congressional districts, which, when clicked on, display information about the candidates and voting information.

Source: News.com

AOL to Offer Downloads for Movie, TV Shows

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Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL’s new video portal under a deal announced Monday.

Classics such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Chinatown” and newer releases like “Mission: Impossible III” will be sold for $9.99 to $19.99 each, comparable to fees at online services CinemaNow, MovieLink and Guba as well as sites operated by MySpace-owner News Corp.

Consumers will own the movies and can transfer them to as many as three other computers or portable devices that support Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Media Player technology.

Source: AP

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