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Facebook acquires FriendFeed
Source:C|Net Tue 11th Aug 2009
TechCrunch reported the news on Monday that Facebook had acquired social-network aggregator FriendFeed, a matter of minutes before Facebook confirmed the acquisition. "Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends," FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor said in a release. "We can't wait to join the team and bring many of the innovations we've developed at FriendFeed to Facebook's 250 million users around the world." .... more

Bank to offer check deposits via iPhone
Source:C|Net Mon 10th Aug 2009
The Internet has taken a lot of the paperwork out of banking, but there is no avoiding paper when someone gives you a check. Now one bank wants to let customers deposit checks immediately--through their phones. USAA, a privately held bank and insurance company, plans to update its iPhone application this week to introduce the check deposit feature, which requires a customer to photograph both sides of the check with the phone's camera. .... more

Apple working on software fix for MacBook Pro hard drives
Source:C|Net Mon 10th Aug 2009
Owners of Apple MacBook Pro notebooks with 7200rpm 500GB hard drives have been complaining for months of clicking sounds followed by temporary stalling. According to Apple, a fix is in the works. "We are aware of the issue and are working on a software update," Apple representative Bill Evans, told CNET News on Monday. He gave no time frame for the release of the software update. .... more

SpinVox examines dossier claims
Source:BBC news Mon 10th Aug 2009
Voice-to-text company SpinVox is under pressure after a dossier, alleging financial irregularities, was circulated to shareholders. The BBC's technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones says he has been told the document makes detailed allegations about the running of the company. .... more

EPEAT green electronics registry goes international
Source:Physorg Mon 10th Aug 2009
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry that gives green ratings to computer desktops, laptops, and monitors has been localized for 40 countries. "It is an exciting development," said EPEAT executive director Jeff Omelchuck. "It is driven by a global demand for a system to evaluate these products." EPEAT was launched in the United States in 2006 with corporations and other large IT purchasers in mind but the registry is available for anyone to consult online for free at epeat.net. .... more

Shareholder Wants to Sell Part of Its Lenovo Stake
Source:NY Times Mon 10th Aug 2009
The biggest stakeholder in the parent company of Lenovo said Monday that it was seeking to sell 29 percent of the parent company?s shares for $404 million. The stakeholder, the asset management arm of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, owns 65 percent of Legend Holdings, the parent of Lenovo. Lenovo is the largest personal computer maker in China and the fourth-largest maker of PCs after Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Acer. .... more

Samsung invades HTC territory with Android handset
Source:Infoworld Mon 10th Aug 2009
Samsung Electronics on Monday joined with network operator Taiwan Mobile to try to steal the spotlight from rival High Tech computer (HTC) by launching a handset with Google's Android mobile software, the Samsung i7500, in Taiwan. HTC, the Taiwanese company that worked with Google to develop the first smartphone based on Android, the T-Mobile G1 (also called HTC Dream) had already sent out invitations to a Tuesday press party to launch its third and latest Android handset in Taiwan, the HTC Hero. .... more

Despite Intel hype, Atom-based MIDs are a retail no-show
Source:Ars Technica Mon 10th Aug 2009
We recently went on a quest to actually find an Atom-based Mobile Internet Device (MID) or UMPC for sale in the retail channel, and we failed. So we turned to Intel and to professional channel watchers for help, and they failed, too (with the sole exception of a $2,500 Toughbook)?despite all the energy Intel has directed at hyping these form factors. What gives? .... more

QNAP Announces 2 New Ultra-high Performance 4-drive Rack Mounted NAS Servers
Source: Mon 10th Aug 2009
QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Video Players today expanded their Turbo NAS lineup with a pair of new ultra-high performance NAS servers for the corporate and entry-level enterprise market. The new TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP models are both 4-drive 1U rack mounted NAS servers with hot-swappable drives that are capable of up to 8TB total capacity using 2TB drives. The newly-designed HDD tray for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDD dual support is also equipped in these two models, which gives users more choices to deploy the hard drives. The TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP feature Intel ATOM 1.6GHz CPU and 1GB DDRII memory, making them capable of incredible performance; up to 87.3MB/sec transfer rate for an FTP read with RAID 5 enabled. Both models can be configured for RAID 0/1/5/6/5+ spare, and JBOD with online RAID capacity expansion and RAID level migration. Both models feature iSCSI Target service with Thin Provisioning and dual Gigabit LAN ports with port trunking (support 7 bonding modes) and multi-IP setting. The primary difference between the TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP is the RP model includes a redundant power supply that will automatically kick in if the other fails. The SP model includes a single power supply, but is upgradeable with an optional redundant power supply that can be installed without powering down the unit. The TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP are fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX networks and feature business-essential features such as AES 256-bit volume-based encryption, policy-based IP blocking, secure FTP, encrypted remote replication for backing up the NAS server to another NAS server over the network, email or SMS alerts if drives in the NAS server fail or are about to fail, and much more. "QNAP means business with these exciting new models" said Meiji Chang, CEO of QNAP Systems, Inc. "With the most comprehensive lineup of any NAS server manufacturer, the TS-439U family reinforces our commitment to our corporate, entry-level enterprise and data center customers. While our competition tries to sell business customers a consumer-level NAS server, QNAP delivers true business-class NAS servers with best in class performance and features, and rock steady reliability" Mr. Chang added. The TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP come standard with QNAP's new V3 of its NAS management software, embedded as firmware, adding significant new features including virtual disk drives support (up to 8 virtual disks via iSCSI expansion over the network), exclusive QNAP RAID Recovery that can recover an inactive RAID 1, 5, or 6 due to unintentional removal of drives. Network Discovery Services are enhanced with new Bonjour support offering zero-configuration networking for HTTP, SAMBA, FTP, AFP, and SSH based networks, and full UPnP support. Other new features of the V3 firmware include EXT4 support for very large volumes and file sizes, SNMP support, and bitmap support for faster rebuilding of RAID volume after a crash or adding/removing a drive. Version 3 includes an all-new AJAX-based web interface that is extremely easy to use and is broadly compatible with popular web browsers. QNAP offers the broadest lineup of NAS server enclosures currently available. QNAP Turbo NAS series NAS servers are available in 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8-bay desktop (QNAP exclusive feature) and rack mount configurations to fit the needs of consumer, small/medium business, workgroups, and entry-level enterprise networks. QNAP NAS servers feature hot-swap removable cartridge drives throughout the entire lineup, and offer unique features including iSCSI, and dual Gigabit LAN ports with fail-over, load-balancing and multi-IP setting capabilities for all Intel-based models. QNAP NAS servers are ideal for simple website hosting, ultra-high performance RAID storage supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 5+ hot spare, stand-alone file downloading, network-wide backups, printer sharing, video surveillance, and a whole lot more. QNAP NAS servers are fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX networks and incorporate green power management technologies. .... more

Asetek Adds Liquid Cooling to HP Z Workstations
Source: Mon 10th Aug 2009
Asetek, the industry leading supplier of liquid cooling systems for computers, announced today it has added its liquid cooling technology to the high performance HP Z400 and HP Z800 Workstations. These ultra quiet, liquid cooled models expand upon the low noise line of Z Workstations, noted for its breakthrough design, performance and reliability. The HP Z400 and HP Z800 Workstations with liquid cooling are available at www.hp.com/go/workstations. For more information regarding this announcement, please contact Gary Baum at 512-431-3868 or via email gbaum@asetek.com. Asetek Liquid Cooler for HP Z800 Workstation http://www.networkheaven.net/mewebmail/default/lang/en/Forms/MAI/GetContent.aspx?ID=F77048583FAE41AD8792DAA1238E7D18.MAI&FLD=%5cInbox&CID=img2 Asetek Liquid Cooler for HP Z400 Workstation http://www.networkheaven.net/mewebmail/default/lang/en/Forms/MAI/GetContent.aspx?ID=F77048583FAE41AD8792DAA1238E7D18.MAI&FLD=%5cInbox&CID=img3 .... more

Plenty of proof that ads don't support Web music
Source:C|Net Mon 10th Aug 2009
Three years ago this month, the Financial Times and The New York Times chronicled the emergence of an untried but promising new digital-music service: SpiralFrog. The start-up would offer music free of charge to consumers and attempt to hand the bill to advertisers. Since then, we've seen a dozen companies make names for themselves by offering their own twist on the ad-supported music model, including MySpace Music, Imeem, and Pandora. But regardless of how anyone has tweaked it, not a single service in the still-nascent sector has proven that it knows how to offer consumers a compelling free-music service while providing advertisers an effective way to deliver their messages. .... more

Re: Plenty of proof that ads don't support Web music
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Toshiba to join Blu-ray club
Source:Zdnet Mon 10th Aug 2009
Toshiba said Monday it is planning a lineup of products that support the Blu-ray storage format. Toshiba was one of the leading companies behind HD DVD, a standard that lost to Blu-ray. .... more

Hynix introduces 4Gb mobile DRAM for MIDs
Source:Digitimes Mon 10th Aug 2009
Hynix Semiconductor has introduced its 4-gigabits (4Gb) mobile DDR SDRAM supported on Intel's Moorestown platform for mobile Internet devices (MIDs), with mass production slated for the third quarter of 2009. .... more

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