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The Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

Microsoft and Yahoo, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Yes, my fellow witnesses, the moment has arrived; the on-again, off-again courtship that dragged out for approximately 7,432 years has finally reached its climax.

Microsoft Yahoo Search DealMicrosoft and Yahoo announced on Thursday they'd gotten the go-ahead to complete their long-discussed search partnership. Both the U.S.

LMX Superleggera liquid metal cooler

Danamics has this week started to ship its newest liquid metal CPU cooler which goes by the name of LMX Superleggera and is a tweaked version of the LMX model released late last year.

Sony to release Torne in Japan

Second go at digital recording peripheral

Sony is having a second go at releasing a digital recording device. Torne which will be released in March in Japan is the second time that Sony has released a digital recording device.

The first was PlayTV which is Sony Europe's HDTV tuner & recorder and which has been available in Europe since fall 2008. The torne is a terrestrial digital tuner that connects to the PS3 via USB cable.

It offers players an easy and colourful interface that lists programs. It's possible to look up programs and search the menu by genre or keyword.

NEC works out how to triple USB 3.0 speed

Think SuperSpeed USB 3.0's 4.8Gb/s data transfer speed is lightning fast? You're wrong, says NEC.

Today it said it had successfully demo'd a serial bus that it believes can hit 16Gb/s.

Like USB 3.0, NEC's technology sends data as a stream of binary 1s and 0s. NEC actually demonstrated a chip capable of maintain such a data rate, rather than a new bus per se, but it shows there's room for the likes of SuperSpeed - or its successor - to deliver even higher data-transfer speeds.

At high throughput rates, signals become distorted, especially over long cable lengths.

TI's Amazing 3D Phone Display

If you're going to watch Avatar on the move, why not watch it in 3D?

At the Mobile World Congress on Wednesday, TI showed off a tablet-sized device with a 3D display that doesn't require glasses, running on an existing TI OMAP3 chipset. The company also promised high-def, 3D movies with its new OMAP4 chips.

The 3D demo showed images and video in 3D by using a standard 120-Hz LCD with a special overlay film from 3M that can direct images either towards your left or right eye.

MSI Star USB 3.0 SSD performance

"Typically with USB 2.0 you'd limit yourself to roughly 30MB/sec so it will be very interesting to see what MSI's latest USB 3.0 Star add-on controllers have in store and what kind of performance they bring to the table opposed to that old interface.

Therefore we test USB 3.0 (tagged SuperSpeed) with the USB 3.0 ready N002 SSD from ADATA, this device is able to deliver up to very fast 200 MB/s and 170 MB/s sequential read/write performance. But how will it perform on USB 3.0?"

Google Gives to Wikipedia

Google Inc., the Internet's most profitable company, is giving $2 million to support Wikipedia, a volunteer-driven reference tool that has emerged as one of the Web's most-read sites.

Wikimedia Foundation, owner of Wikipedia, said Wednesday that Google has donated $2 million to further develop the popular encyclopedia and other projects.

Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's founder, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday, followed by a formal announcement from the nonprofit organization.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, in a statement, called Wikipedia "one of the greatest triumphs of the Internet…t

AMD to launch four six-cores in Q2

95 to 125W TDP

We just received word that AMD plans to launch a total of four six-core CPUs and while some of them will share the same specification, it will not be the case for the TDP.

The top one is going to be called Phenom II X6 1075T and it will have 125W. Some people have suggested that there will be a faster version of this CPU with 140W but we are not aware of that at press time.

The runner up is Phenom II X6 1055T and this one will come in 125 and 95W variants. The last one is named Phenom II X6 1035T and comes with lower frequency and 95W.

First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Plants

Many cellulosic fuel producers are working with enzymes to break down tough, inedible plant parts, such as corncobs or switch grass, into simpler sugars that can be fermented to ethanol.

Spam Jumps to 3 Billion Messages Per Day

Last year was an interesting year in the security industry in a number of ways, but perhaps none more so than the monstrous increase in the volume of malicious spam. In the second half of 2009, the number of spam messages sent per day skyrocketed from 600 million to three billion, according to new research.

For some time now, spam has been accounting for upwards of 90 percent of all email messages. But the volume of spam had been relatively steady in the last couple of years.

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