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WD releases its first consumer SSD

Western Digital today announced that it has started shipping its first solid state drive (SSD) aimed at consumers. The new 2.5-inch SiliconEdge Blue SSD comes in capacities of up to 256GB and features a native serial ATA 3.0 gigabits per second interface with read speeds up to 250MB/sec and write transfer rates up to 170 MB/sec. The multi-level cell (MLC)-based SiliconEdge Blue SSD features advanced wear-leveling firmware which evenly distributes data on the drive to help increase drive longevity.

Activision Sued by Sacked ‘Call of Duty’ Creators

March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Activision Blizzard Inc. was sued by the executives who created the “Call of Duty” franchise, after the video-game publisher fired them on “false” insubordination charges to avoid paying royalties, according to their complaint.

Jason West and Vince Zampella, who co-founded Activision’s Infinity Ward studio, sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, claiming breach of contract and wrongful termination.

Phone Companies Are Developing Fuel Cells

With all the attention on fuel cell startup Bloom Energy this week, you might think Bloom invented the fuel cell. Many industries, particularly phone companies, have been developing and using the technology for some time as backup power for cellular base stations.

Scientists Spot Genes Tied to Aging

Scientists have discovered genetic variants that are associated with biological aging, a finding that could explain why some people seem to age faster than others.

The researchers, who report their findings Feb. 7 in the journal Nature Genetics, analyzed more than 500,000 genetic variations in search of those linked to aging.

According to study co-leader Dr.

Nvidia violated 3 patents

Rambus Inc., which designs memory chips, said Friday that an administrative judge for the U.S International Trade Commission has ruled that graphics chip maker Nvidia Corp. has violated three of its patents.

The initial determination of patent infringement may be reviewed. The judge also ruled that Nvidia did not violate two other patents.

Rambus first filed a patent complaint with the ITC in November 2008, requesting an investigation into Nvidia products. Rambus asked the ITC to stop the importing and sale of Nvidia products that it said infringed on nine of its patents.

Brain Scans Reveal Video Gamers' Secrets

How adeptly you play a video game may indicate how big some parts of your brain are, the authors of a new study report.

Researchers found that certain regions of the brain are larger in young people who do a better job of playing a specially designed video game.

In other words, all those people who devote their days to their Wiis and XBoxes may be packing some cerebral heat, at least when it comes to the sheer size of what's inside their skulls.

The findings "can help us understand how individual differences contribute to cognitive differences and how we can enhance brain function by

Using Cybercitizens to Hunt Down Hackers

Since the earliest days of the Internet, people have tried to hack their way into the computers of others. Even as hacking has grown from a way for geeks to impress each other to a means for criminals to steal and blackmail, the strategy for computer security has remained largely the same: Companies and consumers erect the thickest walls they can around computers so the bad guys can't get in.

Now security experts, realizing they're losing the battle, are ready to try a new approach. They plan to recruit victims and other computer users to help them go on the offensive and hunt down the hackers. "It's time to stop building burglar alarms to keep people out and go after the bad guys," says Rowan Trollope, senior vice-president for consumer products at Symantec, the largest maker of antivirus software.

Will Windows 7 Reboot PC Sales?

For the first time in years, the PC market is starting to draw serious attention from Wall Street. Dell (DELL) shares surged after the company beat earnings expectations for the second quarter. The next day chip giant Intel (INTC) gave the sector another lift by raising its forecast for PC processor sales. Hopes are building among investors that the industry will see a revival in growth as Microsoft (MSFT) unveils its new operating system, Windows 7, on Oct. 22 to replace its troubled Windows Vista.

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