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Now bigger, Google prepares to get smaller

Although yesterday’s completion of the Google + DoubleClick deal gives the combined business a big boost against Yahoo and Microsoft, Google is already planning staff layoffs. “I’m pleased to share the news that we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick today,” Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt wrote in his blog yesterday, when the ink on the deal was still barely dry. “An immediate task...

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Windows Eee PC Will Outsell Linux Version, Says Asus

Asus predicts the Eee PC it has started selling with Microsoft Windows XP Home edition on board will outsell the original Linux-based version by a ratio of 6 to 4 in the market by the end of this year, a heady prediction considering the Windows machine costs nearly twice as much as the cheapest Linux one. The company has forecast Eee PC shipments at...

The IPv6 experience: Are you experienced yet?

The IPv6 experience: Are you experienced yet?

Now that ICANN is in the process of upgrading its root servers to handle IPv6 records, somebody has to get the word out to businesses about the benefits of the updated protocol. The Internet Engineering Task Force is hosting the “IPv6 Experience” in Philadelphia, a meeting geared largely toward generating interest in the next generation IP. One activity at the convention is an immersive...

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Server Core could top Windows Server 2008 features

Server Core in Windows Server 2008 is being hailed by many as potentially the best feature of Microsoft’s latest operating system. If you’re unfamiliar still with Server Core and what it can provide, prepare yourself for this version of Windows, which arrives with no GUI, no support for many types of managed code and little more than a command-line prompt for console administration. Even...

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Microsoft’s Doug Mahugh: Inside the real OOXML debate

The Office Open XML format may or may not be ratified by the ISO, but in either event, it will still be a driving force in millions of the world’s offices. So one way or the other, its senior product manager tells us, the interoperability debate will be resolved. From the outside, the debate over whether the International Organization for Standardization should formally ratify...

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Wal-Mart ends Linux-based computers in stores

Computers that run the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows didn’t attract enough attention from Wal-Mart customers, and the chain has stopped selling them in stores, a spokeswoman said Monday. “This really wasn’t what our customers were looking for,” said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien. To test demand for systems with the open-source operating system, Wal-Mart stocked the $199 “Green gPC,”...

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Microsoft denies Blu-ray drive rumors, while Toshiba eats $1 billion

In an interview with Reuters, Microsoft shot down claims by Sony that the companies were in discussion to bring a Blu-ray drive to the Xbox 360. Meanwhile, Toshiba is expected to take a nearly $1 billion loss for abandoning HD DVD. Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for the Xbox 360, said the company was focusing on digital distribution of entertainment through Xbox Live...

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Vista SP1 up to 86 percent faster

Is Vista SP1 really the shot in the arm your Vista system needs? We’ve spent many hours strapped to our benchmarking system in a caffeine and pizza fuelled haze to uncover these very interesting results. We tested Vista: As it comes out of the box (RTM — or “release to manufacturing”) As it comes out of the box, with all Windows Update patches applied...

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Sony reportedly in talks with Microsoft on Blu-ray for Xbox 360

Inevitably, the other leading game consoles will need a high-resolution video disc option, and with the format war now over, there’s only one option to be had. So it seems like now’s as good a time as any for the two sides to talk shop. A Financial Times report this morning cites Sony Electronics US President Stan Glasgow as saying his company is presently...

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US delegation to ISO votes in favor of OOXML

A Microsoft technical evangelist and member of the INCITS V1 technical committee reports that after deliberating the many comments raised on Office Open XML’s viability, the US contingent has voted to maintain its “Approve” recommendation. The news reflects just the US’ vote on the matter, and not whether the ISO Subcommittee 34 has voted as a whole in favor of adopting OOXML as an...