Tech News of the Week: 01/18/2009 – 01/24/2009

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From CNet News
Windows 7 beta to be available through Feb. 10
by Ina Fried

Microsoft announced Friday night that computer enthusiasts will have a while longer to get their hands on the beta version of Windows 7.

In a blog posting, Microsoft said that the test version of the operating system will be available for download through Feb. 10. Previously, Microsoft had said that the OS would only be open through late this month. Continue…

Piracy: More Oscar-contending films end up online
by Greg Sandoval

Hollywood has gotten better at delaying pirates from posting illegal copies of Oscar-nominated films on the Internet. The bad news is that eventually a higher percentage of nominated films end up on the Web.

Andy Baio, an independent journalist and programmer, says he has tracked how quickly pirated copies of Oscar-nominated films appear on the Web for the past six years. He logs whether the copies were recorded with handheld cameras or copied from DVDs. Continue…

Google stuff we missed this week
by Josh Lowensohn

Between its big earnings call and rolling out a snazzy New York visitor’s center, Google’s been pretty busy this week. Here are five bits of news that slipped through the cracks:

Watch YouTube videos in Gmail chat. Having YouTube video links turn into videos in Google Talk is nothing new, but the feature is now a part of Gmail too. Web users who had lusted over the desktop software’s feature are now able to do right in the browser. Dropping in any YouTube URL will insert the video into your conversation stream where it can be viewed by both users, although not at the same time. See also our old story about Meebo offering the same thing in its chat rooms back in 2007. Continue…

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From AOL Tech News
Microsoft Misses, to Cut 5,000 Jobs
AP

SEATTLE (Jan. 22) – Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it is cutting 5,000 jobs over the next 18 months – more than 5 percent of its work force – a sign of how badly even the biggest and richest companies are being stung by the recession.

The layoffs appear to be a first for Microsoft, which was founded in 1975, aside from relatively limited staff cuts the software company made after acquiring companies.Continue…

AMD Posts $1.4 Billion Loss
AP

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 22) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says it pared its fourth-quarter loss, but not as sharply as Wall Street had hoped.
Net loss at the world’s No. 2 microprocessor maker was $1.4 billion, or $2.34 per share. A year ago, AMD ‘s loss was $1.8 billion, or $3.06 per share. Continue…

Internet Giant Google Crushes Estimates
by By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 23) – Google Inc.’s fourth quarter wasn’t picture perfect, but the results looked good in an ugly recession.
Although Google suffered its first-ever decline in quarterly profit because of a $1.1 billion accounting charge, the Internet search leader fared far better than its peers and proved it has the discipline to curb its free-spending ways in tough times. Continue…

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Now for some Local Tech News…

From www.itmatters.Com.Ph News | Inquirer.net Technology News | ABS-CBN Technology News

From www.ItMatters.Com.Ph News
Intel to close RP plant
by Paolo Luis G. Montecillo and Reuters

1,800 to lose jobs; 6,000 to be axed in global streamlining
CHIPMAKER INTEL CORP. WILL CLOSE its manufacturing plant in the Philippines, laying off 1,800 workers, as part of a global streamlining effort that will affect four other factories in two more countries and trim as many as 6,000 jobs.

Intel, the world’s largest maker of PC microprocessors, announced that the General Trias, Cavite assembly test facility would be closed along with two others in Penang, Malaysia, a wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, as well as its Santa Clara, California plant – a factory connected to its headquarters and the only one left in Silicon Valley. Continue…

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From Inquirer.net Technology News
Jobless can turn to IT, BPO firms
by By Abigail L. Ho, TJ Burgonio, Christine Avendaño

WORKERS finding themselves suddenly without employment because of the slowing global economy can turn to the information technology and business process outsourcing sectors where thousands of jobs are on offer.

Or they can join the approximately 3,000 Filipinos who fly out of the country every day for countries where apparently the demand for Filipino workers has not abated.Continue…

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From ABS-CBN Technology News
Mobile phone market to shrink in 2009
by Reuters

HELSINKI – The global mobile phone market will shrink nine percent in 2009, its first decline since 2001 and with the first half set to be especially grim as economic slowdown chokes consumer spending, Strategy Analytics (SA) said.

“We expect the first half of 2009 to be very weak, as the industry is hit by a double whammy of slowing post-holiday shipments in developed markets and subdued demand during the normally buoyant Chinese New Year in Asia,” SA said on Friday. Continue…

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Last modified: January 24, 2009

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