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Layoffs Continue At Microsoft

Microsoft Lays off 800 more

Software giant, Microsoft has made yet another layoff of about 800 employees belonging to different locations and businesses this Wednesday. This layoff completes the initially projected 5000 job cuts announced earlier in January.

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac Launched

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac

Parallels has launched its newest version for Mac, the Parallels Desktop 5 which boasts of being smarter, faster and much more powerful than its previous version. It costs about $79.99 and the upgrade comes to around $49.99. They are also offering free upgrades for customers who had purchased the current version after October 1.

Verizon to hike contract-termination fees for 'advanced devices'

Verizon Wireless memo

According to a recent Verizon Wireless memo, obtained by The Boy Genius Report blog, the early contract-termination charges of the company, for "advanced devices," are being hiked to $350. The termination fee, applicable to one-year as well as two-year contracts, kicks in upon the discontinuation of the carrier's service before the completion the stipulated period.

Number of apps available at Apple App Store crosses the 100,000 mark!

Number of apps available at Apple App Store crosses the 100,000 mark!

With the launch of the supposed ‘iPhone challenger’ Motorola Droid round the corner, Apple has revealed highly-impressive statistics from its tightly-controlled mobile-applications’ storefront – it has reported that the number of applications available for download at its popular App Store has crossed the enviable 100,000 mark!

NY antitrust lawsuit details Intel-Dell liaison to thwart competition from AMD

NY antitrust lawsuit details Intel-Dell liaison to thwart competition from AMD

On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging that the chip maker’s symbiotic liaison with PC maker Dell over the years has been part of Intel’s competition-thwarting practices against its rival AMD. 
 

Pirated DVDs of Windows 7 have already generated Rs 50-lakh business in India

Pirated DVDs of Windows 7

Ever since a day after official launch of Microsoft’s latest Windows 7 operating system on October 22, nearly 50,000 pirated DVDs of the OS have hit the Indian markets big time – generating a whopping unaccounted business that runs up to almost Rs 50 lakh, or $100,000!

Droid’s data plan similar to other Windows Mobile phones on Verizon

Motorola

Contrary to the Web reports generating confusion about the forthcoming Motorola Droid's service plans, there have been recent clarifications that the Android-based Droid, to be exclusively available on the Verizon network for $200 and with a two-year contract, will make use of exactly the same data plans as Verizon's other Windows Mobile phones.

Web portal MSN redesigned by Microsoft; Twitter, Facebook access added

Microsoft

With the aim of drawing more users to its search engine Bing, Microsoft, placing its Microsoft Network, MSN, on a high priority, is finally giving the Web portal a long-awaited and much-overdue overhaul.

Microsoft slashes the cost of hosted email services; to expand BPOS platform

Business Productivity Online Suite

The recent Microsoft move of slashing the price of its Exchange Online email services, as well as building up some of its software-as-a-service offerings, clearly highlights the intensifying competition to offer the so-called "cloud" office applications to the users.

EBay launches open payments system for its PayPal platform

PayPal

In an endeavor to accelerate the adoption of its core payment platform, eBay Tuesday launched a new technology for its PayPal division, essentially to facilitate the incorporation of the online payments system into the applications of third-party software developers.

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