Daily News Brief: Comcast Pulls 180!


Comcast Pulls 180

Comcast went under fire (some of it spoofed ) after it was discovered they were filtering BitTorrent traffic, and continued to defend the decision despite widespread scrutiny and an FCC investigation . Now the ISP has pulled a complete 180 and promises to treat all types of internet traffic equally by year's end. The ISP also said they will collaborate with BitTorrent Inc. to improve the way large files get transported. Much more here .

Jury Resurrects Rambus

In the legal battle that refuses to die, Rambus claimed victory in the latest round against memory makers. Rambus has long claimed that it holds patents for technology used in the SDRAM standard, but accusations of fraud and anti-competitive measures have proved a stumbling block for cashing in on those patents, which some estimates put at $11.7 billion for the period 2000 to 2021.. That may soon change. A jury yesterday cleared Rambus of any wrong doing, effectively dealing a blow to memory makers Hynix, Nanya, and Micron. The latter said it would appeal the decision, but that didn't stop Rambus' stock from surging 39 percent on news of the ruling. Read more here .

Photoshop Express Opens Online

Adobe today launched a free version of Photoshop online , and unlike the offline version, you don't have to pay a cent to use it. Currently in beta form, Photoshop Express is completely web-based and compatible with any OS and browser. It's also light-weight on editing options, giving users a basic array of enhancement and alteration tools, along with 2GB of storage. Not sure about registering? Take a no-hassle test drive .

JetWay Skyrockets to 2GB

Hot on the heels of EVGA's 1GB 8800GT , JetWay ups the ante with a 2GB version , raising the question how far will they go? JetWay also plans to outfit the 9600GT with 2GB RAM, and both cards will feature a dual-slot cooler to accommodate the additional memory. No info on price or availability yet, but it's a safe guess you'd probably do better to invest in a faster card then overspend on more GDDR3.

Motorola Develops Split Personality

After early success with their Razr mobile phone line, Motorola has watched its handset market share drop to only 23 percent . But rather than abandon the mobile phone market, Motorola announced plans to split into two independent, publicly-traded companies. Motorola says that " creating two industry-leading companies will provide improved flexibility, more tailored capital structures, and increased management focus ." If approved, the split is expected to take place in 2009.

Free Support for Vista SP1

Having trouble successfully installing SP1 on your Vista rig? If so, be sure to check out Mark Soper's many informative Windows blogs right here on Maximum PC. On the off-chance you're still having trouble afterwards, don't despair - Microsoft is offering free service pack support until March 18, 2009 for both retail and OEM copies of Vista.

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