News Bits: New Eee PC in April, AMD Cuts Workforce, Yahoo! Says No To Microsoft … Again

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Asus second-gen Eee PC to hit late April

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According to DigiTimes, the second-generation Asus Eee PC (with a touchscreen) will hit the market in the second half of this month. The most surprising element of the story is that it will not have the new Intel Atom processor, but rather an older Intel Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) dual-core processor. Intel will ship the Atom processors in May, and companies such as HP and Acer will not ship products including them until June. Asus will most likely include the Atom in future versions of the Eee PC. The second-gen Eee was originally slated to be launched in June.

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Acer to introduce low-cost 12.1-inch notebook

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Acer is planning to launch a low-cost 12.1-inch notebook in June according to DigiTimes. The price range is $300 – $450 and the PC will feature an Intel Atom processor. Acer expects to ship over six million low-cost notebooks in the second half of this year alone.

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AMD versus Nvidia: the Mobile Lineup

(view large image) has compiled a list of the new AMD/ATI and Nvidia mobile graphics chips and put them in a chart for comparative purposes. At the top of the chart, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 is slated to compete against the Nvidia GeForce 9800M-GTX. In the high performance arena, the HD 3870 will go head to head with the 9700M-GTS/GT. For mainstream computers, the HD 3650 will have the GeForce 9650M-GT/9600M-GT/GS and 9500M-G as competitors, and in the value range, the HD 3430/3400 will verse the the 9400M/9300M-9200M-GS.

Have you memorized all that? Good, there is a test tomorrow on it (not really).

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Yahoo to Microsoft: No, again

After making another offer for Yahoo, Microsoft has been turned down again. CEO of Yahoo Jerry Yang and Chairman Roy Bostock rejected the bid Monday, stating that Microsoft undervalues Yahoo. Yahoo is still open to making a deal, but Microsoft needs to make a better offer, they say.

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AMD to cut workforce by 10%

AMD said on Monday that it plans to cut its workforce by ten percent and warned that Q1 sales numbers will be lower than expected. The company’s sales have dropped about 15 percent over the last three months compared to the same period a year ago.

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