Hot News of the Week: Feb. 20, 2009

Pirate Bay stands strong

It’s been a wild week for the four guys behind the super popular BitTorrent site the Pirate Bay.

The first two days were fairly eventful, with the second day already seeing half the charges against Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström taken off the list.

Day three was fairly standard procedure, with the defense explaining that the Pirate Bay doesn’t host any of the illegal materials. Day four had the prosecutors questioning a couple of the Pirate boys, meanwhile the IFPI site was hacked by those protesting the trial.

See the links below for the recap

Microsoft, Win 7, and retail stores

Microsoft, being the mover and shaker that it is, always manages to make headlines each and every week. Here are this week’s more notable stories.

Nintendo's DSi this summer

The DSi, Nintendo's third generation DS hand-held gaming console, has been on sale in Japan since November 1, 2008. Initial reports put a U.S. release date in the summertime of 2009. After several months of strong sales in Japan (now numbering over 1.6 million), that time frame changed. Nintendo has now set a hard release date for the DSi of April 5, 2009 with a retail price of $169.99.

Fujitsu waves goodbye to HDDs

Although we heard rumors last month, Fujitsu officially announced that Toshiba will be buying its hard disk drive (HDD) business. The move comes shortly after Fujitsu announced that it will cease production of HDD heads.

The transfer between the two companies is expected to be completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The transfer will take place with Fujitsu creating a new company consisting of its HDD-related businesses and functions, which Toshiba will than take an 80 percent stake in.  Fujitsu will initially retain a 20-percent stake in the new company to help provide for a smooth transfer, but Toshiba will eventually gain full ownership.  The new company will be a subsidiary company of the Toshiba Group.

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Nvidia vs. Intel

On Monday, Intel filed a lawsuit against Nvidia, which apparently stated that the chipset license agreement the two companies signed four years ago does not extend to Intel’s future generation CPUs with integrated memory controllers.

The original deal allowed Nvidia to produce chipsets for Intel CPUs without integrated memory controllers. At the time however, Intel did not have any integrated memory controllers in its plans and so no stipulation was in place to forbid Nvidia from making chipsets for CPUs with memory controllers.

Today, Nvidia responded to the court filing with a press release stating that “we are confident that our license, as negotiated, applies," and that "Nvidia has been attempting to resolve the disagreement with Intel in a fair and reasonable manner for over a year."

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Google Android picking up

The HTC Dream was the first Google Android-based phone, dubbed the G1 on T-Mobile.

HTC at the Mobile World Conference has unveiled its second generation Android phone, dubbed the Magic. Unlike the Dream, the Magic is touch-screen only, relying on an on-screen virtual keyboard instead of a slide-out QWERTY.

So far it’s only been announced for Vodaphone on European bands, but it shouldn’t be long before we see it Stateside.
In other Android news, Nvidia is looking bring Tegra to the mobile platform.

While Android is an open platform, Windows Mobile isn’t. Microsoft must be a little concerned after an unfinished version of its Windows Mobile 6.5 software was pickpocketed from an executive’s jacket.

Overclock your AMD processor

Listen up, AMD overclocking enthusiasts, Tom’s Hardware’s next big competition is for you!

Already underway, those of you with AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition processors will have the opportunity to push your CPU to the limit for a shot of being crowned the winner of the AMD CPU Virtual Overclocking Contest.

For this month’s contest, we’ll be sticking with the Phenom 9950 Black Edition, but those of you with the Phenom II 940 will get your chance in March.

Click here for more.

This week we also published a guide on how to overclock your AMD processor. If you're new to overclocking, or to AMD processors, or to both (gasp!), check out the guide here.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • nerrawg
    The law in the US and the majority of citizens actions online are at odds with each other, what we have here is very similar to the prohibition era in the 1920s folks. The only difference is that the end outcome has yet to be decided, and we will be the deciders! (not Bush lol)

    Here is a man that is willing to discuss the issues logically, check it out:

    It is an interview with evocative Prof. Lawrence Lessig, a lawyer, a well known professor and also the only hope we really have for less insane and greed fueled rules on copyright and intellectual/artistic property.