Sun Microsystems confirms more layoffs

April 1, 2009
Sun confirms second round of layoffs
Channel Register
Timothy Prickett Morgan writes about more layoffs from Sun andprovides some of the company’s spokesperson comments here.

“‘This week, Sun can confirm that notifications are being given toapproximately 1,500 as part of this effort,’ the spokespersoncontinued. ‘Reductions are being made across all levels, includingvice-presidents and directors. We will continue to provide updates onour progress against the workforce reduction plan as they comeavailable.’”

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS reviewed, deemed prettydecent
Engadget
Laura June writes about “Photography Blog’s” Canon’s PowerShot SX200IS digital camera review.

“This little guy boasts a 12 megapixel sensor, a 12x optical zoom,and a three-inch LCD. Among the standout features of the cam, theylike the PASM creative shooting modes, and its versatile 12x zoomlens. Drawbacks for the camera include its video mode, LCD (which is alower resolution than some rivals), and a Smart Auto Mode that leavesa little to be desired. Overall, they seem to think that the camerastacks up quite well against most of its rivals, though they did findthat it feel a bit short of its main competitor, the Panasonic LumixDMC-TZ7.”

Microsoft to close the book on Encarta
ZD Net
Mary Jo Foley writes that according to reports by Ars Technica,Microsoft will be discontinuing its MSN Encarta encyclopedia softwareand services later this year.

“From the Microsoft Web site: ‘On October 31, 2009, MSN EncartaWeb sites worldwide will be discontinued, with the exception ofEncarta Japan, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009.Additionally, Microsoft will cease to sell Microsoft Student andEncarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009.’”

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