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News to know: AMD; Apple; Facebook; Microsoft

AMD, Apple's iPad, Facebook and women to watch at Microsoft are among today's key themes.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

AMD, Apple's iPad, Facebook and women to watch at Microsoft are among today's key themes. You can get the day’s rolling postsvia Twitter,RSS, oremail.

Here are the key themes for Monday, March 29, 2010:

AMD is launching its volley in the server chip wars with sets of 8 to 12 core processors. The semiconductor company's roll-out comes just days after Intel unveiled its latest Xeons.

New Apple iPad applications are beginning to surfaceand the screen shots indicate that the device will be more than just a big iPhone. Here's a gallery of the Nota app for iPad:

Facebook has proposed a few privacy policy changes. The big change? The social networking giant wants to share user data with third parties by default.

Women worth watching at Microsoft. Mary Jo Foley kicks off the second of her series on female executives at the software giant. The latest profile is Betsy Aoki, a senior program manager with Microsoft's Online Services Division. Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Program Management, Windows Client, kicked off the series. Enterprise IT startups are disappearing, reports Joe McKendrick. The lack of young enterprise companies is bad for innovation, but there are no obvious fixes.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is defending its turf against Google Apps and winning in key accounts like GM. The big unknown in the story: How this Google scrum is impacting Microsoft's pricing power on Office.

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