Microsoft adds touch screen, Web browser to Zune

From BusinessWeek

Microsoft Corp. says the next generation of its Zune music player due out in the fall will have a touch screen, Wi-Fi Internet access and high-definition radio receiver.

The new device, called the Zune HD, will carry a full Web browser and a high-definition video output that will allow users to play files through a docking station on HD televisions, Microsoft said late… [read this].

Microsoft and the great netbook price-fixing scam of 2009

From InfoWorld

It’s the question vexing hardware vendors everywhere: How do they seize on the fervor and froth of the netbook craze without cannibalizing sales of their higher-priced, higher-margin notebooks? After all, if the current crop of netbooks can run the majority of users’ day-to-day computing tasks — and my recent personal experience with an HP Mini 2140 shows that they indeed can — then what’s to stop these same users from ditching their notebook habit altogether in favor of the lighter-weight and increased battery life of a full-time netbook…[read more].