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Google Adds Billing to App Engine

Google has added billing to its cloud computing platform, Google App Engine. The good news is users can go over the current free usage quotas - the bad news is that those free quotas are going to be reduced. 

Gmail Failure: Reality Bites for Cloud Computing

Update: Gmail is back, after a two-hour outage. The company has not yet said how many people were affected, but twitter traffic from round the world reveals a major outage. That's a pain for millions of ordinary users - but it could be ...

Mini-Notebooks Power 2008 PC Growth

Figures just released for PC shipments in Q4 2008 reveal the big inroads made by mini-notebooks into the Western European portable market, which drove sales for various leading manufacturers.