Found guilty of selling counterfeit Microsoft software, a South African man Craig Marnoch received the maximum sentence for his crimes this week. Marnoch, whose arrest came as the result of evidence from Microsoft resellers over the course of two years, eventually pled guilty to the first two counts of selling pirated Microsoft software.

Semiconductor company Elpida has said that it has shipped samples of a 256 Megabit DDR SDRAM that extends the battery life for portable consumer electronics by reducing self refresh current. The power saving feature does not require a trade-off in performance, according to the company.

Microsoft has recruited software testers to aid in the company's monthly public fix releases. The testers are to vet the company's patches before monthly fixes are released to the public.