from the either-that-or-it's-not dept.
ajs writes "There has been no official announcement yet, but a number of moves by Blizzard Entertainment seem to indicate that the next expansion for World of Warcraft could be titled Cataclysm. Speculation began when Blizzard trademarked Cataclysm recently, and then later when a test server briefly popped up with the word 'Maelstrom' in its name. If true, the name would fall neatly into the WoW lore and expected expansion list. The Cataclysm is another name for the Great Sundering, an event that created a swirling vortex of water and mystical energies (the 'Maelstrom') that has appeared on the world map in-game since release. There are also indications that early design work included some of the islands in this area, which has long fueled anticipation of a Maelstrom-based expansion involving the former Night Elf noble, Azshara, queen of the Naga and the Goblins whose main city is in the south seas."
CWmike writes: "Google's entry into the operating system market with its Chrome OS, announced late Tuesday, poses a long-term threat to Microsoft, analysts said today. And this is no distant threat as Google is said to be working with PC makers on Chrome OS already. 'Will Microsoft be worried? Microsoft will always be worried, whether it should or not,' said Michael Silver, Gartner's primary operating system analyst. 'Microsoft, after all, is one of the more paranoid companies around.' But he said of an imminent threat: 'It will take quite a long time for Google to become a competitor to Microsoft. In the enterprise, for example, over 70% of the applications used require Windows. And even at home, things like personal finance still require Windows. So, while I think this is a longer-term threat to Microsoft, it's definitely not in the short term.'"