AMNews: HTC Denies Puccini Tablet, WordPress Security Breach, Android Based Kindle Coming Soon?

HTC has denied that there will be a product announcement on Monday after being contacted earlier today by ITProPortal.com. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that there will be an event, one to mark the move by the Taiwanese handset manufacturer to new, bigger and shinier offices in Slough.

Software benchmarking outfit the Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo) has fallen into disarray after a large proportion of its member companies quit the organisation amid accusations of favouritism. AMD, Nvidia and VIA have all taken their balls and gone home after the company's SYSmark 2012 Benchmark was found to be weighted in favour of Intel processors.

A security breach at popular blogging platform WordPress has lead to users being forced to change their passwords. The intrusion, which took place on the WordPress.org open source area of the site owned by Automattic left several well known plug-ins infected with undisclosed Trojans, some of which opened back doors to any site built with the afflicted files.

Blackberry maker RIM is apparently giving up on hopes that it can build up a credible threat to Apple's iPad 2 after it emerged that the manufacturer may be looking to slash the number of PlayBook tablets produced by up to two thirds. Digitimes quotes anonymous sources within the Taiwanese supply chain manufacturer community who noted that RIM has downgraded its own internal sales target for the second quarter of 2011 from 2.4 million units to as little as 800,000 units.

Amazon may release its Android-based Kindle tablet as early as August if murmurs from Taipei are believed with the online retailer expecting to sell a staggering four million units in around five months, which more than all the other tablets put together. Anonymous sources in the Taiwanese component manufacturing industry told Digitimes that the launch is timed to allow the Kindle to get traction ahead of the busy end of year holidays in the US and Europe.