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Weekly Wrap: Macworld's top stories for the week of May 22, 2011

Sometimes, it's hard to keep up with all the great content Macworld publishes. So in case you missed a story or three, here's a roundup of some of our best stories from the past week.

University's new SSDs boost video production speeds by 16X

When Brigham Young University-Hawaii's digital media lab needed to turbo-charge its high-def video processing system, it plopped a solid state drive into its MacBook Pro laptop. It chose the latter and its drive performance immediately improved by 16 times, which allows the lab to process the 4K video resolution being recorded by its cutting-edge, $25,000 Red One video camera.

Intel: We own Thunderbolt trademark, not Apple

Intel has responded to speculation that Apple was the owner of the trademark for Thunderbolt, a super-fast connection technology used in the new MacBook Pro and iMac.

Difficulties abound when upgrading a 2011 iMac's hard drive

If you've never been under the hood of the aluminum iMac, it's not for the casual user. Here's a quick rundown of the steps involved and how a new hurdle in the 2011 models may further dampen your enthusiasm for DIY upgrades.

SanDisk to buy SSD maker Pliant for $327 million

SanDisk today announced an agreement to purchase enterprise-class SSD-maker Pliant for $327 million.

Consumer SSD sales to break out in 2012

Consumer solid-state drives will have a break-out year in 2012 due to falling prices, which will make SSDs a primary storage option for mainstream users, Gartner...

Apple's iMac, MacBook Pro lines are SSD friendly

Like the MacBook Pro before it, Apple's latest iMac line-up is optimized to squeeze more performance from solid-state drives.

Seagate breaks 1TB per platter barrier

Seagate said it has broken a previous areal density benchmark with a drive line that can hold up to 1TB of data per platter.

Researchers use disk fragmentation to hide data

Researchers from two universities have developed an algorithm that uses disk fragmentation to hide data on a clustered file system.

Google crushes, shreds old hard drives to prevent data leakage

A new look into Google's data centers shows extensive security measures and the destruction of old hard drives to prevent leakage of customer data.

Crucial launches m4 solid-state drives

Lexar Media has announced the availability of the Crucial m4 SSD range, which boasts write speeds up to 20 percent faster than its predecessor.

SanDisk, Toshiba one up Intel, introduce 19nm flash memory

SanDisk and its partner Toshiba announced this week a 64Gbit NAND flash memory chip using 19-nanometer (nm) technology.

Dropbox addresses privacy concerns

After updating its terms of service, cloud-storage service Dropbox found itself under fire for privacy and security issues, raising the question of who exactly has access to your files.