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Apple signs iPhone deal with world's largest carrier: China Mobile

Apple has finally inked the deal it has been waiting for, with the world's largest carrier: China Mobile. The Wall Street Journal was the first to break the news, stating that iPhones will be available through China Mobile by the end of the month.


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China Mobile is expected to announce its new 4G service on, or around December 18, so we should expect the iPhone to go on sale at that time. This is a big deal for Apple, as it continues to bleed customers to Samsung around the world, it now has tens of millions of new customers it can begin to scoop up into the world of iOS.

id Software co-founder John Carmack leaves his post at id Software

John Carmack co-founder and programmer at id Software has resigned from id and is focusing on working full time as Chief Technology Officer at Oculus VR. Carmack co-founded id Software twenty-two years ago and co-created games such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3D. Carmack also founded Armadillo Aerospace in 2000. This is the second big departure from id Software this year, during the summer Todd Hollenshead former CEO and President left after seventeen years with the company.


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Carmack became Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR earlier this year in August. Carmack mentions on Twitter that he wanted to remain as Technical Advisor at id but that it did not work out. Bethesda Softworks' President of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, says that Carmack had been long interested in the work over at Oculus VR and that Carmack would like to be more engaged in that project.


id Software studio director Tim Willits says: "John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio, John's work at id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id's tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well."

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OCZ stock tanking, down 22% today already, trading below $0.90

OCZ may have finally came to the end of its journey as a maker of SSDs if this mornings stock trading is any indication. Soon after the markets opened on Monday, OCZ began to see its stock price began to sharply decline from its opening price of $1.07 to just over $0.80 at the time of this writing.


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It appears that investors have lost all confidence in OCZ after almost a year of poor performance numbers, high operational cost, and financial woes. OCZ has a monthly overhead of more than $2 million and that is before it pays its employee salaries. You might recall earlier this year when the NASDAQ threatened to Delist OCZ from its index after the company failed to disclose financial earnings. Is this the end of OCZ, or will the stock rebound before the close of trading today? Stay tuned to TweakTown for the latest breaking information on OCZ and all of the happenings in the tech world.

BlackBerry goes private in sale to Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion

BlackBerry's long and tumultuous journey appears to finally be over after the company announced that it will be taken private by Fairfax Financial Holdings. The announcement was just made and the deal is said to be valued at $4.7 billion.


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BlackBerry will agree to pay shareholders nine dollars per share in cash, which is actually more than it is currently trading at. The consortium being led by Fairfax Financial will complete due diligence on BlackBerry's books until November 4, during which time BlackBerry can entertain and accept other offers if it chooses to.


Fairfax Financial is said to be seeking financial backing to complete the buyout from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and BMO Capital Markets. BlackBerry's decision to go this route was the direct result of a recommendation made by a special committee appointed by its board to seek alternate sales options. Unfortunately, this announcement comes too late to save the jobs of over 4500 employees that the company plans to lay off before the end of the year.

Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi passes away at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who is responsible for introducing millions, if not billions, of people to video gaming, has passed away today at 85 years of age. Yamauchi headed up Nintendo for more than 50 years and was responsible for transitioning the company from playing cards to a videogame powerhouse.


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Yamauchi served as Nintendo's president from 1949 to 2002 and was responsible for many of the games we grew up loving, including Super Mario, Pokémon, and Donkey Kong. He also owned the Seattle Mariners baseball team for a brief period before he sold it to Nintendo USA back in 2004.


Yamauchi was regarded as one of the richest men in Japan and seen as a visionary by much of the country. Even though he was a dropout of the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, he proved that anyone could become a leader in their field. Yamauchi passed away Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital located in central Japan. He is survived by Katsuhito Yamauchi, his eldest son, and will be laid to rest on Sunday following a funeral being held at Nintendo.

Hynix DRAM plant erupts in flames, entire industry affected

We're following a breaking story this morning coming out of Wuxi, China, where two DRAM production facilities owned by SK Hynix Semiconductor were destroyed in what is being described as a massive chemical explosion. Hynix is the world's number two maker of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) and, as of the second quarter of this year, had a 30 percent market share.


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The fires began around 0750 GMT during a routine install of equipment and quickly spread to other production facilities. While the fire damage was contained within two hours, massive smoke damage throughout both facilities caused the most damage. Manufacturing of silicon at today's nanometer scale is a highly precise science that requires impeccably clean and dust free environments. One can imagine the type of irreversible damage that can be done to a clean-room facility when trillions of smoke particles enter the atmosphere.


With one third of the world's DRAM production suspended, consumers can expect increases in all products that utilize any form of flash memory. The facilities reportedly also manufactured all of the DRAM used in Apple products, as well as a significant portion of the GDDR5 memory used by AMD and NVIDIA in their graphics processing units. With this revelation, this could mean that production of next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony could be affected negatively.

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RumorTT: Intel to fire its entire public relations team

This is a huge rumor right now, so please do read with caution. Citing "impeccable sources" from within Intel who have talked with TechEye, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is set to fire Intel's entire public relations team ahead of Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in hopes of turning the company's public image around.


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TechEye's source said: "Tightening up the budget is the motto on the marketing side. The old timers are all gone and we are on track to get back our mojo on mobile. The head of PR will be changed, and then it will 'waterfall'. Brian wants 'open books'." He also said that Intel "isn't the same, anymore" and that Intel has learned that it can get its "ass kicked" by AMD and ARM.


This will be some interesting news, we've reached out to our people at Intel and will edit the story once we get some words on it.

UPDATE: Snowden has been granted asylum and has left Moscow airport

New sources are stating that Edward Snowden has been granted temporary Asylum in Russia for the period of one year. Just a few minutes ago, Snowden's lawyer and the Russian Federal Migration service confirmed that the NSA Whistleblower's request has been approved and that he has left the airport.


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Having this request granted means that Snowden can not be handed over to the US by force, but he could be transported there only if he agrees to go voluntarily and by his own free will. Reports say that he departed the airport around 11:30 GMT, which was actually about 30 minutes before his refugee status was official.


"He is the most wanted person on earth and his security will be a priority," the attorney explained. "He will deal with personal security issues and lodging himself. I will just consult him as his lawyer, I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone," he added.

Breaking News: Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive after court ruling

A UK court has ruled that Microsoft's SkyDrive name has in fact infringed on a trademark owned by British media conglomerate British Sky Broadcasting Group. As a result, Microsoft has agreed to change the name of SkyDrive worldwide. Microsoft has said that it will not appeal the ruling and BSkyB has agreed to allow the Redmond-based company to continue using the name until it can come up with a suitable replacement.


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SkyDrive is Microsoft's cloud based service similar to Google Drive. It allows professionals, students, and everyday people to upload their Office 365 documents as well as any other files into the cloud for easy access anywhere, anytime. No word has been released yet on what the possible replacement name will be, or when it will be replaced. What do you think a good replacement name would be? Let me know in the comments!

Breaking News just in from CNN: Edward Snowden accepts Venezuelan asylum offer

News has just come in that Edward Snowden has accepted a Venezuelan asylum offer. This morning, CNN is confirming that Snowden will be headed to Venezuela after weeks of asylum request rejections.


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Snowden is the whistleblower who blew the top off of the NSA's PRISM operative. On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Snowden landed in one of Moscow's international airports and applied for asylum in Russia, which was denied by Russian president Puten. Snowden was detained at the airport and he proceeded to apply for asylum to several countries including Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela.


Stay tuned to TweakTown for all the latest up-to-the-minute coverage on the Snowden saga. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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