A staff engineer at Google was being wined and dined by Facebook, Google in turn offering him an amazing $3.5 million in restricted stock by Google (which means Google is offering $3.5 million worth of stock at todays pricing, which could very well be worth much more than that in the future).
What did he do?
The TiVo personal video recorder is getting a $200 price drop this week and will also get a bundle pack with either free movie downloads or cash back and a Wi-Fi adapter.
Currently it sits at AU$699, the $200 drop will bring it to under AU$500 at AU$499. The price drop takes effect on the 12th of November and includes an AU$50 cash back or AU$100 credit on the TiVo internet TV portal, CASPA.
We all know the trouble semiconductor manufacturing can cause - going to a new process is always hard, but we're going to see much more issues the smaller we go - as it's going to constantly get harder and harder. Because of this, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers have combined their efforts with Intel, Samsung and Toshiba signing a treaty - the three companies will cooperate on research and development toward a brand new 10nm technology.
The new combined forces will start soon and have invited a further 10 or so companies into the development to help in R&D of the semiconductor manufacturing. The point is to have 10nm tech ready by 2016 when Samsung and Toshiba aim to use the tech for making NAND flash circuits, while Intel is rubbing it's hands together waiting to use the 10nm tech for microprocessors.
TMSC is set to report strong earnings for the 4th quarter of 2010 thanks to large volumes of orders from AMD.
AMD has placed orders at TMSC for their Ontario and Zacate APUs as well as the new HD6000 GPU's. Ontario and Zacate are both reportedly in production on TMSC's 40nm node - the Ontario will take on Intel's Atom processors in the netbook sector and going by the specs - it should have no problem laying the smack down on the Atom SKU.
It is worth noting that while AMD has contracted Globalfoundaries to produce it's 32nm Llano APU - the company decided to shake hands with TMSC's mature 40nm process for Ontario and Zacate in order to escape any possible production issues. All APUs produced by TMSC will be tested and packaged by Siliconware Precision Industries.
The ACCC is doing a fair bit in Australia lately - they have just launched court proceedings against Australia's major tech reseller, MSY Technology - the ACCC are alleging that MSY have engaged in false or misleading warranty representations.
According to a statement made by the ACCC, MSY have made false statements about their warranty in pamphlets, notices, price lists and promotional materials as well as their customers receipts.
Nokia-Siemens Networks has scored a contract for the NBN worth $400 million over 10 years, the contract is for Nokia-Siemens to supply optical transmission kit for the NBN Co.
They initially won a $10 million purchase order for "test laboratory equipment and systems to support early release sites". The optical transmission equipment is to be used to provide connectivity between fibre access nodes and points of interconnect.
What is surprising, is Nokia-Siemens said that the NBN Co's network required connectivity at 10, 40 and 100 Gbps.
Apple's fiscal 2010 report is out (10-K form) - the document is filled with information and details on the state of Apple's business - one big flashing light is just how much Apple spend on advertising in 2010.
In previous years, Apple spent $467 million in 2007, $486 million in 2008, $501 million in 2009 and this year Apple have spent an astonishing $691 million on advertising alone - a $190 million increase from last year alone. Even more surprising, Apple is continuing their trend of lowering the percentage of revenues spent on advertising.
While $691 million is a lot on advertising - keep in mind Apple had total revenues of over $65 billion - this equates to around 1 percent of their revenue, spent on advertising. Last year, that percentage was 1.37 and in 2007 it was 5 percent.
Qantas announced yesterday it's plans to go "Apple-only" on it's frequent flyer lounges around Australia - giving travellers access to the "latest generation Mac's" in a national roll out.
Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas said that the Apple desktops would be available immediately in the Qantas club facilities and that it would be rolled out in other cities by the end of 2010. He said, "We are launching Sydney Qantas Lounges with the new technology from today; Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth from November; and Alice Springs Cairns, Darwin, Hobart and Townsville from December."
Mana Bar started off in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley - the first of it's kind to use a concept of video game consoles in a cocktail bar - it has been successful enough to venture into a second bar, now set to launch in Melbourne in December.
They've confirmed they've signed a lease for a venue to be in Fitzroy and have started renovating the place for the launch later this year. They said they had spent months looking for the right place - to end up settling down on this one as it's situated next to other high class cocktail bars and it's also close to Melbourne's tram network.
There's no concrete date for the opening as they want to get it right before announcing, Guy "Yug" Blomberg said: "The date is something we're taking really seriously. We had people fly up to Brisbane last time, so we want to make sure we get it right."
Intel has announced plans to invest between $6 and $8 billion to upgrade multiple manufacturing plants in the US and also to build a new facility in Oregon. This would create up to 1000 jobs at Intel.
Intel President and CEO - Paul Otellini said, "Today's announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore's Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America," he added "The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow."
The investment is geared toward Intel's move to manufacturing at a 22nm process. Intel is on track to deliver 22nm chips in 2011.
Apple can't go back to the Mac, yet, as the sales of iOS devices dwarf's their Mac range.
Apple made $20 billion selling iOS based devices, this includes: 4.19 million iPad's in the third quarter alone, rushing past Mac sales of 3.9 million. 14.1 million iPhones were sold - double what they sold in the fourth quarter of 2009. Within that $20 billion revenue was $4.3 billion in profits.
Remember - these are sales and profits before the Christmas season - once Apple get their Christmas on, things might be even better for them.
Most big ISP's have been giving 1TB plans to their users for a couple of months now, but Adelaide based (yeah boi) Adam Internet has joined in on the 1TB fun.
Adam Internet has unveiled their "SuperChoice" plan which includes 500GB of on-peak data and 500GB of off-peak data at ADSL2+ speeds for $120 a month. Adam Internet will also offer 250GB/250GB plans for $90 a month, 100GB/100GB plans for $60 a month and various other plans ranging from 4GB for $35 a month to 500GB for $110 a month - all on ADSL2+.
Customers wishing to bundle Adam's AdamTalk internet phone package can do so for an extra $10 a month which includes $50 credit.
Texas Instruments makes all sorts of chips for a vast range of devices running from mobile phones and set top boxes to other electronic devices that you probably don't even know they work with. TI runs its own fabs where it builds its chips itself rather than being a fabless semiconductor firm like some that farm out the actual construction of their chips to someone else.
TI has announced today that it has acquired a new analog semiconductor fab in China. The fab is the first that TI has in China, is located in Chengdu, and will be known as TI Chengdu. The fab is a fully equipped 200mm fabrication facility and TI purchased the fab from Cension Semiconductor Manufacturing Company at an undisclosed price.
Skype official version 5 is out, including group chat which was previously seen in betas - can now link up with your Facebook account for status updating and quick calls to friends Skype or landline numbers.
Amongst bug and performance fixes, includes group video chat. The Facebook integration is also included - you'll have to ask your friends to list their Skype names on Facebook.
Skype 5 is a free download for Windows users only - future editions of Skype for other clients will included group chat, eventually.
The lads over at KitGuru have an interesting interview with Richard Huddy of AMD.
If you're a fan of GPU's (from either team) it's a very good read. There will be more interviews to come.
The interview explains a lot about both business practices, benchmark's, the Batman AA scandal, DX11, the future of PC gaming and hardware and how every game up until 2012 will be developed around the AMD Radeon as they were the first GPU company with DX11 level hardware.
Here are some snippets from the interview:
"With one exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon"
We asked Huddy about the ways in which differences in hardware design translate into the DevRel push. "AMD being able to deliver DirectX 11 hardware into the hands of developers a full 6 months ahead of nVidia, means that with one single known exception, every game released through to 2012 will have been developed on AMD's Radeon hardware. that gives us a huge advantage".
The picture is deceiving isn't it - especially for a tech site, but now that you're here, sit down for story time and enjoy this news bit.
Today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and IBM Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Glen Boreham announced a new global R&D lab to be based at the University of Victoria. The deal creates 150 jobs, the major reason behind it is the NBN.
The new R&D lab will open in Q1 or 2011.
At the University of Melbourne, Gillard made the announcement. The lab will be the first IBM lab to combine both R&D into a single operation, it's aim to accelerate progress toward a smarter planet. More specifically, it will focus on areas such as water management, transport in urban centres, natural disaster management, smart electrical grids and more.
The lab is expected to bring more benefits to Victoria, not just including the 150 new researcher positions over five years, 38 of those being PhD students.
Telstra is really stretching out lately - another news bit, that they are upgrading their online bill payment facilities after research showed online payment as the preferred method of customers paying their phone bills.
Telstra's research was the result of Pure Profile's August 2010 sample of 1250 Australian's aged over 18, from both regional and metropolitan areas. Karen Ganschow, executive director of relationship marketing and online, said that the research they had showed 85 percent of Australian's preferred simple transactions on their PC or mobile phone, rather than in person or on the phone.
She added, "The average Australian has entered a new age of embracing online in their day to day lives. More than a third of us go online daily to perform simple transactions - such as paying bills or checking account information - with 10 per cent using the net up to four times a day to perform these tasks."
Microsoft's search engine "Bing", will soon allow searchers to see results generated by their Facebook friends' use of the "like" button.
Microsoft's president of Microsoft Online Services, Qi Lui and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a press conference in Microsoft's Silicon Valley HQ to announce the new feature, which will be a "liked by your friends" section that will take advantage of the way other web publishers have implemented Facebook's "like" button on their sites.
Microsoft are set to start this feature as of yesterday in the US, Bing users will find a little pop-up window in the top right hand corner of their screens that asks them if they want to use their Bing accounts with their Facebook accounts. However, it's not obligatory, users can choose to decline the "offer", with their Facebook profile and "likes" not being shown on Bing. Another feature is the ability to delete Bing from your Facebook applications if you decide later to exclude your data - Microsoft will show this reminder five times.
One of the features of the new integration, will allow Bing searchers to see when their friends on Facebook have clicked the "like" button on a web page. No search data is being sent back to Facebook, which means your Facebook friend's won't see what you're searching for on Bing.
Intel have recorded another record quarter, raking in $11.1 billion in revenue, with $3 billion of that in profits.
Supposedly, the record revenue and profits are due to increases in laptop and server chip sales, but Atom doesn't get any of the fan-fare, Atom sales actually dropped by four percent.
Other Q3 highlights are:
Telstra has named their new CIO today.
Meet, Patrick Eltridge:
Former Seek and Westpac CIO, Patrick Eltridge has stepped up to the plate of chief information officer, replacing former CIO John McInerney who resigned in June of this year.
Patrick begins his turn as CIO from November 22nd of this year.
Telstra's chief operating officer, Michael Rocca said in a note to Telstra staff "I am pleased to announce that Patrick Eltridge joins us from Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, starting as CIO on 22 November 2010. Patrick is ideally suited for Telstra's CIO role as his wide experience in the banking sector includes managing significant system changes, performing in a global architectural role and operating in a customer-facing business unit,"
"Patrick's deep knowledge and support of a customer-led business with a particular focus on online customer experiences and workforce productivity will add significant value to the position."
Right now there's no confirmation, but the one thing that should interest you is the news caused Adobe Systems stock to rise 17% before falling slightly down to 11.5% higher than before the rumour. Microsoft shares rose by 0.4%.
News broke from The New York Times as they reported Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a secret meeting with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen at Adobe's San Fransisco offices "recently".
The two had supposedly talked about Apple's dominance in mobile phones and discussed various options to attack that, with the inclusion of Microsoft purchasing Adobe.
Both Microsoft and Adobe have declined comment.