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Intel reports fifth consecutive quarter of record revenue, peers at Apple

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The latest... intel is in, and it shows that Intel has had all business segments report double-digit revenue growth year-over-year. Intel had Non-GAAP results of, $13.1 billion in revenue which is up $2.3 billion, 22-percent year-over-year. Operating income saw a 6-percent year-over-year increase adding $221 million, bringing it up to $4.2 billion. Net income was $3.2 billion, up $290 million or 10-percent year-over-year.

 

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The acquisition of McAfee Inc and Infineon Wireless Solutions (now Intel Mobile Communications) contributed revenue of $1.0 billion in their first full-quarter of results. Gross margin say at 61-percent, consistant with Intel's expectations. R&D and MG&A spending was $3.9 billion, again, within Intel's expectations. Intel's tax rate was 25-percent, below their expectations of 29-percent. Intel also used $2.0 billion to repurchase 93 million shares of common stock.

 

For more in-depth details of Intel's quarterly results, take a look at them here.

Cisco to lay off up to 10,000 employees

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Looking to tighten things up for fiscal 2012, networking mob Cisco is apparently closing in on a decision to lay off up to 10,000 of its employees; about 14% of its total workforce. Cisco feels this will allow them to cut down on unnecessary expenses while boosting productivity and of course, profit$.

 

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The need to lower its expenses comes after experiencing a notable loss in performance in several markets, also losing ground to competitors Juniper Networks and HP. Its consumer product units (Linksys) will potentially be the most affected by these layoffs.

 

The costs incurred in the fiscal fourth quarter with their workforce reconfiguration are said to be between $500 million and $1.1b, with up to 7000 pink slips sent out by the end of August and an additional 3000 offered early retirement packages.

Foxconn parent company spending $1.6b on Apple reseller stores in China

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Word has begun circulating today that Hon Hai Precision Industry, which is the parent company of Foxconn, has made the decision to spend up super big on helping make Apple's products more popular in China and with easier after sales support than currently.

 

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No less than $1.6b is being used to set up 500 Apple Authorized Reseller stores throughout China via Hon Hai's major Chinese electronic chain, Cybermart International thanks to a recently obtained certification as an Apple reseller.

 

Given Apple's own prescence in China with regard to its Apple stores isn't all that plentiful (though that is said to improve throughout 2011 with twenty more official Apple Stores planned), these additional Cybermart Apple reseller stores should certainly help Apple in establishing itself as a far more recognized and popular entity in the country.

 

The first Cybermart Apple store has been marked on the map, opening in Tianjin in Northern China with a population of over 12 million people.

HTC set to assimilate S3 Graphics for $300 million

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HTC has just announced it will acquire S3 Graphics from VIA Technologies and WTI Investment for a cool $300 million. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and is currently waiting regulatory approval and would have HTC obtain all outstanding shares of S3 Graphics with the firm's intellectual property and associated patients. Although the patents will technically change hands, HTC will grant VIA free access to the IPs.

 

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VIA are set to receive $147 million and WTI will take $153 million. HTC has not said what they intend to do with S3 but most people believe HTC will use the portfolio of 235 patents as legal leverage against others in the smartphone market. S3 as recently as July 1 filed a patent infringement suit against Apple and an International Trade Commission Judge ruled in S3's favor, determining that Apple infringed on two patents involving image compression and data formats.

PayPal pass 100 million active accounts, predicts the death of wallets by 2015

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PayPal have just announced they have more than 100 million active accounts. PayPal believe that consumers are giving up traditional payment methods in droves, systems such as cash and checks are instead using more modern methods as a form of payment. As more modern ways of payment are becoming the norm, PayPal want to deliver solutions that are better than what is on offer today.

 

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PayPal have acted out on this and have predicted that by 2015 digital currency will be excepted everywhere in the US, from your local store right up to the big chains like Walmart. More specifically, this means PayPal thinks that in just four, short years, that you will no longer need to carry a wallet. PayPal is actually quite confident in this remark, going as far as asking five of its Bay area employees to plunge into the world of a digital lifestyle and use only digital currency to pay for all of their purchases.

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Samsung files trade complaint, wants to block US imports of iPhone, iPod, iPad

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And so it continues! Samsung have upped the ante on their legal dispute versus Apple over smartphone patents, filing a trade complaint that seeks to block US imports of the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Samsung claim that Apple are infringing on not just one, but five patents, according to a filing with the US International Trade Commission in Washington yesterday. The ITC has the power to halt the imports of products that are in violation of US patents.

 

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This new case adds to the on-going four cases that Samsung have in four countries, as both Samsung and Apple are fighting for the same mobile market, with both companies using the courts to try and get a sneak peek at the competing companies product. Samsung currently have lawsuits against Apple in Seoul, Tokyo, San Francisco and Mannheim, Germany.

 

The patents in question are related to ways to transmit multiple services over a wireless network; the format of data packets used for high-speed data transmission; integrating Web browsing into a phone; a way to store and play digital audio; and viewing digital documents using a touch-sensitive display, according to the complaint.

 

If the ITC does indeed take the case, a judge would hear arguments within a year and the case would look at being completed within the next 15 - 18 months.

Steve Jobs aims to turn old HP site into giant, ring-shaped office

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Steve Jobs has proposed a giant, ring-shaped office at the old HP location. I'm guessing he'll get it as I see Steve as the kinda guy who when he wants something, he gets it. Jobs approached the Cupertino City Council to sell Apple's plans to transform the old HP site. The new ring-shaped design is built to hold 12,000 employees and actually looks quite amazing.

 

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During his presentation to the Cupertino City Council, Jobs said that Apple had pulled together "some great architects, some of the best in the world" to come up with the design that encompassed Apple. He added "there's not a single straight piece of glass in this building". Apple was able to achieve this design based on its knowledge of building Apple stores throughout the world and its particular experience in employing large pieces of glass in them.

 

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Paypal, Ebay Sue Google, Google Kind Of Flinches

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Hours after Google unveiled their new "Google Wallet" mobile payment system, both online auction site eBay and online payment provider PayPal slapped the Search Giant, as well as former PayPal employees like Osama Bedier with a lawsuit alleging the theft of trade secrets. The court filing reportedly alleged the following on Thursday evening:

 

By hiring Bedier, with his trade secret knowledge of PayPal's plans and understanding of Google's weaknesses as viewed by the industry leader, Google bought the most comprehensive and sophisticated critique of its own problems available. Google put Bedier in charge of its mobile payment business, virtually ensuring that Bedier would misappropriate PayPal's trade secrets concerning planning and competitive assessments in mobile payment.

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Bedier had evidently been drawn to Google at the behest of a Stephanie Telenious, a former eBay executive herself. When a former executive of a company that used to exclusively utilize a payments service from a company of which said executive lures to her current company of employment just in time to launch a service in the exact same domain- yeah, that's pretty dodgy guys, not going to lie.

 

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California Bill Will Give Parents Access To Social Networks If Passed

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Senator Ellen Corbett wants to force social network sites such as Facebook to allow parents access to their child's account. Excuse me? I thought I was living in a technology-welcoming, plugged-in liberal utopia here in San Francisco (so liberal in fact, that the public transportation has completely abandoned fascist principles like punctuality and reliability), but evidently I was incorrect.

 

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Parents would be able to request that any content be removed from any social network (Twitter, Foursquare, etc) within 48 hours upon his or her request. More importantly, any social network that would fail or refuse to comply with these requests would be fined $10k for each refusal of compliance. This is a clear case of conservative "well-meaning" protection / governmental "nannying" that would have extraordinarily pernicious consequences for both social network sites and the concept of privacy as a whole. It's understandable that parents would want some kind of oversight over their children's public information, but won't this encourage a demographic backlash of secretive and encoded information? If the kids know the parents are "watching", won't they just find new and different forms of communication within that system to maintain their privacy? When I was a young upset, my group of friends most certainly had codewords for behavior or intentions we didn't want to expose publicly to our parents.

 

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NVIDIA To Acquire Icera For $367 Million

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GPU giant meets Baseband & RF superstar, and $367 Million later an acquisition is born. Everyone at both companies is clearly excited about the deal, but nothing will be set in stone until a conference call held between the two companies Thursday, May 12, at 2:00PM PDT. Anyone at all can listen in to the call to find out more details, just dial 706-679-2572- no password or meeting number required! NVIDIA and Icera will also webcast the call, and you can listen in here and here. More details below in the press release.

 

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SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/09/2011 -- NVIDIA announced today that it has agreed to acquire Icera, a leading innovator of top-performing baseband processors for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets.

Icera has more than 550 patents granted or pending worldwide, and its high speed wireless-modem products have been approved by more than 50 carriers across the globe. By combining the companies' products and technologies, including NVIDIA's Tegra processor, NVIDIA will enhance its position as a leading player in the growing mobile market.

The acquisition, for $367 million in cash, has been approved by both companies' boards of directors and is expected to be completed, subject to customary closing conditions, in approximately 30 days.

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