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Jan 20, 2015

Intel’s diversity drive should focus on internal changes, advocates say

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said this month it would spend $300 million on increasing diversity in its workforce, Silicon Valley lauded its plan to improve the “pipeline” of candidates by helping more women and minorities study computer science and engineering.

But focusing too hard on the pipeline, a frequent tactic of technology firms seeking to change their workforce, will benefit the chipmaker less than working on what happens inside Intel, diversity advocates say.

Jan 12, 2015

Chipmaker AMD says three senior executives stepping down

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices announced the departure of three senior executives on Monday following recent layoffs and the appointment of a new CEO.

John Byrne, General Manager of AMD’s Computing and Graphics Business Group is leaving, as are Chief Marketing Officer Colette LaForce and Chief Strategy Officer Raj Naik, the company said in a press release.

Jan 8, 2015

U.S. news media avoid Islam cartoons linked to deadly attack

By Noel Randewich

(Reuters) – Leading U.S. news outlets mostly declined to show controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad on Wednesday after suspected Islamist gunmen in Paris killed 12 people at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Online news sources the Daily Beast and Slate published the cartoons, but major U.S. publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the Associated Press, did not. Some said their guidelines call for avoiding publishing images or other material intended at offending religious sensibilities.

Jan 7, 2015

Intel Corp chief shows wrist-worn drone; promises to employ more women

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Brian Krzanich showed off a computer built into a jacket button and a wristband that transforms into a selfie-snapping flying camera, as the chipmaker extends its push into smart wearable gadgets.

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Krzanich also announced a five-year, $300 million investment in math-related education and other programs to help employ more women and minorities in the technology and the video game industries.

Jan 6, 2015

Micron revenue outlook misses Street, stock drops

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Memory chipmaker Micron Technology gave a quarterly revenue forecast on Tuesday that missed Wall Street’s expectations, hurt by an output drop as it upgrades DRAM production lines, and its shares fell.

Micron, which makes DRAM and NAND chips for personal computers, smartphones, servers and other devices, said in a statement that its revenue rose 13 percent to $4.57 billion in its first quarter, which ended on Dec 4.

Jan 6, 2015

Wireless charging inches ahead as two industry groups merge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two of three global industry groups vying to establish a dominant standard for wireless charging technology have agreed to merge, bringing consumers a small step closer to throwing away their smartphone power cords.

The Alliance for Wireless Power, backed by Intel (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Qualcomm (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Samsung Electronics (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and Power Matters Alliance, a second group, said on Monday they would join in a new entity aimed at accelerating the adoption of wireless charging in consumer devices.

Jan 5, 2015

Qualcomm flicks switch on Internet-connected light bulbs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Qualcomm on Monday unveiled easy-to-use blueprints to help manufacturers make LED light bulbs that use the chipmaker’s wifi technology to connect to the Internet.

“Smart” light bulbs and other gadgets from thermostats to door locks packed with chips and sensors can be controlled remotely or programmed to turn on and off at different times or when people enter or leave their homes.

Jan 5, 2015

Chipmaker Nvidia accelerates move into smarter automobiles

By Noel Randewich

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Nvidia on Sunday unveiled a new processor aimed at powering high-end graphics on car dashboards as well as sophisticated auto-pilot systems.

At an event in Las Vegas ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show, Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said the Tegra X1 chip would provide enough computing horsepower for automobiles with displays built into mirrors, dashboard, navigation systems and passenger seating.

Dec 29, 2014

For Qualcomm, China settlement may be just the beginning

SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The settlement of
China’s anti-trust probe into Qualcomm Inc is likely to
intensify global scrutiny of the firm’s highly profitable patent
licensing business, and may even call into question its
worldwide contracts with smartphone makers such as Apple and

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is
moving to wrap up its 13-month investigation into the U.S.
chipmaker as soon as possible, the regulator said in a statement
on Friday, bringing to an end one of the most high profile of a
slew of such investigations by Beijing into western firms.

Dec 9, 2014

NY police promise to rebuild trust as protests continue

/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of the New York Police Department vowed on Tuesday to repair relations with poor and minority communities following the death of a suspect, even as protests over police violence flared across the United States.

The department will retrain its members in nonviolent ways of making arrests, Police Commissioner William Bratton said, adding that he had taken a non-confrontational approach to protests over a grand jury’s decision not to charge the officer involved in the controversial chokehold case.

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      "Based in Thomson Reuters' San Francisco news bureau, Noel Randewich covers the semiconductor industry and the growing use of microchips in everything from smartphones to home energy management. Prior to his San Francisco posting, Mr Randewich spent a decade covering emerging markets news in Mexico City."
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