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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.

Dec 9, 2014

Intel unveils platform to simplify connectivity of products

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.

Intel’s platform is like a set of building blocks based on the chipmaker’s components and software for companies to create smart, connected devices, Doug Davis, head of Intel’s Internet of Things business, said at a launch event in San Francisco.

Dec 9, 2014

More than 150 arrested in California during police killing protests

/NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 150 protesters were arrested in California overnight after shutting down a major freeway in another outbreak of nationwide demonstrations against police use of deadly force on minorities.

Across the other side of the country late on Monday, basketball stars in New York including Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James joined the protests by wearing shirts emblazoned with “I can’t breathe” — the last words of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a police chokehold.

Nov 21, 2014

Obama’s immigration tweaks leave Big Tech wanting more

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Silicon Valley expects President Barack Obama to make life a little easier for foreign workers, but tech industry representatives were disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards for high-skilled employees.

Obama, in a speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, was to outline plans to use his executive authority to help millions of undocumented people. He was also expected to announce minor adjustments that could cut through some red tape for visa holders and their families, including letting the spouses of certain H-1B holders get work permits.

Nov 20, 2014

Intel gives upbeat outlook for 2015 revenue, stock gains

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Intel, helped by
a stabilizing personal computer market, gave a revenue outlook
for 2015 that was above Wall Street’s expectations and also
raised its dividend, sending its shares higher.

In a press release on Thursday, Intel said it expects
revenue to grow by a mid-single digit percentage next year.
Analysts on average have been forecasting 3.4 percent revenue
growth for 2015.

Nov 20, 2014

Intel chief not embarrassed by mobile business, still not proud

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Chairman Andy Bryant said on Thursday he is no longer embarrassed about the top chipmaker’s lack of progress in mobile business but he’s still not proud.

Kicking off Intel’s annual investor day, Bryant said he saw progress in Intel’s strategy of staking out a big chunk of market share in tablets this year by offering manufacturers subsidies to use its chips.

Nov 19, 2014

Qualcomm CEO more cautious on future revenue growth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) gave a more conservative five-year outlook than in the past as it faces an antitrust probe in China and more consumers there and in other developing countries buy lower-priced smartphones.

China’s expanding high-speed 4G network is driving demand for smartphones with leading-edge technology, but Qualcomm’s opportunities have been clouded by a year-old antitrust investigation there and troubles collecting royalty payments from device makers.

Nov 17, 2014

Intel’s upscale bracelet has Google alerts, AT&T data plan

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Upcoming bracelets with
technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion
brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook,
Google and Yelp via an AT&T data plan without having to carry a

Called My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA, the
snakeskin bracelets are aimed at fashion-conscious women and are
an attempt by the two companies to stand out in a growing field
of often-clunky smartwatches and fitness brands that have yet to
catch on widely with consumers.

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. government spending $425 million to build fastest supercomputers

By Noel Randewich

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Energy said on Friday it is spending $425 million to research extreme-scale computing and build two super-computers, which would be the world’s fastest, for research into basic science as well as nuclear weapons.

The DOE is awarding $325 million to build “Summit” for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and “Sierra” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

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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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