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Jun 18, 2014

Intel woos Internet heavyweights with flexible server chips

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp is taking a new approach to the powerful server chips it sells to Internet heavyweights like Facebook and Google.

The Santa Clara, California company is integrating its Xeon processors with programmable chips that will give customers with unique technical requirements more flexibility to optimize their servers.

Jun 16, 2014

SanDisk to buy Fusion-io to boost flash storage business

June 16 (Reuters) – SanDisk Corp said on Monday it
will buy Fusion-io Inc for about $1.1 billion to bolster
its fast-growing business of providing flash storage drives to
companies.

Fusion-io has struggled with losses since its initial public
offering in 2011, but SanDisk sees its technology as a major
component for its own lineup of storage products. SanDisk is
using its NAND memory chips to build and sell its own
solid-state drives. The flash drives offer higher margins than
SanDisk’s traditional business of selling memory chips for
smartphones and cameras.

Jun 13, 2014

Silicon Valley’s latest perk: World Cup viewing parties at work

SAN FRANCISCO, June 13 (Reuters) – Theme lunches, giant TVs and viewing parties. Silicon Valley may be far from the World Cup in Brazil but tech employees are getting in on the globe’s most prestigious soccer event.

Twitter, LinkedIn and Nvidia are among several tech companies airing matches in their offices during the next month and encouraging employees to follow the action.

Jun 13, 2014

Intel raises outlook on stronger PC demand

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Thursday raised its outlook for the second quarter and the full year, citing stronger-than-expected demand for personal computers used by businesses.

Shares of Intel jumped more than 4 percent in extended trade as the chipmaker’s improved forecast lifted hopes for a PC industry that been shrinking due to consumers’ preferences for tablets and smartphones.

Jun 12, 2014

Intel raises outlook on stronger PC demand, shares jump

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Thursday raised its outlook for the second quarter and the full year, citing stronger-than-expected demand for personal computers used by businesses.

Shares of Intel jumped more than 4 percent in extended trade as the chipmaker’s improved forecast lifted hopes for a PC industry that been shrinking due to consumers’ preferences for tablets and smartphones.

Jun 10, 2014

Oracle’s Ellison debuts technology for faster databases

REDWOOD CITY, California, June 10 (Reuters) – Oracle Corp
Chief Executive Larry Ellison on Tuesday launched
“in-memory” technology for speeding up data analysis in a bid to
beef up demand for his company’s software products.

The in-memory features, which Oracle has been talking about
for months, allow for faster database queries and transactions
as companies collect, store and analyze growing amounts of
information across the Internet.

Jun 3, 2014

America’s Cup to use smaller catamarans, nationality rule

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The America’s Cup in 2017 will be held with a smaller version of the catamarans used in last year’s regatta in San Francisco Bay and will include new crew nationality minimums, according to protocols released on Tuesday.

Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand last year and as defender negotiated the rules for the next Cup with Team Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record.

Jun 3, 2014

Intel VP among six Mt. Rainier climbers missing and presumed dead

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An Intel vice president is among six climbers missing and presumed dead in the worst accident in three decades on Washington’s Mount Rainier, the company said on Monday as search efforts for the group were scaled back.

The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker said Vice President Uday Marty had been among the climbers who likely fell about 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) from the north face of the mountain while they were ascending last week, caught in an avalanche of snow, rock and other debris.

May 30, 2014

Exclusive – Intel TV creator Huggers leaves Verizon months after deal

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Erik Huggers is leaving Verizon Communications Inc just five months after joining the company via the acquisition of the Intel Corp “OnCue” streaming service he developed, signaling the communications giant’s waning interest in providing an Internet-delivered TV service.

The former BBC executive, who told Reuters on Friday he is departing the company, had worked on OnCue for Intel for more than two years before Verizon bought it in January to accelerate a push into video services, including TV channels delivered over the Internet, known as an “over the top”, or OTT, service.

May 30, 2014

Exclusive: Intel TV creator leaves Verizon months after deal

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Erik Huggers is leaving Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) just five months after joining the company via the acquisition of the Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) “OnCue” streaming service he developed, signaling the communications giant’s waning interest in providing an Internet-delivered TV service.

The former BBC executive, who told Reuters on Friday he is departing the company, had worked on OnCue for Intel for more than two years before Verizon bought it in January to accelerate a push into video services, including TV channels delivered over the Internet, known as an “over the top”, or OTT, service.

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