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Pre-holiday chip sales go flat

Global semiconductor sales as the world entered the 2010 holiday season, according to new data released by the Semiconductor Industry Association. The softening in revenues across all types of chips was inevitable given the massive recovery that the business had in 2010 in the wake of the Great Recession.
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EMC to open Israeli R&D center

EMC will set up a new Research and Development center in Israel. According to a report from Globes, the system giant will announce the new Beersheva-based facility in a few weeks.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2011
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Intel aims flash at tablets, netbooks

CommentComment Intel has implemented its X18-M and X25-V flash products in a tablet and netbook form factor with the m-SATA SSD 310 line.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2011
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IE 0day accidentally leaked to Chinese hackers

Details concerning a potentially serious security vulnerability in fully patched versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have been leaked to people in China, a researcher warned over the weekend. Michal Zalewski, a security researcher at Google, blogged that data concerning at least one “clearly exploitable crash” in the Microsoft browser was inadvertently disclosed to people who were using a Chinese IP address. Details about the bug, which resides in the mshtml.dll component, were stored on a server that had accidentally been indexed by Google, Zalewski wrote elsewhere. On December 30, detailed search queries showed that the sensitive information, in addition to files for an unpublished security tool, had been retrieved by the unknown party.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jan 2011
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Novell's Microsoft patent sale referred to regulators

Open sourcers have asked German authorities to probe a Microsoft-backed purchase of hundreds of patents owned by Novell as part of that company's purchase by Attachmate.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jan 2011
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Germans pick Xeon over Power for three-petaflops super

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), which is upgrading its pan-European supercomputing facilities across a number of large HPC labs, has announced that it has commissioned IBM to build a 3-petaflops massively parallel super using the company's iDataPlex blade-rack hybrid machines and the next-generation of Intel Xeon processors.
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Sirius to top $1bn in sales with MSI Systems acquisition

The rate at which private equity firms are gathering cheap money to make acquisitions combined with an IT industry consolidating on many fronts can make you dizzy. That's why it's not much of a surprise that Sirius Computer Solutions has acquired MSI Systems Integrators for an undisclosed sum. Both are among the largest players in the IBM Power Systems market, and have histories that stretch back to the AS/400 days.
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Cellphone snooping now easier and cheaper than ever

Cryptographers have devised a low-cost way to intercept phone calls and text messages sent over the majority of the world's mobile networks. The attack, which requires four $15 Motorola handsets, a medium-end computer and a 2TB hard drive, was demonstrated last week at the 27th annual Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. It builds off of last year's crack of the A5/1 encryption algorithm used to protect communications sent using GSM, or Global System for Mobile Communications, technology, which carries an estimated 80 percent of the world's mobile traffic.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jan 2011