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PC sales see modest drop amid Windows XP replacements

Global personal computer sales saw a modest dip in the first quarter of 2014, as the pace of decline was eased by replacements of older PCs using Windows XP. Figures released Wednesday by Gartner showed global sales down 1.7 percent year-over-year at 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014. A separate survey by IDC showed a 4.4 percent drop to 73.4 million.

Hewlett-Packard paying $108M to resolve charges employees bribed officials in 3 countries

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland. The SEC says an HP division in Russia paid $2 million to make sure the company retained a contract with the federal prosecutor's office there. A Mexican subsidiary paid $1 million to secure a software sale to the country's state-owned oil company, while $600,000 in gifts and bribes were paid to a Polish government official to win contracts with the national police agency.

HP pays $108 million to settle DOJ, SEC corruption probes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million and agreed to take on certain reporting and compliance obligations to settle a Justice Department and SEC investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Intel adjusts financial reporting to reflect mobile gadgets

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp said on Monday it was adjusting its financial reporting structure to better reflect its focus on two key areas: mobile and the growing field of linking up electronic devices.

Foxconn eyes buyout firm MBK's Taiwan cable TV unit: source

By Faith Hung and Stephen Aldred TAIPEI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology Group, Apple Inc's main contract manufacturer, is in talks with Asian private equity firm MBK Partners to buy Taiwanese cable TV company China Network Systems (CNS), a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. Foxconn could pay about T$64 billion ($2.1 billion) for MBK's 60 percent stake in Taiwan's largest cable provider, according to the Economic Daily, which first reported the talks on Monday.

SK hynix develops high-capacity DDR4 module

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc., South Korea's No. 2 chipmaker, said Monday it has developed the industry's most advanced double data rate-4 (DDR4) module with a capacity of 128 gigabytes (GB), significantly improving speed and efficiency. Based on the 8-gigabit(Gb)-DDR4, SK said it expanded the maximum capacity by two-fold from the previous model of 64GB with the Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology, which allows the dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) to be connected with higher electrical efficiency.

Globalfoundries edges out Intel for IBM chip-making business: WSJ

(Reuters) - Contract chipmaker Globalfoundries has emerged as the leading candidate to buy IBM's semiconductor operations, edging out Intel Corp, the Wall Street Journal cited unidentified sources as saying on Thursday. IBM had held discussions with those two companies as well as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, but California-based Globalfoundries showed keener interest and TSMC ultimately dropped out for unspecified reasons, the Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying.

Apple in talks to buy Japan chip venture to secure iPhone supply chain

By Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Apple Inc, seeking to secure its mobile supply chain, has opened discussions to buy control of a Japanese venture that makes key microchips for its iPhone screens, sources familiar with the matter say. The talks on what would be a rare acquisition in Japan for the U.S. technology giant come as competition heats up in the smartphone industry, with pressure to produce larger, sharper and less battery-draining screens.

Japan chipmaker Renesas soars on Apple talks report

Shares in Japan's Renesas Electronics surged in Tokyo Wednesday following a report it is in talks with Apple to sell the US giant its stake in a unit that designs microchips for liquid crystal displays. The chipmaker jumped as much as 19 percent in early trade before settling back to 831 yen ($8.00) by the close, up 5.99 percent. The Nikkei business daily said Apple was eyeing Renesas SP Drivers, which makes about a third of the world's chips that control small and midsize liquid crystal displays, as it looks to boost resolution and battery life in its popular gadgets.

Japan chipmaker Renesas soars on Apple talks report

Shares in Japan's Renesas Electronics surged in Tokyo Wednesday following a report it is in talks with Apple to sell the US giant its stake in a unit that designs microchips for liquid crystal displays. Chipmaker Renesas jumped as much as 19 percent in early trade before settling back to 857 yen ($8.25) by the break, up 9.31 percent.
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