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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.

HP agrees to pay $57 million to settle shareholder lawsuit

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co agreed to pay $57 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the personal computer maker's former management of defrauding shareholders by abandoning a business model it had long touted. The lawsuit was filed after former Chief Executive Leo Apotheker shocked investors on August 18, 2011 by announcing plans to refocus the company on business services and products.

Smartphone giants Apple, Samsung head for court again amid patent infringement claims

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.

Settlement progress seen in Silicon Valley hiring lawsuit

By Dan Levine SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Google Inc and two other Silicon Valley companies are making progress toward settling a closely watched lawsuit where tech workers allege the companies conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to drive down wages.
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