AMD slashes 500 more jobs

From CNET News.com: Advanced Micro Devices announced Wednesday it had cut 500 employees, or about 3 percent of its workforce, in an effort to reduce expenses.

This is the second round of job cuts this year at the troubled chipmaker. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD announced in April that it would cut 10 percent of its workforce, or about 1,650 jobs at the time.

Google Backs Out of Ad Deal, Leaves Yahoo Out in the Cold

From DailyTech: Fears of a lengthy legal battle killed the controversial Google-Yahoo ad deal Wednesday, announced Google Senior VP David Drummond.

Nvidia and Via Technologies Suspend Agreement to Co-Develop Platforms

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. and Via Technologies have annulated the pact under which the two companies would develop low-power multimedia oriented platforms for various low-cost personal computers and similar systems. The union of Nvidia and Via was not made in heaven and it was generally expected that that it would either be suspended, or put at a very low priority.

Analyst calls Intel's Core i7 chip 'blindingly fast'

From InfoWorld: Intel's Nehalem chips, slated to ship later this month, Tuesday were called "blindingly fast" by an analyst who is using an early machine running the processor.

Google: Hiring slowdown, but no freeze

From CNET News.com: Several executives I have spoken with who have hiring responsibility said it was made clear to them one month ago they were to make no new hires, including at the secretarial level, and they were directed to fill all vacancies with internal candidates. In effect, they term it an unofficial hiring freeze," CNBC's David Faber reported.

IPod Creator Leaves Apple

From DailyTech: There's been a major shift of management at Apple. Tony Fadell, Apple’s senior vice president of the iPod Division, the man credited with envisioning the iPod in the first place, is quitting his job after a wildly successful run of around 7 years. He will remain on as a personal adviser to CEO Steve Jobs.

Multicore: New chips mean new challenges for developers

Sony Ericsson Xperia Sales Slowed by Manufacturing Delays

From PC World: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications isn't shipping as many units of the Xperia X1, its flagship Windows Mobile phone, as originally planned because of manufacturing delays. Hardest hit are Sweden, Germany and the U.K., the countries in which the phone was first launched, a company official said.

Windows 7 talk turns to hardware

From PC World: After unveiling most of the details around Windows 7 to developers last week, this year's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) isn't expected to be the barn burner it is in some years.

WinHEC will have the same venue as last week's Professional Developer Conference, the same Windows 7 bits and, indeed much of the same pitch that Microsoft gave last week, albeit with a more hardware-oriented bent.

AT&T Experiments with Bandwidth Caps

From DailyTech: AT&T is beginning trials for metered internet access in Reno, Nevada, where it plans to tighten the clamps on the “small minority” of customers who use a “disproportionately large amount” of its bandwidth capacity.

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