IBM and Infineon Want to Transform Altis into Contract Maker of Semiconductors

From X-bit Labs: IBM and Infineon AG want to sell off Altis Semiconductor, a joint-venture between the two companies, and want to see it as an independent foundry services provider. At present IBM and Infineon are negotiating with yet another potential investor. The question is whether Altis has any chances against companies like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, United Microelectronics Corp. or Globalfoundries.

Elpida Completes Development of 1Gb GDDR5 Chip, Mass Production Scheduled on Q2 2010

From X-bit Labs: Elpida Memory, the largest maker of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), in Japan, said Thursday that it had completed development of its first GDDR5 chip. Mass production of the new premium memory ICs will start in the second quarter of next year.

Microsoft denies it built 'backdoor' in Windows 7

From InfoWorld: Microsoft today denied that it has built a backdoor into Windows 7, a concern that surfaced yesterday after a senior NSA (National Security Agency) official testified before Congress that the agency had worked on the operating system.

"Microsoft has not and will not put 'backdoors' into Windows," a company spokeswoman said, reacting to a Computerworld story Wednesday.

Sony's Hirai Hopes for Quick Start to Online Content Service

From PC World: Sony is hoping to launch its planned online content service early next year and expects it will give the company an advantage in the increasingly competitive consumer electronics market, the executive heading up the project said Friday.

Cisco launches iPhone security app

From CNET News.com: Cisco is offering a free iPhone app that will allow people to get customized alerts on new security threats and other information for safe Web browsing.

The app, which will be available on Friday in the Apple iTunes store, provides information about new malware signatures, bulletins for how to mitigate against threats, ways to see if particular Web sites are compromised, as well as links to podcasts and videos.

Adobe's Acrobat.com reorganizes, gets mobile app

From CNET News.com: Adobe Systems on Saturday will be unveiling a slightly sleeker version of its Acrobat.com hosted-application service.

Built Around the Browser, Google's Chrome OS Launches, Reinvents the Operating System

From DailyTech: A radical new day has dawned for the operating system.

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Debuts

From DailyTech: The notebook market is mostly dominated today by netbooks thanks to the poor economy and the low price of the netbooks available today. With economy picking back and Windows 7 now on the market many consumers are looking to replacing aging notebooks with new machines.

AMD to Repay One Debt, Secure Another Loan

ARM, MIPS step up their push for Android

From InfoWorld: Processor makers ARM and MIPS Technologies are both aiming to simplify and accelerate the use of netbooks, MIDs (mobile Internet devices), set-top boxes, and picture frames that run on Google's Android software platform.

Earlier this week, ARM rolled out the Solution Center for Android, which provides software, training, and hardware to companies developing Android-based products.

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