TSMC Speeds Opening of China Fab

From EETimes: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) said it aims to open its second fab in China earlier than originally expected in order to meet strong demand in the world’s fastest growing semiconductor market.

The company will “pull in” the opening of the fab located in Nanjing, China, to June of next year, according to TSMC Co-CEO Mark Liu, who was the keynote speaker at a company event to commemorate its outstanding ecosystem suppliers.

Steam Drops Bitcoin as Payment Option, Citing Price Surges

From PC Mag: The rollercoaster rising value of bitcoin has forced online gaming distributor Steam to drop the cryptocurrency as a payment method.

A year ago, it cost a mere $0.20 to process transaction fees for bitcoin payments, but due to the digital currency's surging value, those fees can now reach as high as $20, according to Steam.

"At this point, it has become untenable to support bitcoin as a payment option," the platform wrote in a Wednesday blog post.

Lyft edges closer to IPO? Hires VP of investor relations

From CNET: Fresh off the heels of $1.5 billion in new investor funding, Lyft is hiring a vice president of corporate development and investor relations. Kristina Omari, former vice president of corporate development for Fitbit, has been tapped for the job.

"She brings a proven track record of helping companies grow in a fast-paced environment," Brian Roberts, Lyft's chief financial officer, said in a statement. "Her skills and experience will help Lyft continue to expand."

Uber reportedly paid a 20-year-old man to keep silent about security breach

From The Verge: A 20-year-old man was responsible for the massive data breach at Uber last year, and the company paid him to destroy the data through its bug bounty program, reports Reuters. In November, Uber revealed it suffered from a cyberattack in October 2016 that exposed the private data of 57 million drivers and customers, which it then covered up. Uber allegedly paid hackers a $100,000 ransom to delete the data and not disclose what had happened to the media and public. The company didn’t say how the hacker was paid, or who he was.

'Always Connected' Windows 10 Arm PCs Arriving from HP, Asus

From eWeek: The wait is nearly over for PCs that are powered by Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon mobile processors and can run full versions of Windows 10.

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, finally

From The Verge: It's here at last: the Amazon Prime Video app is now available for the Apple TV. The app arrives six months after Apple CEO Tim Cook said it would arrive “later this year” and with just days to spare in 2017. The iOS app was just updated to 5.0 as well, adding iPhone X support and universal search. The tvOS version is available to download on Apple TV 3rd generation devices or later. (If don’t see it, try searching for “Amazon Prime Video” on your Apple TV).

Microsoft, ESET Work With Law Enforcement to Disrupt Gamarue Botnet

From eWeek: Microsoft and security firm ESET announced on Dec. 4 that the companies have been cooperating with international law enforcement agencies for more than a year to disrupt a sprawling botnet, known as Gamarue.

Facebook just made VR better -- by adding Microsoft Windows

From CNET: With a new beta update available today, Facebook is intentionally letting you break the immersion of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset so you can do a heck of a lot more in VR. You'll have your full Windows 10 desktop, spread across as many virtual monitors as your graphics card can support.

That means you can do multitasking -- a lot of multitasking -- even while you continue to play games in VR.

Google Blocks YouTube on Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV

From ExtremeTech: The cold war between Google and Amazon appears to be heating up today. After a series of disagreements over how Amazon is accessing YouTube content, Google has pulled the plug on YouTube access for Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices. Google says YouTube won’t come back until Amazon is willing to work together and ensure consumers have access to both companies’ products.

Intel’s 2018 Roadmap Shows New High-End Cascade Lake-X Debuting Next Year

From ExtremeTech: Intel’s new Cascade Lake-X family is rumored to be based on Intel’s 14nm++ architecture, which would offer a modest improvement to speeds or thermals. We wouldn’t expect these gains to be significant in all cases — while the chips can undoubtedly clock up a bit from where they are, it’s far more difficult to increase the all-core boost clock on an 18-core CPU than on a quad-core or six-core chip. This chart also implies that Kaby Lake-X is going away after Cascade Lake, which honestly isn’t surprising.

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