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Former iSuppli Japan Subsidiary President Arrested
Several Japanese publications reported that the president of a high-tech consultancy and market research firm J-Star Global, Inc. has been arrested by the Tokyo Chuo Police Office on allegations of embezzlement at his former employer, iSuppli Japan K.K., where he was CEO until the latter part of 2005. . . .
Qimonda Winds Down, Insolvency Proceedings Underway
Industry reports from Germany surfaced indicating that ailing Qimonda has almost found a potential Chinese savior but it was derailed by the DRAM supp . . .
Intel Restructures Operations, Shuts Facilities, Lightens Conference Schedule
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, disclosed plans to restructure some of its manufacturing operations and align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. . . .
DRAM Prices Jump Following Qimonda Bankruptcy
DRAM prices began to climp earnestly in Asia trading following the Qimonda bankruptcy filing. Supply concerns surfaced as waves in the memory supply chain rippled across the world. . . .
YAHOOs Party, Lay-Offs Looming
It was a surrealistic scene at Yahoo's 2008 Christmas party held this year on December 6 at the San Mateo Convention Center. The lavish multi-million dollar event was set with a gambling Las Vegas theme -- perhaps befitting Yahoo's recent troubles. . . .
$2-Buck Chuck for Wilson Sonsini Associates
A symbolic event happened at WSGR (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) lately that has gone largely unnoticed were it not for the legal tabloid . . .
Toshiba, Intel Taking Measures in View of Sliding Orders
Toshiba, the second largest supplier of NAND Flash memory, will halt chip production over the Christmas holiday period at two of its key fabrication f . . .
VCs Call for Drastic Action, "All Hands on Deck" Battle Stations Mode
VCs are battening down the hatches and telling their portfolio companies to take measures to survive -- never mind about getting more funding. Last month memos went out from several famous Silicon Valley VCs to their portfolio company CEOs laying down the dire warnings: conserve cash, cut costs, start generating revenue. . . .
Jobs Makes PowerPlay at IBM, iPod Chief Steps Down
After quietly buying up an upcoming fabless microprocessor chipmaker, PA Semiconductor, in April of this year for $278 million, Apple's Steve Jobs has lured an IBM chip executive to come over to take a bite of the Apple. . . .
What Not to do When your Chip Company is in Negotiations to be Acquired
Former CEO of Genesis Microchip and his childhood pal were caught in a web of insider trading which came to light after the SEC investigated the company's acquisition by STM Microlectronics in November 2007. . . .
Chartered Semiconductor Wants Closer Relations with IC Design Houses, Brings ARM Into Collaboration
Taking a page from TSMC's playbook, Chartered is making plans to have closer cooperatrion with small- and medium-sized IC design houses. . . .
AMD's Fusion Transfusion
AMD (NYSE:AMD) launched a new corporate brand campaign under a new tagline, "The Future is Fusion." The campaign is intended to focus on how the unique AMD combination of technologies, coupled with close relationships with computer manufacturers . . .
Panel at Suppliers Expo & Conference Will Focus on Success Factors for Integrating Third Party IP
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced its afternoon Suppliers Expo & Conference panel discussion, which will focus on how companies can be successful when using third party IP services to complete their design. . . .
South Korea Dings Intel for Trade Violations, FTC Opens Probe, Storm Clouds Form
The Korea Fair Trade Commission, the country's anti trust regulating agency, fined Intel $25 million for violation of trading rules. . . .
Mexico's Top Start-Ups to Be Showcased in Silicon Valley
The Mexican Technology Business Accelerator in Silicon Valley (TechBA) is hosting its annual Mexico Technology Showcase on Wednesday May 28th from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose. . . .
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