Tech Biz Recap: Qualcomm’s Catalyst, Amazon and Google CONQUER the Web
Good news for Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), as it sees the end of the 28nm baseband chip shortage that plagued its June quarter guidance, by December. The optimism comes from news that its contract supplier TSMC (NYSE:TSM) is boosting production, although the timing might yet cause some lost business for Qualcomm, especially if Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone monopolizes a decisive portion of the available supply.
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Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox is in the news Wednesday, as certain members of Congress are asking the ITC to not ban the Xbox 360, should an adverse ruling occur in the firm’s dispute with Motorola Mobility (NASDAQ:GOOG). Separately, MSFT has introduced an app that allows the users of Xbox to rent and download films by Paramount, and has also gained a patent that covers the Kinect’s ability to read the emotions of its users, and then send them appropriate ads.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Google have, along with others, made a total of 1,930 applications for dozens of new Web address suffixes, including .cloud, .buy and .book. The wave of requests arise from the Internet Committee for Assigned Names and Numbers’s efforts to liberalize addresses on the Web. Observers do not expect the new suffixes to gain traction, especially when the applications cost $185,000 each.
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