The Department of Justice cleared Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility just hours after European regulators gave the deal the nod. Now Google is officially in the hardware business---for better or worse. In a statement, the Department of Justice said it was closing its investigation into the Google-Motorola deal and also closing a probe into the sale of Nortel's patents by a consortium led by Apple. In other words, everyone is happy with their patents. Related: Google and the hardware dream: Can it capture the wow factor? | DOJ approves Google, Motorola Mobility merger | European Commission clears Google, Motorola merger | Google's home entertainment foray: Why the Motorola deal may work | Google's $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility bet: 6 reasons why it makes sense Barclays Capital analyst Anthony DiClemente handicapped the profit margin issues. He said: We forecast Motorola Mobility will generate $13.2 billion in revenue and $153 million in pro forma operating income in 2012, … [Read more...] about Google-Motorola Mobility deal set: Welcome to the hardware business
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The Source Code Club has opened up shop again. The group of self-identified hackers has posted files online that it claims contains source code for Pix security firewall from Cisco Systems. The price for the proprietary software: $24,000. "SCC is proud to announce the general availability of Cisco Pix 6.3.1 source code. This release is significant because Pix is vital to the security of many ultra-secure networks," read a Google group posting marked as a Source Code Club newsletter. The Source Code Club does not indicate in its file posting or in the newsletter where the source code came from or how it was obtained. "We are aware of the posting and are looking into it," Cisco spokeswoman Penny Bruce said Tuesday. She was unable to comment further on the authenticity of the source code or its source. Version 6.3.1 is an older version of the firewall product released in March 2003, Bruce noted. Cisco came out with version 6.3.4 in July of this year. It's the second time this year … [Read more...] about Psst…now it’s Cisco source code up for sale
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it will acquire Nokia's devices and services business for 3.79 billion Euros, or about $5 billion. In addition, Redmond will shell out another 1.65 billion Euros ($2.18 billion) to license Nokia's patents for a grand total of 5.44 billion Euros (about $7.2 billion) in cash. Microsoft will dip into its overseas cash resources for the transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, pending regulatory and shareholder approval. "It's a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft's share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services," Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's outgoing CEO, said in a statement. "In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent … [Read more...] about Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Handset Business for $7.2B
I watched the launch of Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 recently with great interest. Microsoft's decision to enter the hardware business has been a double-edged sword for the compay. On the one hand, it was able to use the original Surface RT and the Intel versions to help jumpstart the Windows tablet market and pretty much forced its partners to join them. But this also angered those partners since Microsoft is now competing twith them. That is why I did a double take when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella opened the Surface Pro 3 launch event by saying that Microsoft does not want to compete with its partners. Creating a premium product like the Surface Pro 3 and selling it in Microsoft stores and other retail outlets right next to similar convertibles and tablets from partners seems like competing directly with them in my book. While on the surface Microsoft's partners have largely accepted the fact that Microsoft is not getting out of the tablet hardware business, they are not … [Read more...] about Should Microsoft Ditch the Hardware Business?
AMD's Ryzen processors are the hot new chips on the market, and I don't mean in terms of the heat they produce. AMD is back to offering competitive processors that undercut Intel on price. And because they are proving so popular, fake Ryzen chips are appearing for sale. As explained on Tom's Hardware, scammers are buying up stock of Ryzen processors and replacing the chip before reselling them. The heatspreader attached to the Ryzen chip is scanned and a sticker created from that scan. A cheaper processor, such as an Intel Celeron, is then placed in the Ryzen box with the sticker attached so it looks like the real thing. With the Ryzen box resealed, it is offered for sale or returned to the store for a refund. As the box is sealed and the chip inside looks legit, everything seems fine until someone opens and tries to use the processor with an AMD Socket AM4 motherboard. Luckily, it simply won't fit so no damage can be done. The fake processors are appearing on Amazon and eBay according … [Read more...] about Fake AMD Ryzen Chips Appear for Sale on Amazon/eBay