If you thought Intel's stack-dropping acquisition of McAfee for $7.68 billion was a lot, you'll drop your jaw at this one. The world's largest chip manufacturer said earlier this week that it will spend somewhere between $6 and $8 billion on factory upgrades in the US, which will create anywhere from 800 to 1,000 manufacturing jobs.
Intel plans to renovate and renew plants in Oregon and Arizona and looks to open a new plant in Oregon. The implementation of these plans will create up to 8,000 construction jobs and looks to be in place over several years, said an Intel official.
For more on the big spending, follow the break.
Earlier this month, Blizzard decided to start Halloween early, by spooking all of their StarCraft II players with bans and suspensions on 5,000 accounts that were cheating or modifying the game to get an edge. A week later, the company also decided to attack the people in charge of creating cheat programs for the game.
Well, last week Blizzard decided to up the ante by filing a lawsuit in the Los Angeles US District Court against three individuals who are being targeted for making and selling hacks and cheats for StarCraft II. In case you had no idea, hacking is a clear no-no in the gaming world and is stated as such in the end-user license agreement, the Battle.net terms of usage and in general copyright law.
For more on what's happening with this three-piece suit, hit the break.
posted Thursday Oct 21, 2010 by Jon Wurm
With the WinPho 7 OS being described as an experience comparable to Android and iOS4 the next big step for Microsoft is to put on something sexy to get the attention of the 250,000 plus app developers out there. Take a quick look at the major players in the smart phone OS industry and you will find the usual suspects, Google, Apple, RIM, Palm, and Microsoft, again.
Hit the break to find out why Microsoft could be in the game again.
Here is a scary prospect for you - Apple might want to buy Facebook. Peter Kafka of All Things Digital has been trying to figure out what Apple is planning for the $51 billion they are holding in cash and this is what he has come to. When asked about the money, Steve Jobs said,
We firmly believe that one or more unique strategic opportunities will present itself to us, and we'll be in a position to take advantage of it.
For more on Apple's possible plans, hit the break.
The new Disney/Marvel family has decided to take the media world by force. The best way to do that is to create Marvel Studios TV, which is exactly what they did. The new division will be responsible for developing television programming based on Marvel properties.
Which properties are in the works now? Well, it would appear that right now there are projects in the works for Hulk, The Punisher and even Cloak and Dagger.
To read more about Marvel TV, hit the break.
We love the Internet and all of its insane glory but there are people out there that think it is a problem. You might be wondering, "Who are these madmen?" The answer, in short, is the FCC.
At their meeting in November, the 5 member board of the FCC could vote and elect themselves Internet Overlords and usurp Google's God-given right to rule the digital universe. There are a number of problems with this. First, the FCC members are hired bureaucrats, not elected officials, so allowing them to elect themselves in charge of anything is not only offensive but unconstitutional. Also, why do we want the government to have this kind of hand in controlling the sector of our economy that produces almost 1/5 of the country's income?
Hit the break for more on the FCC's attack on the Interwebz.