Also: Softbank to buy Sprint Nextel for about $20 billion; 13-inch MacBook Pro may be unveiled later this month.
If Amazon buys out Texas Instruments' mobile chip business, it would mark a dramatic shift for the e-retail giant. Amazon uses Texas Instruments' processors in its mobile devices, including the latest Kindle Fire HD. Barnes & Noble, one of its chief competitors, does, as well. It's not clear whether Amazon would continue to sell chips to competitors or use its own technology for itself.
Softbank to buy Sprint Nextel for about $20 billion [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
In a statement, Softbank said it would acquire a majority stake in the U.S. carrier by buying $8 billion of shares directly from Sprint and then buying another $12.1 billion of shares in the market.
The deal would transform Softbank, a relative newcomer in the telecommunications industry, into one of the world's largest telecom groups with about 90 million subscribers when combined with Sprint. It expects to complete the deal by mid-2013.
Alongside the smaller iPad, Apple will debut a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, according to a consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer.
This new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display is said to pick up the thinner and lighter enclosure of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that was released in June.
Microsoft to compete against Spotify with Xbox Music [TECHCRUNCH]
Xbox Music seeks to combine all the best aspects of the existing music services, by enabling free and paid models for streaming a vast library of content, as well as the ability to purchase and download music to your devices. Microsoft has licensed music from all the major labels, as well as a ton of independents, giving the Xbox Music services more than 30 million songs in its catalog.
Disruptions: Seeking privacy in a networked age [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
A feature that allowed users to opt out of being mentioned could actually benefit companies like Facebook and Twitter. It would entice people who are afraid of being in the cast of "Nothing's Private Anymore" to sign up, knowing that they can hide at any given time.
Mr. Malik said he had simply resigned himself to the reality that most of the things he does in public, no matter how banal, will end up on the Internet. "But an offline switch would be a welcome addition for it would give me an illusion of privateness (if not privacy)," he wrote in an e-mail.
In the filing, Zynga claims that Patmore amassed 760 documents from his work computer, and backed them up online before his last day. Further, Zynga claims in the complaint that the data is important enough that it could be used to "improve a competitor's internal understanding and know-how of core game mechanics and monetization techniques, its execution and ultimately its market standing to compete more effectively with Zynga."
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The company missed the iPad revolution but says it's not worried. Should it be?
Apple watchers all figured the iPad would do well, but even they were astonished when the company sold 2 million iPads in less than one full month after its release. And that rate will probably only grow: Analyst Maynard Um with UBS estimated that Apple (AAPL) would sell at least 28 million iPads in 2010, according to MOREShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Oct 19, 2010 2:59 PM ET
Apple is sitting on a heap of cash – more than $40 billion at last count – and the big question has been what the company will do with it. Investors in London this week are buzzing about one possibility: It might buy ARM.
ARM (ARMH) shares have shot up this week on the speculation, bringing them to levels they haven't seen since 2002. As of now, it looks like it MOREJon Fortt - Apr 22, 2010 1:09 PM ET
Mobile phone services that offer directions and other location-based services will be huge in 2008, says Mark Collins, vice president of consumer data services for AT&T (T).Jon Fortt - Oct 24, 2007 10:12 AM ET
Qualcomm (QCOM), the second largest supplier of chips for cell phones, is under an intensifying investigation in Europe after complaints that it uses its influence in 3G phones to fleece suppliers and block competitors.
The European Commission, the same regulatory body that has brought antitrust charges against Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC), Rambus (RMBS) and others, is conducting the probe. The commission says it will give the investigation high priority after two MOREJon Fortt - Oct 1, 2007 11:25 AM ET
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Intel (INTC) CEO Paul Otellini is giving the opening keynote at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the chip giant's biggest event of the year. Intel controls 75 percent of the global semiconductor market, but is in a pitched battle with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for the future of chips that sit at the heart of PCs, phones, servers and more.
Companies MOREJon Fortt - Sep 18, 2007 11:32 AM ET
Even if you're not a heavy user of its Photoshop software, or even an investor in its stock, it might be a good idea to watch this afternoon's earnings announcement from Adobe Systems (ADBE).
That's because Adobe, the Silicon Valley-based software maker that also sells Flash, Photoshop, Acrobat, and other popular programs, will give investors the earliest possible peek at how healthy the technology industry was this summer. The next-earliest major MOREJon Fortt - Sep 17, 2007 6:00 AM ET
Silicon Valley is still the headquarters location of choice for chip makers, research firm iSuppli says. In fact, the firm estimates that a quarter of all global chip companies have headquarters in the area south of San Francisco.
Last year 56 Silicon Valley semiconductor suppliers raked in $68.2 billion in sales. That's still far ahead of the second-place locale, Taiwan's Hsinchu City, which managed $50.2 billion.Jon Fortt - Sep 11, 2007 5:45 AM ET
Electronics and semiconductor market growth will slow in 2007, research firm iSuppli predicts. Though consumers worldwide continue to buy more phones, PCs and other gadgets, the growth rate will taper off from last year's pace.Jon Fortt - Aug 2, 2007 2:52 PM ET
Texas Instruments (TXN) is in the cell phone world what Intel (INTC) is in PCs – the largest supplier of the chips that form the brains of the device. (Like Intel, TI has plenty of competition; Qualcomm (QCOM) is a strong number two.) As the global market for wireless devices grows, Texas Instruments's technology vision will shape the way our devices function and our businesses run.
I caught up with Texas MOREJon Fortt - Dec 21, 2006 3:00 AM ET
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