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AMD Drops SeaMicro Business

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Bigger-than-expected losses and falling Q1 2015 sales lead to AMD dropping  the SeaMicro dense server business in order to "simplify and sharpen the company's investment focus."

AMD SeamicroAMD acquired microserver specialist SeaMicro a little more than 3 years ago. It builds space- and energy-saving server with hundreds of ultra-low-power processors dubbed "wimpy cores," which are tied together using "supercompute" fabric technology.

One SeaMicro product sold by AMD is the SM15000, a 10RU server pushing compute, networking and storage through 64 "compute card" slots carrying either AMD Octal-core Opteron or Intel quad-core Xeon processors.

An Alliance in Faster Ethernet

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A group of server, storage, networking and software companies led by QLogic announce the 2550100 Alliance, an organisation dedicated to bringing solutions based on 25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb ethernet technology to market.

The alliance consists of 13 companies, including DataCore, Finisar, HDS, Huawei, Lenovo, SuSE, QLogic (of course), X-IO and Zadara. Big industry names, such as Broadcom, Brocade and Cisco, are noticeable in their absence.

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“25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb represents multiple breakthroughs for the Ethernet industry," 25501000 says. "25Gb brings economy to high-performance networking, 100Gb puts Ethernet at parity with InfiniBand, while the underlying chips and protocol stack are designed to meet the needs of both hyperscale and enterprise customers."

EC Opens Google Investigations

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The European Commission (EC) accuses Google of monopolistic practices as it opens antitrust investigations into two of the search giant's businesses-- online shopping comparisons and the Android operating system.

European InvestigationThis makes the biggest EU case against a technology since the 10-year battle against Microsoft, which ended in 2004. In that case Microsoft was ordered to pay over $1.7 billion in fines, the biggest since a $1.4bn ruling against Intel.

Should Google lose the case it will face fines reaching up to 10% of its yearly earnings or as much as $6n.

"In the case of Google I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service, in breach of EU antitrust rules," EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager says. "Google now has the opportunity to convince the Commission to the contrary. However, if the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe."

Toshiba Intros Portégé R30 Laptop

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Toshiba announces the Portégé R30, a 13-inch laptop designed for SMB customers wanting a portable PC alternative complete with 4th generation Intel Mobile Performance processor and built-in DVD drive.

Toshiba Protege R30As well as the aforementioned Intel Mobile Performance processor, specifications include up to 16GB DDR3 memory and either 1TB hybrid HDD or 512GB SSD. Handling security are built-in Intel vPro technology, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and a fingerprint reader, while connectivity includes three USB 3.0 ports, full-size HDMI, LAN port and media card reader.

Chassis construction is in magnesium allow complete with shock-absorbing design, honeycomb reinforcement structure and Toshiba EasyGuard technology.

Apple and IBM Add More Apps

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IBMAppsAnother eight enterprise apps have emerged from the Apple and IBM partnership under IBM’s MobileFirst banner. The full range of such apps now extends to over 100 industry-specific mobile solutions. This partnership was always likely to be a slow burner, but it does seem to be gaining momentum as time passes.

IBM’s positioning for MobileFirst for iOS is to bring instant, turnkey access to best-in-class enterprise mobility. It plans to deliver solutions that will enrich customer service, strengthen brand loyalty, shrink operating expenses and produce new efficiencies.

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