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The Yahoo Freeze Yahoo's new CEO Carol Bartz froze salaries Wednesday. Intel Questioning AMD's x86 License AMD told the SEC that it rejected Intel's suggestion that its acquisition of ATI and its creation of the so-called Foundry Company manufacturing spin-off breached provisions in their age-old cross-license agreement. The terms of the pact, though perpetual, come up for renewal this year. Intel's getting back for all the antitrust trouble AMD has caused it. Cloud Computing Technology Contributors of 2009 10Gen, 3Leaf Systems, 6fusion International, Absolute Performance, Ajaxo, Alentus, Appirio, Appistry, Aptaria, Arena Maxtronic, Arista Networks, Asankya Networks, BitRock, BlueLock, Boomi ,, Canaan Partners, Casdex, Chris Richardson Consulting, CITTIO, Cloud Architects, Cloud9 Analytics, CloudRamp, CloudScale Networks,, CloudWorks, CNI Systems... (more)

Exclusive Interview: Where Is Sun Going with Linux?'s senior contributing analyst, Bill Claybrook, spoke with John Loiacono, executive vice president of Sun Microsystem's Software Group about his new job, and what he has in store for Sun's Linux strategy. You replaced Jonathan Schwartz several months ago as Sun's software leader. Jonathan was very visible. Is this the way you are going to do it? In my previous job as VP of Sun's operating platforms group, I was more visible than over the past few months simply because we were making some changes internally regarding implementation strategy. Not the strategy itself... (more)

SuSE Previews 2.6 Features & AMD64 Support in Retail Code

SuSE has back-ported some of the more stable features that will be found in the upcoming 2.6 Linux kernel, not due to be officially released now until spring, it said, into the otherwise 2.4.21-based SuSE Linux 9.0 retail code that will appear online and at retail shops on October 24. The move includes both its $40 Personal Edition and its $80 Professional cut. SuSE also hails the stuff as the "first home user" operating system to support AMD's newly unveiled Athlon 64 desktop hybrid 32/64-bit chip. Of course it remains to be seen whether there are going to be many of those or ex... (more)

AMD Loses Money; Could Exit Flash

AMD, which braced the market for the bad news last week, lost $30 million, eight cents a share, in the fourth quarter on record sales of $1.26 billion. It said it managed an operating income of $20 million, way way off sequentially, but the net loss, which included $49 million in charges largely associated with debt conversion and retirement, erased it. Backing out the charges, AMD only realized five cents a share when eight cents was expected, three cents less than consensus. The company also said operating expenses were up to $498 million and R&D costs were up 9% due to Fab 36 ... (more)

Egenera Abandons Single-Source Intel Strategy, Adopts AMD's Opteron

Egenera has lined up with AMD and the Opteron chip, betraying its long-standing single-source alliance with Intel. It is the five-year-old blade start-up's second recent break with tradition, the other being its decision to sell Solaris 10 into the Sun accounts it has been poaching. It says it has arranged to add two-way and four-way Opteron blades to its Intel flotilla. The widgets will be based on unannounced Opteron chips that are probably new 90nm ones. Pricing won't be set until the chips come out in a few weeks but are likely to undercut Egenera's x86-64 Intel Nocona blades... (more)

Intel Folds in Japanese Antitrust Case

Intel is taking the course of least resistance about the antitrust charges that the Japanese regulators made against it a few weeks ago. It's simply conceding and, without admitting anything or even agreeing with the facts behind the allegations, says it will stop offering Japanese vendors rebates or discounts in exchange for exclusive Intel-only product lines or 90%-100% of their business. Which isn't to say Intel can't offer volume discounts; it's just going to have to structure them differently. According to Intel, "The allegations misinterpret important aspects of our business ... (more)