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Google fined record $2.7 billion in European antitrust case

The European Commission has hit Google with a record $2.7 billion fine after concluding that the search giant unfairly favored its comparison-shopping service over others. “[Google] denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate,” said Margrethe Vestager, the European Union commissioner in charge of competition policy. “And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation.” Europe in 2015 formally charged Google with abusing its dominance in search by giving advantage to its own comparison-shopping service.

więcej na: www.siliconvalley.com

LG Innotek aiming at making flexible circuit boards for next iPhone

LG Innotek is in the process of setting up flexible printed circuit board production, with the goal of becoming a primary supplier for the Apple iPhone, according to a report out of LG's home country, South Korea. "Related facilities" should break ground later in 2017, the Korea Economic Daily said. It's expected that mass produciton will begin sometime in 2018. Flexible PCBs are considered essential for curved OLED panels on smartphones.

więcej na: appleinsider.com

Hon Hai shares hit new high in over 6 years

Shares of Taiwan-based manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. hit a new high in more than six years on Monday, as foreign brokerages issued upbeat reports, urging investors to buy into the stock amid the manufacturer's efforts in business transformation, dealers said. With its share price hitting an intraday high of NT$121.00 (US$3.99), a new high since Feb. 9, 2011, when Hon Hai shares closed at NT$120.00, market capitalization of the stock breached NT$2.09 trillion in the Monday morning session.

więcej na: focustaiwan.tw

Overall ASP of DRAM products to go up by 5%

DRAMeXchange reports that DRAM suppliers are now negotiating with their clients over the third-quarter contracts during this latter half of June. As there is no easing of undersupply in the DRAM market, prices continue to climb. DRAMeXchange estimates that the overall ASP of DRAM products will rise by about 5% this third quarter compared with the second quarter. Suppliers can therefore expect further increases in their profits.

więcej na: technews.co

Ericsson scraps push for new clients beyond telecoms

Ericsson has ditched its goal of winning more clients beyond the telecoms industry to refocus on selling networks to mobile phone companies in a move to cut costs and halt a dramatic fall in its share price. The Swedish firm's clients in its core business include Vodafone and Verizon but profits have plunged due to competition from Nokia and China's Huawei and as telecoms companies make savings. Its shares have fallen 30 percent in two years. Ericsson said in 2014 it would diversify so that by 2020 up to 25 percent of revenue would come from industries beyond telecoms, such as media, utilities and transport, from an estimated 10 percent in 2013.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

Volvo is working with NVIDIA to develop self-driving car tech by 2021

With virtually every major car manufacturer dumping R&D money into the field, it looks like autonomous vehicles are going to be a thing whether we want them to or not. Early Tuesday morning NVIDIA and Volvo announced that they are redoubling their self-driving system efforts by teaming with a number of other companies to develop and distribute a proprietary autonomous AI platform by the start of the next decade. First off, Volvo has gone in halfsies with Autoliv to create a new software development subsidiary called Zenuity.

więcej na: www.engadget.com

Apple acquires german eye tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments

Apple has almost certainly acquired German computer vision company SensoMotoric Instruments, a provider of eye tracking glasses and systems, based on evidence compiled by MacRumors. On May 2, Apple's vice president of corporate law Gene Levoff, representing Delaware-based shell company Vineyard Capital Corporation, granted power of attorney to German law firm Hiking Kühn Lüer Wojtek to represent Vineyard Capital Corporation in all business related to the acquisition of SensoMotoric Instruments.

więcej na: www.macrumors.com

Taiwan LCD driver IC suppliers 3Q17 revenues to increase over 15%

Taiwan-based LCD driver IC suppliers have become more optimistic about their revenue outlook for the third quarter of 2017, as short lead-time orders from mainly China-based handset customers are pulling in. The strengthening in order visibility is expected to allow the driver IC firms to enjoy more than 15% revenue growth sequentially in the third quarter. Nevertheless, Taiwan-based LCD driver IC companies remain cautious about their outlook for the second quarter, said the sources. Novatek Microelectronics, for example, expects to post revenues growth of only 5-9% sequentially in the second quarter.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

Fujitsu AI retrieves similar disease cases from CT database

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced development of a technology to retrieve similar disease cases from a computed tomography database of previously taken images. The technology, jointly developed with Fujitsu R&D Center Co., Ltd., works by retrieving similar cases of abnormal shadows expanding in a three-dimensional manner. Technologies already exist to retrieve similar cases based on CT images for such diseases as early-stage lung cancer, in which abnormal shadows are concentrated in one place.

więcej na: www.fujitsu.com

Xiaomi Surge S2 to enter production in Q3

Earlier this year, Xiaomi announced its in-house chipset called Surge S1. This chipset was announced along with the Xiaomi Mi 5c smartphone. As per the fresh information from a Taiwanese publication, it looks like Xiaomi is prepping the second generation chipset expected to be dubbed Surge S2. The Surge S1 was made by TSMC. It was built using the 28nm manufacturing process. Despite taking two years to develop the Surge S1, the company is rumored to be working on its successor in just months of its launch. The report claims that the mass production of the alleged Xiaomi Surge S2 chipset will debut soon.

więcej na: www.gizbot.com

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