John Paczkowski

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AMD's Latest Quarterly Loss: Digital TV Business

For a while there, it looked like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was really going to take Intel (INTC) to the mat, didn’t it? But not lately. After seven consecutive quarterly losses, AMD shares fell to a six-year low last month, down 50 percent in the past year. Good thing, then, that the company has chosen to sell off its digital television business, which these days is more of a distraction than anything else. This morning, the struggling chipmaker said Broadcom (BRCM) has agreed to buy its TV unit for $192.8 million.

For AMD, the sale frees it of a business that’s been a drain on capital expenses and, in the words of CEO Dirk Meyer, will make the company “leaner and more focused” while it seeks to “create a business model to deliver sustainable profitability.” For Broadcom it’s an easy way to immediately scale its DTV business from low-end to mid-range to high-end interactive platforms and panel processors.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work