Toshiba overhauls chip ops with Samsung, Sony deals (Reuters)
Mon, 27 Dec 2010 01:44:40 GMT
Reuters - Toshiba Corp will overhaul its chip operations, outsourcing output of some system chips to Samsung Electronics and selling a production line to Sony Corp, as it reduces its non-memory chip exposure.

First lady fields kid calls as NORAD tracks Santa (AP)
Sat, 25 Dec 2010 00:07:01 GMT
AP - Some kids who call NORAD on Christmas Eve to find out where Santa is hang up as soon as a volunteer answers the phone — probably because they expected a recording and not a real person, veteran Santa trackers say.

Publisher confirms Julian Assange book deal (AP)
Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:07:01 GMT
AP - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's being forced into penning an autobiography to keep his organization from going under.

China defends rare earth quotas as in line with WTO (Reuters)
Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:21:14 GMT
Reuters - China defended its export controls on rare earth minerals on Thursday, saying that they were in line with World Trade Organization rules, after a government move to slash export quotas on rare earths sparked trade concerns.

Janet Jackson to launch tour in Singapore (AFP)
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:47:54 GMT
AFP - Pop star Janet Jackson wanted to find her most avid fans -- and they are apparently in Asia. After asking fans for suggestions over her website, Jackson announced that she would launch her world tour in Singapore on February 7. She will also perform in Hong Kong on February 14.

Voodoo killings reportedly rise in Haiti epidemic (AP)
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:26:25 GMT
AP - At least 45 people have been killed across Haiti due to accusations they are using "black magic" to spread cholera, the director of a Voodoo association said Friday.

A Year After Christmas Eve Senate Vote, Health Reform Celebration Seems Premature (
Tue, 28 Dec 2010 16:40:00 GMT - Getting President Obama's health care plan passed ultimately required a more torturous path, and that has a lot to do with why it's not as popular as Democrats had expected

Apple Has Reportedly Boosted iPhone Production (NewsFactor)
Mon, 27 Dec 2010 22:00:04 GMT
NewsFactor - According to sources, Apple has boosted its iPhone global shipment target for the first quarter of 2011 to between 20 million and 21 million units -- up from 19 million previously. Industry sources also told the Taiwan-based DigiTimes on Monday that Apple intends to ship five to six million WCDMA iPhones to carriers in North America and the Asia-Pacific region during the first three months of next year.

Allstate sues BofA and Mozilo over Countrywide losses (Reuters)
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:21:15 GMT
Reuters - Allstate Corp has sued Bank of America Corp, its Countrywide lending unit and 17 other defendants for allegedly misrepresenting the risks on more than $700 million of mortgage securities it bought from Countrywide.

Rocket Disaster Casts Doubt Over Indian Space Program (
Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:10:00 GMT - India's latest rocket disaster leaves the country's ambitious space program in doubt

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