Intel will start making chips for MediaTek

It’s a new partnership




This year has seen some wild team-ups and mergers. Only a bit past the halfway point, the world has witnessed controversial acquisition plans from Microsoft and Elon Musk. Now, Intel and MediaTek are adding their lot to the year’s roster of partnerships. Marking a new partnership, Intel will start manufacturing chips for MediaTek.

Last year, Intel started Intel Foundry Services. The new program sees the company lending its manufacturing plants to other companies in the industry. MediaTek is the first company to take up Intel’s offer.

However, the partnership’s announcement did not reveal which chips that Intel will produce for MediaTek. The former does have a lot of capabilities when it comes to making chipsets including x86 and ARM chips.

Though the partnership itself is huge, it’s not the two companies’ first partnership. Prior to the new deal, both parties were already collaborating for 5G modems.

Because of Intel’s new efforts, the company can benefit the entire industry while keeping a strong presence for itself. Intel is one of the biggest chip manufacturers in the world. Other companies can expand their production capabilities by using Intel’s foundries. On the other hand, Intel can keep its position up top by offering their facilities to others.

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Nokia is suing Amazon and HP

For using video-related technologies



Nokia isn’t just a company for smartphones. The company is also responsible for several technologies across the industry. As surprising as it is for regular consumers to discover Nokia’s effect on this industry, it’s also quite a shock to discover how many companies are currently stepping on the Finnish company’s toes. Nokia is currently suing Amazon and HP for infringing on several patents.

As confirmed by Arvin Patel, Nokia’s Chief Licensing Officer, Nokia is going ahead with cases against Amazon for “the unauthorized use of Nokia’s video-related technologies in its streaming services and devices.” The case involves technologies that Amazon used for Prime Video including video compression and content delivery. Amazon has not specifically explained the intricate workings of these technologies.

HP is also under fire for using other video-related technologies. Amazon is much more mum about HP’s use of the patented technologies. However, the announcement confirms that HP relies heavily on these technologies in their current lineup of products and services.

Nokia does say that litigation was not its first choice. However, the lack of an amicable resolution between these two companies necessitated the legal case.

Neither Amazon nor HP have responded to what they think of the ongoing legal pursuits against them.

SEE ALSO: Nokia launches C series budget smartphones

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China accuses the United States of hacking into Huawei

Since 2009



For years, the American government hounded Chinese companies for allegedly giving China an easy backdoor into the United States. The allegations don’t normally happen from the other way around, though. Today is different. The Chinese government has accused the United States of hacking into Huawei servers since 2009.

It’s an uncommon turn of events. In a Weibo post (via Nikkei Asia), China’s Ministry of State Security claimed that it discovered evidence of American hackers breaking into Chinese servers.

According to the post, the U.S. government’s Office of Tailored Access Operations used spyware to access Huawei’s servers since 2009. The spyware involved was called Second Date, a piece of spyware that was, according to the Chinese post, “developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.”

The spyware was partially discovered by Qihoo 360, an agency investigating American-led hacking attacks against China. The mere discovery, however, does not include explicit references to Huawei as a target.

China’s retaliation against the United States is slowly ramping up. Recently, the Chinese government started banning its officials from using iPhones for work. A wider ban might even be in the works.

For the United States, the American government is also investigating Huawei once again. After the surprising launch of the Mate 60 series, the government is interested to see how the Chinese company can still make smartphones without American technology.

SEE ALSO: Analyst: Qualcomm will fall as Huawei rises again

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Microsoft was planning to buy Nintendo

Plans were as recent as 2020



For months, Microsoft found itself in a broiling tub of hot water. The American government is investigating whether the company’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard stifles competition in the industry. Though the results of the court proceedings are still unknown, a newly released document has revealed much more about Microsoft’s plans to further dominate the industry.

Documents releasing left and right are no longer new. Since Microsoft took the stand months ago, both sides in the matter have released documents to corroborate their claims. These releases are casting a light onto information that the company never wanted to make public in the first place.

Today, a new document (via The Verge) reveals that Microsoft’s Phil Spencer recently expressed desire to acquire Nintendo in the future. In an email between him and two marketing executives, Spencer writes that “Nintendo is THE prime asset for us in Gaming.”

The 2020 email thread is simply titled “random thought.” As such, it’s unlikely that the thread represents any official move to acquire Nintendo. However, the contents of the thread reveal that it’s more than just a passing interest.

Apparently, a former member of the company’s board of directors was heavily acquiring shares from Nintendo. Spencer is keeping in touch with the buyer and waiting for prime opportunities to bridge the two companies. It’s a long-term strategy. “I don’t think a hostile action would be a good move, so we are playing the long game,” he writes.

Acquiring Nintendo is certainly a bold move for Microsoft. However, it is unknown whether the CEO is still contemplating on the move today, especially since the company is under the microscope for anti-competitive practices and acquisitions.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft introduces a 1TB model for the Xbox Series S

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