The Many Shades of Green

Following up on my Greening the Telecom Sector blog last week, I poked around to get a better sense of how the broader networking and telecom sectors' environmental and sustainability efforts are evolving. Mostly, I wanted to see if they have moved beyond the conceptual, chest-beating, “We’re Green” stage to real-life corporate practices that actually…

It’s Only a Holiday if You Actually Pay Taxes

{complink 2294|Google} is among a number of high-profile tech companies lobbying for a tax holiday to repatriate earnings from offshore. I'm wondering how much of a holiday Google needs from the 2.4 percent tax rate it is currently paying on its overseas earnings. In October 2010, Yahoo Finance's Economics Editor Daniel Gross wrote an article…

TechNet’s Agenda for the Obama Administration

CEOs from the largest players in the technology industry will be meeting with senior Obama administration officials this week to push for an agenda that they believe will reinvigorate US innovation and spur economic growth. Nearly 60 executives from TechNet, a bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs, will advocate for policy changes in three…

EU Takes on Data Security as ‘Smart’ Products Proliferate

The proliferation of smart computing devices is spurring regulators to consider introducing new legislation aimed at protecting consumer data, in a development that has significant implications for OEMs, component vendors, and software application developers. The European Union is leading the latest charge to keep private data generated by consumers using social networking sites, smartphones, tablet…

Monolithic Wins in Patent Dispute

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) (Nasdaq: MPWR), a leading fabless manufacturer of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California had issued an order finding O2 Micro International, Ltd. (O2 Micro) liable for approximately $340,000 in costs and MPS's “reasonable attorneys'…

Access Trumps Internet Ownership Concerns

Recent estimates show the number of Internet users verged on the 2 billion threshold in the second half of 2010. Several issues arise around the implications of this user penetration, but as a result of recent political events, perhaps the most sensitive factor many are now considering worldwide is the ownership — perceived or real…

China & the West: Walking Warily Hand in Hand

I'll be blunt. Western nations do not wholly trust China and China does not completely trust the West. In fact, the business and political relationships are often uneasy and are currently based on rising dependency but stressed by mutual distrust and apprehension. One party, China, is the world's most populous nation, with a fast rising…