When Taiwan relaxed restrictions on its technology companies investing in mainland China, it was an explicit attempt to help the island’s two biggest chipmakers – TSMC and UMC.
But the government seems not to have informed regulators from the Financial Supervisory Commission or the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Nine months after the liberalising measure was passed, UMC’s plan to become the first Taiwanese chipmaker to buy a Chinese counterpart has hit regulatory blocks in Taipei.
Yuri Milner is very popular among internet entrepreneurs. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, encourages him to drop by and Mark Pincus, chief executive of Zynga, an online games company, regards him as a trusted adviser. Among Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists, feelings are decidedly cooler.
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OnLive, the ground-breaking cloud gaming service, has landed in the living room with the release of its first hardware.
A “MicroConsole” set-top box with a wireless game controller is available for pre-order in the US immediately, with delivery from December 2, in a $99 package that includes any OnLive online game.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski said on Wednesday that a controversial agreement on net neutrality principles between Google and Verizon this August hurt his efforts to forge a broader consensus.
“I would have preferred if they hadn’t done exactly what they did when they did,” Mr Genachowski said, adding that it “slowed down” his attempt to get web companies and carriers to agree to a policy outline that presumably would have given stronger protection to internet traffic.
The FCC chief’s remarks came during an onstage interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.