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Acer unwraps Ferrari 4000 notebook PC

Acer announced its Ferrari 4000 notebook computer last week, with a sleek black and red casing made from what it says is the same carbon fiber technology used on the body of Formula One race cars.

GNU guru asks Taiwan PC makers to free their drivers

Richard Stallman, one of the main forces behind the GNU/Linux operating system and the free software movement, is in Taiwan fighting on a new front -- to get the island's PC makers to release source code for their drivers.

DRAM contract prices rise for first time this year

Prices of computer memory chips, or DRAM (dynamic RAM), negotiated between computer companies and chip makers rose for the first time in seven months, indicating they may have already hit bottom for this year.

UMC predicts recovery after Q1 earnings fall

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), the world's second biggest contract chipmaker, has reported that its first quarter earnings fell due to wider industry troubles, but said the second quarter should mark a bottom for the company.

Taiwanese chip makers step up Linux support

Two Taiwanese makers of graphics chips stepped up their support for Linux-based PCs this week by releasing the source code for some of their drivers to the open source community.

Intel buying - not making - some flash chips

Intel is procuring NAND flash memory from third-party suppliers to include in its chip packages, a company executive said Tuesday, a sign of how the chip maker is struggling to adapt to shifting demand patterns in the flash memory market.

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