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China

Submission + - China plans national, unified CPU architecture (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "According to reports from various industry sources, the Chinese government has begun the process of picking a national computer chip instruction set architecture (ISA). This ISA would have to be used for any projects backed with government money — which, in a communist country such as China, is a fairly long list of public and private enterprises and institutions, including China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the world. The primary reason for this move is to lessen China’s reliance on western intellectual property. There are at least five existing ISAs on the table for consideration — MIPS, Alpha, ARM, Power, and the homegrown UPU — but the Chinese leadership has also mooted the idea of defining an entirely new architecture. What if China goes the DIY route and makes its own ISA or microarchitecture with silicon-level censorship and monitoring, or an always-open backdoor for the Chinese intelligence agencies?"
Cellphones

Submission + - UK carrier demands 50% markup for iPhone tethering (o2.co.uk)

uglyduckling writes: "UK carrier O2 is demanding a GBP 14.68 'bolt-on' fee each month to enable tethering with the new iPhone software, which represents a 50% mark-up over their usual baseline tariff which already includes 'unlimited data'. This is limited to 3Gb, which makes it a whole penny cheaper than just using their pay monthly dongle for the same amount of data. UK customers could consider complaining to Ofcom, the telecoms regulator."

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