Why Taiwan Towers Over Chip Industry

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They way computers think is undergoing a profound change and that is a really big opportunity for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ((TSM) -Get Report), an Asia microprocessor contracting company.

At the AWS re:Invent conference on Tuesday managers revealed AWS Trainium, a custom made computer chip for running high performance tasks at data centers. The future of computing is here.

Goodbye Intel ((INTC) -Get Report). Hello made to order.

That assessment may seem a bit extreme. Intel is the world’s largest vertically integrated semiconductor company. The company still designs, makes and markets the brains for most of the world’s personal computers and data centers. It’s a robust business that generated $71.9 billion

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Dallas ISD plans to build cell towers, pay for internet to help students

Almost none of the students at W. W. Samuell High School had access to district-issued laptops or internet hotspots in their homes just one year ago.

In what would now be viewed as a prescient decision, Principal Jennifer Tecklenburg started handing out Chromebooks to students in December so that every student could have a device to take home.

“It was an equity issue,” she said. “The students needed the technology at home as much as they needed it at school.”

Most of Samuell’s students had a device when the pandemic forced campuses in Dallas and across the country to close last March. But there was still the glaring issue of internet connectivity – what good was a laptop if a student didn’t have a Wi-Fi connection to use it on?

Students completed work on their phones, submitted assignments via text message or parked outside of libraries and restaurants to access

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Vodafone Idea Sells Indus Towers Stake for $506 Million

(Bloomberg) — Vodafone Idea Ltd., the debt-strapped Indian wireless carrier, sold its stake in a telecommunications tower firm for 37.6 billion rupees ($506 million), as part of efforts to shore up its strained finances.



a sign on the side of a building: Advertisements for Vodafone India Ltd. on a street in Mumbai, India.


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Advertisements for Vodafone India Ltd. on a street in Mumbai, India.

The local arm of Vodafone Group Plc disposed of the 11.15% holdings in Indus Towers Ltd. to existing shareholders, the company said in a filing late Thursday. After the transaction, Bharti Infratel Ltd. will own 36.7% of Indus Towers, British operator Vodafone 28.1%, with the rest held by investors including KKR & Co. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

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However, Vodafone Idea won’t receive all that cash. It owes the tower operator 24 billion rupees, which will be deducted from the total consideration, according to the statement.

The local venture of Vodafone, formed by the merger of its Indian operations and

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Qatar- Katara Towers, Lusail Marina District receives certificate for GSAS Design & Build 5 Stars rating

(MENAFN – The Peninsula) Doha: Katara Towers’ Development at Lusail have become the first hospitality project in Qatar to receive certificate for GSAS Design & Build 5 Stars rating at the design stage.

The Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) is MENA region’s first performance based green building certification system utilized by buildings, districts and infrastructure projects to assess their environmental impact. With the project design assessed by sustainability experts at the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), the awarded provisional certificate reflects the expected level of green credentials to be achieved by Katara Towers upon completion. 

Speaking about the project, Founding Chairman of GORD, Dr. Yousef Alhorr said, ‘GSAS-D & B has been implemented on a range of public and private projects in Lusail City but the iconic twin towers stand out in more ways than one. As the first GSAS-D & B 5-Star hotel project, Katara Towers will

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