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After rumors swirled that AMD would cut 30 percent of its global staff, the chipmaker only cut 15 percent in total. The firm warned after its third quarter earnings that it was in for a rough time, and come the fourth quarter, it was clear that the Intel-rival was sinking and rapidly.
Weeks later, AMD is trying to claw back its cash position by selling one of its campuses in Texas with the aim of leasing it back at a fraction of the cost. With declining cash reserves, mounting debt and negative cash flows from operations from the last two quarters, most of the company's decline can be attributed to the poor PC market. Arch rival Intel is also struggling, so it's not just AMD in the thick of it.
Password leaks: LinkedIn, Last.fm, eHarmony
The cause of the breaches was not important, as such. What happened, happened, and millions were left frustrated and angry at the lack of communication from the companies. What was the fact that these companies failed to 'salt' user passwords -- a method of additional encryption security -- which would have made it far more difficult to crack. While the passwords that were leaked were illegible to the human eye, running it past a password cracker showed how easy simple, less secure passwords were to crack.
Too soon to tell: Windows 8
Microsoft's latest operating system remains in a bit of a rut: it was criticized left, right and center by analysts, reviewers and the general public alike -- yet Microsoft has sold 40 million licenses to date, which is a massive increase from the 4 million licenses sold in the first three days of the software launching. In just one month alone, that's a 900 percent increase on sales.
But for the business case user, we have yet to see some definitive figures. According to ZDNet's own research, around three-quarters of 1,200 IT buyers have no plans to deploy Windows 8, but half may reconsider it in the future. While many are updating their home PCs and space machines, the general consensus is that the software is not yet ready for the enterprise. That should be a worry to Microsoft as that's where the bulk of its revenues come from.
- Read more: Does Windows 8 belong on business desktops?