NEWS IN BRIEFS: RIM, F-Secure, XL, Tencent, US porn, Intel

RIM has withdrawn its bid for security vendor Certicom, following a Canadian Court's injunction on its C$1.50 ($1.19) per share hostile takeover offer.

 

The recently-discovered Conficker worm is infecting 1 million machines per day, reports security firm F-Secure. The worm has already infected at least 6% of all computers connected to the internet. It can use infected computers as a botnet and harness that computing power to crack passwords, F-Secure adds.

 

Indonesian operator PT Excelcomindo has deployed new router technology from Cisco that will allow it to increase its network capacity up to seven times.

 

Tencent, the world's biggest instant messaging firm, with 300 million users in China, has created an English language version of its QQ IM application.

 

The US Supreme Court has ruled that a federal law designed to keep internet pornography away from children violated constitutional free-speech rights. The law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, booksellers, online magazine publishers and others, Reuters say.

 

The high court rejected a Justice Department appeal defending the law, which required that website operators enforce the use of credit cards or adult access codes and personal identification numbers to keep minors from seeing harmful pornography. Violators faced up to six months in prison and fines of as much as $50,000 a day.

Intel is to shut its last remaining manufacturing plant in Silicon Valley as part of a series of closures that will see some 6,000 jobs go from a workforce of about 84,000.

 

The closure of the D2 wafer fabrication plant, based at Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, ends a 41 year era in Silicon Valley.

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