Aug 142012

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited has agreed to invest EUR1.1 billion, which was about USD1.4 billion, in ASML, one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world, to ensure its access to the latest chip-making technologies in the future.
Prior to this, Intel also signed a similar agreement with ASML and it invested USD4.1 billion in ASML.

According to a report published by ASML, Taiwan’s TSMC will acquired a 5% stake in ASML for USD838 million and the company promised to make additional investments of EUR276 million for the development of next-generation lithography technologies, including extreme ultraviolet lithography, a new way of printing circuit patterns onto silicon wafers; and equipment that can handle a larger size of circular wafers from which chips are cut.

Eric Meurice, chief executive officer of ASML, said that the goal of this jointly invested project is to ensure and accelerate the development of lithography technologies. These technologies will benefit the entire industry, not only the cooperating partners who invested in this project.

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Aug 112012

Hangzhou-based China E-commerce Research Center has published a data monitoring report on the Chinese B2B e-commerce market for the first half of 2012, stating that by June 2012, the trade scale of the Chinese B2B e-commerce market reached CNY2.95 trillion, a year-on-year increase of 13%.
According to the report, by the end of June 2012, the number of Chinese B2B e-commerce service providers had reached 10,950, an increase of 7% compared with the same period of last year. Meanwhile, the total operating revenue of these providers was CNY7.45 billion, a year-on-year increase of 20%.

By market share, the report stated that eight B2B e-commerce service providers occupied 67.1% share of the Chinese B2B e-commerce market in the first half of 2012. Alibaba topped the list with 41.5% market share, followed by Global Sources,,,, Global Market Group, and

In addition, the report revealed that by the end of the reporting period, the number of Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprise users who used the third-party e-commerce platforms had been over 16.5 million.

Based on the current market growth status, China E-commerce Research Center predicted that the Chinese B2B e-commerce market will achieve a trade scale of over CNY1.8 trillion in the third quarter of 2012.

Aug 072012

Microsoft has officially announced its proposal to bring plugin-free real time video/audio chatting to web browsers today. They decided to contribute to W3C WebRTC working group, who is working on a universal API for voice/video chat between web browsers. Microsoft’s contribution is labeled as “Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web,” or CU-RTC-Web.

Microsoft felt that WebRTC doesn’t meet all of its demands and believes its proposal will solve problems such as no ubiquitous deployability, which doesn’t allow inoperability. CU-RTC-Web,on the other hand, will add real-time, peer-to-peer transport layer, as well as build on the existing W3C getUserMedia API. Microsoft’s proposal confirms its commitment to Skype’s future. This type of technology would help propel Skype forward past other methods of video/audio chat since one would only need to open a browser page instead of requiring a traditional application or plug-in. The technology would also allow Skype users to communicate with friends on Google Talk or other methods of communication. Google and Mozilla are both working on their own similar projects.

Microsoft plans on implementing Skype into its new Hotmail). Currently, it would require a plug-in to work, but with Microsoft’s new CU-RTC-Web proposal, it wouldn’t. We’ll keep you updated on the status of Microsoft’s proposal as more info becomes available. Let us know what you think of the proposal in the comments section below.

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