..Computer industry tussles: INTEL Vs AMD..

Computer chip maker Intel is to pay
rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) $
1.25bn (£755m) to put a stop to a
number of long-running legal
disputes on competition and patent
issues around the world.
The pair, which have been at
loggerheads for years, will instead
now attempt to work together
through a new five-year licence
agreement.
The settlement however will not bring
to an end a number of high-profile,
government-led investigations into
Intel’s alleged abuse of its dominant
position in the computer chip
marketplace.
The surprise entente cordiale however
will stop the two bickering in public,
with AMD agreeing to withdraw
pending lawsuits in the US and in
Japan, as well as a number of
complaints lodged with competition
regulators worldwide.
In a joint statement, the two
companies said that the accord is “a
comprehensive agreement to end all
outstanding legal disputes between
the companies, including antitrust
litigation and patent cross license
disputes.”
Admitting the relationship between
the pair has “been difficult in the
past,” the statement went on to say
that it would allow both companies to
now focus their efforts on product
innovation and development.
AMD said it is now working on a “level
playing field” but that it will seek
“continued vigilance’ from
competition regulators.
Intel has also agreed to sign up to a
series of new business practices, while
AMD will give up any claims to breach
of contract.
Intel’s microchips power more than
80pc of the world’s computers, a
position that has led AMD to complain
about its market position and the way
it works with customers.
AMD first filed a lawsuit in 2005 in
Delaware, accusing Intel of
threatening companies that chose not
to buy from its product range.
But Intel has also been subjected to a
series of regulatory investigations. In
May of this year, Intel was fined $
1.45bn by the European Union for
paying manufacturers to use Intel
chips rather than those of AMD, a
ruling Intel is appealing. It is appealing
a similar, albeit smaller, ruling in
South Korea.
It also remains the subject of a
Federal Trade Commission probe in
the US, and one launched just a week
ago by New York Attorney General
Andrew Cuomo.
Mr Cuomo’s office, when filing the
complaint, said that the scheme to
allegedly abuse its position was
“orchestrated by the very top” of the
company and was not the “story of a
few rogue employees going too far.”
The Cuomo filing catalogued what it
alleged to be bribery and coercion to
customers including Dell and IBM
dating back several years, including
kickbacks and threats of retaliation for
using rival’s chips. Intel has denied
the allegations.

..the scuffle continues..

Sample Cover Letter to any company (Even without vacancies)..

Most Kenyan jobs are never advertised. A cold cover letter is an uninvited inquiry to an employer, recruiter or other hiring manager regarding possible job opportunities in their company.

Cold cover letters’ potential advantages include creating a job that didn’t previously exist, gaining early consideration for a position that hasn’t yet been advertised and expanding your network of contacts. By sending a letter to an employer who is not soliciting candidates, your CV will not be buried in a pile of hundreds of others.

Before you write
Know Yourself: You are contacting a company that hasn’t asked to be contacted. So what do you offer? Why should the company take an interest in you? What skills, abilities and credentials would be desirable to the organization?

Research the employer: Find out as much as you can about your target company, including past performance, goals and competitors so you can knowledgeably write about how you would help the operation.

Here is a sample.

P.O Box Nairobi,
Kenya.

HR Manager.
Muajiri Kazi Ltd,
Nairobi,
Kenya.

Dear Sir/Madam:

RE: Looking for a suitable marketing role.
Perhaps you are seeking an addition to your marketing team.
 

A new person can provide innovative approaches to the challenges of marketing. I am an innovator of new ideas, an excellent communicator with buyers, and have a demonstrated history of marketing success.

Presently, I am marketing computer products for a major supplier using television, radio and retail marketing. I have a reputation for putting forth the effort required to make a sales department succeed.

Enclosed is my CV for your review and consideration. Your company has a reputation for excellence. I would like to use my talents to market your quality line of technical products. 

As there is much more to discuss, I’ll appreciate an appointment when your schedule allows.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

John Job Seeker.