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Topping this week's World Tech Update is the news that Advanced Micro Devices and Intel have settled all antitrust litigation and patent disputes. Intel will pay its rival US$1.25 billion and has agreed to a set of business practice provisions. In return AMD has agreed to drop all regulatory complaints worldwide and all pending legal disputes.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) held its annual CES preview in New York. CEA economomist Shawn DuBravac said, "We believe the recession has ended and that it ended in July ... but that certainly doesn't mean that we're out of the woods." He said that the consumer electronics industry will have its "ups and downs" but that consumers will gravitate toward technology with their purchases.

Some Australian iPhone users with jailbroken phones got a surprise when they discovered their wallpaper was changed to a photograph of '80s singer Rick Astley. The Ikee worm infected some users by exploiting a Unix utility called SSH running on some phones.

A new phone from Fujitsu can split in two so that the top half contains a 3.4-inch touch-screen display and all the electronics needed for the handset, including the radio module and antenna. The bottom half has a QWERTY keyboard and a slide-out numeric keypad.

In our news in brief this week we take a quick look at HP's planned acquisition of networking vendor 3Com, the European Commission's formal statement of objections over Oracle's planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems and a recall notice from Nokia concerning faulty mobile-phone chargers.

Intel started selling a new e-reader on Tuesday that can snap pictures of books and newspapers and then read them back to people who have a hard time reading the printed page.

Our last story is about the AIDA robot under development at MIT that will act as a companion to help drivers save gas and find more efficient routes.

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