Nvidia, Dell, and HP respond to complaints of defective chips

Defective chips cause headaches in Silicon Valley; Merck's marketing efforts in question; young Hispanics want bilingual social media; and more

Two of Nvidia's customers - Dell and Hewelett Packard (HP) - have announced plans to cope with the chip maker's decision not to recall defunct chips. However, the companies' solution - they are extending warranties and recommend updating internal software called BIOS, but they said they won't repair affected laptops until they fail – has met an angry response on Web message boards, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's CEO, told The Journal that the company's situation does not compare to an Intel chip recall in 1994 that followed complaints regardless of Intel's conclusion that the defect wouldn't necessarily affect consumers.


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Merck reportedly used a clinical study to support marketing efforts, according to a Wall Street Journal article citing a new study. Merck, though, is denying the report.

The Japan government will launch an initiative to market its mobile technology abroad, including mobile services and the country's popular wallet phone.

A consumer study indicates that young Hispanics are pressing for a bilingual social media environment.

Verizon touts success in wooing often skeptical investors and consumers with its FiOS service, but, according to the New York Times, has had to spend more on advertising and expensive giveaways.

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