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The second half of 2009 can be described with one simple word: the storm. Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. finally settled their long lasting legal dispute and AMD got $1.25 billion and managed to liberalize cross-licensing agreement with Intel; the latter still faced a rather formidable lawsuit from Federal Trade Commission; Globalfoundries became the No. 3 contract maker of semiconductors in the world virtually overnight with the acquisition of Chartered Semiconductor; and electronic book readers have finally shown their market opportunities with Amazon Kindle becoming one of the most popular Christmas gifts.

In this editorial we are taking a look back on the top ten news-stories of the second half of 2009. We picked up ten stories that were the most read by our readers and which we consider to be important for the future of the computing industry going forward. Of course, much more has happened in the last twelve months, hence, if you want to take a look back on the whole year you should also check out the Top News for the First Half of the Year editorial.

In addition to the most important news themselves, we decided to include some comments to the information and tried to outline some trends and end results of the covered events. So, let’s proceed to the top ten news-stories of the second half of 2009 and begin from the No. 10. Remember, if you want the full original story, just click on the links.

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