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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has approached at least three candidates to succeed ousted Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer and been rebuffed, slowing the chipmaker’s effort at a turnaround. Oracle Corp. Co-President Mark Hurd, EMC Corp. Chief Operating Officer Pat Gelsinger and Carlyle Group Managing Director Greg Summe spurned approaches by Sunnyvale, California- based AMD, according to people familiar with the search, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. AMD’s next CEO will need to push the company into new markets for tablet computers and mobile phones -- a task that eluded

Two days before Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. planned to ship its Droid phone, Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha got a call from his lieutenant, Iqbal Arshad. There was a glitch in the software. Arshad wanted to rewrite the code before the phone went out the door. “In big companies, you tend not to make those kind of changes,” said Arshad. “They’re kind of scary.” Not at this Motorola. Engineers ordered pizzas at the Libertyville, Illinois, headquarters and the lactose-intolerant Arshad nibbled on crusts. They worked through the night to fix the glitch

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is looking for a leader to replace ousted Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer who can do a better job combating Intel Corp. and getting chips into new devices. Under Meyer, directors were frustrated with AMDs lack of progress in gaining market share and entering the tablet- computer industry, according to people familiar with the boards deliberations. The company announced yesterday that Meyer has resigned and that its formed a committee to find successor. They need a visionary, said Hans Mosesmann, an analyst at

Technology companies that fueled more than $100 billion in acquisitions last year are likely to spend more in 2011 in a race to harness surging demand for cloud computing and security services. Intel Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and International Business Machines Corp. led purchases of more than 2,700 companies and still spent only a fraction of the cash piles they accumulated during the recession. The dollar amount of announced tech deals gained 12 percent, lagging behind a 26 percent jump in worldwide mergers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. I'm bullish on 2011, said Larry Sonsini,

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