■ Semiconductors \nIntel to launch new Centrino \nIntel Corp, the world's biggest semiconductor maker, will release a new version of its Centrino laptop chips next month to win more orders from home users. The chip package will have improved sound and graphics that rival the quality found in desktop machines, Anand Chandrasekher, vice president of Intel's laptop business, said in an inter-view. More than US$5 billion worth of Centrino chips have been sold since their introduction in March 2003, Intel said this month. Intel widened its share of the laptop chip market to 85.9 percent in the third quarter from 81.7 percent a year earlier, according to Fra-mingham, Massachusetts-based researcher IDC. \n■ Internet \neBay drops Passport support \nMicrosoft Corp said on Thursday that eBay Inc will soon drop support for its Passport service, originally intended to make the world's biggest software maker the gatekeeper of Web identities. But Microsoft said it will keep Passport up and running, despite the loss of one of its earliest and most important partners. eBay said in a message to users on Wed-nesday that in late January it will stop allowing them to sign on to its Web marketplace through Passport. Passport allows users to store such things as passwords and credit card information for use across the Web. "A very small percentage of eBay users regularly signed in using Passport," eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said. \n■ Banking \nMerrill Lynch eyes China \nUS brokerage firm Merrill Lynch & Co is in negotiations with China's Huaan Secu-rities Co Ltd to set up a China-based investment banking joint venture, local media said yesterday. The talks are in the preliminary stages and no details about the value or the structure of the deal have been released, according to a report in the First Financial Daily. The Chinese-language report was carried on the popular sina.com Web site. The companies will need approval from Chinese regulators before starting business, it said. \n■ Publishing \nHollinger misses deadline \nNewspaper publisher Hol-linger International Inc said it missed a deadline to file its 2003 annual report and could be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange as a result. Chicago-based Hollinger International said it asked the stock exchange if it could extend the Thursday deadline for filing the report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The NYSE could grant Hollinger International an extension of up to three months or reject the extension request and suspend and delist Hollinger, the company said. Hollinger International said it expects to file the annual report by mid-January. \n■ Automakers \nSAIC launches new company \nShanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC), China's largest automaker, has launched a new shareholding company to prepare for an eventual overseas listing, state press reported yesterday. Shanghai Automotive Group Company Ltd will have registered capital of 25.7 billion yuan (US$3.1 billion) and net assets of 39.6 billion yuan, Zhu Xiangju, a SAIC spokeswoman, said in commments published in the China Daily. Seventy percent of SAIC's assets in Shanghai-listed affiliate Shanghai Automotive Co Ltd, which includes holdings in two ventures with General Motors GM and Volkswagen, have been transferred to the new company.
‘HERO OF THE ERA’: President Tsai Ing-wen expressed deep sadness at Lee’s passing, and told the government to assist his family with all their needs Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) passed away at 7:24pm yesterday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 97 years old. The hospital stated the cause of death as septic shock and multiple organ failure. Lee had been hospitalized there since February, when he choked on a mouthful of milk at home. He was later diagnosed with pulmonary infiltrates and aspiration pneumonia. The hospital said that Lee had been treated with antibiotics, but that his health had not improved, as his advanced age and diabetes had inhibited his immune system and led to recurring infections. During his hospitalization, Lee underwent daily kidney dialysis, which removed
‘WEAK POSITIVE’: The man arrived in Taiwan in May and was quarantined for two weeks, Chen Shih-chung said, adding that he might be infected a long time ago The government is considering tightening mask-wearing rules again in light of a potential domestic COVID-19 infection, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases, six of which are imported. The other case involves a Belgian engineer who entered Taiwan on May 3 and remained in quarantine until May 17, said Chen, who heads the CECC. Although the source of infection has yet to be identified, the case could end the nation’s record of not having any domestic cases in the previous 110 days. The Belgian, in his 20s, is a technician
RECEIVING TREATMENT: President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang visited former president Lee Teng-hui yesterday morning Taipei Veterans General Hospital yesterday rebutted speculation that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had died a day earlier, saying that he was weak, but receiving treatment. The hospital said the 97-year-old Lee was not in good condition and needed ongoing care, adding that if there are any changes in his condition, it would make those public. The comments came after rumors emerged online on Tuesday that Lee had died after being hospitalized since early February. Soon after the unsubstantiated rumors emerged, reporters started flocking to the hospital seeking confirmation. Lee was admitted to Taipei Veterans General Hospital on Feb. 8 after choking while drinking
ROAD TO HISTORY: When Lee Teng-hui joined the KMT, the likelihood of a Taiwanese becoming ROC president, much less its first directly elected one, was hard to imagine Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who was born on Jan. 15, 1923, in the farming community of Sanshi Village, Taihoku Prefecture — now New Taipei City’s Sanzhi District (三芝) — during the Japanese colonial era, and rose to become mayor of Taipei and not only the Republic of China’s (ROC) first Taiwan-born president, but its first directly elected one as well. Educated in the Japanese educational system of the time, Lee, who spoke Japanese, Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), Mandarin and English, won a scholarship to Kyoto Imperial University, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He earned a bachelor’s