EU antitrust regulators scrap probe into Swedish mobile operators

EU antitrust regulators have scrapped a year-long investigation into four Swedish mobile telecoms providers because there was insufficient evidence of wrongdoing, the European Commission said on Monday.

To win second round, Brazil’s leftist Haddad must remake his candidacy

Brazil’s leftist presidential hopeful Fernando Haddad will have to pull off an extreme feat of political acrobatics if he wants to reverse a first-round beating at the hands of a far-right rival on Sunday.

Intel goes up to 8 cores for mainstream chips, with a 28 core overclockable Xeon

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NEW YORK—Intel unveiled a range of new processors aimed at the performance-desktop segment today. For the mainstream market, there are three new K-series overclockable chips branded as ninth-generation parts; seven new Core X-series chips are launching for the high-end desktop market, and for those who need still more performance, there’s an overclockable Xeon chip.

The ninth-generation parts confirm previous leaks that hyperthreading is now only found on the top-end i9 processor. That part has eight cores and 16 threads, with a base speed of 3.6GHz and a maximum turbo of 5GHz. This marks the first time that Intel’s mainstream chips have matched the core and thread numbers that AMD offers in its Ryzen line.

Model Cores/Threads Clock base/boost​/GHz Level 3 cache/MB TDP/W DDR4​/MHz PCIe lanes Price
i9-9900K 8/16 3.6/5.0 16 95 dual 2,666 40 $488
i7-9700K 8/8 3.6/4.9 12 95 dual 2,666 40 $374
i5-9600K 6/6 3.7/4.6 9 95 dual 2,666 40 $262

Intel is (credibly) positioning the 9900K to be the best gaming chip in the world, thanks to its strong per-thread performance and high maximum clock speed. In a break with its recent practices, Intel has reverted to using solder instead of thermal paste between the processor die and the integrated heatspreader. This move will be popular among overclockers, as the better thermal conductivity of solder generally enables reduced temperatures and higher overclocking potential.

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Global shares slip on China growth fears, dollar gains

Global equity markets fell on Monday amid unease over the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on China’s growth, while the dollar gained against the euro as Italian bond yields spiked on a brewing spat over Italy’s budget plans.

Trump says had ‘good talk’ with Rosenstein; no plans to fire him

U.S. President Donald Trump said he had a “good talk” on Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official in charge of the federal investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and has no plans to fire him.