Texas Instruments buys plant in Chengdu; Big Brother takes a backseat to mobile technology

> Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) is gearing up in China as it bought a manufacturing plant in Chengdu for an undisclosed amount. The company will build semiconductors there, Bloomberg reports, adding to a manufacturing expansion drive that's seen TI adding factories in Japan and near its Richardson, Texas headquarters. Story.

> REDtone/QGC USA and Verscom Solutions have signed a partnership agreement for the supply and deployment of GENBAND's IP Interconnect technology, as well as architectural design, configuration, on-site installation and provisioning of the GENBAND solution. News release.

> What will your computer look like in 10 years? This AOL Discover article offers absolutely no clue, although it does bat around buzzwords like "nanotechnology" and "artificial DNA" with reckless abandon. Story.

> Vodafone UK's (LSE: VOD.L) One Net connected its one millionth user last week: now, employees of Basingstoke, UK based FitMama are connected whether in the office, teaching a pregnancy fitness class, or traveling. News release.

> Boxee Box users prefer MoCA to other home networking connections like WiFi or powerline, according to results of an Entropic study conducted this summer. Story.

> Tanzania needs high quality telecommunications services, Dr. Patrick Makungu of the country's Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology told a local business publication. Almost 80 percent of the East African country's population lives in rural areas and are unserved or underserved. Story.

And finally... 1984's Big Brother's got nothin' on today's privacy-invading technology, the New York Times points out. The difference is that it's not a monolithic presence monitoring everyone at all times, but millions of individuals with portable devices on a freewheeling post-everything spree with little regard for the consequences. "The invasion of privacy...has been democratized." Story.