Top Tech Stories of the Day: Packaging for a Rumored Budget IPhone 5C Shows up Online

As Apple's fall product reveal approaches, alleged images of the new iPhone parts are appearing with greater frequency. The 5C could be the rumored lower-cost, plastic encased iPhone that could show up along with an updated iPhone 5, expected to be call the 5S. The Gillmor Gang ? Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor ? celebrate Google's gift to StreamTV. ChromeCast is cheap, small, simple, and extensible, just in time to kickoff the run up to Apple's big move to the Big Screen. It's a win-win for everybody involved, except maybe Microsoft and its XBox offering. Japan's Renesas Electronics Corporation plans to close a system LSI chip plant in northern Japan that makes chips for Nintendo's Wii game consoles and other consumer electronics, after failing to find a buyer for the facility. The state-of-the-art Tsuruoka plant's 1,000 employees will be offered reassignments or voluntary redundancy as Renesas restructures to focus on making micro controllers for automotive electronics.
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