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Keep your eye on the small gadget, says Intel CEO Paul Otellini. In an interview with the Associated Press, the chip executive says there’s a groundswell of interest around small, cheap, internet-connected devices. “I’ve not seen energy like this from our customers in a long long time,” he tells AP. And that enthusiasm is also apparent on the other side of the Pacific as well.

While it has only played a distant third in the x86 processor race since it started up a decade ago, the market seems to be coming around to Via‘s view of the world now, according to an eWEEK report. The Taiwanese processor maker has focused on low power chips for portable devices and this week announced a whole line of new ones with new microarchitecture. The company says systems that incorporate the chips will begin shipping in Q3.

California legislators are apparently looking to tax IT services as a potential way to help shore up the state’s $16 billion deficit. But service providers in the state aren’t about to just sit down and take it. A report in Redmond Channel Partner Online says that an Irvine, Calif.-based MSP is taking action.

Oli Thordarson, CEO of MSP Alvaka Networks is heading up a new political action committee (PAC) designed to fight such proposals.

According to the report, the bipartisan Technology Leadership PAC (TLPAC) was created in February to focus on various state and national issues of interest to Southern California-based IT firms. But the top issue now is fighting any IT services tax proposal.

OKI Data Americas Inc. has unveiled a new line of digital color printers printers, to meet what it says is a call from businesses for a wide range of printing options. The new printers range from just under $500 to just under $1,550, offering various speeds and capacities. For the full report from eChannelline, click here.