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So what: Intel revealed in a regulatory filing that it plans to sell 10 million of the 37 million Clearwire shares it owns. This amounts to about 4% of Clearwire's shares outstanding and about 7% of its float.
Now what: Intel makes chips for phones that operate on the WiMax 4G wireless technology currently used by Clearwire. The share sale doesn't affect contractual obligations or business arrangements between the two companies and may reflect nothing more than a periodic portfolio rebalancing at the big chip maker. On the other hand, Intel is known to invest in technologies it wants to promote and the share sale may be due in part to Clearwire's testing of LTE, a more common 4G wireless technology in which Intel lacks a vested interest.
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