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Many Faces of the QFN

March 19, 2010 2:23 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

When I first started using a CAD package for circuit design, I couldn't understand why the software didn't come with all of the standard footprints and why that wouldn't be good enough. That level of ignorance was hopefully pretty short-lived....

Earnings schedule for week of 03/22/10

March 19, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major companies tentatively scheduled to report quarterly earnings next week:MondayNEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. releases quarterly financial results.TuesdaySAN JOSE, Calif. — Adobe Systems Inc. releases quarterly financial results.DORAL, Fla. — Carnival Corp. releases quarterly financial results.LOS...

Alanco Technologies appealing Nasdaq decision

March 19, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Security monitoring systems company Alanco Technologies Inc. is appealing a Nasdaq decision that could mean company shares would no longer be listed on the exchange.Alanco Technologies said Friday it received a letter from Nasdaq indicating that the company does not comply with the minimum bid...

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Best Buy spent $200,000 lobbying in 4th quarter

March 19, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Best Buy Co. spent $200,000 in the fourth quarter to lobby the federal government on bills relating to labor, electronics waste recycling and other issues, according to a disclosure report.That's down 35 percent from the $130,000 that Best Buy spent in same period a year earlier, and 44 percent...

China Mobile Mulls Deals

March 19, 2010 12:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile operator by subscribers, is looking at acquisition and investment targets in Asia and Africa as profit growth slows at home, its chairman said.

Sustainable energy: a challenge nearly as great as global warming

March 19, 2010 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) The Latin American Convention of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project which will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 23-25. This is the third of a series of five conventions aiming to provide guidance on the feasibility of...

Computer Sciences gets 5-year pact extension

March 19, 2010 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer Sciences Corp. received a five-year extension on an outsourcing contract with United Technologies Corp., adding more than $1.5 billion to the deal.The information technology services company said late Thursday that the extension also allows it to expand into new regions with the...

Palm Shares Plunge as Concerns Mount

March 19, 2010 10:25 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Palm's shares tumbled more than 25% as some analysts said the company's latest lowered forecast and weak smart-phone sales raised serious concerns about Palm's viability.

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Zocor (simvastatin): increased risk of muscle injury with high doses

March 19, 2010 10:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Ongoing review shows risk also increased when drug, especially at higher doses, is used with certain drugs.

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Boston Scientific Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: Recall

March 19, 2010 10:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Practitioners should not use these devices unless and until FDA reviews and approves changes made by the manufacturer.

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Indian Army develops chili grenade

March 19, 2010 10:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now here’s some news tailor-made for a Friday: the Indian Army is developing a “chili grenade.” Packed with bhut jolokia peppers (aka the world’s hottest chili pepper), these special grenades will be used as non-lethal munition. Check your calendars, folks. It isn’t April 1st yet.

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Google likely to win EU court battle over ads

March 19, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google looks likely to win a European high court battle over how it uses keywords in advertising — but experts say the case is unlikely to settle the issue.Brand owners have been taking Google Inc. and its rival Yahoo Inc. to court for years over the way they run their ad businesses.The search...

Apple Races to Secure iPad Deals

March 19, 2010 7:27 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Apple is still working to secure content for the iPad with just weeks to go before the tablet computer's release, as the company tempers some of its initial ambitions for the much-hyped device.

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In-line DSL CPE MicroFilter Presented as World’s Smallest

March 19, 2010 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse introduced what it asserts is the first digital subscriber line (DSL) NanoFilter. The Z-321NF in-line DSL customer premises equipment (CPE) MicroFilter offers both voice and data protection by

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RF Switch Operates to 3 GHz with 2 Million Switching Operations

March 19, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Narda, an L-3 Communications company, introduced the Model MS-SMA-020 SPDT fail-safe RF mechanical switch that operates from DC to 3 GHz. It is appropriate for

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