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Conn's 4th-quarter sales figure falls 31.7 percent

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conn's Inc., a regional consumer electronics retailer, said Tuesday a key sales comparison fell 31.7 percent in the 4th quarter, hurt by the weak economy, lower demand and also tough comparisons from a year ago related to weather.Total revenue for the quarter ended Jan.31 fell 30 percent to...

Judge OK's former UCLA player lawsuit against NCAA

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has green-lighted most of a lawsuit by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, who alleges the NCAA used the images of student-athletes without permission.U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken denied the NCAA's attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed Monday. The NCAA had...

Digi Introduces Smart Energy Gateway Family for Europe

February 9, 2010 4:51 am | by Digi International | News | Comments

ConnectPort X wireless M-Bus gateways target Smart Meter market

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Speeding Things Along

February 9, 2010 3:59 am | by M Simon | Blogs | Comments

IBM has announced a really fast power transistor. Of course power is a relative thing. At the frequencies involved power is a relative thing. I'd say they would be doing good if they could get between 1 and 10 watts out of the device.

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Energy-Storing Soccer Ball Scores Big in Off-Grid Villages

February 9, 2010 3:37 am | by Jeff Salton | News | Comments

What kid doesn’t like kicking around a soccer ball? Imagine if this fun activity could also provide enough energy to power something useful in a modest off-grid African village...

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Online ad improvement seen in IAC's 4Q loss

February 9, 2010 3:01 am | by RACHEL METZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet company IAC/InterActiveCorp lost $1 billion in the fourth quarter because it wrote down the value of its search business, but the results beat expectations and offered the latest indication that the online advertising market is improving.IAC, which is run by media billionaire Barry...

State aid: Commission approves Swedish State guarantee for Saab

February 8, 2010 11:55 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, plans notified by Sweden to provide a guarantee that would enable Saab Automobile AB to access a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Commission found that 82.8% of the guarantee to be provided by Sweden was in...

Nuance Communications narrows 1Q loss

February 8, 2010 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. said Monday it narrowed its loss in the fiscal first quarter as revenue in the company's two largest divisions, health care and dictation, and mobile and enterprise, increased.For the three months that ended Dec. 31, Nuance said it...

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Harman posts fiscal 2Q profit, revenue up 24 pct.

February 8, 2010 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harman International Industries Inc., which makes speakers, headphones and audio equipment, on Monday said it moved to a profit in its fiscal second quarter, compared with a year-ago period when it recorded steep one-time charges.For the three months ended Dec. 31, Harman earned $16.1 million,...

Colorado considers new tactic to tax online sales

February 8, 2010 2:01 pm | by COLLEEN SLEVIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado lawmakers are considering a new tactic to go after tax revenue from online sales. They want out-of-state online retailers to either start collecting the tax or send annual notices to their customers telling them to pay the tax themselves.The proposal, which was set to be debated Monday...

Parts Too Close For Comfort

February 8, 2010 1:54 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Another tale from the sometimes kind of kooky world of prototypes. I think what happened here is that the board was originally laid out for caps with a smaller voltage rating (or even a smaller capacitance value). We're seeing things...

Energy Pyramids: Useful Concepts, Not More Pyramid Schemes

February 8, 2010 12:54 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

At a December holiday party, the host handed me a newspaper clipping and asked me what I thought of the energy pyramid mentioned in the article. I hadn't read the article, so I told him I would read it and get back to him. Of course, when I found time to look into it, I didn't have the...

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Cubic Corp. says profit fell in fiscal 1Q

February 8, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cubic Corp., whose electronics are used in defense systems and for collecting fares on mass transit, said Monday that sales increased slightly but costs rose faster and profit fell in the fiscal first quarter.The company said its operating income fell $2 million because of a contract dispute....

Electronic Arts posts smaller loss, outlook poor

February 8, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronic Arts Inc. is showing a smaller net loss in its last quarter even though its video game sales declined.On an adjusted basis, the publisher of games like "Madden" earned a profit slightly above analysts' muted expectations. But the company's profit and revenue forecasts were below...

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