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Haier selling GE appliances in rural China

March 11, 2010 9:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese appliance maker Haier says it has joined with General Electric in selling GE appliances to rural areas, the focus of subsidies intended to boost spending by hundreds of millions of farmers.Haier, headquartered in the eastern city of Qingdao, is the world's fourth largest white goods...

Twitter unveils tool to share tweeting locations

March 11, 2010 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter can now let the world automatically know your whereabouts as well as your thoughts and activities.A new feature unveiled Thursday gives Twitter users the option of including their location with the assorted musings posted on the Internet messaging service.Locations won't be included...

February video game sales drop 15 percent

March 11, 2010 2:30 pm | by JESSICA MINTZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales of video games declined 15 percent in February, hurt in part by an ongoing decline in sales of music games and lower sales of the Wii system.Americans spent $1.26 billion on video game systems, software and accessories during the month, down from $1.48 billion a year ago,...

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SkillSoft 4Q net income falls 16 pct

March 11, 2010 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SkillSoft PLC, an education software company that has agreed to be taken private, said Thursday its fourth-quarter net income fell 16 percent from a year earlier, when it benefited from a tax windfall.Its revenue also fell, by 2 percent to $79.2 million from $80.5 million.Skillsoft's net income...

RadiSys acquires Pactolus; terms not disclosed

March 11, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RadiSys Corp., a maker of servers that support wireless phone networks, said Thursday it acquired privately held Pactolus Communications Software Co. Terms were not disclosed.Pactolus' software services, which include Internet-based voice calls and messaging functions, are installed in more...

Report finds online censorship more sophisticated

March 11, 2010 11:30 am | by ANICK JESDANUN - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Repressive regimes have stepped up efforts to censor the Internet and jail dissidents, Reporters Without Borders said in a study out Thursday.China, Iran and Tunisia, which are on the group's "Enemies of the Internet" list, got more sophisticated at censorship and overcoming dissidents'...

More ex-players join antitrust suit against NCAA

March 11, 2010 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Former college basketball players spanning many eras have joined a lawsuit filed by ex-UCLA star Ed O'Bannon against the NCAA for profiting from the use of their images without permission.In an amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, four players involved in the 1966...

Baylis Medical Company Torflex Transseptal Guiding Sheath: Class I Recall

March 11, 2010 11:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Sheath tip may break off and separate during heart procedures, causing a blockage that could lead to permanent injury and/or death.

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Moody's upgrades Celestica debt by 1 notch

March 11, 2010 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Moody's Investors Service upgraded its debt ratings on Celestica Inc., a technology and engineering services provider, by one notch within junk territory after the company reduced its outstanding debt and improved its liquidity and cash flow.Moody's raised Celestica's corporate family and...

S & P upgrades VeriFone corporate credit rating

March 11, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said Thursday it raised its corporate credit rating for VeriFone Holdings Inc. to "BB-" from "B+." Both are non-investment, or "junk," grades.S&P said the upgrade reflects an improved financial performance from the San Jose, Calif., maker of electronic payment...

Virgin Media to trial broadband over telegraph poles

March 11, 2010 8:43 am | News | Comments

British cable operator Virgin Media is testing a new technology to deliver ultrafast broadband over telegraph poles which could allow it to extend its reach to another 1 million homes. Virgin, which is looking to cement its advantage in delivering faster broadband over slower copper-based rivals, said it was launching a trial in a Berkshire village to deliver 50 Mb broadband along with its television service.

Pioneering Mass. robot lost at sea off Chile coast

March 11, 2010 8:41 am | News | Comments

A pioneering deep-sea robot made by Massachusetts researchers has been lost off the coast of Chile. Researchers abruptly lost contact with the $1.1 million robot Friday after it reached the Pacific Ocean floor, nearly 2 miles down.

Panasonic's first 3-D TV set in $2,900 package

March 11, 2010 8:38 am | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. on Wednesday revealed the price for its first 3-D TV set, confirming that $3,000 is about what it takes to be among the first to watch 3-D movies in the home. The Japanese company put its first 3-D sets on sale at an event in New York on Wednesday.

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Motorola to add Microsoft's Bing to smart phones

March 11, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Inc. said Thursday that it will add Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search and map functions to its smart phones that use Google Inc.'s Android operating software.Motorola said it start by rolling out the services on smart phones in China this quarter.The company will include a Bing bookmark on...

Brainstorm: Photovoltaics

March 11, 2010 8:20 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

How can we make solar panels more efficient?

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