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IBM signs $83 million contract with Digicable

December 22, 2009 5:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM Corp. said Tuesday it has signed a 10-year, $83 million outsourcing deal with Digicable, a cable and broadband distribution company in India.As part of the agreement, IBM will provide technology support services to help Digicable manage its business and boost subscriber revenue by adding...

Bionic Vision

December 22, 2009 4:52 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Micro Machines and Opto-Electronics on a Contact Lense Fiction now meets reality with prototype contact lenses developed by Babak Parviz at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Dr. Parviz’s prototype lenses can be used as biosensors to display body chemistry or as a heads up display...

Gene maps to transform scientists' work on cancer

December 22, 2009 4:28 am | News | Comments

Scientists have indentified all the changes in cells of two deadly cancers to produce the first entire cancer gene maps and say the findings mark a "transforming moment" in their understanding of the disease. The studies by international scientists and Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute are the first comprehensive descriptions of tumour cell mutations and lay bare all the genetic changes behind melanoma skin cancer and lung cancer.

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Scientists discover natural flu-fighting proteins

December 22, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

U.S. researchers have discovered antiviral proteins in cells that naturally fight off influenza infections, a finding that may lead to better ways to make vaccines and protect people against the flu. They said a family of genes act as cell sentries that guard cells from an invading influenza virus, the team reported on Thursday in the journal Cell.

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The Truth About Intel's New Netbook Chip

December 22, 2009 4:06 am | by David Coursey | Articles | Comments

 Way, way, way too much is being made of the supposed impact Intel's new Atom N450 chip will have on the netbook and, by extension, laptop markets.

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Pegasystems declares quarterly dividend

December 21, 2009 6:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker Pegasystems Inc. has declared a quarterly dividend of 3 cents.The dividend is payable on Jan. 18 to shareholders of record at Jan. 4.

Cost-cutting Yahoo to close offices for holidays

December 21, 2009 4:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo says it will close its offices from Christmas through New Year's to help save money. The cost-cutting move ends a year in which Yahoo's revenue declined for the first time since 2001.It's the first time that Yahoo has required most of its 13,200 employees to use vacation time or unpaid...

Telkonet to move Maryland HQ, 50 jobs, to Wis.

December 21, 2009 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Telkonet Inc. is moving its Maryland headquarters and 50 jobs to Wisconsin, a move the energy-management company says will help cut costs.The company said in a statement Monday it's moving about 50 jobs from Germantown, Md. to its satellite office in Milwaukee by next year.Telkonet president...

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MacDonald,Dettwiler get $8.86M contract amendment from Canadian Space Agency

December 21, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA) announced Monday it has received an $8.86-million contract amendment from the Canadian Space Agency.The contract is to provide additional logistics and sustaining engineering for the International Space Station's mobile servicing system."As...

GM taps Microsoft CFO to run finances

December 21, 2009 1:00 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has hired the chief financial officer of Microsoft Corp. to take over the troubled automaker's books, tapping a cost-cutter who is now widely seen as a potential candidate to be GM's next CEO.Chris Liddell will become GM's finance chief starting next year and report directly...

Koss says Nasdaq halts trading of its shares

December 21, 2009 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Koss Corp. said Monday that Nasdaq halted trading of its stock due to the discovery of unauthorized transactions and that a vice president of finance had been put on administrative leave.Sujata Sachdeva, the vice president, was put on leave pending the results of an internal investigation...

The ECN Roundtable - Multicore Adoption

December 21, 2009 11:43 am | Articles | Comments

This month's question, "What is the biggest challenge facing the adoption of multicore processors by the engineering community for more applications?" was answered by people from Texas Instruments, Freescale, The Mathworks, and National Instruments.

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Three-A PoL DC-DC Converters Suit 24V Industrial Apps

December 21, 2009 11:06 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has added a 3A output current surface mount series to its family of Okami non-isolated, DOSA compliant pinout, point-of-load (PoL) DC/DC converters. The OKI-T/3-W40 Series is appropriate for use 24 VDC input range applications that require a low voltage DC source for 

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NC incentives promised go unused as firms retrench

December 21, 2009 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When Volvo Construction Equipment announced this month it would shutter its western North Carolina plant, it was a reversal from its expansion plans of three years ago coaxed by the promise of millions of dollars from state taxpayers.The company planned to expand manufacturing and assembly and...

Thirty-W AC-DC Power Supplies Available with Single, Dual, Triple Outputs

December 21, 2009 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct introduced its MPM-30IS Series of compact, 30W switching power supplies. These encapsulated modules include a universal AC input, full safety approvals, desirable filtering and reliability. Twelve standard models operate from a universal input of 85 V to 265 VAC; providing

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