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Sony's quarterly profit surges to $871 million

February 3, 2010 9:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. says net profit for the October-December quarter surged more than sevenfold, thanks to cost cuts and an improved performance in its mainstay consumer electronics division.The Japanese electronics and entertainment company booked a net profit of 79.2 billion yen ($871 million) in the...

SKorean, US firms embroiled in chip espionage case

February 3, 2010 8:01 pm | by KELLY OLSEN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's top producers of computer memory chips are embroiled in an apparent case of industrial espionage after South Korean prosecutors indicted 18 people over alleged technology theft.Prosecutors said Thursday those involved — including employees of U.S. company Allied Materials and its...

External Storage Devices will be among Leading Peripherals for SuperSpeed USB Adoption

February 3, 2010 6:55 pm | by In-Stat | News | Comments

“SuperSpeed” USB technology, also known as USB 3.0, will see broad adoption across a range of PC and PC peripherals over the next several years.

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Time Warner posts 4Q profit despite ad drop

February 3, 2010 6:01 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Inc. made a profit in the fourth quarter despite a decline in advertising revenue as the media company saw revenue gains in its cable channels such as HBO and its Warner Bros. movie studio, the one behind the "Harry Potter" franchise.CEO Jeff Bewkes also played down the possibility...

Symbian phone software now available for free

February 3, 2010 5:01 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Symbian Foundation says the software that powers the most smart phones in the world is being made largely available for free for anyone to use.The foundation was set up in 2008 after Nokia Corp., the biggest maker of Symbian phones, bought out the consortium that made the software. Nokia...

EU and India launch biotechnology and health NPP

February 3, 2010 4:55 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

India and EU Member States have launched NEW INDIGO, a Networking Pilot Programme (NPP) on biotechnology and health. Their objective is to establish a joint infrastructure for advanced research in this growing and significant field. NEW INDIGO ('Initiative for the development and...

Disputed Joojoo tablet to ship at end of February

February 3, 2010 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Joojoo Web-browsing tablet appears on track to reach early buyers at the end of February.The $499 touch-screen computer is at the center of a Silicon Valley legal dispute. Both a Singapore startup called Fusion Garage and Michael Arrington, a well-known technology blogger, claim ownership...

MDA signs two contracts with Russian firm worth a total of more than $60M

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

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX:MDA) said Wednesday it has signed two contracts with the Russian Radio Research and Development Institute worth a total of more than US$60 million.The Vancouver-area company said it will provide key sub-systems for the Express AM5 and Express AM6...

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Yahoo sells HotJobs to Monster Worldwide for $225M

February 3, 2010 2:01 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo Inc. crossed off another chore on its housecleaning list Wednesday with the proposed sale of help-wanted site HotJobs to rival Monster Worldwide Inc. for $225 million.The all-cash deal announced marks another step in Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's effort to jettison services that have been...

Infrared Emitter Includes Built-in Drive Electronics

February 3, 2010 1:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors announced the launch of PIREPlus, a high-output, high-pulse rate emitter that can be pulsed as a source of blackbody radiation for near-to-far infrared applications at 180 Hz with 50 percent modulation depth. With a pulsing speed that is asserted to be 18 times faster than alternative technologies, the emitter 

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Modular Connector System Available on a 1.27 mm Pitch

February 3, 2010 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FCI is launching Minitek 127, a new modular connector system on a 1.27 (.050") pitch. It is capable of a wide variation of board-to-board and cable-to-board interconnections. Minitek 127 includes 

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Summary Box: AOL posts 4th-qtr profit

February 3, 2010 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

THE NUMBERS: AOL Inc. said Wednesday it earned $1.4 million, or a penny per share, in the fourth quarter of 2009, its first apart from Time Warner Inc. in nearly a decade. Revenue sank 17 percent but beat analyst forecasts.ONLINE ADVERTISING: AOL's online advertising revenue fell 8 percent in the...

Cisco sees 'dramatic' sales improvement in 2Q

February 3, 2010 12:01 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. blew past its own forecast for the latest quarter, reporting its first sales increase in a year as it left the recession behind.Improvement was dramatic "across the board" and provides "a clear indication that we are entering the second phase of the economic recovery," CEO...

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Close Only Counts...

February 3, 2010 11:51 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I think this one has both some land pattern issues and some schematic issues. It's unfortunately pretty common to see footprints that are close, but not close enough to work. Looking at the data sheet here, there may be a...

Module Solves Power Supply Challenges

February 3, 2010 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the ISL8200M, a compact, scalable power module. This flexible new module provides designers an easy-to-use general-purpose power solution that satisfies a wide range of point-of-load (POL) power requirements. The ISL8200M is a

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