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Facebook, Twitter top list of weird stories in 2009

December 29, 2009 9:16 am | News | Comments

From the German town that unwittingly advertised pornography on its website to the American who interrupted his wedding to update his Facebook and Twitter accounts, the world was full of weird stories in 2009.

Virtual goods give Web firms new revenue in ad slump

December 29, 2009 9:14 am | News | Comments

The Internet made shopping without checkout lines a no-brainer. Now, some Web companies are betting that people are ready to forsake another shopping tradition: tangible products. Virtual goods, which exist as digital bits on computers and cellphones, have grown more popular in the past year as important accoutrements for increasingly Web-oriented lives.

China purportedly discovers tomb of famed general Cao Cao

December 29, 2009 9:12 am | News | Comments

Chinese archeologists have unearthed a large third-century tomb, which they say could be that of Cao Cao, the legendary politician and general famous throughout East Asia for his Machiavellian tactics. The tomb, discovered in Xigaoxue village near the ancient Chinese city of Anyang, Henan Province, has an epitaph and inscription that appear to refer to Cao Cao, Central China Television said on Sunday.

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Via Near Pad

December 29, 2009 9:09 am | News | Comments

Vias don't go well in pads, of course. In fact, I think it's fair to say that vias go as well in pads as large igneous rocks go in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But it's not just vias in...

San Jose police mount cameras on officers' heads

December 29, 2009 9:08 am | News | Comments

Grainy cell phone images are often used against cops accused of using excessive violence. Now, officers are being armed with their own cameras. The so-called head cameras are the latest technology to come from Taser International Inc., makers of the stun guns popular with law enforcement.

Baxter Completes Production of First Commercial Batches of A/H1N1 Pandemic Vaccine

December 29, 2009 9:05 am | by Baxter Healthcare | News | Comments

Baxter Completes Production of First Commercial Batches of A/H1N1 Pandemic Vaccine

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Boston Scientific Announces Completion of $2 Billion Senior Notes Offering

December 29, 2009 9:04 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced the completion of a public offering of $2 billion aggregate principal amount of its senior notes under the Company's shelf registration statement. The public offering consists of $850 million of 4.50 percent notes due January 2015, $850 mill

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Boston Scientific Announces Election of Nelda Connors to Its Board of Directors

December 29, 2009 9:03 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has elected Nelda Connors as a Director. Ms. Connors, 44, is President of the Electrical and Metal Products division of Tyco International. Previously, she served as Vice President at Eaton Corporat

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Boston Scientific Announces Settlement of DOJ Investigation Relating to Post-Market Surveys Conducted By Guidant

December 29, 2009 9:02 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that it has entered into a civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the Department's investigation relating to certain post-market surveys conducted by Guidant Corporation before Boston Scientific acquired Guidant in 200

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FDA Funding Must Be Up To the Opportunities Ahead

December 29, 2009 9:02 am | by The Institute for Health Technology Studies | News | Comments

FDA has an impossible task, given the breadth of its scope and its limited resources. And given the accelerating emergence of promising new diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, the challenge isn’t shrinking. For example, the stimulus legislation provides NIH with $10 billion for new...

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‘Cost-Effectiveness Analysis’ and U.S. Health Care

December 29, 2009 9:01 am | by The Institute for Health Technology Studies | News | Comments

Comparative effectiveness on the face of it is both needed and valuable. Why waste breath (or bandwidth) discussing whether we should know which diagnostic tool or therapy will work best for us? But performing CE is easier said than done and it’s not going to be a panacea. For example,...

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Nokia expands patent dispute beyond Apple iPhone

December 29, 2009 9:00 am | by ANDREW VANACORE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. is broadening a legal dispute it already has with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, saying almost all of the company's other products also violate the Finnish phone maker's patents.Nokia said Tuesday that it has filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission,...

Broadcasters' woes could spell trouble for free TV

December 29, 2009 9:00 am | News | Comments

For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. That might not work much longer. The business model is unraveling at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and the local stations that carry the networks' programming.

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Agencies Should Fund Research Quickly

December 29, 2009 9:00 am | by The Institute for Health Technology Studies | News | Comments

The National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) held a public meeting on April 3, and with 150 people in attendance there was no shortage of opinion about how government agencies should execute comparative effectiveness research. Some $1.1 billion of the approved...

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GE Healthcare Acquires Living Independently Group Inc.

December 29, 2009 8:59 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

Acquisition expands GE Healthcare’s Home Health business, will accelerate development of technologies for care of seniors

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