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British government tells civil servants to tweet

July 28, 2009 11:09 am | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The British government has told civil servants: Go forth and tweet. The government published guidelines Tuesday for its departments on using the microblogging service Twitter. In contrast to Twitter's limit of 140 characters per message, the document runs 20 pages, or more than 5,000 words. It tells civil servants their tweets should be "human and credible" and written in "informal spoken English."

Lawyer defends song swapper in Mass. download case

July 28, 2009 10:14 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A Boston University graduate student was "a kid who did what kids do" when he swapped songs through file-sharing networks like Kazaa, his lawyer said Tuesday as his copyright-infringement trial began. In only the second music-downloading case against an individual to go to trial, the major recording labels accuse Joel Tenenbaum, 25, of Providence, R.I., of downloading and distributing songs

Battery Contacts for Cell Phones

July 28, 2009 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Model no. BK-414 is for ML414 rechargeable 3V batteries.  Targeted applications are cell phones, key fobs, remotes and back up power. BK-414 retainers offer easy battery changes without tools, lightweight, low cost, and assured contact with the battery. The ML414 battery features a very small outline of 4.8 mm dia. & 1.4 mm height.


Digital property rights: Renting vs. buying

July 28, 2009 9:23 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

The Amazon Kindle fiasco brings up a host of issues related to digital property management and individual rights. For those with a personal (read: financial) stake in E-reader technology, it’s a shot across the bow. It puts them on the defensive, as one company (that would be Amazon) has unwittingly put out a negative ad campaign against E-readers.


Nissan Unveils New E-Car Prototype

July 28, 2009 9:19 am | Blogs | Comments

Nissan Motor today previewed its electric vehicle (EV) platform on a Tiida-based prototype. It also showcased a sophisticated EV-IT system developed to support electric driving 24/7. The dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity.


Caltech Physicists Create First Nanoscale Mass Spectrometer

July 28, 2009 8:59 am | News | Comments

Using devices millionths of a meter in size, physicists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a technique to determine the mass of a single molecule, in real time. The mass of molecules is traditionally measured using mass spectrometry, in which samples consisting of tens of thousands of molecules are ionized, to produce charged versions of the molecules, or ions.

Terminations Enable High Contact Densities

July 28, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for any application that requires a field-installable connector, the Han PushPull Power 4/0 termination from Harting is vibration-resistant, requires no special tooling, and is designed for high contact densities.

AT & T Opens Can of Worms with Blocking of 4Chan

July 28, 2009 6:22 am | News | Comments

AT&T revived the issue of network neutrality over the weekend by blocking the 4Chan message board. On Sunday, 4Chan founder Christopher Poole posted a notice that AT&T was "filtering/blocking" for AT&T customers. AT&T confirmed the blocking, but said it was because of a denial-of-service attack on 4Chan that began on Friday. It said access was blocked temporarily to prevent the attack from impacting its other customers, and "was in no way related to the content at"


LED Driver and TCON Preserve Power

July 28, 2009 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing power management and prolonged battery life for DisplayPort-based notebooks using LCD monitors, the VPP1606, VPA2000, and VPA1100 from IDT work individually or in conjunction with one another to provide a solution integrating a backlight LED driver and TCON into one device, which works in conjunction with a power management IC.

Sprint Nextel to Buy Virgin Mobile USA

July 28, 2009 6:09 am | News | Comments

Telecommunications company Sprint Nextel Corp. said Tuesday it agreed to acquire Virgin Mobile USA Inc. in a stock deal valued at $5.50 per share in a bid to expand its prepaid cell phone offerings.

Isolated CAN Transceiver Simplifies System Design, Cuts Component Count

July 28, 2009 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced an isolated controller-area network (CAN) transceiver, combining the companies CAN and isolation technologies to reduce required components in industrial automation, motor control and medical equipment. Loop time is reduced by 34 percent, according to the company, giving designers flexibility to


Educator’s Resource Kit Enables Hands-On Learning

July 28, 2009 5:20 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Using hands-on problem-based laboratory experiments, a comprehensive new Educator’s Resource Kit from Tektronix teach students the fundamentals of test and measurement for basic electronics. The kit is designed to help ensure that students are prepared to be immediately productive in the workplace and able to use the latest in test and measurement instrumentation.

USB 3.0-SATA Bridge IC Targets PC Peripherals Supporting SuperSpeed USB 3.0

July 28, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) introduced a USB 3.0-Serial ATA (SATA) bridge IC, which supports the ultra-fast 5 Gbps maximum data-transfer rate of USB 3.0, and includes an encryption/decryption engine. Compared with USB 2.0 connections, the new MB86C30A bridge IC provides


Cortex-A8 Implementation Delivers 2,000 DMIPS at 1 GHz

July 27, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided with 32 KB each of data and instruction caches, 512 KB of L2 memory, and an ARM NEON multi-media extension, of the dual-issue ARM® Cortex-A8 delivers 2000 DMIPS at 1GHz.

New Optical Forces Revealed

July 27, 2009 8:29 am | News | Comments

The University of Ghent (UGent) and the nanoelectronics research center IMEC demonstrated , depending on the spatial distribution of the light used. These fundamental research results might have major consequences for telecommunication and optical signal processing.


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