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Oracle spent $1.05M lobbying in last 2009 quarter

March 29, 2010 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oracle Corp. spent $1.05 million on lobbying in the last three months of 2009, advocating on issues including antitrust delays in Europe to its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.The company's latest lobbying-disclosure form filed with the House clerk's office shows that Oracle, the...

Dell Boosts Lending to Small Businesses

March 29, 2010 4:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Dell, which sells more PCs to small companies than any other supplier, has spent the last year trying to stimulate sales with new financing arrangements. Some analysts ask if it is adding risk.

New iPhone Could End AT & T's U.S. Monopoly

March 29, 2010 3:27 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Apple is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for U.S. mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless.

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Specter pushes for stronger federal privacy laws

March 29, 2010 2:30 pm | by MARYCLAIRE DALE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Broadening wiretap laws to include videotaped surveillance could either safeguard privacy or thwart efforts to recover stolen property, a U.S. senator was told Monday at a hearing not far from a school that's being sued for trying to find missing laptops by activating their webcams.Sen. Arlen...

NASA signs $57M extension with Computer Sciences

March 29, 2010 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NASA will extend by one year its contract with Computer Sciences Corp. for $57 million.The agency announced Monday it is exercising its extension option.Computer Sciences Corp. in Lanham, Md. will provide supercomputing support services at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field.The option...

8 bit vs. 32 bit Microcontrollers

March 29, 2010 2:23 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

There's a lot of talk these days about the new generation of 32-bit microcontrollers and the demise of the 8-bit controller. I'm a big fan of the Beagleboard and mbed boards (ARM Cortex A8 and ARM Cortex M3). And the...

Bank of America to use Cisco's videoconferencing

March 29, 2010 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Bank of America Corp. said on Monday it has agreed to deploy the largest existing network of Cisco Systems Inc.'s "TelePresence" videoconferencing equipment, which provides the illusion of face-to-face meetings.Bank of America said it will install an initial 200 units across its global...

Specter pushes in Pa. for electronic privacy laws

March 29, 2010 12:30 pm | by MARYCLAIRE DALE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is pushing for new federal laws on electronic privacy as a school district back home struggles with a lawsuit over attempts to locate missing laptops by turning on webcams — something that could have enabled it to film students at home.Specter, a Democrat,...

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UC San Diego energy dashboard to help campus curb appetite for power

March 29, 2010 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at UC San Diego have launched an Internet portal to showcase real-time measurement and visualization of energy use for 60 of the largest building on the campus, as well as for roughly 40 individual power meters in offices.

Apple Shares Rise Ahead of iPad Launch

March 29, 2010 11:26 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Apple shares set an all-time high Monday as investors look ahead to the launch of the iPad tablet computer at the end of the week.

Molecular Middle Managers Make More Decisions Than Bosses

March 29, 2010 11:24 am | by Yale University | Comments

Organisms are structured at the molecular level in ways similar to social hierarchies. In some, master genetic regulators call most of the shots, and in others most of life’s activities are carried out by more equalitarian collaborations.

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IGo appoints Phoenix Suns CEO as board member

March 29, 2010 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

IGo Inc. said it has named Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts as a board member.The provider of laptop computer and cell phone chargers said Monday that Welts will also serve on its audit committee and the compensation and human resources committee as well as become chairman of the...

Applied Materials Sees Deals Ahead

March 29, 2010 10:26 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Applied Materials CEO Mike Splinter predicts acquisitions are coming in the semconductor-equipment industry.

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Cisco cleared by regulators to buy Tandberg

March 29, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said Monday it had agreed to make concessions to secure clearance by European and U.S. regulators for its proposed $3.4 billion purchase of Norwegian videoconferencing equipment maker Tandberg ASA.The companies expect the deal to be completed in the next few weeks.The...

DB25 With Issues

March 29, 2010 9:22 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Take a look at this footprint. We're looking at the solder-side of a DB-25 connector footprint. Given all of the smt and HDI (High Density Interconnect) we see these days, this looks pretty primitive; like it could be straight out...

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