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Best Buy melds Speakeasy unit with Covad, MegaPath

June 10, 2010 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. said Thursday that it would combine its Speakeasy unit with Covad Communications Co. and MegaPath Inc. to create a company that provides Internet phone, security and virtual private network services nationwide.The transaction will give Best Buy a minority stake...

USDA grants fund studies of organic agriculture

June 10, 2010 1:21 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

The grants will allow researchers to study the use of cover crops in organic farming and how different organic farming practices affect yields.

Stretched molecules allow electron studies

June 10, 2010 12:22 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science experiments.

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Correction: Deltek personnel story

June 10, 2010 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a story June 9 about Namita Dhallan, a new executive vice president of Deltek Inc., The Associated Press mistakenly reported that Deltek CEO Kevin Parker expects Dhallan will help JDA Software in its product development. Parker expects her to help Deltek with its product development; JDA was...

Scientists strive to replace silicon with graphene on nanocircuitry

June 10, 2010 11:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Georgia Institute of Technology) Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene, widely regarded as the most promising candidate to replace silicon as the building block of transistors. They have devised a simple and quick one-step process for creating...

Mark M. Ellison named director for corporate relations for TEES

June 10, 2010 11:24 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Mark M. Ellison, former associate vice chancellor for economic development for The Texas A&M University System has been named director for corporate relations for the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The appointment, effective June 1, was announced by Kenneth R. Hall, TEES...

Akamai buys smartphone content firm Velocitude

June 10, 2010 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Online content delivery company Akamai Technologies Inc. said Thursday that it has purchased Velocitude, a company that uses cloud computing to deliver content to smartphones.Akamai said the addition of Cambridge, Mass.-based Velocitude means that it will be able to improve the quality of the...

Game makers gear up for splashiest E3 yet

June 10, 2010 9:51 am | Comments

The world's leading gaming hardware makers, hoping to reignite the slumping $60 billion industry, will unveil at E3 next week a range of futuristic gadgets designed to pull in a new generation of players. Microsoft Corp is expected to announce a name and launch date for its "Project Natal" controller-free system at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

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EU sets tight biofuel standards

June 10, 2010 9:48 am | Comments

The European Union's top energy official set out tough standards for producing biofuels sold in the EU, demanding producers meet strict environmental criteria. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger put forward the world's "most stringent" certification regime to make "sure our biofuels meet the highest environmental standards."

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AT & T hole exposes iPad users' e-mail addresses

June 10, 2010 9:46 am | Comments

AT&T Inc. on Wednesday acknowledged a security weak spot that exposed the e-mail addresses of apparently more than 100,000 users of Apple Inc.'s iPad, a breach that could make those people vulnerable to precision-targeted hacking attacks.

Hospira Brand Liposyn and Propofol: Recall

June 10, 2010 9:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | Comments

Injectable products may contain particulate matter.

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Hart Stores widens first-quarter loss due to higher promotional activities

June 10, 2010 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Department store operator Hart Stores Inc. (TSX:HIS) widened its first-quarter loss due to higher promotional activities.The Quebec retailer said Thursday it lost $1.4 million or 10 cents per share in the quarter ended May 1, compared to a loss of $595,000 or four cents per share a year...

Cadence Design prices $300M senior notes offer

June 10, 2010 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cadence Design Systems Inc. priced an offering of $300 million of convertible senior notes, the electronic design company said Thursday.The offering, which is being made to institutional buyers, is expected to close on Tuesday. The notes mature on June 1, 2015.Cadence also entered into related...

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Agriculture: OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook to be released 15 June – news conference in Rome

June 10, 2010 8:25 am | by OECD | Comments

The latest Agricultural Outlook by the OECD and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation forecasts market trends, assesses the impact on food security of the economic crisis and discusses how farm production can meet growing global demand.

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Large Via In Pad

June 10, 2010 8:22 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

I haven't written about via in pad in a while, but the issue hasn't quite gone away yet. This particular QFN, to the left, has the vias tented, which is good. However, it could be better. If you look close,...

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