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Regulators Scrutinize Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

September 18, 2009 7:57 am | by Patricia Resende | News | Comments

The 10-year search-engine deal between Microsoft and Yahoo is under scrutiny. The July 29 deal between the two behemoths is being closely monitored by U.S. antitrust regulators, and both companies are in talks with officials in the European Union.

Phone exclusivity limits may make sense, says Sprint CEO

September 18, 2009 7:15 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

The head of No. 3 U.S. mobile service Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) said on Thursday that it is fair for the U.S. government to ask whether handset exclusivity deals should have time limits. Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse said

Google Joins Display Ads with Search Marketing

September 18, 2009 7:04 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE | News | Comments

Google Inc. is counting on the crown jewel of its online advertising empire to burnish a diamond in the rough. Hoping to take an even bigger bite out of ad budgets, Google has melded the technology powering its lucrative search marketing network with a system that it bought 18 months ago to sell online billboards and other more visual commercials, including video.

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Microsoft files lawsuits against 'malvertisers'

September 18, 2009 7:01 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp on Thursday filed five civil lawsuits in Seattle, Washington against alleged "malvertisers." Malvertising is the term used to describe harmful online advertising and works by camouflaging malicious code as harmless online advertisements, Microsoft's associate general counsel Tim Cranton wrote in a blog.

Digitizer allows real-time acquisition up to 4 GS/s

September 18, 2009 6:22 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

With on-board FPGA, the PCI Express(r) (PCIe) high-speed digitizer from Agilent allows real-time acquisition and peak-detection up to 4 GS/s. The U1084A is a dual-channel, 8-bit PCIe digitizer with 1.5 GHz bandwidth and incorporating a 15 ps trigger time interpolator (TTI).

Coldest place in the solar system? The Moon

September 18, 2009 6:06 am | News | Comments

Astronomers have found the coldest spot in our solar system and it may be a little close for comfort. It's on our moon, right nearby. NASA's new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is making the first complete temperature map of the moon. It found that at the moon's south pole, it's colder than far away Pluto. The area is inside craters that are permanently shadowed so they never see sun.

Variety trade Newspaper to charge for online site

September 18, 2009 5:56 am | News | Comments

Ending a three-year flirtation with free online content, Variety newspaper plans to put some of its Web site content behind a "pay wall" that will require a paid annual subscription, its publisher said Thursday. The changes at the Hollywood trade publication will take place early next year and come with new online features such as a better archive, publisher Brian Gott said.

Modular Test Platform Aids LTE Measurement

September 18, 2009 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling production test engineers to achieve faster time to volume for RF components and LTE user equipment, the modular PXI 3000 test platform from Aeroflex now has Long Term Evolution (LTE) measurement capabilities.

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Google CEO Questions Murdoch's Online Pay Plan

September 18, 2009 5:18 am | by by Kate Holton and Richard Chang | News | Comments

Publishers of general news would find it hard to charge for their content online because too much free content is available, the chief executive of Google Inc said on Thursday.

Edison-socket LED Bulbs last up to 19 years

September 17, 2009 1:10 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Panasonic has released an LED bulb that purportedly lasts 19 years. The drawback? It’s only available in Japan (for now, anyway). Could the EverLed line jumpstart solid state lighting? According to Panasonic, the screw-in LED bulb lasts 40 times longer than equivalent incandescents. Obviously, independent testing is needed, but this is an impressive figure.

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Vibration Isolation System Boasts Low Profile, Light Weight

September 17, 2009 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

A lightweight benchtop vibration isolation system has been introduced by Kinetic Systems, Inc. Designed for portability, the ELpF can be easily repositioned on the benchtop, even with a load and in float. Its unique, self-contained design provides this without causing damage to the vibration isolators. It features a

Data Acquisition Rules of the Road: Selecting High-Speed Differential ADC Drivers Part 2

September 17, 2009 7:38 am | by John Ardizzoni and Jonathan Pearson, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

The input signal is v1; the first five harmonic-distortion products are v2 through v6; and the ADC electronic noise is vn. The reciprocal of THD + Noise, the signal-to-noise-and-distortion ratio, or SINAD, is usually expressed in dB. If SINAD is substituted for the signal-to-quantizing-noise ratio, we can define an effective number of bits that a converter would have if its signal-to-quantizing-noise ratio were the same as its SINAD.

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Rugged Operator Interface Terminal Offers Complete Solution

September 17, 2009 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing an integrated and customized interface, the Silver Series of rugged, graphic, touch-screen operator interface terminals (OIT) from Watlow support features including serial and Ethernet communications with multiple controllers.

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Open Source Library Enables Development of Freespace Motion Apps

September 17, 2009 7:27 am | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest’s libfreespace is an open source library that enables rapid development of software applications for use with a wide range of Freespace devices. Motion control can now be added to product categories beyond TV remote controls, game controllers and PC accessories, including

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Cablevision unveils interactive banner ads on TV

September 17, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. is bringing interactive banner ads to television, allowing viewers to order samples and brochures and even purchase products by clicking the remote on their TV sets. Banner ads will run at the bottom of select TV commercials, in collaboration with at least half a dozen consumer brand advertisers. When viewers click on the ad, the screen will shrink to a quarter of its size and the rest will feature product information.

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