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Toy makers look to tech, green materials for 2010

February 11, 2010 11:53 am | News | Comments

From Mattel's "Puppy Tweets" linking pets to a Twitter feed to biodegradable nursery toys, toy makers are focusing on fun technology and green materials to win sales in 2010. The top U.S. toy fair kicks off in New York on Sunday, with an eye to selling retailers on the best playthings for the year.

Opening ceremony secrecy breached by iPhone sneak peeks

February 11, 2010 11:51 am | News | Comments

The traditional shroud of secrecy around Olympic opening ceremonies has some gaping holes in this age of digital downloads and social networking. The 2010 Winter Games open on Friday night in Vancouver's BC Place arena, the first ever indoor opening ceremony in the history of Winter Olympics...

Google buys ask-your-friends site Aardvark

February 11, 2010 11:49 am | News | Comments

Google Inc. has bought Aardvark, a free question-and-answer Web service. Aardvark co-founder Damon Horowitz confirmed the purchase Thursday. He would not disclose financial details.

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Irish domain name company buys `.mobi' suffix

February 11, 2010 11:47 am | News | Comments

An Irish company is buying a venture that was founded by leading technology and wireless companies and operates the ".mobi" Internet domain for mobile Web sites. The company - Afilias - already owns ".info" and had been running ".mobi" and others under contract.

Google buys ask-your-friends site Aardvark

February 11, 2010 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. has bought Aardvark, a free question-and-answer Web service.Aardvark co-founder Damon Horowitz confirmed the purchase Thursday. He would not disclose financial details.Aardvark was formed in 2007 by Horowitz and three others — two of whom are former Google employees. It lets users...

Barrett calls for global data on world's underfed

February 11, 2010 10:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Though world governments discuss plans to address global hunger and food security issues, reliable data on who consistently lacks food, and when, where and why they are suffering is unavailable.

Teradata 4Q earnings rise 6 percent

February 11, 2010 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Database manager Teradata said Thursday that fourth-quarter earnings rose by 6 percent as an increase in services revenue more than offset weak sales.The company earned $84 million, or 48 cents per share, in the quarter compared with a profit of $79 million, or 45 cents per share, in the same...

Real Networks to manage Sprint ringtones, music

February 11, 2010 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RealNetworks Inc., a provider of streaming digital music technology, said Thursday that it will manage ringtones and full-track music services for Sprint Corp.Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.A RealNetworks spokeswoman said the company is taking over from several vendors that...

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Sylogist Q1 profits increase sixfold to $935,070 as revenues climb 25 per cent

February 11, 2010 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Communications and information provider Sylogist Ltd. (TSXV:SYZ) booked an increase in its first-quarter earnings as revenues jumped 25 per cent, the company said Thursday.It saw net income of $935,070 or six cents a share in the period ended Dec. 31, up from $166,532 or a penny a share in the...

Tim Napoleon, Former Chief Strategist at Akamai and John Kesler, VP of Business Development for Emmis Communications Join Abacast's Board of Directors; Abacast Reports Record Reven...

February 11, 2010 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abacast, Inc., a provider of streaming solutions for the online radio and video industries, has today announced two new Board Members and record revenue for 2009.Tim Napoleon, currently co-founder and President at AllDigital (www.alldigital.com (http://www.alldigital.com) ), joins Abacast's...

iPad costs $229 to produce, says iSuppli

February 11, 2010 7:47 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc's forthcoming iPad tablet computer will cost as little as $229.35 for the company to produce, according to an estimate on Wednesday from research house iSuppli. The group conducted what it called a "virtual teardown" of the iPad, since the device is not yet available and component suppliers have not been announced.

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Medicines not working? There's an app for that

February 11, 2010 7:41 am | News | Comments

Drugmakers are starting to get into bed with information technology companies as they struggle to prove the value of their medicines to governments and insurers. By using smart gadgets to monitor patients in real time, pharmaceutical companies believe they can improve clinical outcomes and establish the cost-effectiveness of treatments.

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Sweden beats U.S. to top tech usage ranking

February 11, 2010 7:39 am | News | Comments

Sweden took the number one spot from the United States to top the annual rankings on the usage of telecommunications technologies such as networks, cellphones and computers, a report released on Thursday shows.

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NASA launches observatory to study sun

February 11, 2010 7:36 am | News | Comments

The most advanced solar observatory ever built rocketed into space Thursday on a five-year quest to shed light on Earth's star. It was NASA's second launch in four days. On Monday, Endeavour blasted off to the International Space Station.

DNA suggests even ancient man had baldness issues

February 11, 2010 7:32 am | News | Comments

Scientists have pieced together most of the DNA of a man who lived in Greenland about 4,000 years ago, a pioneering feat that revealed hints about his appearance and even an increased risk of baldness. It's the first genome from an ancient human, showing the potential for what one expert called a time machine for learning about the biology of ancient people.

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