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Global economy: OECD to present interim assessment of Europe, US, and Japan

March 30, 2010 8:26 am | by OECD | News | Comments

OECD chief economist Pier Carlo Padoan will present an assessment of the economic situation in the G7 countries and euro area at a news conference at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 7 April at OECD headquarters.

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South East Europe: OECD urges policy reforms to support inward investment

March 30, 2010 8:26 am | by OECD | News | Comments

South East Europe (SEE) needs to attract more and better inward investment to pull out of the economic downturn and build the basis for long-term sustainable growth. Achieving this will require further major policy reforms, according to a new OECD analysis.

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Chinese Users Report New Google Blocks

March 30, 2010 8:24 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

China's government appeared to block almost all searches by Chinese users on Google sites Tuesday, sharply escalating the battle with the U.S. Internet giant.

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Aberdeen business lays off 2 dozen

March 30, 2010 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Aberdeen business has laid off two dozen employees.Affiliated Computer Services Inc. spokesman Chris Gilligan says the 24 workers were let go because of a diminishing workload.Dallas-based ACS opened a student loan servicing center in Aberdeen in 2008 inside the Student Loan Finance Corp....

Secretary Chu Announces $37.5 Million Available for Joint U.S.-Chinese Clean Energy Research

March 30, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the availability of $37.5 million in U.S. funding over the next five years to support the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Funding from the Department of Energy will be matched by the grantees to support $75 million in total U.S. research that will focus on advancing technologies for building energy efficiency, clean coal including carbon capture and storage, and clean vehicles.

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AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models

March 30, 2010 7:19 am | News | Comments

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it is requiring AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing two product models – one air conditioner and one heat pump - that DOE testing found to consume more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards.

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Autodesk names Nokia executive to its board

March 30, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Software company Autodesk Inc. has added Nokia executive Mary T. McDowell to its board of directors.The San Rafael, Calif., company made the announcement Tuesday.McDowell is Nokia's executive vice president and chief development officer leading corporate development. She is a frequent public...

Novel dual-action drug can tackle hypertension

March 30, 2010 6:27 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

New international research shows that patients suffering from hypertension can tolerate and even significantly drop their blood pressure levels when treated with a new dual-action drug called LCZ696. Presented in The Lancet journal, the study compared this new drug to the established...

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Bionic Vision Australia puts bionic eye in sight

March 30, 2010 6:25 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Melbourne) Bionic Vision Australia today unveils their wide-view neurostimulator concept -- a bionic eye that will be implanted into Australia's first recipient of the technology.

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'Smart' meters have security holes

March 30, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

Computer-security researchers say new "smart" meters that are designed to help deliver electricity more efficiently also have flaws that could let hackers tamper with the power grid in previously impossible ways. At the very least, the vulnerabilities open the door for attackers to jack up strangers' power bills.

Xerox exec who turned company around to retire

March 30, 2010 5:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Xerox Corp. said Tuesday that Chairman Anne M. Mulcahy, who is credited with turning the company around over the past decade, plans to retire in May.Mulcahy, now 57, took over at Xerox in 2001 amid mounting losses and helped lead the Norwalk, Conn., company out of its financial slump. She...

Physics Begins at the Large Hadron Collider

March 30, 2010 5:22 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

The Large Hadron Collider has launched a new era for particle physics. Today at 1:06 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, the first particles collided at the record energy of seven trillion electron volts (TeV).

Independent Wealth Management Company to Integrate and Expand Key Processes for Improved Cost-Savings and Agility Across Lines of Business

March 30, 2010 4:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL)News FactsSupporting QuotesSupporting ResourcesAbout Oracle Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world's most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems company. For more information about Oracle, visit oracle.com (http://www.oracle.com) .Trademark Oracle...

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Everything You Need to Know about Home Energy Assessments

March 30, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We've talked an awful lot about home energy assessments (or "energy audits") here on this blog. So if you've been following us for a while, you already know the drill: You spend a bit of money on an assessment, you get a detailed analysis of where your house is wasting energy, and you...

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GAO Finds Incompetence and Fraud in EPA Energy Star Program

March 30, 2010 3:43 am | by by Susan Kraemer, cleantechnica.com | Blogs | Comments

While much of the Energy Star program is sound, and has led to real quantifiable energy savings over time, over the last four years,  alarm bells have been sounding on the increasingly lax certification process.

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