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CME buys 90 percent of DJ index unit for $607M

February 10, 2010 2:01 pm | by STEVENSON JACOBS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Jones & Co. is selling a 90 percent stake in its stock market index unit to exchange operator CME Group Inc. for $607.5 million, the companies announced Wednesday.The joint venture will allow the Dow Jones industrial average to keep its famous name through a long-term licensing agreement,...

Adventurer aims to be first to travel from Canada to Hawaii using pedal power

February 10, 2010 1:01 pm | by Lauren La Rose-Associated Press | News | Comments

Greg Kolodziejzyk is preparing to embark on a 4,800-kilometre journey to paradise — but he won't be booking a plane ticket or boarding a cruiseliner to get there.The Alberta adventurer already holds world records for the most distance travelled by human power both on land and on water. But for his...

Activision has loss; buyback, dividend help stock

February 10, 2010 12:01 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Activision Blizzard Inc. widened its losses in the fourth quarter because of accounting changes and a hefty reduction of the value of its music games and other titles aimed at casual video game players.The company also said it remains cautious about the economy, and its 2010 forecast fell below...

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Is Geek Cool?

February 10, 2010 11:53 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

When I was young, "Geek" was not cool. Neither was "Nerd". Working on cars was cool as was logging and shooting Bambi's uncles with high powered rifles, at least where I came from things were that way. On the other...

Sony buys Illinois-based medical technology firm

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

Sony Corp. has purchased a medical technology company based on the University of Illinois' campus in Champaign.Sony didn't say in its news release how much it paid for iCyt Mission Technology Inc.iCyt makes equipment for flow cytometry, a technique used to count microscopic particles such as...

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Postponement, Funny Name, Big Value

February 10, 2010 9:06 am | by Jason Vaughn, UPS | Blogs | Comments

If you casually mention postponement to your spouse, you will probably be accused of trying to get out of your “honey do” list. If you mention postponement to an inventory planner, you might see a nervous breakdown.

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Oracle agrees to buy software maker Convergin

February 10, 2010 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oracle Corp., the world's largest maker of proprietary database software, said Wednesday that it agreed to buy privately held Convergin, which makes real-time service brokering software.The purchase price was not disclosed.Oracle expects the deal to close in the first half of the year.Its...

Analysts: Concerns over Adobe's Flash overblown

February 10, 2010 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two analysts raised their ratings Wednesday on Adobe Systems Inc., saying that concerns over its $1.5 billion debt issue and upcoming competition for its popular Flash software are overblown.Credit Suisse analyst Philip Winslow upgraded the stock to "Outperform" from "Neutral" but lowered his...

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$100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability

February 10, 2010 8:56 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

According to the United Nations, more than 40 percent of Africans live in poverty, subsisting on less than US$1 a day. As co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit social enterprise KickStart, Fisher develops and markets moneymaking tools such as low-cost, human-powered irrigation pumps that...

Transient Response Options for Power Designers

February 10, 2010 7:20 am | by Robert Marchetti, Sr. Manager, BBU Product Marketing, Vicor Corporation | Articles | Comments

For DC-DC converters, fast transient response has become ever more critical because of the increasingly higher speeds of contemporary devices.

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Google to build ultra-fast broadband networks

February 10, 2010 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to build experimental, ultra-fast Internet networks in a handful of communities around the country.The search company said Wednesday that its fiber-optic broadband networks will deliver speeds of 1 gigabit per second to as many as 500,000 Americans. Google Inc. says those systems...

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AOL integrates Facebook chat with AIM

February 10, 2010 6:43 am | News | Comments

As part of an ongoing effort to improve its user experience, Internet company AOL Inc. is letting users of its AIM instant-messaging service chat with friends on Facebook.

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AT & T picks Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson for network

February 10, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

AT&T Inc. has selected Alcatel-Lucent and LM Ericsson AB to supply the equipment for a new wireless network that will provide data speeds that are at least ten times faster than today's wireless broadband.

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Pickering Interfaces Introduces new LXI High Voltage Matrix

February 10, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of LXI compliant products with the introduction of a new LXI High Voltage matrix, 60-311. The 60-311 is a matrix designed for high voltage switching applications.

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Journal Communications sells PrimeNet operations

February 10, 2010 6:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is selling its PrimeNet operations, marking its exit from the direct-marketing business.Milwaukee-based Journal Communications Inc. did not disclose the terms of the deal Wednesday.PrimeNet provides direct-marketing services to those who sell...

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