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Neurocrine names CEO of Receptos to its board

February 8, 2010 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. said Monday it named the chairman and CEO of Receptos Inc. to its board.William H. Rastetter joined the Neurocrine board immediately, the company said.Rastetter is also chairman of Illumina Inc. and was executive chairman of Biogen Idec Inc. from 2003 to 2005. He had...

NetEase suspends new user registration for hit game

February 8, 2010 9:58 am | News | Comments

China's third-largest online game operator said it has suspended new user registration for World of Warcraft (WoW) in China and will reapply for a license to operate the expansion pack of Activision Blizzard's hit game. New user registrations would be halted for a week from Monday in the run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday, the company said in a statement posted on its WoW China website, on Sunday.


Wi-Fi Becomes the Multimedia Interface of Choice for Consumer Entertainment Devices

February 8, 2010 9:55 am | by In-Stat | News | Comments

Wi-Fi has taken the entertainment device market by storm, with cameras, gaming devices (handheld and consoles), and personal media players (PMPs) incorporating the technology within the past few years.


Farm animal work provides clues to hospital diarrhea

February 8, 2010 9:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Veterinary epidemiologist Yrjo Grohn has a new grant to study the bug that is the leading cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitals, using what he's learned from studying pathogens in farm animals.

Federal Register: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Postmarket Surveillance

February 8, 2010 9:51 am | by FDA (The Center for Devices and Radiological Health) | News | Comments

The FDA is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency.


Disney, Google eye stake in China bus media firm

February 8, 2010 9:44 am | News | Comments

A consortium led by Walt Disney Co is in advanced talks to buy into China's largest in-bus digital media and advertising company, a deal that could offer the U.S. entertainment giant a new platform to promote Mickey Mouse in China, three sources told Reuters. Google Inc, the world's No.1 Internet search company, which threatened to quit China last month over censorship and hacking concerns, was among investors in the Disney-led consortium, the sources said on Monday.


Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader to hit stores

February 8, 2010 9:15 am | News | Comments

Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc said on Monday that its Nook electronic reader would be available in most of its physical stores as of Wednesday, ahead of Valentine's Day, ending weeks of delays. The Nook e-reader, which Barnes & Noble launched in October and competes with devices such as Inc's Kindle, had previously only been available for order on the retailer's website or at in-store kiosks as the No. 1 U.S. bookstore chain struggled to meet what it said in late 2009 was strong demand for the e-reader.


IBM begins Power server upgrade to battle HP, Sun

February 8, 2010 9:04 am | News | Comments

IBM is beginning a long-awaited upgrade to a range of servers and other hardware to make them more energy-efficient and competitive than rival products by Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems Inc. International Business Machines Corp said on Monday its new POWER7 system, including new microprocessors, storage and middleware, will be able to process more data than its predecessor POWER6, making them useful for utilities with electrical grids or banks conducting electronic trading.


Yale Scientists Shed Colorful Light On Novel Proteins

February 8, 2010 8:55 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

A Yale School of Medicine neuroscientist investigating how viruses can be used to attack brain cancers has developed a new method to generate novel, color-coded proteins that can be used by researchers investigating cures for a host of diseases.

New Federal Climate Change Agency Forming

February 8, 2010 8:47 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Monday proposed a new agency to study and report on the changing climate. Also known as global warming, climate change has drawn widespread concern in recent years as temperatures around the world rise, threatening to harm crops, spread disease, increase sea levels, change storm and drought patterns and cause polar melting.


Facebooks Redesigns Site, Turns 6

February 8, 2010 8:36 am | News | Comments

Facebook is redesigning its site yet again, this time to better emphasize applications, games and search. Links and items have moved around the home page as Facebook tries to streamline navigation and make games and apps stand out more. The latest evolution continued Friday after Facebook started rolling the changes out late Thursday, the company's sixth birthday.


Macmillan Books Coming Back to Amazon

February 8, 2010 8:30 am | News | Comments

After a weeklong absence, new copies of Andrew Young's "The Politician," Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and other books published by Macmillan are available for purchase on Since last Friday, Amazon had limited the availability of Macmillan releases in a dispute over e-books, with Macmillan calling for a new pricing system that would end the $9.99 rate Amazon had been setting for best-sellers on its Kindle e-reader. Macmillan and other publishers believe $9.99 is too low and threatens the value of books overall.


Paypal halts certain transactions in India

February 8, 2010 8:23 am | News | Comments

The online payments service PayPal has taken the unusual step of suspending many transactions in India for more than a week. A spokesman for the service said Saturday that "personal payments" to and from India are being blocked. Transfers to banks in India are being suspended as well.


China Shuts Down Hacker Training Site

February 8, 2010 8:17 am | News | Comments

Police in central China have shut down a hacker training operation that openly recruited thousands of members online and provided them with cyberattack lessons and malicious software, state media said Monday. The crackdown comes amid growing concern that China is a center for Internet crime and industrial espionage. Search giant Google said last month its e-mail accounts were hacked from China in an assault that also hit at least 20 other companies.


UN patent filings dropped for 1st time since 1978

February 8, 2010 6:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of international patent filings dropped last year for the first time since 1978 as companies hit by the global economic downturn sought fewer new protections on their intellectual property, the U.N. said Monday.Most patents filed in 2009 were for computer technology, followed by...



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