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Bar codes get around town and get more useful

June 6, 2010 9:30 am | by RACHEL METZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

It used to be that the only time you'd notice a bar code was at a store, maybe when a cashier scanned your groceries. But lately bar codes are showing up in more places around town — and getting more sophisticated.You might have seen one cousin of the traditional bar code: Known as a QR code,...

Foxconn to give Chinese workers another pay raise

June 6, 2010 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Foxconn workers in China will get another pay raise in coming months, on top of an increase that just took effect in response to recent worker suicides, the company said Sunday.Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group said salaries would be raised in October to 2,000 yuan (US$293) for workers at...

Salem area schools test software as literacy tool

June 4, 2010 11:30 pm | by MACKENZIE RYANAssociated Press | Comments

Valentin De Leon, 9, recently matched the word "sneak" with the picture of a snowman on his computer screen, because the two have the common "sn" sound between them.The third-grader at Hallman Elementary School has spent a half hour each school day in recent weeks playing the computer game, an...

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Fujitsu Says Cash Flow to Fuel U.S. Acquisitions

June 4, 2010 9:23 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Fujitsu's president said improvements in the company's finances have allowed it to start seeking acquisitions to bolster its weak position in the U.S.

Former Executive at Time Buys Ziff Davis

June 4, 2010 8:23 pm | by New York Times | Comments

Vivek Shah said that the acquisition, which he made in partnership with Great Hill Partners, a Boston firm, was the start of a new digital media company.

G.M. Plans to Form a Technology Venture Firm

June 4, 2010 8:22 pm | by New York Times | Comments

A subsidiary, General Motors Ventures, plans to invest in start-up companies in fields including renewable fuels, information and entertainment systems, and advanced materials.

Airlines Work to Catch Up to the Digital Age

June 4, 2010 8:22 pm | by New York Times | Comments

The carriers, recognizing that their antiquated systems contribute to the frustrations of passengers, have begun developing up-to-date technology.

Does the Internet Make You Smarter?

June 4, 2010 8:22 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.

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Oracle cutting more Sun jobs

June 4, 2010 3:30 pm | Comments

Oracle Corp. is cutting more jobs as part of its takeover of slumping computer-server maker Sun Microsystems.Oracle, the world's biggest database-software maker, said in a regulatory filing Friday that the new round of cuts would mostly hit employees in Asia and Europe.It didn't specify how...

Microsoft shutters Bing shopping rebate program

June 4, 2010 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is shutting down a program that gave online shoppers rebates when they found items through Bing search.The cashback program started in May 2008. Microsoft Corp. was hoping cashback would help lure more people to its search engine.But despite its efforts, Microsoft remains a distant...

GammaGard Liquid, Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human)

June 4, 2010 1:20 pm | by FDA MedWatch | Comments

Market withdrawal due to an increased number of adverse event reports of allergic reactions associated with two lots.

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EU court says countries can ban online gambling

June 4, 2010 11:15 am | Comments

EU countries can ban online gambling if their aim is to combat fraud, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, dealing a blow to the multi-billion euro online betting industry seeking to break domestic monopolies.

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German minister sees Facebook being fined over privacy

June 4, 2010 11:13 am | Comments

Germany's consumer protection minister said on Thursday she would quit Facebook over what she called privacy law violations that she believed would lead to the company being fined by German data protection authorities.

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Immersion Corp. names new independent director

June 4, 2010 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Immersion Corp., a company that develops touch-screen technology, said Friday that David Sugishita has been elected to its board to succeed retiring director Rob Van Naarden.Sugishita is chairman of Atmel Corp., where he also heads the audit and corporate governance committees. Atmel makes...

Video game group spent $1.2M lobbying in 1Q

June 4, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Entertainment Software Association, a trade group for video game companies, spent $1.2 million during the first quarter to lobby on the regulation of video game content, First Amendment protection, copyright enforcement and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.This is up 23...

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