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Sony spent $730,000 lobbying US government in 1Q

June 16, 2010 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sony Corp.'s two American subsidiaries, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Electronics Inc., together spent $730,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on digital piracy and other issues, according to disclosure reports.That's down slightly from the $740,000 that Sony spent in...

Boehner added BP stock, others dropped oil company

June 16, 2010 3:05 pm | by JIM ABRAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

House Republican leader John Boehner bought BP and other oil company stock last year while other lawmakers were a little more fortunate, getting rid of BP stock before the oil spill caused the environmental disaster in the Gulf.Annual financial disclosure reports released Wednesday revealed...

Borden joins Engineering Development Office

June 16, 2010 2:23 pm | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Brittany Borden, Texas A&M Class of 2006, has been named assistant director of development for the Texas A&M Engineering Development Office. Borden will work with the departments of computer science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering. Her responsibilities are...

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Contractor NCI names strategic initiatives exec

June 16, 2010 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Government contractor NCI Inc. said Wednesday that John Woloski has joined the company as senior vice president of strategic initiatives.Woloski was previously vice president of Army northeast operations at Computer Sciences Corp. where he managed a portfolio of projects with annual revenue of...

Late-onset Pompe patients in US begin receiving new therapy

June 16, 2010 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of Florida) The first commercially available treatment in the United States for a rare form of muscular dystrophy called late-onset Pompe disease was administered at the University of Florida Health Science Center on Wednesday. People with Pompe disease lack an enzyme to...

China's free enterprise economy works from bottom up

June 16, 2010 1:24 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

Private enterprises, with little help from the government, and capitalism are fueling China's huge economy, a Cornell study reports.

JDA Software may have to pay Dillard's $246M

June 16, 2010 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

JDA Software Group Inc. may have to pay department store operator Dillard's Inc. $246 million in a dispute over a software licensing agreement, the software company said Wednesday. Its shares tumbled almost 20 percent.JDA, which makes which makes software that helps retailers manage inventory,...

Dean of the UM College of Engineering to receive 2010 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award

June 16, 2010 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of Miami) James M. Tien, distinguished professor, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Miami and world-renowned researcher and educator, is being honored with the 2010 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award. IEEE is the world's largest professional association...

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How to Fill a Via

June 16, 2010 11:21 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

We here at Screaming Circuits keep telling people to fill and plate over vias in BGA pads. The same goes for small passives too, like 0402s and 0201s. As I closed in this post, best option is to fill and...

Review: New $699 Mac mini is crisp and capable

June 16, 2010 11:05 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The smallest sibling of the Mac family just graduated. Little brother has some new smarts and a sharp new suit.I'm talking about the Mac mini, and the "sharp" part is literal: this tiny desktop computer now has an elegant aluminum case with edges so defined they can scrape your skin off.Apple...

Savvis wraps Fusepoint acquisition

June 16, 2010 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Computer hosting and network services provider Savvis Inc. said Wednesday it has completed its acquisition of Canadian tech company Fusepoint Inc. for $121 million in cash.Fusepoint, which counts venture-capital firm M/C Venture Partners among its investors, manages information technology and...

Dinosaur-Chewing Mammals Leave Behind Oldest Known Tooth Marks

June 16, 2010 10:23 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

Paleontologists have discovered the oldest mammalian tooth marks yet on the bones of ancient animals, including several large dinosaurs. They report their findings in a paper published online June 16 in the journal Paleontology.

Researchers develop ultra-simple method for creating nanoscale gold coatings

June 16, 2010 9:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new, ultra-simple method for making layers of gold that measure only billionths of a meter thick. The process, which requires no sophisticated equipment and works on nearly any surface...

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Solar Light Bulb 'Time-Shifts' Light

June 16, 2010 9:24 am | Comments

Nokero International announced the release of the N100, presented as the world’s first solar light bulb.

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Financial disclosures for congressional leaders

June 16, 2010 8:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.Earned income: $193,400.Honoraria, all donated to charity: None.Major assets: 54 percent interest in 55 acres of patent survey in Nevada, $500,001-$1 million; 160 acres in Bullhead City, Ariz., $250,001-$500,000; interest in two other patented mining claims,...

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