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FBI access to e-mail and Web records raises fears

July 30, 2010 6:15 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law.

Cell phone shipments continue to recover

July 30, 2010 6:05 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The number of cell phones shipped worldwide rose 14.5 percent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, with much of the growth coming from smaller challengers like the iPhone and BlackBerry, according to research firm IDC.Manufacturers shipped 317.5 million phones in the quarter, IDC...

Printed electronics in Asia

July 30, 2010 5:38 am | Comments

There are about 3,000 organizations worldwide actively involved in the development of printed electronics. By number of organizations, Europe has the edge over the U.S., then comes Asia. The display business is huge and there is significant progress and development by East Asian companies in a number of different printed display technologies.

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'Straintronics' Debuts in Graphene

July 30, 2010 5:12 am | Comments

Just when you thought that graphene could do no more, physicists in the US have found yet another new and unique property of the wonder material.

Wright Express to buy Australian outfit for $318M

July 30, 2010 5:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Wright Express Corp. a payment processor for commercial and government trucking fleets, said Friday it would acquire the Australian fleet and prepaid card businesses of Retail Decisions for $318 million.The all-cash deal is expected to close this quarter. Wright Express is purchasing the assets...

Norton One Click Support Receives TSIA STAR Award for Best Practices in Embedded Product Support

July 30, 2010 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that Norton One Click Support has been named the winner of the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) STAR Awards for Best Practices for Best Embedded Product Support. Symantec was also inducted to the STAR Awards Hall of Fame for...

€6.4 billion for smart growth and jobs – Europe's biggest ever investment in research and innovation

July 30, 2010 3:23 am | by European Commission | Comments

The European Commission will invest EUR 6,4 bn in research and innovation. This funding will advance scientific boundaries, increase European competitiveness and help solve societal challenges such as climate change, energy and food security, health and an ageing population. Around 16,000...

Samsung's Results Jump

July 30, 2010 2:26 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported a record profit, but executives said that may have been the peak for the year as pricing pressures are likely to overwhelm sales growth in the second half.

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More Japan workers lose jobs, factory output falls

July 29, 2010 9:05 pm | by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Japan received a sobering reminder Friday of its fragile recovery: The jobless rate rose, deflation deepened, and factories made fewer cars and mobile phones.The figures underscore ongoing weakness in the world's No. 2 economy even as Japanese corporations report stellar quarterly earnings....

Epicor 2Q loss narrows

July 29, 2010 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Business software maker Epicor Software Corp. said Thursday that its second-quarter loss narrowed as revenue climbed.For the April-June quarter, Epicor's loss totaled $1 million, or 2 cents per share, compared with a loss of $6.7 million, or 11 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.When...

Samsung says 2Q net profit surges 83 percent

July 29, 2010 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics says net profit surged 83 percent in the second quarter to a record high amid increased sales and strength in its semiconductor and flat panel businesses.The company said Friday it earned 4.28 trillion won ($3.61 billion) in the three months ended June 30. It had net profit...

McAfee 2Q profit rises

July 29, 2010 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose 38 percent, helped by growth in its corporate and consumer businesses.For the April-June period, McAfee earned $39.4 million, or 25 cents per share, compared with $28.7 million, or 18 cents per share,...

US suing Oracle alleging software contracts fraud

July 29, 2010 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is joining a fraud lawsuit against Oracle Corp. related to software contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.The agency said Oracle failed to offer government customers the same discounts on its software that it offered commercial customers,...

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Goldman Bans Swearing in Emails

July 29, 2010 1:26 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Goldman Sachs is telling employees that they will no longer be able to get away with profanity in emails.

CEINT Adds New International Nano-Safety Initiative

July 29, 2010 12:22 pm | by Duke University | Comments

The cleanliness of our water faces pressures from many directions. More factories mean more discharges, a growing population leads to more wastewater, and more runoff from lawns and farms carries pollutants into waterways. While there are many elements in water that may be harmful to...

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