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Ballmer: Tablet coming 'as soon as we can'

July 30, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Microsoft will compete with Apple's iPad, but it isn't saying when. Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer says the company is working with Intel Corp. and computer makers to perfect tablet touch-screen computers.


Lots Of Things Can Be Fixed

July 30, 2010 6:22 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

I recently posted a bit of a bad OSP board with the conclusion that it was only worthy of scrap. Over on the Circuits Assembly blog, Mike commented that if the board was expensive enough, he'd rework it and make...

Attacking the edges of secure Internet traffic

July 30, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

Researchers have uncovered new ways that criminals can spy on Internet users even if they're using secure connections to banks, online retailers or other sensitive Web sites. The attacks demonstrated at the Black Hat conference here show how determined hackers can sniff around the edges of encrypted Internet traffic to pick up clues about what their targets are up to.


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.

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.

'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.

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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