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IBM agrees to buy Unica for $480 million

August 13, 2010 5:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

IBM says it is buying Unica, a marketing services company, for $480 million, or $21 per share.The acquisition brings IBM deeper into the advertising business. In June it agreed to buy Coremetrics Inc., a company that helps target online marketing.Unica Corp., based in Waltham, Mass., helps...

General Dynamics unit gets $35.5M vehicle contract

August 13, 2010 4:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Dynamics said Friday its Canadian land systems unit has been awarded a $35.5 million contract to build 24 light armored vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps.The eight-wheeled amphibious vehicles, which are equipped with automatic fire-suppression systems, will be built in Ontario by April...

Oracle sues Google for patent infringement

August 13, 2010 3:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oracle Corp. said Thursday it has filed a patent and copyright-infringement lawsuit against Google Inc.Oracle said in a statement that Google's Android system for mobile phones infringes on its patented Java technology.Google spokesman Andrew Pederson said the company can't comment because it...

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Autodesk beats Wall Street expectations in 2Q

August 12, 2010 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Engineering software maker Autodesk Inc. on Thursday reported a profit surge in its latest quarter, as the economic recovery helped sales across the world.Net income in the fiscal second quarter, which ended July 31, was $59.9 million, or 25 cents per share, compared with $10.5 million, or 5...

July video game retail sales inch 1 percent lower

August 12, 2010 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Market researcher NPD Group says U.S. retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories inched down 1 percent to $846.5 in July compared with the same month a year ago.NPD says hardware sales jumped 12 percent to $313.8 million in July. The Xbox 360 from Microsoft Corp. was the...

Wax, soap clean up obstacles to better batteries

August 12, 2010 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) A little wax and soap can help build electrodes for cheaper lithium ion batteries, according to a study in Aug. 11 issue of Nano Letters. The one-step method will allow battery developers to explore lower-priced alternatives to the lithium...

Google amplifies voice commands for Android phones

August 12, 2010 2:05 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Just because mobile phones are becoming more like small computers doesn't mean you should have to do a lot of typing on them.That's the thinking behind the latest update to Google Inc.'s popular Android software for mobile phones.The latest version of Android 2.2, released Thursday, includes 10...

Twitter hoping people will press its tweet button

August 12, 2010 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tweeting your favorite stories may be getting a little easier.Twitter introduced Thursday a "tweet" button that websites can place alongside their content. The button serves as an invitation to Twitter's legion of users to share what they're reading without having to copy and paste the Web...

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India Sets Aug. 31 Deadline to Resolve BlackBerry Issue

August 12, 2010 12:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

India threatened to ban Research In Motion's BlackBerry corporate email and messenger services unless the smartphone maker and local telecom firms find a solution by Aug. 31 to allow security agencies to monitor them.

Profit Climbs at Cisco, but Sales Forecast Falls Below Expectations

August 12, 2010 12:24 pm | by New York Times | Comments

Net income rose 79 percent, but the company’s chief executive, John T. Chambers, said the maker of computer networking gear maker saw signals of a slowdown in the recovery.

India Warns It May Block BlackBerry Traffic

August 12, 2010 12:23 pm | by New York Times | Comments

India indicated it would block corporate e-mail and messenger services if authorities were not able to monitor the service before the end of the month.

Net Neutrality Issue Divides Media Companies

August 12, 2010 12:23 pm | by New York Times | Comments

Facebook said it would not support a proposal by Google and Verizon to regulate Internet access, while an AT&T executive called the plan a “reasonable framework.”

Home computers discover pulsar with Arecibo data

August 12, 2010 12:21 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

The finding is the first deep-space discovery by Einstein@Home, which uses donated time from the home and office computers of 250,000 volunteers from 192 countries.

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Dangerous Bacterium Hosts Genetic Remnant of Life’s Distant Past

August 12, 2010 11:20 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

Within a dangerous stomach bacterium, Yale University researchers have discovered an ancient but functioning genetic remnant from a time before DNA existed, they report in the August 13 issue of the journal Science.

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Next from Irrational Games: 'BioShock: Infinite'

August 12, 2010 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The game studio behind the original "BioShock" is coming out with another follow-up to the award-winning, wildly popular 2007 horror shooter — but not until 2012.While Irrational Games' original "BioShock" was set in an underwater metropolis called Rapture, "BioShock: Infinite" takes place in...

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