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Tech customers question industry's takeover spree

July 5, 2010 9:06 pm | by JORDAN ROBERTSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The world's largest technology companies have been on a buying spree, spending billions to snap up smaller companies. And often the buyers say they're doing it for their customers — businesses, hospitals, schools and government agencies.As tech companies get bigger and bigger, they say, they...

Europe gets electro safe

July 5, 2010 5:24 am | by European Commission | Comments

Electromagnetic research and development (R&D) in Europe is set to get a boost with the launch of the one-of-a-kind platform known as Phéline. With key support from the EU, this new, industry-led European Technology Platform (ETP) will help define priorities, action plans and...

Renewables account for 62% of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU in 2009

July 5, 2010 5:24 am | by European Commission | Comments

The "Renewable Energy Snapshots" report, published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009. The share rose from 57% in 2008. For...

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France Telecom Unveils New Strategy

July 5, 2010 3:24 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

France Telecom said it will hire 10,000 new employees in France over the next three years in a bid to remotivate its staff after a series of suicides that plagued the group over the last two years.

Putting Noise Back Into Quiet Vehicles

July 5, 2010 2:24 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

For decades, car designers and regulators have been trying to make vehicles quieter. But now, with the advent of near-silent electric and hybrid vehicles, the industry is going into reverse.

Chinese court sentences US geologist to 8 years

July 4, 2010 8:05 pm | by CHARLES HUTZLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

An American geologist detained and tortured by China's state security agents over an oil industry database was jailed for 8 years Monday in a troubling example of China's rough justice system and the way the U.S. government handles cases against its citizens.Beijing's No. 1 Intermediate...

Sony Offers a Fix to Prevent Vaio Laptops’ Overheating

July 3, 2010 3:24 am | by New York Times | Comments

The company said it had received 39 reports from users complaining about heat and distortion of the shape of their computers.

Amazon to Buy Woot, a Daily Deal Site

July 3, 2010 3:24 am | by New York Times | Comments

Woot is one of a cluster of shopping sites that have sprung up in the last few years in a wave of e-commerce innovations.

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Google to Add Pay to Cover a Tax for Same-Sex Benefits

July 3, 2010 3:24 am | by New York Times | Comments

Google will raise the salaries of gay and lesbian employees whose partners receive domestic partner benefits, to compensate them for a tax they pay that heterosexual married couples do not.

Apple Will Fix iPhone Glitch

July 3, 2010 3:24 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Apple said the signal-strength display of the iPhone is faulty and plans to provide a free software update.

Calif. state workers brace for minimum wage

July 3, 2010 2:06 am | by JUDY LIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Some California state workers are preparing to tap into their savings while others already are cutting expenses as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's minimum wage order moved one step closer to reality.On Friday, the Schwarzenegger administration won an appellate court ruling saying it has the...

Cepheid Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture Assay for Use with the GeneXpert Dx System: Class I Recall

July 2, 2010 5:20 pm | by FDA MedWatch | Comments

The firm received increasing numbers of complaints for false negative MRSA results. False negative could result in incorrect treatment or delay of care for patients with MRSA infection.

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Worker in trouble for snarky iPhone-Evo video

July 2, 2010 2:05 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

When Brian Maupin made two snarky online videos poking fun at zealots of the iPhone and the Evo phone, he thought it was just a good way to vent some of the frustrations inherent in selling smart phones.His employer, Best Buy, thought otherwise, even though the retailer, which sells both...

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LIFEPAK 20 and LIFEPAK 20e External Defibrillator/Monitors by Physio-Control Inc.: Class I Recall Due To Power Supply Failure

July 2, 2010 10:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | Comments

A power supply assembly failure can result in the inability to deliver defibrillation therapy.

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Renaissance Learning appoints CEO

July 2, 2010 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Renaissance Learning Inc., which makes curriculum and academic assessment products, said Friday that it has appointed Glenn R. James as CEO.James, who was most recently a principal with Technology Consulting Corp., replaces co-founder Terrance Paul, who will become chairman of the board. The...

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