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FBR analyst downgrades Microsoft shares

October 25, 2010 8:06 am | by DANA WOLLMAN - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

FBR Capital Markets downgraded Microsoft Corp.'s stock Monday morning, citing slowing PC sales to large businesses, as well as strong competition in the tablet market. The downgrade came on the same day that Microsoft's departing chief software architect issued an internal memo, inviting...

Harman to invest $100 million more in China

October 25, 2010 8:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Global audio and entertainment products maker Harman International Industries Inc. said Monday it plans to invest $100 million to boost its manufacturing and research capabilities in China.The company invested $75 million to start up its manufacturing and research operations in Shanghai, Suzhou...

Close-ups of snowflakes win Lennart Nilsson Award

October 25, 2010 6:22 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Karolinska Institutet) The Lennart Nilsson Award for 2010 is to be awarded to the US physicist Kenneth Libbrecht. He is awarded the prize, which is worth $15,000, for his images of snowflakes -- images that open our eyes to the beauty of nature. The award ceremony will take place in...

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Earnings Preview: IAC/InterActiveCorp

October 25, 2010 4:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

IAC/InterActiveCorp, the Internet company run by billionaire Barry Diller that includes search engine Ask.com and dating site Match.com, reports its third-quarter results on Wednesday before trading begins.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Investors will keep an eye out for strength in IAC's search unit,...

Sony slashes portable game machine price in Japan

October 24, 2010 11:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sony Corp. slashed the Japan price of its handheld game machine Monday ahead of the critical year-end shopping season.Sony said the PlayStation Portable Go will drop in price starting Tuesday to 16,800 yen ($200) from 26,800 yen ($330).Its price has already been coming down in the U.S. since...

Online TV spats mean fewer free shows on Web

October 24, 2010 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Broadcasters took a big step toward eliminating free TV shows on the Web after they blocked access to their programming online this month to enforce their demands to be paid....

Hyland’s Teething Tablets: Recall - Risk of Harm to Children

October 23, 2010 9:21 pm | by Medical Design Technology | Comments

FDA laboratory analysis found product to contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna, which can cause harm at larger doses.

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Driver Thanks Engineer Who Hit Him on Purpose

October 23, 2010 2:21 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Comments

Driver thanks man who hit him on purpose Driving to a Mariners game, Duane Innes saw a pickup ahead of him drift across lanes of traffic, sideswipe a concrete barrier and continue forward on the inside shoulder at about 40 mph. A manager of Boeing’s F22 fighter-jet program [and...

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Marketers Can Glean Private Data on Facebook

October 22, 2010 8:23 pm | by New York Times | Comments

Two recent academic papers show that in certain circumstances, advertisers on Facebook may be able to learn sensitive profile information, like a person’s sexual orientation or religion.

Google Toughens Privacy Controls

October 22, 2010 8:23 pm | by New York Times | Comments

The company moved to change its security measures after it mistakenly gathered data from unsecured networks.

Burned Calif. mall hopes to reopen for holidays

October 22, 2010 2:06 pm | by DON THOMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in a Sacramento suburb Friday after part of a regional mall was consumed by an arson fire that collapsed part of the roof, destroyed 20 stores and caused at least $6.5 million in damage.Yet city officials said unburned sections of the...

Tough economic times head West after recession

October 22, 2010 2:06 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A delayed decline in home prices and drops in manufacturing and tourism have caused unemployment in western mountain states to rise faster in the past year than in any other region.The jobless rate in the eight-state Mountain West region has jumped to 9.3 percent from 8.7 percent a year ago....

Ebix repurchases $2.4M in stock during 3Q

October 22, 2010 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ebix Inc., which makes software for insurance companies, said Friday that during the third quarter it repurchased $2.41 million worth of common stock at an average price of $18.65 per share.In all of 2010, the company has bought back $7.7 million worth of stock.Ebix also said that in September...

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The Sky Is Falling

October 22, 2010 1:22 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Or - The top ten things to do if you're depressed about the economy. 10: Tell every young person you know not to get into engineering because it's a dead-end job. Wait. No. Don't do that. Scold yourself if you...

HP selling Windows 7 tablet for business users

October 22, 2010 1:06 pm | by DANA WOLLMAN - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new tablet might look a little bit like Apple Inc.'s latest blockbuster gadget but it's no iPad killer.HP, the world's largest computer maker, unveiled the Slate 500 on Thursday. It costs $799 and, like the iPad, has a gesture-sensitive touchscreen and no keyboard. But...

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