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US Sets New Stem-Cell Research Rules

July 7, 2009 4:24 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD | Comments

The government issued final rules Monday expanding taxpayer-funded research using embryonic stem cells, easing scientists' fears that some of the oldest batches might not qualify and promising a master list of all that do.

Judge Approves GM Breakup

July 6, 2009 7:29 am | by Emily Chasan and Ajay Kamalakaran | Comments

A U.S. judge on Sunday approved General Motors Corp's bankruptcy sale in a move that will allow the company's most profitable assets to exit bankruptcy protection under government ownership. Under the deal, 'New GM' will operate the best parts of the old company, including its Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, with a less expensive workforce, smaller dealer network, and much less debt. The rest of the company will be liquidated.

Skyscrapers Going Green

July 6, 2009 5:44 am | by CHRIS KAHN | Comments

When owners of the Empire State Building decided to blanket its towering facade this year with thousands of insulating windows, they were only partly interested in saving energy. They also needed tenants.

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Researchers Study the 'Personality' of Cars

July 6, 2009 5:08 am | by BILL KACZOR | Comments

Dennis Slice and fellow researchers at Austria's Vienna University, where he's a guest professor, are exploring the widely held belief that cars project personalities because they look like human faces when viewed head-on.

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Gamer Steals Online Loot to Pay Real-World Debts

July 2, 2009 8:58 am | by JaShong King | Comments

Facing real world debts, a trusted figure in a popular online game stole money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for cash through the black market. It happened in EVE Online, where more than 300,000 subscribers pay $15 a month to play. They gain wealth through hard work, manipulating the market, or killing rivals in a distant future where humans have colonized the stars in an online game similar to World of Warcraft and Second Life.

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U.S. Job Losses Spike in June

July 2, 2009 8:52 am | by David Lawder | Comments

U.S. employers cut far more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate hit a nearly 26-year high of 9.5 percent, underscoring the likelihood of a long and slow recovery from recession. The loss of 467,000 jobs reported by the Labor Department on Thursday was 100,000 more than Wall Street economists had expected and was spread widely across economic sectors.

Nanoarches Created With Nanotubes Offer New Tools

July 2, 2009 8:36 am | by Michael Berger | Comments

One of the ultimate goals of nanotechnology is to fabricate functional devices at the nanoscale. A nanodevice is expected to integrate components of different material compositions and geometries. The integration is likely to be carried out on silicon if information processing is required. Thus far, the basic building blocks for nanodevices are nanoparticles and nanotubes.

Mozilla's Crowdsourcing Mystique

July 2, 2009 6:56 am | by Douglas MacMillan | Comments

There's a cool new video player in the Firefox Web browser that Mozilla released on June 30. But the onscreen buttons used to control it are too small for some visually impaired users to see. So Ken Saunders, a 41-year-old, legally blind volunteer for Mozilla, took it upon himself to create a tool that makes the player easier to use for people with vision problems.

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Companies Pledge More Openness About Web Tracking

July 2, 2009 5:20 am | by DEBORAH YAO | Comments

Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed. It's unclear how much of an effect the new policies will have. One consumer group said the changes don't go far enough, and that extensive profiles of people still will be collected without their complete consent.

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US to Invest $4 Billion in Broadband

July 2, 2009 4:42 am | by by John Poirier, Derek Caney, Steve Orlofsky, and Matthew Lewis | Comments

The U.S. government will soon release $4 billion of loans and grants aimed at expanding broadband access to underserved areas across the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The funds are part of a $7.2 billion program to build an affordable high-speed Internet structure in rural areas. The project is being pushed by President Barack Obama, in part, to shore up the U.S. economy with job creation in the telecommunications sector.

IDT Closes Purchase of Tundra Semiconductor

July 2, 2009 4:31 am | Comments

Reflecting IDG’s commitment to communications technology development, on June 29, 2009, IDT closed its purchase of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Tundra products and technology will complement existing IDT solutions in both the Serial RapidIO and PCI Express market segments.

Ion Trap Senses Force and Light

July 1, 2009 10:56 am | Comments

Miniature devices for trapping ions (electrically charged atoms) are common components in atomic clocks and quantum computing research. Now, a novel ion trap geometry demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could usher in a new generation of applications because the device holds promise as a stylus for sensing very small forces or as an interface for efficient transfer of individual light particles for quantum communications.

Android-Based Mobile Device May Be Coming From Dell

July 1, 2009 10:25 am | by Barry Levine | Comments

Dell engineers are developing a pocket-sized, Internet-connected device that will use the Google-backed Android mobile operating system, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the company's plans," said two people who have seen prototypes described the new product as similar to the iPhone but without cell-phone functionalities.

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Worst May Be Over For US Tech Market

July 1, 2009 9:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY | Comments

As bad as the technology market fared in the first quarter of this year, the worst may be over, at least in the United States, Forrester Research said in a report Tuesday. The research firm nonetheless revised its forecast for 2009. It now expects the U.S. technology market to shrink by 5 percent this year. In March, Forrester had predicted a smaller 3 percent decline in spending on technology products and services.

Sony Struggling as Walkman hits 30th Anniversary

July 1, 2009 9:48 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA | Comments

When the Sony Walkman went on sale 30 years ago, it was shown off by a skateboarder to illustrate how the portable cassette-tape player delivered music on-the-go — a totally innovative idea back in 1979. Today, Sony Corp. is struggling to reinvent itself and win back its reputation as a pioneer of razzle-dazzle gadgetry once exemplified in the Walkman, which Wednesday had its 30th anniversary marked with a special display at Sony's corporate archives.

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