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SEMI Reports Third Quarter 2012 Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Figures; Billings US$ 9.06 Billion

December 10, 2012 5:54 pm | by SEMI | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. — December 10, 2012 — SEMI, the global industry association for companies that supply manufacturing technology and materials to the world’s chip makers, today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 9.06 billion in the third quarter of 2012. The billings figure is 12 percent lower than the second quarter of 2012 and 15 percent lower than the same quarter a year ago. The data is gathered ...

Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs also wiped out the ‘Obamadon’

December 10, 2012 3:05 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The asteroid collision widely thought to have killed the dinosaurs also led to extreme devastation among snake and lizard species, according to new research — including the extinction of a newly identified lizard Yale and Harvard scientists have named Obamadon gracilis....

Harbinger to sell $650M in notes, refinance debt

December 10, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Harbinger Group Inc. said Monday that it will sell $650 million of senior secured notes in a private placement and use some of the proceeds to refinance existing debt. In connection with the sale of the notes, the New York-based holding company launched a tender offer to buy its outstanding $500...

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SEMI Applauds Approval of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Russia

December 10, 2012 12:54 pm | by SEMI | Comments

Opens New Export Opportunities for U.S. Businesses ...

Report: Kodak gets patent bid from Apple, Google

December 10, 2012 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple and Google, bitter rivals in smartphone technology, have joined up to make a combined bid for a bundle of patents offered by photography pioneer Kodak, according to a published report. Bloomberg News reported Saturday that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have abandoned competing bids for the...

Toshiba launches new CMOS multi-function gate logic ICs

December 10, 2012 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) has launched a new series of CMOS multi-function gate logic devices that support 5V systems and that are housed in small packages suitable for mobile devices such as mobile phones, smartphones, tablet PCs, digital cameras and digital video cameras.

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Top 10 '2012 Global Competitiveness Brands' from China

December 10, 2012 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Award ceremony of the internationally renowned "2012 Global Competitiveness Brands -Top 10 from China" was held in the US on December 7, 2012. The judge panel agreed that in the global context of economic turbulence, the winners successfully carried out transformation by adapting to changes with the economy and the industrial environment...

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John Wiley & Sons 2Q profit falls, cuts outlook

December 10, 2012 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

John Wiley & Sons' net income dropped 15 percent in its fiscal second quarter, with revenue falling partly due to tough market conditions for higher education textbooks and tight library budgets. The publisher lowered its full-year adjusted earnings and revenue forecasts. The company also...

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Renesas to receive up to 200 bil. yen bailout

December 10, 2012 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Struggling Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. said Monday it will receive up to 200 billion yen in aid from a government-backed fund and private-sector firms to turn its faltering business around.

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Nintendo's new Wii U game console hits shelves in Japan

December 10, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nintendo Co. on Saturday launched its new Wii U game console in Japan, aiming to stage a comeback in a gaming market characterized by the rapid growth of mobile phone-based social games. With the launch of the successor to its video game console Wii launched in 2006, the Japanese game console and software maker seeks to turn its business around.

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Yamada acquires Best

December 10, 2012 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Japan's antimonopoly watchdog approved on Monday top Japanese home electronics retailer Yamada Denki Co.'s acquisition of smaller rival Best Denki Co. on condition they sell eight stores to others by next June.

Japan utility admits murky hiring at nuclear plant

December 10, 2012 10:10 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | Comments

The head of the utility behind Japan's nuclear crisis acknowledged Monday that hundreds of workers at the contaminated Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were mobilized through a murky hiring system. Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose attributed the hiring problem to high worker turnover at the highly contaminated worksite...

British astronomer Patrick Moore dies at 89

December 10, 2012 9:10 am | by GREGORY KATZ Associated Press | Comments

British astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore died Sunday, according to friends and colleagues. He was 89. He died at his home in the coastal town of Selsey in southern England, according to a statement released Sunday. No specific cause of death was given,

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Honeywell to buy Intermec for about $603.4M

December 10, 2012 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Intermec Inc., which makes barcode printers and radio frequency identification products, said Monday that it reached a deal to sell itself to Honeywell International Inc. for about $603.4 million in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, Morris Township, N.J.-based Honeywell, a technology and...

Tiny compound semiconductor transistor could challenge silicon’s dominance

December 10, 2012 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Silicon’s crown is under threat: The semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips for computers and smart devices could be numbered, thanks to the development of the smallest transistor ever to be built from a rival material, indium gallium arsenide.The compound transistor, built by a team in MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, performs well despite being just 22 nanometers (billionths of a meter) in length. This makes it a ...

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