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Hitachi to review ops at certain units: report

December 29, 2010 6:52 am | Comments

Japan's biggest electronics conglomerate Hitachi Ltd said it will review the operations and its capital relationships with a quarter of its roughly 40 businesses, the Nikkei said. Hitachi will give up or take public businesses that have been unable to solidify their market positions in five years...

Changes in video games prompt optimism for 2011

December 29, 2010 6:38 am | Comments

Video game makers leave behind a year of slow sales in 2010, but are hopeful that a new generation of games for tablet computers, mobile phones and Web social networks will spur a return to growth in 2011.

Clooney, Google, U.N. watch Sudan using satellites

December 29, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

Groups including the United Nations, Harvard University, Google Inc and an organization co-founded by actor George Clooney are launching a project using satellites to "watch" Sudan for war crimes before a vote that could split the African country in two.

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Barnes & Noble fails to end Nook lawsuit

December 29, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) lost its bid to dismiss Spring Design Inc's lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. bookseller of illegally copying a screen design for the popular Nook electronic book reader.

SEC probes trading in private Internet firms: reports

December 29, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

The U.S. securities regulator is looking into trading in privately-held Internet companies including Facebook and Twitter, media reports said, citing people familiar with the inquiry.

Review: High-tech snow sports gear is cool fun

December 29, 2010 6:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Each winter the masses spill on to snow-slathered slopes, often wearing a new jacket or toting new skis and a renewed desire to test the mountain. This year there is plenty of high-tech gear to help them do it faster and better....

Microsoft co-founder relaunches tech patent suit

December 29, 2010 6:19 am | Comments

Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen relaunched a wide-ranging patent lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Facebook and others with specific allegations that the companies are illegally using technology owned by his firm.

Lithium Battery Trends in Consumer Product Applications

December 29, 2010 3:48 am | Comments

The growth of consumer electronic products in 2010 has accelerated the growth of batteries cells at the same time. According to EnergyTrend, prices of low capacity batteries will reach the bottom in 2011 and Japanese manufacturers are gradually inclined to downstream packaging business.

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Groupon may raise up to $950M in financing

December 28, 2010 4:06 pm | Comments

Groupon's board has authorized the local-coupon site to raise up to $950 million in funding, a recent Delaware regulatory filing says.Google Inc. reportedly tried to buy the Chicago company for between $5 billion and $6 billion but was rejected in early December.In a Dec. 17 amended certificate...

BMW to end sponsorship of America's Cup champion

December 28, 2010 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

America's Cup champion BMW Oracle Racing says German automaker BMW is ending its sponsorship at the end of the year, by mutual agreement.BMW has been part of the syndicate since 2002, contributing in the areas of structural engineering and lightweight, composite construction.BMW Oracle Racing...

Spencer Pharmaceutical adds Buschmann to science board

December 28, 2010 9:24 am | by Medical Design Technology | Comments

Spencer Pharmaceutical Inc., a metabolic disease-focused firm in Boston, has appointed Michael Buschmann, director of the FRSQ Group in Biomedical Science and Technology, to Spencer’s scientific advisory board.

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Purdue, NIST working on breathalyzers for medical diagnostics

December 28, 2010 9:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Purdue University) Researchers have overcome a fundamental obstacle in developing breath-analysis technology to rapidly diagnose patients by detecting chemical compounds called "biomarkers" in a person's respiration in real time.

Time Warner Cable customers may lose TV networks

December 28, 2010 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Time Warner Cable Inc. customers from Portland, Maine, to Pensacola, Fla., could lose access to one of their network TV stations because of a contract dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group....

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Alcatel to pay $137M to settle bribery charges

December 28, 2010 7:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent SA has agreed to pay more than $137 million to settle charges brought against it by the federal government....

Lightning Captured by X-Ray Camera

December 28, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

The first x-ray images of a lightning strike have been captured by a, well, lightning-fast camera, scientists say. The pictures suggest a lightning bolt carries all its x-ray radiation in its tip.

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