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Oracle To HP: Core Of Lawsuit Is 'Complete Fiction'

July 29, 2011 4:29 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Oracle says a former Hewlett-Packard executive has been falsely accused of stealing trade secrets in one of several ongoing legal skirmishes between the two technology heavyweights. Oracle Corp. demanded in a letter sent to Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday that it drop its lawsuit against Adrian Jones, a former senior vice president who was in charge of HP's server, storage and networking businesses in Asia before going to work for rival Oracle.

IBM To Open Center For Mobile, Cloud Computing

July 29, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- IBM Corp. is plucking 200 researchers and experts from its highly profitable services division to create a new laboratory focused on building new products for data mining, mobile computing, and "cloud" technologies. About 1,000 of IBM's 3,000 researchers are currently focused on services and analytics, the company said Thursday.

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GM Invests $7.5M In Solar Energy

July 29, 2011 4:26 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Ventures, which invests in new technologies on behalf of General Motors Co., said Thursday it is investing $7.5 million in Sunlogics PLC, a solar energy systems provider. GM also signed an agreement with Sunlogics for the installation of solar charging canopies at Chevrolet and GM dealerships, as well as a power purchase agreement to install large-scale solar arrays at GM facilities and purchase the energy they produce.

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2007-09 Recession Worse Than Once Thought

July 29, 2011 4:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2007-2009 recession, already in the record books as the worst in the 66 years since the end of World War II, was even worse than previously thought. From the start of the recession at the end of 2007 to the end in June of 2009, the U.S. economy shrank 5.1 percent.

Will That Status Update Cost You Your Job?

July 28, 2011 6:50 am | Videos | Comments

Your employer may require credit and criminal history checks. Now your social media history may get the same treatment. Some companies are now using services to check a potential employee's social media background. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Progress With DCIM Is A Slow Process

July 28, 2011 6:33 am | Articles | Comments

A survey of more than 240 U.S. data center professionals from a variety of industries shows that data centers are progressing with initiatives to improve data center infrastructure management (DCIM), but still lack the critical insight required to improve availability, enhance efficiency and manage capacity.

Life-Like Prototypes

July 28, 2011 6:17 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Black & Decker’s prototype specialists employ 3D printers to create models for industrial designers to evaluate, speeding time-to-market and improving the overall design process. The drills, hammers, and other tools photographed for Stanley Black & Decker (SBD) catalogs probably don’t function as specified in the fine print.

The Fab Four

July 28, 2011 4:34 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) introduces four new EtherNet/IP-based remote I/O modules: the ADAM-6150EI, a 15-ch Isolated Digital Input/Output Module the ADAM-6151EI, a 16-ch Isolated Digital Input Module the ADAM-6156EI, a 16-ch Isolated Digital Output Module the ADAM-6160EI, a 6-ch Relay Output Module Designed with 2,500 VDC isolation protections, these modules are designed to be very resistant to field interference.

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See Things Clearly

July 27, 2011 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

iKey (Austin, TX) recently introduced a new high-bright line of panel-mount displays manufactured for optimal viewing in direct and indirect sunlight. The new line of high-bright displays has up to 1700 nits of adjustable brightness, making them readable in virtually any lighting condition, according to the company.

Save Money On Gas, Ride A Golf Cart?

July 27, 2011 8:21 am | Videos | Comments

When gas prices go up, residents of Peachtree City, Ga. get around by driving golf carts. There are a few other golf cart communities in the U.S. but most are retirement communities. In Peachtree City, just about everyone gets around on golf carts. It's an interesting, and unique, way of embracing sustainability.

Are The Long-Term Unemployed Facing Discrimination?

July 27, 2011 8:18 am | Videos | Comments

Are the nation's unemployed being discriminated against if they've been out of work for a significant amount of time? CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on the challenge to find work for people that have been unemployed for more than six months. Then, Chris Wragge talks to John Challenger, CEO of the job placement firm, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc.

Silicon Valley CEO Talks Talent Acquisition

July 27, 2011 8:15 am | Videos | Comments

Ruckus Wireless CEO Selina Lo, a major figure in California's Silicon Valley, tells us what she looks for when recruiting top talent for her ventures, what it is like being a female leader in Silicon Valley, and what it takes to be successful in her industry. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Clever Cars -- The Next Generation

July 27, 2011 8:13 am | Videos | Comments

Automated driving systems such as adaptive cruise control may be the latest ''must have'' gizmos, but the auto industry is already looking to their successor, cooperative driving, where cars communicate with each other as they go. The technology is in its early stages but researchers recently drove to Holland to see if their cars would interact.

Feds Close To Deal With Automakers On Fuel Economy

July 27, 2011 4:57 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the Obama administration is close to a deal with automakers to boost fuel economy. Officials familiar with talks between the White House and automakers say recent changes to make it easier for light trucks to become more fuel efficient have lowered the proposal to 54.

Frustrated IKEA Manufacturing Workers May Unionize

July 27, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Workers at IKEA's only U.S. manufacturing plant are deciding whether they want to unionize. Approximately 328 workers are scheduled to vote Wednesday at Swedwood Danville, a subsidiary of the Swedish furniture giant. The results should be available late Wednesday.

Internet Privacy Controls Challenge Tech Industry

July 27, 2011 4:52 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web — or face regulation. Yet for all its innovative know-how and entrepreneurial spirit, the technology industry has yet to agree on a simple, meaningful solution to protect consumer privacy on the Internet.

Ford, Chrysler Take 2Q Hits

July 27, 2011 4:50 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's ambitious plans to grow in Asia took a toll on its second-quarter profit, with higher costs to design and sell cars offsetting rising sales. The company's net income fell 8 percent to $2.4 billion for the April-June period. Ford blamed higher prices for steel and other commodities, but also said that after years of restructuring, the company is strong enough to spend heavily on future growth.

Siemens Extends CEO's Contract For 5 Years

July 27, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Industrial equipment maker Siemens AG says its board has extended CEO Peter Loescher's contract for another five years. Loescher, 53, became CEO in July 2007 and his contract was to run out on April 1, 2012. He has led the company as it works through the aftermath of a corruption scandal involving payoffs to win business under previous management.

Durable Goods Orders Fall In June

July 27, 2011 4:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses cut back on orders for aircraft, autos, heavy machinery and computers in June, sending demand for long-lasting manufactured goods lower for the second month in the past three. The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods fell 2.1 percent in June, with the weakness led by a big drop in orders for commercial aircraft.

Does BlackBerry Maker RIM Have Time To Fix Itself?

July 26, 2011 11:05 am | by Monica Alleven | Articles | Comments

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has run out of time -- and now it’s got to run a marathon to catch up. Apparently, a lot of investors are unhappy and increasingly so with the current top management structure, as Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis both serve as co-CEO and co-chairman of the board.

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