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Microsoft Appoints New CFO from Office Division

May 9, 2013 9:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft says its new chief financial officer is Amy Hood, previously CFO of the Office division. She replaces Peter Klein, who announced his departure three weeks ago. He has been CFO for four years. Hood, 41, joined Microsoft Corp. in 2002. Before that, she worked at Goldman Sachs. She has a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.

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U.S. Appeals Panel Speaks Well of Google Book Plans

May 9, 2013 9:54 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | Comments

Three judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan were considering an appeal by Mountain View, Calif.-based Google of a judge's decision last year to grant class status to authors represented in an 8-year-old lawsuit by lawyers for the Authors Guild.

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Huawei Founder Gives First Ever Media Interview

May 9, 2013 9:51 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | Comments

The telecommunications equipment company has suffered business setbacks in the U.S. and Australia due to fears it could be a security risk. Last October, a U.S. congressional panel recommended telephone companies avoid doing business with it. Huawei issued a pledge not to cooperate with spying, and argues the U.S. is engaging in trade protectionism.

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Sony Back in Black, Healthier Sales

May 9, 2013 9:44 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

It reported Thursday annual earnings of 43 billion yen ($434 million), a reversal from a loss of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion) the previous year — the worst in the company's nearly seven-decade history. Tokyo-based Sony expects the recovery to continue, and projected a 50 billion yen ($505 million) profit for the fiscal year through March 2014, up 16 percent.

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GreenPeak Releases New Internet of Things White Paper

May 8, 2013 5:09 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has posted a new White Paper called “Sentrollers and the Internet of Things”. In this paper Sentrollers are defined as a new, all-encompassing term for sensors, actuators and controllers – the various devices that make up the new Internet of Things.

Microsoft Extends Search Guarantee in Yahoo Deal

May 8, 2013 11:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Yahoo rose 90 cents, or 3.6 percent, to close Tuesday at $26.07. It's the first time the stock has closed above $26 in nearly five years, continuing an upturn that began after Yahoo hired former Google executive Marissa Mayer as its CEO nearly 10 months ago. The shares have surged by 67 percent since Mayer's arrival.

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Magnetic Vortex Antennas for Wireless Data Transmission

May 8, 2013 11:08 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

Three-dimensional magnetic vortices were discovered by scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) together with colleagues from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) within the scope of an international cooperation.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX Signs Lease at NM Spaceport

May 8, 2013 11:00 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

"We've done a lot of work to level the playing field so we can compete in the space industry," Martinez said in a statement. "This is just the first step in broadening the base out at the Spaceport and securing even more tenants. I'm proud to welcome SpaceX to New Mexico."

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New Satellite Appears to Be Working Flawlessly

May 8, 2013 10:53 am | by DIRK LAMMERS,Associated Press | Comments

A new satellite hovering nearly 450 miles above the Earth appears to working flawlessly as it embarks on a 10-year mission to document the planet's surface, scientists and engineers at the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation and Science Center said Monday.

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Cyberattacks a Growing Irritant in U.S.-China Ties

May 8, 2013 10:50 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | Comments

Signs are growing that the sustained surge in cyberattacks emanating from China is imperiling its relations with the U.S., lending urgency to fledgling efforts by both governments to engage on the issue. The Pentagon this week said China appeared to be cyberspying against the U.S. government, the first time it has made such an assertion in its annual report on Chinese military power.

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UF Launches HiPerGator, a Powerful Supercomputer

May 8, 2013 10:47 am | by Chris Moran, University of Florida | Comments

The University of Florida has unveiled the state’s most powerful supercomputer, a machine that will help researchers find life-saving drugs, make decades-long weather forecasts and improve armor for troops. The HiPerGator supercomputer and recent tenfold increase in the size of the university’s data pipeline make UF one of the nation’s leading public universities in research computing.

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Carnegie Mellon Robot Uses Arms, Location & More To Discover Objects

May 7, 2013 9:38 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

A robot can struggle to discover objects in its surroundings when it relies on computer vision alone. But by taking advantage of all of the information available to it — an object's location, size, shape and even whether it can be lifted — a robot can continually discover and refine its understanding of objects, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.

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New Battery Design for Solar and Wind Energy Power the Grid

May 7, 2013 9:34 am | by Andy Freeberg, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | Comments

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid."For solar and wind power to be used in a significant way, we need a battery made of economical materials that are easy to scale and still efficient," said Yi Cui...

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KAIST's Vivo Flexible Large Scale Integrated Circuits

May 7, 2013 9:23 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

A team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST has developed in vivo silicon-based flexible large scale integrated circuits (LSI) for bio-medical wireless communication.

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Portable Device Provides Rapid, Accurate Diagnosis

May 7, 2013 9:13 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A handheld diagnostic device that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis (TB) and other important infectious bacteria. Two papers appearing in the journals Nature Communications and Nature Nanotechnology...

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