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Microsoft Takes $6.2 Billion Charge, Slows Internet Hopes

July 3, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Microsoft Corp admitted its largest acquisition in the Internet sector was effectively worthless and wiped out any profit for the last quarter, as it announced a $6.2 billion charge to write down the value of an online advertising agency it bought five years ago. The announcement came as a surprise, but did not shock investors, who had largely forgotten Microsoft's purchase of aQuantive in 2007, which was initially expected to boost Microsoft's online advertising revenue and counter rival Google Inc's purchase of digital ad firm DoubleClick.

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India Telecoms Tribunal Gives Split Verdict in 3G Roaming Dispute

July 3, 2012 6:26 am | Comments

An Indian telecoms tribunal on Tuesday gave a split verdict in a case by mobile phone operators that had challenged a government order requiring them to stop offering 3G services beyond their licensed zones through mutual roaming pacts, lawyers said. The tribunal asked the operators to appeal at a higher court, one lawyer on the case said, after the tribunal split its vote with one in favor of the government and the other in favor of the carriers.

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Samsung Loses Bid to Lift Ban on U.S. Tablet Sales

July 3, 2012 6:18 am | by Erin Geiger Smith | Comments

A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a request by Samsung Electronics Co. to lift a ban on U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, dealing a third legal setback to the South Korean firm in just a week, as it braces for a make-or-break patent trial later this month with Apple Inc. Apple and Samsung, the world's largest consumer electronics corporations, are waging legal war in around 10 countries, accusing each other of patent violations as they vie for supremacy in a fast-growing market for mobile devices.

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Plasma Startup Creates High-Energy Light to Make Smaller Microchips

July 3, 2012 6:05 am | by Hannah Hickey, News and Information | Comments

A University of Washington lab has been working for more than a decade on fusion energy, harnessing the energy-generating mechanism of the sun. But in one of the twists of scientific discovery, on the way the researchers found a potential solution to a looming problem in the electronics industry. To bring their solution to market two UW engineers have launched a startup, Zplasma , that aims to produce the high-energy light needed to etch the next generation of microchips.

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Northwestern Researchers Create "Rubber-Band Electronics"

July 3, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

For people with heart conditions and other ailments that require monitoring, life can be complicated by constant hospital visits and time-consuming tests. But what if much of the testing done at hospitals could be conducted in the patient’s home, office, or car? Scientists foresee a time when medical monitoring devices are integrated seamlessly into the human body, able to track a patient’s vital signs and transmit them to his doctors.

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New Spin on Old Method to Develop More Efficient Electronics

July 3, 2012 5:33 am | Comments

With the advent of semiconductor transistors—invented in 1947 as a replacement for bulky and inefficient vacuum tubes—has come the consistent demand for faster, more energy-efficient technologies. To fill this need, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are proposing a new spin on an old method: a switch from the use of silicon electronics back to vacuums as a medium for electron transport—exhibiting a significant paradigm shift in electronics.

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Small Form Factor Stratum 3 TCXO

July 3, 2012 4:38 am | Comments

Vectron International , a leader in the design and manufacture of Precision Oscillators and Timing Solutions for Communication, Industrial, Military & Space applications, announced its new tight stability TCXO. The TX-801 offers ±100ppb stability in a 5mm x 3.2mm footprint. This product will be showcased in Booth 1300 at the MTT-S 2012 trade show in Montreal Canada, from June 19 -21.

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M2M Communications Technology to Transform Business

July 2, 2012 12:08 pm | Comments

Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications has the power to reinvent business. Transformative technologies, such as PCs, assembly lines and mobile devices, have dramatically altered the way we do business, and M2M will be one of those technologies. Political, technological and economic factors are coming together to make M2M more attractive than ever before.

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Circuit Protection Initiative Helps Designers Simplify System Design While Improving Safety and Reliability

July 2, 2012 7:25 am | Comments

As consumers become more dependent on their electronic devices and manufacturers continue to increase the functionality of their end-application, there is an inherent risk that a simple error, such as incorrectly plugging in the device or a common electrical event, like electrostatic discharge (ESD) or lightning, will result in a system failure.

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Telcos Back Firefox Phone Platform to Rival Android

July 2, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

Major telecom companies, including Deutsche Telekom and Sprint, will support a new Firefox smartphone platform to turn up the heat on Google and Apple in the mobile software market from next year. Mozilla Foundation, creator of Firefox Internet browser, said phone makers ZTE and TCL Communication Technology will roll out the first Firefox phones using Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors in early 2013.

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IEEE ComSoc Training Offers Course on Wireless Communications Fundamentals & Practices

July 2, 2012 6:15 am | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the leading professional organization dedicated to the advance of communications technologies worldwide, is now offering a combination package providing seats to its next 5-day online course on “Wireless Communications Engineering Intermediate Fundamentals Review & Current Practices” to be held from 23 – 27 July 2012 and the Fall IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET®) Certification Exam scheduled from 7 September to 27 October 2012.

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Murata Electronics Closes Deal to Acquire RF Monolithics, Inc.

July 2, 2012 6:14 am | Comments

Murata Electronics North America, Inc. and its parent company Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. announced today that it has closed the deal to acquire RF Monolithics, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "RFM"). The cash transaction paid the holders of RFM common shares $1.78 per share. RFM will continue to market its broad range of solutions-driven, technology-enabled wireless connectivity for wireless applications-from individual standardized and custom components to modules for comprehensive industrial wireless sensor networks and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, under the RFM brand, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murata Electronics North America, Inc.

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Micron to Buy Japanese Chip Maker Elpida

July 2, 2012 6:11 am | Comments

Micron Technology will buy failed Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory for about $750 million in cash, pushing Micron into second place behind market leader Samsung Electronics in the market for DRAM memory chips. Micron shares rose 5 percent in premarket trading after news of the deal, which will give it chip manufacturing assets at a heavily discounted price and boost its cashflow.

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Dell to Buy Quest Software for $2.4 Billion

July 2, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

Dell Inc will buy Quest Software Inc for $2.4 billion in cash in an effort to expand its software business and decrease its dependence on the declining personal computer market. Dell said on Monday it will pay $28 per share, trumping a bid from private investment firm Insight Ventures, adding that it expects the deal to close in the third quarter.

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Communication Scheme Makes Popular Applications 'Gracefully Mobile'

July 2, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

The Secure Shell, or SSH, is a popular program that lets computer users log onto remote machines. Software developers use it for large collaborative projects, students use it to work from university servers, customers of commercial cloud-computing services use it access their accounts, and system administrators use it to manage computers on their networks.

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