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In Worldwide Surveillance Age, U.S. Has Big Edge

July 3, 2013 8:38 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game. Other countries, from dictatorships to democracies, are also avid snoopers, tapping into the high-capacity fiber optic cables to intercept Internet traffic.

German Minister: Drop Google if you Fear U.S. Spying

July 3, 2013 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's top security official says Internet users worried about their data being intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies should stop using American websites such as Google and Facebook. Leaked revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's wholesale information on foreign web users has prompted outrage in Europe.

Interest in Carshare Apps Surges after BART Strike

July 3, 2013 8:34 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A small start-up rideshare company is offering free helicopter rides to commuters who downloaded its smartphone app so they can bypass traffic during the BART strike in California, which made it a struggle for 400,000 peole to get to work.

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A GaN on GaN LED is now Available on the market

July 2, 2013 1:32 pm | by element14 | News | Comments

As one of the hottest topics in global technology and with the first products starting to appear on the market, element14 is challenging engineers and developers to design and develop their own piece of wearable technology. The global competition will focus entirely on technology integrated within clothing and wearable accessories, and aims to encourage a deeper level of integration...

The first GaN on GaN LED is now available on the market

July 2, 2013 1:30 pm | by Yole Développement | News | Comments

Yole Développement announces the new reverse costing study,SORAA: Tri-LED & Lightchip. This analysis has been developed by System Plus Consulting, Yole Développement’s partner. SORAA Tri LED &Lightchip analysis is a complete teardown of the LED and the package with detailed photos, material analysis, detailed structure of dies and package, manufacturing process flow...

Court: No Class-Action Status in Google Book Case

July 2, 2013 8:49 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google got a friendly ruling Monday from a federal appeals panel that stripped a group representing authors of class-action status as the search engine defends itself against claims that its plan to create the world's largest digital library will violate copyrights. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was too early for authors to be considered as a group in a lawsuit brought against the Mountain View, CA-based company.

Apple Applies for 'iWatch' Trademark in Japan

July 2, 2013 8:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has applied for a trademark in Japan for "iWatch" as rumors suggest it may be developing a smart wristwatch. A document obtained Monday from the Japan Patent Office's website said the application was made June 3 and made public June 27. It was not immediately clear when the application might be approved. Patent office and Apple officials in Japan were not available for comment late Monday.

Nokia Buys Network Operations from Siemens

July 2, 2013 8:45 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia is turning to the stronger-performing parts of its business to help bolster its struggling smartphone arm, as it offered Siemens $2.22 billion for its half of the networks joint venture. Finland's Nokia said Monday that the transaction will be completed during the third quarter this year, meaning that the company formed in 2007 — Nokia Siemens Networks — will become Nokia's wholly owned subsidiary.

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Zynga CEO Steps Down, Microsoft Exec to Take Post

July 2, 2013 8:45 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

He's not heading out to pasture, but the CEO of "FarmVille" maker Zynga is stepping aside as the troubled online game company looks to revive itself and lift its stalled stock price. Mark Pincus will be replaced on Monday, July 8, by Don Mattrick, who was most recently head of Microsoft's Xbox division.

Snowden Hits Hurdles in Search for Asylum

July 2, 2013 8:44 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press | News | Comments

NSA leaker Edward Snowden's best chance of finding refuge outside the United States may hinge on the president of Venezuela, who was in Moscow on Tuesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela told Russian reporters on Tuesday that his country has not received an application for asylum from Snowden and dodged the question of whether he would take Snowden away with him.

Tribune Bulks Up In Broadcasting in $2.73B Deal

July 2, 2013 8:44 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tribune on has announced a deal to buy Local TV and its 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion. The acquisition makes the media conglomerate the nation's No. 1 local TV broadcaster and broadens its reach to nearly half the country, or more than 50 million households. The deal is the latest in a wave of consolidation sweeping the industry as TV station owners gird for battle in contentious fee negotiations with cable and satellite TV companies.

Tech Valley Communications Complete Acquisition og TelJet Longhaul Assets

July 1, 2013 7:42 pm | by Tech Valley Communications | News | Comments

Tech Valley Communications (TVC), a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating advanced fiber networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England, have announced it has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Vermont-based TelJet Longhaul, LLC, including TelJet’s Vermont and New Hampshire fiber networks and its recently built colocation facility  As a result of this transaction.

FalTech GPS and Syrinix Ltd Partner to Provide GPS Signal Inside Crossrail Tunnels

July 1, 2013 7:16 pm | by FalTech GPS and Syrinix Ltd | News | Comments

When faced with an unusual and challenging technical requirement, FalTech GPS and Syrinix Ltd partnered to design and install a system to monitor the integrity of large-diameter water main pipes deep under the capital’s landscape. FalTech’s GPS repeater systems are deployed in a wide variety of locations where GPS satellite signals are required inside a building,

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Large-Scale Quantum Chip Validated

July 1, 2013 9:47 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

A team of scientists at USC has verified that quantum effects are indeed at play in the first commercial quantum optimization processor. The team demonstrated that the D-Wave processor housed at the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center behaves in a manner that indicates that quantum mechanics plays a functional role in the way it works. The demonstration involved a small subset of the chip's 128 qubits.

Microscopy Technique Could Help Computer Industry Develop 3D Components

July 1, 2013 9:43 am | by Chad Boutin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

A technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for improving optical microscopes now has been applied to monitoring the next generation of computer chip circuit components, potentially providing the semiconductor industry with a crucial tool for improving chips for the next decade or more.

NASA's Voyager 1 Craft Enters Unfamiliar Space

July 1, 2013 9:39 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

New research pinpoints the current location of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft: It's still in our solar system. Since last summer, the long-running spacecraft has been exploring uncharted territory where the effects of interstellar space, or the space between stars, can be felt.

New NASA Satellite to Begin Sun-Watching Mission

July 1, 2013 9:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

From its perch in low-Earth orbit, NASA's newest satellite will soon get a close-up look at a little-explored region of the sun that's thought to drive space weather that can affect Earth. The Iris satellite was boosted into orbit about 400 miles above Earth by a Pegasus rocket Thursday evening after a sunset launch. Engineers will test the satellite first before turning on its telescope to stare at the sun.

Germany Asks U.S. Envoy for Talks after Spying Claim

July 1, 2013 9:24 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The German government on Monday invited the U.S. ambassador in Berlin for talks, as European countries angry over reports that Washington bugged EU offices piled on to demand answers about the scope of U.S. surveillance. The Obama administration is facing a breakdown in confidence from key allies over secret surveillance programs that reportedly installed the covert listening devices in EU offices.

Research from Boston University and USC Promises Breakthrough in Internet Bandwidth

June 28, 2013 8:56 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

As rapidly increasing demand for bandwidth strains the Internet's capacity, a team of engineers has devised a new fiber optic technology that promises to increase bandwidth dramatically. The new technology could enable Internet providers to offer much greater connectivity – from decreased network congestion to on-demand video streaming.

Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal Tracks Movement -- Even Behind Walls

June 28, 2013 8:54 am | by Sarah McDonnell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects. Now we could all have X-ray vision, thanks to researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Researchers have long attempted to build a device capable of seeing people through walls. However, previous efforts to develop such a system have involved the use of expensive and bulky radar technology.

UK Tech Guru James Martin Found Dead in Bermuda

June 28, 2013 8:46 am | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

James Martin, a British philanthropist and technology guru who was once the highest-selling author on books about computing, has died near his private island in Bermuda. He was 79. Authorities in the British territory said Thursday that an autopsy is pending for Martin, whose body was found by a kayaker in waters near his home on Agar's Island. Police have said they do not believe a crime is involved.

Apps Mix History with Technology at Gettysburg

June 28, 2013 8:37 am | by KEITH COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it. More than 5,700 Foursquare users have checked in at sites in the historic borough; more than 16,000 Facebook users have liked it. And in the weeks leading up to the anniversary, apps that offer maps and information about key battle spots have surged in popularity.

TV-Over-Internet Service Aereo Heading to Chicago

June 28, 2013 8:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The service started in New York last year and expanded to Boston and Atlanta this spring. Service in the Chicago area will begin Sept. 13 and will come with several Chicago-area broadcast stations plus Bloomberg TV. Eligibility is limited to 16 counties in Illinois and Indiana.

Hospitals Seek High-Tech Help for Hand Hygiene

June 28, 2013 8:32 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses, and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology — beepers, buzzers, lights, and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.

RIM Shares Plunge in Premarket after Posting Loss

June 28, 2013 8:21 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion slid in premarket trading after the company posted a loss in the first quarter and failed to break out how many of its new BlackBerrys were sold. Analysts were hoping to see how BlackBerry's new touchscreen Z10 phone sold for a full quarter in the U.S. market. RIM only said it 6.8 million phones overall versus 7.8 million last year. That includes older models.

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