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Microsoft to drop Messenger, switch to Skype

November 7, 2012 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is dropping its instant-messaging program and forcing most users to switch to Skype. Maintaining Windows Live Messenger made less sense after Microsoft Corp. bought Skype for $8.5 billion last year. A new version of Skype released a few weeks ago allows users to sign in with a Microsoft...

AT&T, Govt Reach Deal on Data Plan Complaints

November 7, 2012 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is agreeing to pay the federal government $700,000 and offer refunds to customers for mistakenly forcing some smartphone users into monthly data plans.

Sprint Buying Some U.S. Cellular Markets for $480M

November 7, 2012 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint says it's reached a deal to buy U.S. Cellular markets in the Midwest for $480 million to boost its network capacity as it upgrades its network.


AT&T, govt reach deal on data plan complaints

November 7, 2012 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is agreeing to pay the federal government $700,000 and offer refunds to customers for mistakenly forcing some smartphone users into monthly data plans. In late 2009, AT&T began to require new smartphone customers to subscribe to monthly data plans. Existing subscribers with...

VA Jury Says Google, Others Infringed on Patents

November 7, 2012 8:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ringtone company Vringo Inc. has won a patent lawsuit against Google and several other companies. A federal jury in Norfolk awarded a total $30 million in damages to Vringo subsidiary I/P Engine Inc. The defendants also must pay I/P Engine future royalties until the patents expire in 2016. The...

Karmanos to Step Down from Compuware Board in 2013

November 7, 2012 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Peter Karmanos Jr. plans to step down next year as executive chairman of Compuware Corp., the Detroit-based software development business he co-founded nearly four decades ago. The company detailed the plans in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 69-year-old is...

Japan Utility Seeks More Funds for Nuclear Crisis

November 7, 2012 2:46 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year's disasters is seeking more government financial support, saying the cost of the cleanup may be double its original estimate of 5 trillion yen ($62.5 billion). Tokyo Electric Power Co. made the appeal in a management "action...

Don’t Sing the Outsourcing Blues

November 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Many of the problems people discuss with me turn out to be problems that people decide are easier to live with than to fix. Almost all of them are problems with outsourced solutions.


LDK to End Supply Agreement with Japan's Sumitomo

November 6, 2012 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LDK Solar Co. said Tuesday that it will receive $33.4 million from Japan's Sumitomo Corp. as part of a deal to end a solar wafer supply agreement between the two companies. Under terms of a 2008 deal, the Chinese solar company agreed to supply silicon wafers to Sumitomo over an eight-year period...

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators Can Reduce Sudden Death

November 6, 2012 1:07 pm | by Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation | News | Comments

A multicenter registry has demonstrated that the use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) to combat sudden cardiac death in high-risk pediatric patients suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).


Amphibious Skiplane Shifts Shape, Industry

November 6, 2012 12:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

What happened to airplanes that simply landed and took off on solid ground, and occasionally on water? ICON Aircraft first caught our attention with the debut of its ICON 5 amphibious aircraft, which is capable of landing and taking off on both land and water, while being able to cruise the seas like a jet ski at the same time.


New Strategy for Fingerprint Visualization Developed

November 6, 2012 12:12 pm | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Identifying fingerprints on paper is a commonly used method in police forensic work, but unfortunately it is not easy to make those fingerprints visible. Now, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new approach for making such fingerprints more readily readable.

Supercomputing for a Superproblem

November 6, 2012 12:04 pm | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

A world-famous mathematician responsible for solving one of the subject's most challenging problems has published his latest work as a University of Leicester research report. This follows the visit that famed mathematician Yuri Matiyasevich made to the Department of Mathematics where he talked about his pioneering work.

Photo of the Day: Lancer Over Vegas

November 6, 2012 11:56 am | by U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

A B1-B Lancer aircraft takes off at night toward the Las Vegas Strip during exercise Green Flag at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 30, 2012. The aircraft is assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota


Michio Kaku: Can Nanotechnology Create Utopia?

November 6, 2012 11:49 am | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Dr. Kaku addresses the question of the possibility of utopia, the perfect society that people have tried to create throughout history. These dreams have not been realized because we have scarcity. However, now we have nanotechnology, and with nanotechnology, perhaps, says Dr. Michio Kaku, maybe in 100 years, we'll have something called the replicator, which will create enormous abundance.


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