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Mass. transit authority banning driver cell phones

May 13, 2009 7:28 am | by GLEN JOHNSON - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts transit officials are banning operators of their trains, street cars and buses from carrying cell phones while they are driving the public.The policy change announced Wednesday follows a trolley crash last week that injured nearly 50 people and was blamed on a...

Continental Airlines to shut center, cut 500 jobs

May 13, 2009 7:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Continental Airlines Inc. said Wednesday it is closing a call center in Tampa, Fla., and cutting 500 reservation agents companywide. The carrier cited a weak economy and customers' growing preference for Web-based reservations.About 100 of the eliminated positions will be in Tampa,...

Remain Calm, All Is … Okay

May 13, 2009 7:23 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Overall, the PD&D Index dropped from 1467.73 to 1449.48, or $18.25 for the week. During the same stretch the Dow gained about 130 points, but early results from this morning offer a downward trend that could negate those gains and drive it down to about the 8300 level.  

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Google to reshoot street views of Japanese cities

May 13, 2009 6:58 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Google said Wednesday it will reshoot all photos in Japan for its Street View service after residents complained the 360-degree panoramic images provided a view over the fences around their homes.The Internet giant's service has triggered privacy complaints around the world, including...

Pharmacists to discuss CVS Caremark concerns

May 13, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of pharmacists and customers will raise concerns with trade regulators today about the influence of CVS Caremark Corp. over prescriptions and patient privacy.The National Community Pharmacists Association says Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS is using higher copayments and data...

Stimulus I Can Believe In

May 13, 2009 6:51 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

  President Obama recently announced at the National Academy of  Sciences’ annual meeting that he planned to allocate three percent of the gross domestic product to research and development. This represents the largest commitment to scientific research in U.S. history, and in more real-world terms represents a better than $400 billion investment.  

FCC: Landline number move should take 1 day, not 4

May 13, 2009 6:48 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to force landline phone companies to act faster when their subscribers want to move their phone number to a rival service.The commission will require companies to transfer, or "port," landline phone numbers within one business...

French Senate approves Internet piracy law

May 13, 2009 6:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — France's Senate has given final approval to a law that would punish people who download music and films illegally by cutting off their Internet connections.The law creates what could be the world's first government agency to punish online pirates.The 189-14 vote Wednesday followed...

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Lawmakers question AIG plan, future

May 13, 2009 6:37 am | by MARCY GORDON - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government-installed head of AIG told Congress Wednesday the insurance giant is making progress toward repaying U.S. taxpayers by selling many of its foreign assets, but lawmakers questioned whether the plan makes sense and demanded details.American International Group Inc....

Automated Battery Switch

May 13, 2009 6:29 am | News | Comments

This simple range extension technology delivers a cleaner, more convenient experience for drivers. Better Place was the only foreign company invited by the Japanese Ministry of Environment to demonstrate its switch technology, which provides a viable solution to make electric vehicles a reality by offering drivers virtually unlimited range.  

Craigslist to drop 'erotic services' classifieds

May 13, 2009 6:17 am | by DON BABWIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — A month after the killing of a masseuse who advertised on Craigslist, the classified ad site announced plans Wednesday to eliminate its "erotic services" category and screen all submissions to a new "adult services" section before they are posted.Law enforcement officials praised the...

US prescription drug use fell in 2008, study says

May 13, 2009 6:07 am | by MARLEY SEAMAN - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Prescription drug use in the U.S. fell last year, although total spending on drugs increased as prices rose sharply on brand-name products, pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions said Wednesday.Medco said the overall decline in prescriptions was the first in a decade. The...

Cisco to supply Clearwire with WiMax devices

May 13, 2009 6:07 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Clearwire Corp., which is building a nearly nationwide wireless data network, said Wednesday that Cisco Systems Inc. has agreed to make devices that can use that network.Clearwire has its new WiMax network up and running in Baltimore and Portland, Ore., but it doesn't have a lot of...

Correction: April 3 Aon exec compensation story

May 13, 2009 6:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — In an April 3 story about compensation received by Aon Corp.'s president and chief executive, Gregory C. Case, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount of his performance-based cash award and the value of his overall pay package for 2008.Case received a performance-based...

AIB investors OK bailout, pelt chairman with eggs

May 13, 2009 5:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN (AP) — Angry investors in Allied Irish Banks have voted to approve a euro3.5 billion ($4.75 billion) taxpayer bailout at an emergency meeting — during which one livid shareholder pelted the chairman with eggs.Bank chairman Dermot Gleeson announced Wednesday's approval of the deal following a...

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