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Tiny particles make LED light more pleasing

May 5, 2009 1:03 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Light-emitting diodes are prime candidates for replacing inefficient incandescent bulbs, but have a few things working against them. they can provide a pleasing warm light or they can be energy-efficient, but they haven't been able to be both at the same time.On Tuesday, two small...

Date set for Charter reorganization plan hearing

May 5, 2009 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST LOUIS (AP) — A date has been set for the confirmation hearing of Charter Communications Inc.'s reorganization plan as it seeks to emerge from bankruptcy, but lender objections remain.The St. Louis-based cable TV operator, which is controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, said the U.S....

Mexico to invest $2 billion in economy hit by flu

May 5, 2009 1:03 pm | by JULIE WATSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The swine flu outbreak has cost Mexico at least $2.2 billion over the past 10 days, the finance secretary announced Tuesday, as damage to tourism and agriculture threatens to push Latin America's second-largest economy into a deep recession.The Mexican government said Tuesday it...

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EA posts smaller 4Q loss as costs decline

May 5, 2009 12:32 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. posted a smaller net loss Tuesday for its fiscal fourth quarter as it further slashed costs in a quarter that had fewer hit game launches.Redwood City, Calif.-based EA also reaffirmed its adjusted guidance for the current fiscal year, and...

Las Vegas Sands reports wider 1Q loss

May 5, 2009 12:32 pm | by KRISTEN A. LEE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Tuesday its first-quarter loss widened year-over-year as revenue stagnated and expenses rose, but the results were slightly better than Wall Street expected.For the quarter that ended March 31, the Las Vegas-based company said it lost $87.7...

Health insurers offer to stop charging women more

May 5, 2009 12:27 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The health insurance industry offered Tuesday to stop charging women higher premiums, a surcharge that hits many self-employed working women trying to buy their own coverage.It was the latest concession from insurers as Congress works to overhaul the nation's $2.5 trillion health...

Disney profits plunge; recession hurts theme parks

May 5, 2009 12:22 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its second-quarter net income fell 46 percent, dragged down by an underperforming movie slate and the impact of the recession on its theme parks. But its results narrowly beat Wall Street forecasts and its shares rose.The family entertainment...

Mergers, Acquisitions & Announcements 05-05-09

May 5, 2009 12:18 pm | News | Comments

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A Sense Of Touch

May 5, 2009 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The robot dives into the sea, swims to the submerged cable and carries out the necessary repairs, but the person controlling the robot does not have an easy task. It is pitch dark and the robot’s lamp does not help much. What’s more, the current keeps pulling the robot away from where it needs to carry out the work.  

Tough Times, Complex IT Systems

May 5, 2009 11:53 am | News | Comments

Tough economic times call for tough measures to remain competitive. That goes for software modernization as well. A European project has just released a prototype of a software engineering platform that could help companies save time, money and energy as they scramble to upgrade complex IT systems. The timing could not be better.  

Judge OKs Chrysler's steps toward sale to Fiat

May 5, 2009 11:46 am | by BREE FOWLER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge overseeing Chrysler LLC's Chapter 11 proceedings has ruled that the automaker can start taking steps toward selling the vast majority of its assets to Italy's Fiat Group SpA. The judge also said lawyers for a dissident group of lenders have until noon Wednesday to file a...

New Focus In E-Commerce Marketing

May 5, 2009 11:40 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Online retailers are shifting their marketing from traditional advertising to less expensive tools like Facebook.com and Twitter and e-mail as they seek market share or just work to retain customers, according to an industry study being released Tuesday.

Correction: IntercontinentalExchange exec pay

May 5, 2009 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — In an April 28 corrective of an April 1 story about executive compensation at IntercontinentalExchange Inc., The Associated Press reported erroneously the percentage change of the chief executive's total compensation for 2008 and the value of the stock options he was granted in...

Robot With Skin Improves Human Communication

May 5, 2009 11:34 am | News | Comments

Work will begin on a robot with artificial skin which is being developed as part of a project involving researchers at the University of Hertfordshire so that it can be used in their work investigating how robots can help children with autism to learn about social interaction.  

Gold prices little changed as demand weakens

May 5, 2009 11:21 am | by SARA LEPRO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Gold prices were little changed Tuesday as weak investment demand hindered the precious metal from moving higher. Grains and oil fell.Gold for June delivery gained $2.10 to settle at $904.30 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after trading within a range of $900.90 to...

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