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Group plans science and tech policy event
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
A group of scientists and technologists will convene a national conference in October in an effort to get science and technology issues on the front burner of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Firms launch mobile broadband awareness campaign
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
An initiative led by the GSM Association has united 16 IT and wireless service providers--including Microsoft , Dell, Toshiba, Qualcomm and T-Mobile--to drive the adoption of notebook computers with mobile broadband capability.
Nokia, Huawei sign cross licensing accord
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Finnish communications group Nokia and its wireless infrastructure joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have sealed a cross-licensing agreement with China's Huawei covering essential patents for wireless standards.
Meltdown unlikely, says Stanford economist
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
A general economic slowdown is the most likely result of the current woes on Wall Street, according to a leading economist who would not rule out a small risk of a more general financial meltdown.
Analysts stay cool as Wall Street woes unfold
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Analysts remain hopeful the crisis on Wall Street might not have a strong negative impact on the electronics industry, and some are taking a wait-and-see approach on a day when another bank collapsed and a legislative rescue package is still being hammered out.
Opinion: Three ways Wall Street hurts tech
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9/25/2008   1 comment
The debacle on Wall Street will cool a hot beta market once hungry for the latest high end computer and communications gear, tighten a source of financing that has helped companies soldier through tough times and create a difficult economic climate that will color all markets and initiatives.
U.S. high tech exports sank 3% in '07, trade group says
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
U.S. high-tech merchandise exports declined 3 percent last year to $214 billion, according to a report by AeA, the trade group formerly known as the American Electronics Association.
Analysis: Capitalism's raw edge on display
9/23/2008   1 comment
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the era of "raw capitalism" is over. He is mistaken.
Intel's Barrett berates U.S government policies
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. is throwing its future down the drain. That was one of the startling statements from Craig Barrett, Intel chairman, in an interview with Business Week magazine.
Silicon Valley divided in 2008 election
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9/22/2008   1 comment
Silicon Valley and the electronics industry it symbolizes is divided by its own version of red and blue states—and a few colors in between.
Euro investment bank in talks with Indian cleantech sector
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Europe's leading private banking group is in talks with Indian clean technology companies to offer investment services and to help them list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
GSMA touts greener cellular basestations
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
The GSM Association has launched its Green Power for Mobile initiative, ensuring that environmental issues remain high on the agenda for the mobile sector.
ITC to look into patent claims over Nintendo's Wii
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
The Washington based International Trade Commission will rule over a patent violation claim against games console maker Nintendo brought by a Rockland, Maryland based research company, Hillcrest Labs, which says the hugely successful Wii console violates its IP.
Patent startup gains high profile backing
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
RPX Corp., a startup in the business of acquiring high tech patents, has gained an undisclosed amount of backing from two large venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Charles River Ventures in a sign the market for buying and licensing patents continues to expand amid rising litigation.
REACH a risk to EU solder supply, warns report
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
A survey has thrown up major concerns that the recently adopted EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals ) regulation will disrupt metal and chemical supply to the EU and this could start to cause major disruptions by the end of this year if importers do not begin to take action to deal with the regulation.
Elmos, NEC partner for automotive, industrial projects
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Component groups Elmos Semiconductor AG (Dortmund, Germany) and NEC Electronics Corporation (Kawasaki, Japan) have sealed a strategic collaboration deal that will see them jointly developing and manufacturing a wide range of products targeting the automotive and industrial markets.
Pitfalls seen on road to personal health care
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
The promise of personalized health care based on DNA analysis has yet to be realized due to the technical and market complexities establishing this emerging field, said an executive from Roche Diagnostics at the Biomed Device event in San Jose.
McCain, Obama weigh in on science issues
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
John McCain has joined Barak Obama in providing answers to 14 top science questions posed by an ad hoc group promoting a debate on science issues in the 2008 presidential campaign.
Consortium formed to develop open download standard
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Major names in the semiconductor, IT and consumer electronics sectors have combined to form the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), and develop a common set of downloading standards to boost sales of handheld devices and web-based content, such as movies and music.
Germany, Korea eclipse U.S. in solar
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9/12/2008   1 comment
It's a sunnier climate for solar equipment makers in Germany and South Korea than in the U.S., according to presentations from leaders of the three hot spots competing for global investment from the emerging green tech industry.
FDA beefs up its science staff
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9/11/2008   Post a comment
The Food and Drug Administration is bolstering its scientific capabilities in the face of accelerating technology change and market globalization, said the agency's newly appointed chief scientist in a keynote address at the Biomed Device conference.
Analysis: Japan's high-tech giants nibble at edges of change
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9/11/2008   Post a comment
By teaming with IBM and the other partners, NEC is acknowledging that it can no longer afford to singlehandedly fund next-generation IC process development.
Viewpoint: Engineers need to move up the design value chain
9/10/2008   1 comment
To support innovation and sustainable product differentiation into the future, traditional industry specializations must be replaced with more "value-added" design strategies.
NSF sponsors multicore university research
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9/2/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. National Science Foundation and semiconductor university-research consortium Semiconductor Research Corporation have launched a three-year joint initiative focused on multi-core chip design and architecture.
EU blocks WTO investigation into high-tech tariffs
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9/1/2008   Post a comment
The European Union blocked a World Trade Organization investigation of its duties on high-tech imported goods such as satellite boxes, flat-panel computer monitors, and digital scanners and printers.

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