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Dec 9, 2011
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Tech wrap: HP opens webOS software to others

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Hewlett-Packard is keeping webOS, the mobile operating system, but will submit it to developers and companies, potentially taking on Google’s free Android platform that is popular with handset makers.

Hitachi and Sony “have teamed up to supply Apple with 4-inch LCD displays for an unspecified iOS device that will hit the market in 2012,” Apple Insider reports.

Dec 9, 2011
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M & A wrap: Icahn bids for Commercial Metals

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“Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has launched his $1.73 billion unsolicited buyout offer for Commercial Metals Co., threatening to take the company’s board of directors to court if it does not allow the purchase,” the Washington Post reports.

Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting Commercial Metals has changed its mind and will review Carl Icahn’s $1.73 billion buyout offer after all, just days after dismissing it as “substantially undervalued” and “opportunistic.”

Nov 29, 2011
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Tech wrap: AT&T to be allowed to pull T-Mobile application

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The Federal Communications Commission will approve AT&T Inc.’s request to pull its application for approval of its $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile USA, the Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. computer software company SAS Institute cannot claim copyright protection for the functions performed by its programs, which have been replicated by a rival, an adviser to Europe’s highest court said.

Nov 29, 2011
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Goodbye, Green Business

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Starting Dec. 1, 2011, Reuters.com is changing the way it publishes news about companies that make money supporting the environment or damaging it. We are saying goodbye to the Green Business section.

Reuters will continue to bring you the clean economy news you need to know. Our top-notch team of correspondents around the world will continue to cover issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, the solar trade war with China and the Durban U.N. Conference on Climate Change. The biggest stories, as always, will appear on our homepage, like those about plummeting carbon prices. But we will not be packaging green business stories on their own real estate any longer, and we will not be showcasing news by our esteemed editorial partners including Matter Network, InsideClimate News and GreenBiz.com.

Nov 28, 2011
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Tech wrap: Kindle sales surge on Black Friday

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Amazon.com said on Monday it saw a surge in sales of its Kindle devices, helped by its new Kindle Fire tablet, on the crucial “Black Friday” shopping day after Thanksgiving. Consumers bought four times as many Kindles on Black Friday as they did on the same day last year, when the company sold only e-readers, the largest Internet retailer reported.

Twitter has acquired a start-up company that makes software to improve security and privacy for smartphones and other mobile devices. With its acquisition of Whisper Systems, Twitter gains technology to bolster security of its fast-growing microblogging service and gets a pair of highly-respected experts in the field of online security.

Nov 14, 2011
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Tech Wrap: Amazon ships Fire early

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Amazon.com began shipping its Kindle Fire on Monday, a day earlier than it expected and extending its lead time over Barnes & Noble Inc’s rival Nook tablet. The $199 7-inch tablet computer may give Apple’s costlier iPad some competition but competes most directly with the new Nook.

Speaking of meeting expectations, Apple missed theirs when today it launched its iTunes Match service two weeks late, Computerworld reports. The $24.99-per-year iTunes Match debuted alongside the release of iTunes 10.5.1, which fixed one critical security vulnerability that could let attackers push fake software updates to Windows and Mac users.

Oct 28, 2011
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Tech wrap: Google takes another shot at TV

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Google Inc is making another push to bring its Web savvy to television sets, hoping to tap into a vast new market despite consumers’ lukewarm reaction to its initial offering. “There’s a lot of thirst for using the Web in the living room,” said Google Product Management VP Mario Queiroz, who is leading the Google TV initiative.

Samsung Electronics overtook Apple Inc as the world’s top smartphone maker in the July-September period with a 44 percent jump in shipments, and forecast strong sales in the current quarter in a clear warning to its rivals.
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Oct 28, 2011
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Finalists named for “Nobel of Sustainability”

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If the Nobel society had an award for sustainability, it would resemble the Katerva awards, a new international prize for the most promising ideas and efforts to advance the planet toward sustainability.

Minus the money.

Katerva, the new UK-based charity, today announced winners for 10 individual categories, who are now shortlisted for a single grand prize to be awarded in New York on Dec. 7.

Oct 27, 2011
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Federal purse reopens for solar science

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced this week $60 million in funding for scientists to develop “revolutionary research” to lower the cost of solar power systems.

The DOE SunShot Initiative is baiting researchers to increase efficiency of commercial solar power (CSP) systems and lower costs to six cents per kilowatt hour by the end of the decade. 

Oct 26, 2011
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Tech wrap: RIM delays tablet update, Nokia unveils Lumias

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Research In Motion won’t upgrade the software for its much-maligned PlayBook tablet computer until February, months behind schedule, and the new version still won’t feature the popular BlackBerry Messenger application.

Geo-engineering technology to absorb climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere can be rolled out by 2018, the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) said.