Friday, September 11, 2009

British mobile merger risk to Nokia Siemens

September 11, 2009

Nokia Siemens Networks, the key equipment vendor to British operations of Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom, has most to lose in the merger of the two mobile networks, analysts said on Tuesday. Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom unveiled on Tuesday a plan to merge their British mobile units, looking to save 4 billion euros ($5.76 [...]

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World’s first floating wind turbine opens in Norway

September 11, 2009

The world’s first floating full-scale offshore wind turbine has been inaugurated in the North Sea off the coast of Norway, the Norwegian energy giant StatoilHydro said on Tuesday. The turbine known as Hywind, which is 65 m tall and weighs 5,300 tonnes, lies some 10 km off the island of Karmoey near the Scandinavian country’s [...]

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Alstom may partner BHEL-NPCIL joint venture

September 11, 2009

State-run BHEL is believed to have finalised France’s Alstom as the technological partner for its proposed joint venture with Nuclear Power Corporation of India to undertake nuclear power projects. “The global technology partner in the proposed BHEL-NPCIL JV in all likelihood would be Alstom,” a source close to the development said. Alstom’s induction is likely [...]

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Software emerges as key in smartphone fight

September 11, 2009

As smaller smartphone brands slug it out to set their phones apart from the now standard set-up of camera, email access and games, software is emerging as the lynchpin in the battle for dominance in the fast-growing sector. Second-tier vendors such as Samsung Electronics, Motorola and Taiwanese phone maker HTC may be worst hit as [...]

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France opposes Google digital books deal

September 11, 2009

France said on Tuesday that it was opposed to Google‘s plans to digitise and sell millions of books online because it was a “threat to cultural diversity.” The project does not conform to either “intellectual property law or to competition law and constitutes a threat to cultural diversity,” the culture ministry said. The ministry made [...]

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Discovery undocks from ISS

September 11, 2009

The space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday after delivering supplies and equipment to boost the capacity of the orbiting laboratory. Pilot Kevin Ford backed Discovery away from the station at 7.26 pm GMT for the trip back to Earth. The shuttle is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Centre [...]

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Bacteria to clean radioactive-contaminated water bodies

September 11, 2009

The Lost Orphan Mine below the Grand Canyon hasn’t produced uranium since the sixties, but radioactive residue still contaminates the area. Now a study is examining how sulphate-reducing bacteria can convert radioactive metal to inert substances. Cleaning the region takes an expensive process that is only done in extreme cases, but Judy Wall of the [...]

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