China investigates Microsoft for antitrust violations: report
July 28, 2014
BEIJING, July 28 - China has opened an investigation into potential antitrust violations by Microsoft Corp., local media reported Monday. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce descended on Microsoft offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, questioning employees about the company's business practices in a move that the South China Morning Post described as a "raid."

Samsung most popular smartphone brand in emerging markets: survey
July 28, 2014
South Korea's tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. is the most popular smartphone brand in a handful of emerging markets, a survey showed Monday, outdoing rivals at home and abroad such as Apple Inc. of the United States and local competitor LG Electronics Inc.

Android KitKat 4.4.4: Verizon Moto X Getting Update; Moto G, HTC One M8, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 Updates Now Rolling Out
July 28, 2014
The build number, KXA21.12-L1.26, is similar to the Android KitKat 4.4.4 update released to Moto G users. Soak tests are normally done as a sort of final "beta" test to a small group of users. If these users do not report any problems, the carrier should roll out the update en mass to all users in about one or two days time.

United States: Second Circuit Adopts Rule Making It Easier To Find Liability For Foreign Anticompetitive Conduct
July 28, 2014
On June 4, 2014, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Lotes Co., Ltd. v. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., an important ruling on the reach of the U.S. antitrust laws to foreign conduct. The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act ("FTAIA") limits the reach of U.S. antitrust liability to foreign conduct that has a "direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect" on U.S.commerce. In Lotes, the Second Circuit construed this language to require plaintiffs to show only a "reasonably proximate causal nexus" between the conduct and the effect on U.S. domestic commerce or import commerce, a view recently endorsed by the Seventh Circuit in Minn-Chem. This view contrasts with the Ninth Circuit's more stringent standard that the effect on U.S.commerce be an "immediate consequence" of the anticompetitive conduct. This post analyzes the Second Circuit's rationale, discusses its relative lack of guidance, and identifies other pending cases and decisions on the same issue. The Second Circuit's Decision

Electrical and electronic equipment components
July 28, 2014
Award Notice: Electrical and electronic equipment components Contract award dollar amount: $399127.38 Contract award date: July 25, 2014 Contractor name : LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION DBA MST Contractor address : 497 Electronics Pkwy Bldg 5 Liverpool, New York 13088-6062 United States Implementing agency : Defense Logistics Agency P O Box 3990 Columbus, Ohio 43216-5000 United States Primary Point Of Contact.: Pamela J. Hart, Acquisition Specialist Pamela.Hart@Dla.Mil Tel: 6146929126 Country :United States

Electronic countermeasures systems tester software support
July 28, 2014
Award Notice: Electronic countermeasures systems tester software support Contract award dollar amount: $255,606.00 Contract award date: July 23, 2014 Contractor awarded DUNS: 005149120 Contractor name : BAE SYSTEMS INFORMATION AND ELECTRONICS Contractor address : Contractor Awarded Duns: 005149120 Implementing agency : Department Of The Air Force 215 Page Rd Robins Afb, Georgia 31098-1611 United States Primary Point Of Contact.: Donna C. Pallini, Contracting Officer Donna.Pallini@Us.Af.Mil Tel: 4784721754 Country :United States

Trendy Chipotle burritos show how pricing power belongs to the hip
July 27, 2014
Corporate America can learn a lot from a chicken burrito. As many companies struggle to boost prices without alienating consumers, they may want to study Mexican-food chain Chipotle, which has managed to do both. Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc , Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S. Chipotle raised chicken-dish prices by 5 percent this year after leaving them untouched since 2011, and sales went up 29 percent last quarter.

ON Semiconductor introduces new Lithium-ion battery protection controller
July 25, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: ON Semiconductor, which designs, manufactures and markets semiconductor components, has introduced a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets.

Rudolph announces availability of SONUS Technology for measuring thick films
July 25, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Rudolph Technologies, Inc., a provider of process characterization equipment, data analysis systems and software for semiconductor manufacturing industries, has announced the availability of its new SONUS Technology, designed for measuring thick films and film stacks used in copper pillar bumps and for detecting defects, such as voids, in through silicon vias, or TSVs.

Mentor Graphics launches integrated solution for heterogeneous SoC development
July 21, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Mentor Graphics Corporation, a provider of electronic design automation software, has launched an integrated solution for heterogeneous system-on-chip, or SoC, development.


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