After being the subject of snide remarks when it first made its appearance in 2000, the Sims is finally having the last laugh. A report by EA claims the Sims franchise along with its sequel and expansion packs has gone on to become the most popular franchise ever among PC games, and has crossed the 100 million mark so far.
America Online (AOL) confirmed Tuesday that it has acquired contextual-search tool provider Sphere Source for an undisclosed sum. This move comes as AOL’s latest attempt to boost its advertising programs.
Cambridge, Mass -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is working with a German research firm to open a sustainable energy center near the college, the school announced.
MIT President Susan Hockfield said that in conjunction with Germany's Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft research group, the school would be opening the MIT-Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.
Partially funded by the German government, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates more than 80 research sites around the world.
Officials said the new energy site would create nearly 60 new jobs initially, but center managing director Nolan Browne said the main benefit would be solar technological research.
"The end goal of all of these projects is to drive the dollar-per-watt down," Browne said. "If you can do that, it's a big win."
Haikou, China -- China Mobile isn't negotiating with Apple Inc. for sale rights to the U.S. company's iPhone because of concerns about business models and commercialization.
China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said Saturday that such business concerns have prevented the two sides from initiating talks to sell the Apple phone system in China, China's state-run news agency Xinhua said.
"Our door will remain open as long as there is customer demand," Wang said.
Apple initially planned to get its iPhone into the lucrative Chinese market this year, having released it in the United States last year.
The iPhone comes equipped with mobile phone services, as well as Internet, video and music services.
Wang told Xinhua the current number of China Mobile customers exceeds 380 million and continues to expand monthly thanks to customers in China's rural areas.
It was back to business as usual on Sunday for American Airlines parent AMR (NYSE: AMR). After canceling more than 3,000 flights over the past week for inspections and wiring modifications on its entire fleet of MD-80 planes, Sunday was the first day the carrier had run its full slate of flights since last Monday.
First, Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) rejected Microsoft 's (Nasdaq: MSFT) $44.6 billion buyout offer. Then Gates got absolutely worked in a Guitar Hero competition with Slash. And finally, Gates lost his title as the world's richest man to his sometime bridge partner Warren Buffett. Can things possibly get any worse for the brainiac billionaire?
Milan, Italy -- An official with an Italian telecommunications company apologized after urging staffers at a conference to use Napoleon's "victory" at Waterloo as inspiration.
Luca Luciani, general manager of domestic mobile services with Telecom Italia, gave a speech that was later posted on YouTube that encouraged the company's workers to take inspiration from French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's leadership during the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, ANSA reported Tuesday.
Luciani seemed unaware during his speech that Napoleon's forces suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of British and Prussian forces.
"He had five great nations against him ... but with strategy, clear ideas, determination and strength, Napoleon made Waterloo his masterpiece," Luciani said.
According to space foundation, a non profit research and education association space industry, space industry if fully utilized will add $250 billion to the U.S. economy. This can give the necessary thrust of motivation to the companies which have been reluctant to invest in this area.
With a large number of patients now growing uncomfortable with the e-health record maintenance systems, The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has also decided to join the already large number of organizations calling for a change in federal privacy rules.
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