FINANCE March 31, 2011 | 6:07 PM
GE Energy, a leading global supplier of power generation and energy delivery technologies, has purchased 90% of power conversion specialist Converteam Group SAS for $3.2 billion, with the option to buy the remaining 10% in two to five years for $480 million depending on performance. The transaction should be finalized during the third quarter of 2011.
GE Energy purchased the 90% position from Converteam management, Barclays Private Equity and LBO France. These listed investors are owners due to two previous leverage buyout operations: In 2005, Barclays Private Equity teamed with Converteam management to buy the company, while a similar deal was made in 2008 with LBO France.Read more »
BUSINESS March 30, 2011 | 6:10 PM
Microsensors – MEMS, nano-sensors and biochips – are a fast-growing technology group that is driving innovation across telecommunications, healthcare, transportation and many other major industries.
Their compact design, compatibility with semiconductor chips, minimized power consumption and lower cost are key benefits.Read more »
ECONOMY March 28, 2011 | 5:41 PM
European Union leaders have begun putting together a financial bailout plan for Portugal following last week’s resignation of the nation’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose request for backing on more financial measures was rejected by parliament.
Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Euro Group Finance Ministers, estimates that financial aid for Portugal could reach close to €75 billion, which would help support the nation for several years.Read more »
ECONOMY March 28, 2011 | 3:18 PM
After a 30-year reign under Mubarak, Egypt is moving forward with the rejuvenation of its political landscape, confirming a presidential election will take place in September. Over 77% of eligible voters – or more than 14 million Egyptians – gave the go-ahead for an election earlier this month during a constitutional change referendum.
Relaxed restrictions are in place to welcome new political parties, which require approval of 5,000 members from a minimum of 10 of Egypt's 29 provinces. Participating parties have just over five months to prepare for what is said to be Egypt's first free and fair polling election in decades.Read more »
FINANCE March 28, 2011 | 12:11 PM
Online auction leader eBay is set to buy online services company GSI Commerce in an effort to draw more customers and compete with its online marketplace rivals.
The price tag comes in at $2.4 billion, including GSI’s $400 million in debts. It is eBay’s biggest buy since 2005 when it bought Skype for $2.6 billion.Read more »
BUSINESS March 25, 2011 | 2:29 PM
Since January, over three million coffee lovers have used smartphone applications to process their payments in Starbucks locations throughout the United States.
The Starbucks Card Mobile app displays a barcode on the screen that thirsty masses can scan at the mobile check-out. The initiative was first put into test in September 2009 and proved the fastest way to pay for those in need of a caffeine fix.Read more »
WORLD March 25, 2011 | 10:11 AM
The Japanese nuclear crisis has taught China an important lesson about safety, prompting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to meet with the nation’s State Council to stress that strict security measures must be integrated in its ambitious nuclear power development plans.
China currently has 13 operational nuclear power reactors with 25 more under construction, according to the World Nuclear Association. Additional reactors are scheduled for construction to provide a ten-fold boost to nuclear capacity, reaching at least 80 GWe by 2020, 200 GWe by 2030 and 400 GWe by 2050.Read more »
WORLD March 25, 2011 | 10:07 AM
Today European Union leaders encouraged worldwide nuclear plant stress testing and agreed to launch a tough safety review of their 143 reactors in 14 EU countries. France – one of the world’s most nuclear-reliant nations with 58 reactors – promised to close any plant that did not successfully pass the test.
This initiative comes amid the nuclear crisis in Japan, which has the future of nuclear hanging in the balance as world leaders scramble to calm citizens and reassure investors with strict new security guidelines.Read more »
FINANCE March 24, 2011 | 9:52 AM
PayPal mobile transactions have exceeded $6 million per day, with significant growth expected over the coming years, according to an executive statement from the online payment group.
In 2008, mobile transactions with Paypal were estimated at $24 million. This amount grew to $140 million in 2009 before leaping to $750 million last year. In 2011, transaction volume is expected to reach $2 billion and based on this growth, it should top $7.5 billion in 2013.Read more »
BUSINESS March 15, 2011 | 3:53 PM
Google will begin testing mobile payment services with retailers in certain locations across the United States, say sources close to the project.
Shoppers in New York and San Francisco will reportedly be able to use their mobile phones to process payments at stores equipped with special cash register facilities from VeriFone Systems. ViVOtech group will also provide mobile check-out systems in stores throughout Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC.Read more »
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