Top Headlines - part 71
BUSINESS December 28, 2011 | 4:52 PM
- LG to unveil its 55-inch panel at the Consumer Electronics Show in January
- LG appoints head of TV division as CEO, to begin in 2012
- LG breaks 50% mark of market share in third quarter of 2011
Thin-film transistor LCD technology manufacturer LG Display will showcase the biggest Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) television developed to date at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2012.
OLED is different from LCD panels in that it uses pixels rather than liquid crystals. The most recent technology facilitates LED self-generating lighting with a reaction velocity to electric signals that is more than 1,000 times faster than the traditional LCDs. OLED technology boasts thin design and superior picture quality with greater contrast.Read more »
BUSINESS December 27, 2011 | 4:08 PM
- Nevada first US state to adopt a regulated intrastate online poker system
- On-line gambling in most states widespread but rarely enforced despite income potential
- Other states may look to Nevada as the “gold standard” for implementing legal online gambling
The state of Nevada is the grandfather of legalized gambling in the US, and is now planning to once again become the first in the nation to adopt a regulated intrastate online poker system starting early 2012.
“It’s historic. It’s indicative of the state’s leadership role in the gaming industry,” says Vegasinc.com.Read more »
ECONOMY December 27, 2011 | 2:33 PM
- European Central Bank lending banks a record $645 billion
- EU needs over $1 trillion to repay debt
- EU consumer confidence falls for the 6th-consecutive month
The European Central Bank is lending its banks a record $645 billion to retain credit flow and encourage banks to give loans to businesses and households.
This new cash flush exceeds the $577 billion lent two-years ago, and is part of the largest European loan operation ever. The money is being lent at the current benchmark interest rate of 1%, with Barclays estimating that the project will release $252 billion into the European economy.Read more »
WORLD December 23, 2011 | 12:02 PM
- Japan sets 40-year roadmap to clean up the wrecked Fukushima
- Fukushima plan will use robots and other new technologies to navigate hazardous waste
- Tepco shares drop as a result of potential ramifications stemming from debt it has incurred
The Japanese government has released a 40-year plan that local officials feel is highly ambitious to clean up and decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant.
After being hit by both a debilitating tsunami and earthquake earlier this year, Fukushima was rendered out of commission and injured nearly 160,000 victims. However, Japan’s detailed 40-year plan should eventually return the surrounding area back to normal.Read more »
BUSINESS December 23, 2011 | 11:31 AM
- Deal includes over 40 websites, the Sun-Times and other newspapers
- Paper to focus on digital strategy, charging readers subscription fee
- Michel Ferro to serve as chairman, Timothy P. Knight as chief executive
In a deal is worth around $20 million, investment group Wrapports has acquired Sun-Times Media Holdings, which runs top daily and weekly newspapers including Chicago’s second-leading newspaper the Sun-Times and over 40 websites.
Second only to The Tribune, the Sun-Times has a circulation of almost 390,000. Sun-Times Media had filed for bankruptcy when James C. Tyree, then chief executive of Mesirow Financial Holdings, and other investors bought it in 2009 by for around $25 million. Since then, Sun-Times CEO Jeremy Halbreich turned the outfit around, steering it away from bankruptcy by cutting costs, partly by way of staff cuts and outsourcing the paper’s printing to Tribune’s Freedom Center.Read more »
BUSINESS December 23, 2011 | 10:48 AM
- Google to release highest quality Android tablet in first half of 2012
- CEO promises “brutal competition” for Apple
- Android daily activation rate tops 700,000
Google will release a new tablet PC of “the highest quality” in 2012 that it believes will challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPad.
The internet search giant plans to have its new tablet on store shelves within the first half of 2012, according to an interview with executive chairman Eric Schmidt published in Italian daily Corriere della Sera.Read more »
BUSINESS December 22, 2011 | 3:11 PM
- British Telecomm suing Google in the US over Android mobile operating system
- Case could result in Google paying royalties
- Other companies also suing Google for infringement
The world’s oldest telecommunications company British Telecommunications is suing Google for patent infringements. The lawsuit was filed in the United States Court District for the district of Delaware.
In the 23-page lawsuit, British Telecomm says Google infringed on six of its patents, all of which are being used as part of the Android smartphone operating system. A company spokesman told the British newspaper The Guardian: “The patents in question relate to technologies that underpin location-based services, navigation and guidance information and personalized access to services and content.”Read more »
BUSINESS December 22, 2011 | 2:40 PM
- Airlines to rack up $12 billion in fees for 700 emissions permits by 2020
- EU court rejects US airlines case against emissions fee
- EU may withhold close to 1.5 billion permits to rectify over-supply
The European Court of Justice has backed a move to charge airlines a carbon emissions tax, to take effect on January 1, 2012.
US and Canadian airlines oppose the move, contending that the fee is in breach of the Open Skies Agreement, which clears airlines to fly from the EU to the US. Chinese carriers are arguing that it will mean they could have to pay out almost $125 million.Read more »
FINANCE December 22, 2011 | 10:14 AM
- GM blocks sale of Saab to Chinese over concern for intellectural property
- Saab says filing bankruptcy best bet for its creditors
- Saab valued at $3.8 million
Unable to solidify deals that would have saved Saab, the Swedish automaker has now filed for bankruptcy.
The bankruptcy filing comes after many attempts to keep the company afloat. In September, Saab, which is owned by Swedish Automobile, filed for protection from creditors. On Dec. 7, the administrator in charge of reorganizing the company filed to end reorganization, saying the automaker did not have the funds needed to continue.Read more »
BUSINESS December 21, 2011 | 4:23 PM
- Merger would have given combined companies 75% market share
- Deutsche Telekom to receive $6 million breakup fee from AT&T
- Sprint and Dish Network emerge in speculation over possible T-Mobile suitors
AT&T scrapped its $39 billion takeover bid for T-Mobile due to blocks thrown up by President Barack Obama’s administration preventing the company from creating the largest cellphone service provider in the US.
Both companies lose out as the deal fails to go ahead. AT&T will no longer be able to clear up its network and speed up service for cellular data coverage on devices heavily used in business, such as smartphones and iPhones, through T-Mobile’s cellular airwaves. Meanwhile, T-Mobile, which is trailing behind the three other national operators in the US - AT&T, Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless - has less promising prospects in absence of the deal.Read more »