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Technology News Archive - October 03, 2005

By Bishop, Jack The merger of the recorded music divisions of Sony and BMG, finalized on August 5, 2004, created the world's largest music company while reducing the "Big Five" labels to the "Big Four." The new goliath Sony BMG Music Entertainment will now control over 30% of the global music market.

By Burkart, Patrick The Big Four music oligopoly practices cultural gate-keeping for global markets. However, in spite of consolidation in the sector, the music industry is more loosely integrated vis--vis the rest of the entertainment industry than it was under the Big Five.

By Lindquist, Rick In product review terms it could become a serious challenge to keep up with the ever-evolving FlexRadio Systems SDR-1000-the first commercially available software defined Amateur Radio transceiver. This marks our second look at the SDR-1000.

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In the latest twist of a heated battle over next-generation DVD technology, Paramount Home Entertainment said it would release high-definition movies in the Blu-ray format backed by a group led by Sony Corp.

Microsoft Corp. said on Monday that the next version of its Office program will be able to save documents in the PDF format, a popular method of sharing documents between different computers and software programs.

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Using a new precision bonding process they developed, Penn State researchers have designed and fabricated tiny new piezoelectric microactuators -- the largest only a hair's breadth wide -- based on coupling commercially available materials with existing micromachining technology.

Nobel Laureate Sir Professor Harold Kroto from Florida State University, US, was invited to deliver the plenary lecture on "Some New Insights into the Mechanisms of Fullerene and Nanotube Formation". Sir Harold Kroto discussed the exciting birth of C60, a new form of carbon. Its discovery had ignited the scientific community and led to many new fields of research in the nanotechnology world.

For the first time, a team of investigators at Carnegie Mellon University has shown that the binding of metal ions can mediate the formation of peptide nucleic acid (PNA) duplexes from single strands of PNA that are only partly complementary. This result opens new opportunities to create functional, three-dimensional nanosize structures such as molecular-scale electronic circuits, which could reduce by thousands of times the size of today's common electronic devices. The research results will appear in the October 26 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

By Mark Peters, Portland Press Herald, Maine Oct. 4--Portland officials and operators of The Cat have reached a tentative agreement that would allow the high-speed ferry service to start running between the city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in June.

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  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
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