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Level 3 and IBM announce patent cross-license

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

BROOMFIELD, Colo. and ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced that the companies recently entered into a long-term patent cross-license agreement.

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Alcatel-Lucent announces new breakthroughs for optical networking and optoelectronic components at OFC 2008

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

New Optical Transmission With Capacity x Distance Product Record at 41.8 Petabit/s.km, and Three New Photonic Integrated Circuits

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Boeing awarded U.S. Army contract for 11 new CH-47F Chinook helicopters

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $280.5 million U.S. Army contract for 11 new CH-47F Chinook helicopters, increasing the number of new Chinooks on contract to 59. Aircraft deliveries under this award will begin in 2011.

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Rio Tinto predicts another strong year

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

The U.S. economy has certainly suffered setbacks, as the sub-prime mortgage problem continues to be felt around the world. I’ve read reports that consumer spending for luxury items (notably laser eye surgery) is falling in the United States, and that may be only the tip of an iceberg that sinks American economic policy.

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Total announces launch of Anguille Field redevelopment in Gabon

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

Anguille is located 20 kilometres offshore Port-Gentil, in a water depth of 30 metres in the Grand Anguille Marine concession. The concession is wholly owned by Total Gabon and governed by the “Convention d’Etablissement”, which was renewed in July 2007 for a further 25 years. Discovered in 1962, Anguille came on stream in 1966 and produced 7,500 barrels per day in 2007 prior to redevelopment.

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Expro wins OTC spotlight award for innovative technology

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

International oilfield service company Expro has won a coveted Offshore Technology Conference 2008 ‘Spotlight on New Technology’ award for its ViewMax sideview downhole camera.

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GE’s US$1.12 billion purchase of drilling supplier approved

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

Federal antitrust regulators have cleared General Electric Co.’s $1.12 billion purchase of Tenaris SA’s pressure-control business.

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Fire at BASF’s Ludwigshafen facility under control

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

A fire at BASF’s Ludwigshafen plant was caused by a malfunction in the steam cracker’s internal steam system. An operational malfunction at its Ludwigshafen plant triggered safety procedures that include burning off crude gas, creating a firey glow over the plant that is visible from a distance, as well as a loud hissing sound. All safety systems are functioning as expected, and the affected part of the plant, the steam cracker, will likely start operating without further trouble during the day.

For more BASF press releases go to www.yourpetrochemicalnews.com

Shaw Group awarded contract work for deep catalytic cracking unit in India

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

The Shaw Group Inc. has awarded a contract by Guru Gobind Singh Refineries Ltd. to provide technology, engineering and procurement services for a deep catalytic cracking unit at the grassroots Punjab Refinery project in Punjab, India, for an undisclosed amount.

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Honeywell helps London break ground on the Clinton Climate Initiative

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

LONDON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Honeywell today announced that it has been selected by the Greater London Authority (GLA) for a building retrofit programme that will increase energy efficiency in city facilities and cut carbon emissions. London is the first C40 city in the world to launch a comprehensive programme under the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), which the city and Honeywell joined in May to combat global warming.

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BP ramps up to full construction of phase one of 750 megawatt wind farm in Texas

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

HOUSTON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BP Alternative Energy today announced that it has moved into full construction on phase one of the Sherbino Wind Farm located approximately 30 miles east of Fort Stockton in Pecos County, west Texas. Phase one of the project will have a capacity of 150 megawatts (MW) and is being built through a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Padoma Wind Power LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. The first phase of the project is expected to come on line in the second half of 2008.

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Hallin wins US$40 million diving support vessel and equipment deal

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

Hallin Marine, the AIM quoted provider of subsea solutions to the oil and gas industry, announces it has signed a US$40 million contract to provide a vessel and saturation diving system.

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Aker Kvaerner appoints subsea aftermarket boss

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

Aker Kvaerner’s Subsea business area has appointed Dave Hutchinson, 40, as its senior vice president for Aftermarket operations. Hutchinson, currently based in Singapore, has more than 20 years’ experience in drilling, offshore operations, oilfield services, fabrication, manufacturing and management.

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Oceaneering successful with SILS in Gulf of Mexico

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

Oceaneering International, Inc. and alliance partner Superior Energy Services used the Subsea Intervention Lubricator System (SILS) for Gulf of Mexico well intervention in late 2007.  The system successfully closed and isolated a depleted lower zone and opened a productive upper zone in a subsea well for an independent operator.

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Schlumberger teams up with TSMarine to advance subsea well servicing in the North Sea

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

Schlumberger and TSMarine (Contracting) Ltd announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly explore the market opportunity for expansion of Subsea Well Intervention Services in the UK market.

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Maersk Qatar contracts FSO giants

Friday, Feb 29, 2008

Maersk Oil Qatar AS has awarded a joint venture of Euronav and Overseas Shipholding Group two contracts for the provision of Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) services on the Al Shaheen oilfield off Qatar.

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IBM launches ‘consolidation machine’

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008

Large enterprises embarking on big infrastructure consolidation projects could be tempted by the raft of mainframe-related announcements this week, from big name vendors EMC and IBM.

IBM has launched the latest in its line of System z mainframes, the z10, which is available with a new data protection package specifically for z-series systems from EMC, called Disk Library for Mainframe.IBM claims its System z10 is its most powerful mainframe ever. “We’re launching the z10 to solve the datacentre management difficulties being experienced by some of our larger customers. But the main one is unsustainable server sprawl in the datacentre,” said IBM systems consultant, Doug Neilson.

The System z10 enables IT leaders to manage their function as a service, he added, through including a complete range of policy-driven functions, such as authorisation and utilisation management, just-in-time performance and capacity delivery. IBM already has plans to make the z10′s virtualisation security planned compliant with US industry standard Evaluation Assurance Level 5 (EAL5).

IBM is targeting several distinct markets with the z10. For existing customers, like all the big banks, supermarkets and government, who already have all their core applications running one mainframes, the z10 delivers more ” capacity, performance, security – all the traditional attributes – but cost effectively,” said Neilson.

Neilson said that for customers who have never had a mainframe before: “This is a consolidation machine, the servers they currently use are underutilised, they’re using too much power, they take up too much space. Why not consolidate to a number of smaller boxes?” IBM said the z10 would use 85 percent less energy while requiring an 85 per cent smaller footprint than an equivalent x86 server farm.

A key benefit of mainframes is “that we’re running at a much higher utilisation than standard x86 servers, around 80-90 percent, 24 x 7,” added Neilson.

The z10 can have a maximum of 64 processors, which are quad-core models, with four processors per core running at 4.4GHz, able to address a current maximum system memory of 1.5TB. Neilson pointed out that another reason for the performance of the z10 was that much of the OS virtualisation and security was set up and policed by the processor microcode. IBM said most customers want to run Linux on the z10′s operating system z/OS, which calculates metered software capacity usage for billing z10 customers.

On the back of the z10 launch, storage giant, EMC has launched what it says is the “first tapeless backup solution for the mainframe market”, EMC Disk Library for Mainframe (DLM). DLM is made specifically for IBM zSeries environments, allowing disk stored data to be replicated to mainframes in other locations, without incurring costs associated with traditional tape transfer, said EMC senior director of software product marketing Rob Emsley.

Also, EMC announced RecoverPoint 3.0, which combines continuous data protection and replication which it claimed gives “an all-in-one solution for both operational recovery and disaster recovery.” Version 3.0 can be integrated with EMC’s Clariion CX3 systems for ease of deployment and supports Windows, Linux, Solaris and VMware ESX environments.

In other storage news, HP has launched a new EVA member, the StorageWorks 4400 EVA, for mid-sized enterprises, which can have a maximum of 96 x 1TB fibre attached technology adapted (FATA) drives, but can also connect to other hard disk variants like serial attached SCSI (SAS) or serial ATA (SATA) drives through fibre channel (FC), direct connect, or iSCSI network adapters.

Although at launch the 4400 uses 4Gbit/s host bus adaptors (HBAs), HP has also announced their StorageWorks 8Gb Simple SAN Connection portfolio for new SAN customers, which offers 8Gbit/s FC connectivity for the same price as 4Gb FC. As well as twice the throughput, the new 8Gbit/s HBA has new virtualisation and adaptive power management features. The StorageWorks EVA4400 is available now starting at $15,000.

For more IBM press releases go to www.yourcommunicationnews.com

Alcatel-Lucent signs network support and maintenance services contract for the complete Brasil Telecom Network

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris: ALU)(NYSE: ALU: 6.33, -0.04, -0.62%) today announced the signature of a major contract with Brasil Telecom, a leading integrated communications service provider in Brazil, to provide Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services for the carrier internal plant (including wireless, wireline and data networks), as well as their outside plant.

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Toshiba announces power MOSFETs for notebook PC battery protection circuit module applications

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, announced a broad selection of power MOSFETs in its Low Voltage, Low Resistance Series targeted for applications in lithium-ion batteries in notebook PCs and other handheld electronic devices.

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Microsoft challenges Avistar patents

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008

SAN MATEO, CA – February 25, 2008 – Avistar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: AVSR) has received notification that Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) has filed requests for re-examination of 24 of Avistar’s 29 U.S. patents.  This follows 6 months of unsuccessful business discussions. 

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