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  Breaking News
 

World Robot Olympiad At Cranbrook Kingswood Girl’s Middle School Sept. 6
SOUTHFIELD - Cranbrook Kingswood Girl’s Middle School will host the World Robot Olympiad Michigan Tournament on September 6 to select regular and open category student teams in Michigan.

 

Ann Arbor Ranked As Second Best College Town For Small Markets
ANN ARBOR - The American Institute for Economic Research released their findings on the top 75 college towns in the nation. Ann Arbor made quite the showing at number two in the small metro category.

 

Compuware To Be Acquired By Investment Firm For $2.5 Billion
DETROIT - Compuware Corporation has agreed to be purchased by Thoma Bravo, a California-based private equity investment firm, for $2.5 billion. The joint press release did not say whether Compuware would remain in Detroit or what would become of its employees.

 

JPMorgan Chase Computer Attack Much Larger Than Reported
NEW YORK - The scope of last week’s computer attack against JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank appears to be much larger than initially reported.

 

NSA Scoops Up Data On American Public, Shares With Other US Agencies
SAN FRANCISCO - Not only is the National Security Agency scooping up vast troves of data on the American public, it's also sharing that data with other US government agencies.

 

IDC Lowers Tablet Projections For 2014 As Demand In Mature Markets Levels Off
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Following a second consecutive quarter of softer than expected demand, International Data Corporation has lowered its worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast for 2014 to 233.1 million units. The new Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast represents a 6.5 percent year-over-year growth rate, which is well below the 12.1 percent growth rate previously forecast.

  Webcasts
 

Internet Advisor Podcast: Best Streaming Digital Devices, Matt Roush At ESD, MITechNews Headlines
DETROIT - Rick Broida, the Gadget Guy, picks the best of the “streamers,” digital devices that connects you to a world of entertainment on your TV over the Internet. Legendary Detroit Tech Commentator, Matt Roush, talks about his new job as head of PR and Communications for the Engineering Society of Detroit; Mike Brennan shares headlines from MITechNews.Com.

 

MITechNews.Com Internet Advisor News Updates Now Available As Podcasts
GRAND RAPIDS – If you missed the MITechNews.Com headline report on the Internet Advisor as heard on WJR 760 AM in Detroit and over the Michigan Talk Network then we have you covered. It is now available as a webcast.

  Cyber Defense
 

Google Takes Steps To Show Its Cloud Data Is Protected
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is taking unprecedented steps to show its cloud, business, and education customers that data protection is its top priority.

 

Anonymity App Secret Victim Of Hacker Attack
SAN FRANCISCO - Anonymity app Secret and an independent security consultant are coming clean about a hack that could have destroyed the entire point of the popular secret-sharing app.

  CleanUpdate
 

Deadline Sept. 5 for Green Lab Grants Programs
LANSING – The Department of Environmental Quality is offering $10,000 in grants to help Michigan institutions develop sustainable, green laboratory practices and projects.

 

Sakti Makes Battery Cell That Doubles Usage Time For Smartwatches, Cars
ANN ARBOR – Sakti announced that it has produced a battery cell on fully scalable equipment with over 1100 Watt hours per liter (Wh/l) in volumetric energy density. This translates to more than double the usage time in a wearable device like a smartwatch, from 3.5 h to more than 9 h. It also translates to almost double the range in an EV like the Tesla Model S, from 256 mi to 480 mi.

  Entrepreneur's Corner
 

Beringea Makes $5 Million Investment In InContext Solutions
FARMINGTON HILLS - Beringea announced its Fund has made a $5 million investment in InContext Solutions, Inc., a Web-based company providing three dimensional virtual store research, simulations, and software to manufacturers and retailers.

 

Petroski Named Vice Chairwoman Regional Council Inforum-Great Lakes Bay
SOUTHFIELD - Christin D. Petroski of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been appointed to serve as the vice chairwoman of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Council of Inforum.

  Biotechnology
 

Author Joseph Gulfo Named Plenary Speaker At MichBio Expo
DETROIT - Just announced by MichBio, Joseph Gulfo, author of the Innovation Breakdown: How the FDA and Wall Street Cripple Medical Advances, has been named the plenary speaker for the MichBio Expo Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Motor City Casino.

 

Emerging Bioscience Showcase Applications Due August 29
ANN ARBOR - Is your company a bioscience start-up looking for exposure and support? Then apply for the MichBio Emerging Bioscience Showcase, a fast-paced competition of ten emerging, seed, and early-stage companies. Applications are due Aug. 29.

  Politics
 

Poll Gives Schauer First Lead In 14 Months
LANSING - With the 2014 election some nine weeks away, a public opinion poll shows Democrat Mark Schauer slightly leading Governor Rick Snyder. The poll released Wednesday by the Lansing firm of EPIC/MRA shows Schauer supported by 45 percent of those asked, while Snyder is supported by 43 percent.

 

Snyder Orders Panel To Study Radioactive Waste Disposal
LANSING - Governor Rick Snyder on Monday directed that a panel of experts be convened to review the state's current standards for disposals of landfill wastes that are radioactive at low levels, but critics charged Snyder should take steps to ban the waste.

  New Products/Contracts
 

Pure Michigan Falls Into Autumn With Regional Ad Campaign
LANSING - Pure Michigan Tuesday launched the season’s fall $1.3 million advertising campaign with television, radio and billboard ads that feature 13 partners. The campaign will air regionally and statewide through October 1.

 

Dematic Opens Ontario Research And Development Center
GRAND RAPIDS - Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for factory, warehouse and distribution centers, is expanding its research and development capabilities to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, to address customers’ needs to further innovate the supply chain.

  Guest Columns
 

On Cyber Czars and Policy Makers
BIRMINGHAM - Michael Daniel, the White House Cyber Policy Coordinator, created a disturbance in the force last week when he was quoted as saying: "Being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction."

 

August 'On the Road' With Stephen Rapundalo
ANN ARBOR - The summer vacation season curtailed people’s calendars and my travels over the last month. Nonetheless, we begin this report much like we ended the previous month—meeting with state legislators. Representatives from Novartis, Amgen, and BIO along with their contract lobbyists and myself met with Rep. Ken Yonker (R-Caledonia), sponsor of HB 5598. The bill would permit the substitution of biosimilar drugs by pharmacists for innovator biologics.


 
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